by Julia Millay Walsh
When you’ve already slaved away for hours—or days!—making an assortment of appetizers, starters, mains, and sides for your dinner party—not to mention setting a beautiful table—who wants to deal with making dessert? Granted, desserts are fun to make, but we don’t blame if you want to select something a little more low-maintenance. Take your final course a step above ice cream from the carton and consider one of these two-ingredient desserts. Not only are they incredibly easy to make, they’re also affordable and impressive. Your guests won’t believe how little effort these took (that is, if you decide to share that information).
PHOTO: Pretty Simple Sweet
The word mousse sounds inherently fancy and celebratory. When was the last time you had one? This nutella mousse requires only 1 cup of nutella and 2 cups of whipping cream. Dangerous!
PHOTO: Rachel Schultz
Blogger Rachel Schultz jokes that she was “almost disappointed by how was this recipe” fortwo-ingredient lemon bars was. “There is barely any cooking to be done.” Better yet, each bar is only 168 calories.
Blogger Katerina of Diethood calls these Macedonian-style dairy-free, egg-free crepes “poor man’s crepes,” because they are so affordable. All they require is carbonated water and all-purpose flour! But top them with your favorite, treats and they’ll be totally delicious.
Cantaloupe Coconut Shake
PHOTO: Healthfully Ever After
This cantaloupe coconut shake has an exotic, tropical flavor, but you don’t need to go very far to enjoy it! Just puree cantaloupe and coconut milk, and there you have it. Topping with toasted coconut chips is optional, but advised!
An easy project that kids will love to partake in, these yummy macaroons—made from desiccated coconut and sweetened condensed milk—can be made in just 20 minutes.
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You very like already own all the ingredients to make simple meringues: egg whites and confectioner’s sugar. Preparation takes 20 minutes, but they bake for three hours. If you want to get fancy, you can dye them with food coloring.
The Easiest Doughnuts
PHOTO: Hither and Tither
Who knew you could make donuts without fancy machinery or at the very least a donut cutter? These donuts are absolutely gorgeous, and you can make them with biscuit dough and canola oil. Play around with whatever you have on hand to make a beautiful glaze. Click here for the recipe.
Sweet Peach Iced Tea Popsicles
PHOTO: Paper & Stitch
What a delicious summer treat! These sweet peach iced tea popsicles have a complex flavor, but are incredibly simple to make. Just free slices of peach and sweet tea in popsicle molds.
Banana Chocolate Ice Cream
PHOTO: Brit + Co
You don’t need an ice cream maker or any sort of dairy ingredients to make this yummy ice cream. Just pulse chopped bananas with hot fudge in a food processor. Add in peanut butter if you want to add a bit of nuttiness.
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