44 Easy Healthy 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 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. There are tons of easy healthy recipes out there!
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?! 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!
— Healthy 3 Ingredient Breakfast Recipes —
Vegan 3 Ingredient 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.
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 simplertwo 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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
Toss chicken breast and salsa into a slow cooker with some seasonings and—voilà! Tender, juicy protein that’s prepped and ready to go. I love to use this chicken for stuffed peppers, but it’s also great in tacos or a burrito bowl!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
Many of the recipes shared here come from my Big Bento eBook and my UnJunk Your Food eBook, both of which are filled with LOADS more easy, healthy recipes like these! You can check out all of my eBooks at mindovermunch.com/ebooks!