Easy Healthy Recipes—3 Ingredients or Less!
44 Easy Recipes You Can (Probably) Make Right Now
Healthy can be hard, but it doesn’t have to be. Sometimes the healthiest recipes are the most simple! All you need are real, wholesome foods, combined in different ways to create new flavors and delicious dishes. And I’m not just talking about chopped salads, fruit salads, and roasted vegetables. These can all be delicious options, but they’re not the only options if we want to be healthy and make life easy on ourselves at the same time.
If you don’t feel comfortable in the kitchen or you don’t like to cook, that’s okay. I didn’t either! It was only a few years ago that I started to cook regularly and experiment in the kitchen. I didn’t know much about cooking then, and even today there are SO many things that I don’t know how to cook or that I’ve never made… But, because of that, I’ve learned that I can keep things simple and still make delicious foods!
I’m talking about pancakes, muffins, veggie burgers, mozzarella sticks, fruit roll-ups, homemade tortillas and pizza dough, cookies, macaroons, even a soufflé—all made using 3 simple, wholesome ingredients or less. Say whaaat?! You better believe it, and these items are only the tip of the iceberg. I’ve got 44 easy healthy recipes to share with you, and each recipe only requires 2 or 3 ingredients! Many of those ingredients you probably have at home right now. It’s time to raid the pantry. Discover the nutritious feast that you can make with just a few items!
You should be warned: in a few of these 3-ingredients-or-less recipes, I did not count cooking oil/spray, seasonings (like salt, pepper, sweetener…), or water because most of us generally have constant access to these ingredients in our kitchens. If you are bothered by this, I assure you, I can count. And, in many of those recipes, the seasonings or sweetener are optional. My intention is not to deceive anyone. I like to focus on the simplicity of these recipes in the hopes that it will encourage people to get in the kitchen and try them. Some of these recipes are simpler than others, a few may require some trial and error, but ALL of them are delicious!
3 Ingredient Vegan Pancakes
Oats + Bananas + Almond Milk
Just about as simple as Shake ‘N Pour pancake mix, but made with nutritious, fuel-filled ingredients! These easy blend ‘n pour pancakes are light, fluffy, and require no added sweeteners. I like to add a bit of cinnamon to the batter, and, of course, I douse ’em in maple syrup.
Get the recipe: 3 Ingredient Vegan Pancakes
Acai Chia Pudding
Acai Puree + Almond Milk + Chia Seeds
If you’re an overnight oats fan, this healthy vegan recipe is right up your alley. Combine chia seeds with acai, and you’ve turned breakfast into an antioxidant powerhouse! (You can also leave out the acai for an even simpler two ingredient chia pudding.) I like to add a bit of sweetener and a few tasty mix-ins, like peanut butter, fresh fruit, or coconut shreds!
Get the recipe: Acai Chia Pudding
Raw Vegan Chia Jam
Chia Seeds + Berries
This isn’t just a no sugar jam…it requires no sweeteners, no pectin, and NO heating! Chia seeds give the jam its thick texture, plus loads of healthy nutrients. You can use just about any berries you’d like—fresh or frozen—so there’s a world of flavor possibilities!
Get the recipe: Raw Vegan Chia Jam
Berry Egg Muffins
Bananas + Eggs+ Berries
Don’t be fooled by the eggs in this breakfast recipe—these cute muffins are sweet, not savory! They’re great as an on-the-go breakfast, or as a protein-packed snack. I love using raspberries in this muffin recipe, but you can make them your own by using your favorite berries!
Get the recipe: Berry Egg Muffins
No Bake Energy Bars
Dates + Oats + Water
Dates are wonderfully sticky and one of the best natural sweeteners out there, which makes them superstars in clean baking recipes. But, this recipe also requires NO baking! Can’t get much easier than that.
Get the recipe: No Bake Energy Bars
BBQ Veggie Burger
Black Beans + Oats + BBQ Sauce
Instead of eggs, these babes can be totally vegan by using oats as the binding agent! They hold together really well, so you can serve them on a bun with your favorite burger toppings without your patty crumbling to pieces. Plus, you can FREEZE them for up to 3 months!
Get the recipe: BBQ Veggie Burger
Avocado Tuna Salad
Canned Tuna + Avocado + Lemon Juice
Canned tuna is packed with protein and healthy fats—plus, it makes this recipe super convenient and budget-friendly! You can keep your tuna salad fuel-filled by using avocado as your creamy element, instead of store-bought mayonnaise. It’s delicious as is, but you can also serve it as a dip with crackers, on a sandwich, or in a lettuce wrap!
Get the recipe: Avocado Tuna Salad
One Pan Chicken Wings & Veggies
Chicken Wings + Bell Peppers + Potatoes
Toss chicken wings in a bit of olive oil, salt, and pepper, then roast to perfection. Pair them with roasted veggies for a nutritious and balanced meal, great for busy weeknights. Plus, this entire dinner can be cooked on just ONE PAN, which means less time spent doing the dishes!
Get the recipe: One Pan Chicken Wings & Veggies
Broccoli + White Beans + Water
This might be the easiest broccoli soup you’ll ever make. Seriously. It’s a tasty way to fit more veggies in your diet, it’s so nutritious, and it’s vegan! Perfect for meal prep, just portion and freeze.
Get the recipe: Broccoli Soup
Slow-Cooker Salsa Chicken
Chicken Breast + Salsa + Seasonings
Rice + Veggies + Sesame Seeds
Short-grain rice, a.k.a. sushi rice, gets sticky when cooked, so it helps this fun snack keep its shape. Just stir in some thawed frozen veggies and black sesame seeds, then form into bite-sized balls! They’re especially delicious served with soy sauce for dipping.
Get the recipe: Rice Balls
Easy Egg Drop Soup
Eggs + Broth
Egg drop soup is pretty self explanatory. You basically take some eggs, and DROP them into soup! Keepin’ it simple. If you love egg drop soup but you’re watching your sodium intake, this recipe is a great option—just choose low-sodium broth!
Get the recipe: Easy Egg Drop Soup
Peanut Butter Banana Uncrustable
Bread + Banana + Peanut Butter
Yes, this much-loved crustless sandwich can be made at home! Just make your sandwich, cut it into a circle with a cookie cutter or knife, and crimp the edges shut with a fork. This peanut butter banana uncrustable is a tasty twist on the original, loaded with salty-sweet-gooeyness inside.
Get the recipe: Peanut Butter Banana Uncrustable
Peanut Butter Strawberry Quesadilla
Tortilla + Peanut Butter + Strawberries
If the more traditional sandwich isn’t your lunch style, why not turn it into a quesadilla? Load up half of a tortilla with peanut butter and fresh strawberry slices, then fold the tortilla over and toss it in a hot skillet! You just don’t know PB&J until you’ve had it toasted.
Get the recipe: PB & Strawberry Quesadilla
Salsa Guac & Tortilla Chips
Avocados + Salsa + Seasonings
Tortillas + Cooking Spray + Seasonings
Salsa + guac = happiness. If you love to eat guac with your salsa, why not put some guac in your salsa? It’s creamy, delicious, and is the perfect dip for your homemade tortilla chips! It’s so easy to make tortilla chips at home—cut up a tortilla, spray with cooking spray and season, then bake. You can have crunchy goodness anytime.
Get the recipe: Salsa Guac & Tortilla Chips
Egg White Cheddar Chips
Egg Whites + Cheese + Seasonings
Not only are these cheesy chips, but they’re also LOADED with protein from the egg whites! The trick is to put a thin layer of egg whites in the bottom of a muffin tin and sprinkle on some cheese. Bake them up, and you’ve got light, airy, crispy chips that are totally addictive.
Get the recipe: Egg White Cheddar Chips
Healthy Mozzarella Cheese Sticks
Cheese Sticks + Wonton Wrappers + Egg White
This is such a fun recipe, and it’s so easy to make! Rather than eating breaded, fried cheese sticks, you can take sticks of mozzarella cheese and roll them up into wonton wrappers. Brush them with an egg white wash, bake until golden-brown, and you’ve got crispy cheese sticks! I highly recommend some marinara sauce for dipping.
Get the recipe: Mozzarella Cheese Sticks
Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas
Chickpeas + Olive Oil + Seasonings
When you’re craving a crunchy snack, this is the ultimate, fuel-filled fix. SO easy—toss chickpeas in oil and seasonings, roast, and get to munching!
Get the recipe: Roasted Chickpeas
Sesame Chickpea Crackers
Garbanzo Flour + Sesame Seeds + Sea Salt
I LOVE crackers, but most store-bought crackers are made with refined flours that don’t offer much fuel…This recipe uses garbanzo flour instead! These crackers are full of sesame flavor and SO wonderfully crunchy. And with just 3 ingredients? Mind blown.
Get the recipe: Sesame Chickpea Crackers
DIY Fruit Roll Ups
Fruit + Optional Sweetener
Let’s be real—the Fruit Roll Ups in the snack aisle are delicious, but they’re not real fruit. But you can make your own fruit leather using actual fruit! Just puree your fruit of choice (I think berries, mango, and peaches work well), spread out the puree on a baking sheet, then bake it low and slow. If you use ripe fruit, you don’t even need to add sweetener!
Get the recipe: DIY Fruit Roll Ups
Homemade Dried Blueberries
No oil, no sweeteners, no nothing. Just blueberries! This is how healthy snacks should be, am I right?!
Get the recipe: Homemade Dried Blueberries
Bananas + Lemon Juice
Bananas get softer as they ripen, but you can bake ripe bananas to make dried banana chips! They satisfy your crunchy cravings and your sweet tooth simultaneously. You just need a bit of lemon juice to keep your banana slices from browning, and you can sprinkle on some cinnamon or any other flavorings you like!
Get the recipe: Banana Chips
Fruit + Yogurt
These old-school, hands-free yogurt snacks are a cinch to make. Blend up whichever fruits you like with some Greek yogurt (and sweetener, if desired), then pop them into some of these nifty zip-top bags I found online! I made mango-pineapple, strawberry-blueberry, and strawberry-banana Go-Gurts, but there are TONS of other combos you can try!
Get the recipe: Go-Gurts
3 Ingredient Bread
Whole Wheat Flour + Instant Yeast + Salt
All of the deliciousness of homemade bread, made easy, cheap, and with clean ingredients! This recipe takes a bit of time because the dough needs to rest, but it’s all worth it. Plus, there’s NO kneading necessary!
Get the recipe: 3 Ingredient Homemade Bread
Low Carb Cloud Bread
Eggs + Cream Cheese + Baking Powder
Fluffy bread with almost NO carbs?! Can it be?? Yes, and you only need 3 ingredients to make it! This recipe can be a bit tricky—you need to be mindful of the temperature of the cream cheese, how well you whip the egg whites, and how you mix the whites and yolks—so it may take some trial and error to get it right.
Get the recipe: Low Carb Cloud Bread
Quinoa Flour + Water + Salt
Quinoa flour is the base for these gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free tortillas! Plus, they’re low-carb and loaded with micronutrients. They’re a bit finicky to flip and they may not come out as perfect circles, but, trust me, your belly won’t know the difference.
Get the recipe: Quinoa Tortillas
Cauliflower + Eggs + Seasonings
These tortillas aren’t just gluten-free—they’re made from VEGETABLES! And, this recipe is so deliciously simple. These tortillas are packed with fiber and amazingly soft, but still hold together well!
Get the recipe: Cauliflower Tortillas
2 Ingredient Pizza Dough
Self-Rising Flour + Greek Yogurt
Anything that makes pizza for dinner more possible is a winner in my book. Self-rising flour keeps this recipe SO simple, and the Greek yogurt even packs some protein into your pizza crust! You can also use whole wheat flour + baking powder + salt with Greek yogurt for a whole-wheat crust. This recipe is great for making healthy breadsticks, too!
Get the recipe: 2 Ingredient Pizza Dough
Vegan 3 Ingredient Biscuits
Almond Milk + Coconut Oil + Self-Rising Flour
The secret to flaky, buttery biscuits is generally, well, butter. BUT, by using coconut oil as a fat substitute, we can make “buttery” VEGAN biscuits! This recipe uses self-rising flour to make life easier, but you can also use a whole wheat or all-purpose flour if you combine it with some baking powder and salt.
Get the recipe: 3 Ingredient Vegan Biscuits
Cashew Butter Squares
Cashew Butter + Maple Syrup + Oats
With simple ingredients that you enjoy, you don’t need to get complicated in the kitchen. I’m a HUGE fan of cashew butter on its own, and I get to enjoy it in an entirely new way in these Cashew Butter Squares! They’re sweet and satisfying—perfect as a dessert, a snack, or even an on-the-go breakfast. You can always try this recipe with different nut and seed butters or experiment with other flavors.
Get the recipe: Cashew Butter Squares
Coconut Chocolate Mousse
Coconut Cream + Cocoa Powder + Sweetener
This healthy mousse is so rich and flavorful, you won’t believe it’s dairy-free and vegan! Just whip up some coconut cream until it’s light and fluffy, then flavor with a bit of cocoa powder and sweetener. It’s an easy recipe that will satisfy those sweet, chocolatey cravings WITHOUT the guilt!
Get the recipe: Coconut Chocolate Mousse
3 Ingredient Vegan Ice Cream
Coconut Milk + Coconut Flour + Sweetener
Unlike many other vegan ice cream recipes, this one uses NO bananas at all! You can, of course, make an easy 2-ingredient ice cream using frozen bananas + flavor mix-ins of choice, but this version uses coconut milk instead. It’s a great alternative for anyone who doesn’t like banana, or anyone wanting a low carb/low sugar ice cream!
Get the recipe: Vegan Ice Cream
Vegan Rice Krispie Treats
Rice Krispies + Peanut Butter + Maple Syrup
You’ve never had a Rice Krispie treat that’s this tasty, or this healthy! These beauties are stuck together with peanut butter and maple syrup instead of marshmallows, making for a yummy new flavor of Rice Krispie. Plus, it’s a more nutritious treat AND it’s vegan!
Get the recipe: Vegan Rice Krispie Treats
Brownie Granola Bites
Almonds + Dates + Cocoa Powder
Sweets don’t need to be loaded with fat and added sugars! Dates provide natural sweetness and stickiness, cocoa powder gives it flavor, and almonds add texture. Combined, you’ve got clean, wholesome brownie bites—and you don’t even have to bake them!
Get the recipe: Brownie Granola Bites
Banana Oatmeal Cookies
Bananas + Oats
Anytime you’ve got more ripe bananas than you can eat, this is your go-to recipe. Mash ’em, stir in some oats, and bake into deliciously clean cookies! I added some chocolate chips to mine, and you can add any flavorings or mix-ins you like. These can definitely satisfy your cookie cravings, but are healthy enough eat for breakfast!
Get the recipe: Banana Oatmeal Cookies
Shredded Coconut + Egg Whites
These are seriously lightest macaroons you’ll ever have! It’s like biting into sweet, coconutty air, and they’re SO simple to make. Best of all, you’re in control of the amount and kind of sweetener that’s in them!
Get the recipe: Coconut Macaroons
2 Ingredient Sweet Soufflé
Eggs + Honey
If you thought only high-class French chefs can make a soufflé, think again! Now you can make the elegant dessert yourself, using just 2 ingredients. You probably have some eggs and honey in the kitchen right now, just waiting to be souffléed… This is still a delicate baking recipe, so it’s important to follow the procedure and be ready for trials and errors.
Get the recipe: 2 Ingredient Sweet Soufflé
Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge
Chocolate Chips + Peanut Butter
Melt peanut butter, melt chocolate chips, and chill! That’s literally all it takes to make this indulgent fudge. So easy, you can’t fudge it up! You can also make this a VEGAN fudge by using dairy-free chocolate chips.
Get the recipe: Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge
Vegan Coconut Whipped Cream
Coconut Milk + Optional Sweetener
This vegan whipped cream will satisfy your need for cool whip, without any dairy or hydrogenated oils! Sweeten it as you’d like, or you don’t have to add sweetener at all. Feel free to get creative with flavorings as well, like vanilla extract or cocoa powder Perfect for topping cakes, pies, or even just your coffee!
Get the recipe: Vegan Coconut Whipped Cream
Vegan Marshmallow Fluff
Chickpea Water + Sweetener
Marshmallow fluff that’s healthy AND vegan?! There’s a pretty magical ingredient known as aquafaba—the viscous water in which certain legumes (like chickpeas) are cooked—that can acts similar to egg whites in cooking. By using the water that’s in a can of chickpeas (NOT the chickpeas themselves), you can whip up your own vegan marshmallow fluff!
Get the recipe: Vegan Marshmallow Fluff
Magic Chocolate Shell
Chocolate Chips + Coconut Oil
This chocolate shell is seriously like MAGIC! Drizzle it on your frozen treat and watch it harden before your eyes. Plus, it’s easily made vegan—just use dairy-free chocolate chips! Clean, delicious, and you only need 2 ingredients.
Get the recipe: Magic Chocolate Shell
Dulce Du Leche
Almond Milk + Coconut Sugar + Stevia
Dulce du leche is delicious, creamy, and usually very high in sugar. But, you can lighten it up by using less sugar, replacing some with stevia, and using a lower calorie nut milk! Not only is this recipe healthier, but it also makes a vegan dulce de leche. Enjoy your luscious caramel spread on toast, ice cream, biscuits, fruit, and more!
Get the recipe: Dulce Du Leche
2 Ingredient Cake
Boxed Cake Mix + Carbonated Water
Whether it’s for convenience’s sake or you’re trying to cut down on calories and fat, you can substitute the eggs and oil in a boxed cake recipe with carbonated water! It’s certainly not as clean as making your own cake from scratch, but it’s an awesome hack for a lighter cake recipe in a time pinch.
Get the recipe: 2 Ingredient Cake
2 Ingredient Brownies
Boxed Brownie Mix + Pumpkin Purée
Same as boxed cake, it’s just as easy to lighten up boxed brownies! Substitute the eggs and oil for pumpkin purée, and you’ve got a brownies that are cleaner, healthier, and just plain easier.
Get the recipe: 2 Ingredient Brownies