Thursday, April 18, 2013

2 Ingredient Recipes - Can they really be good?

All of this started with this email from StumbleUpon, 34 Insanely Simple 2 Ingredient Recipes.  I was  curious.  My first thought was, "What can you cook with two ingredients, and it really taste good?"


So I tried a few that sounded good to me....

              I jumped in and tried the Banana Cookies from The Burlap Bag...
This recipe called for 2 bananas and 1 cup of oatmeal.  I just couldn't resist throwing in the chocolate chips.  These cookies were really good!  I was pleasantly surprised.  
Mash up the bananas, stir in your oatmeal and bake at 350˚F for 15 minutes.  Soooo simple! 
8 out of 9 kids loved this.  This one is perfect for little hands to learn to cook.

            Next were the Banana Crackers from Undressed Skeleton...
        This recipe called for 1 banana and 1/2 cup of flax seeds.  After reading some reviews, I decided to go with flax meal because of the health benefits of them ground up over the whole seeds.  Now,  I must admit that I strayed from the recipe in that respect.  It was another mash the banana, stir in seeds and bake for 20 minutes at 300˚F.  I have to tell you, not very tasty.  Unfortunately, no one here liked it.  

          I tried Ice Cream Bread from a Well Seasoned Life... and it was so bad, that I chucked it, and didn't even take a picture.  It called for ice cream and self rising flour.  I used dairy free ice cream and made gluten free self rising flour  by add salt and baking powder and it just wasn't good, at least not my dairy free, gluten free version.  In all fairness, she did warn not to use low fat ice cream.  This might account for the poor translation into a good gluten free, dairy free bread.

           My last recipe was No Bake Coconut Cookie Dough Balls from Chocolate Covered Katie
This recipe called for a scant 2/3 cup of pitted dates, 1-1/2 Tbsp of coconut butter, and I added in the optional shredded coconut. Whirl it all in your food processor until combined.  Shape into balls and then munch.  I wasn't crazy about this recipe but it wasn't awful either.  

So out of the 35 recipes, I found three that really came through ---the banana and peanut butter ice cream from Two Peas and Their Pod , the magic shell recipe - which I think everyone already knows about, and those banana oatmeal cookies.  

 I think I will continue to give those two ingredient recipes some consideration.  
There are some really healthy and delicious recipes out there!


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