6 Brownie and Blondie Recipes Requiring 5 Ingredients or Less

Baking can be complicated, but it also can be easy. Brownies, especially, are baked goods that are easy to perfect, as you don’t need to worry about scooping any dough or piping on frosting. Brownies are a go-to dessert for novice and master bakers alike, and they can be made with very few ingredients and easily taken with you when you’re on your way out the door. If you’re expected to bring a sweet to your next get-together but don’t feel confident in the kitchen, check out these easy brownie and blondie recipes that require five ingredients or less. They’re easy to make and impossible to mess up, and most importantly, they all taste great.

1. 3-Ingredient Nutella Brownies

Brownies with fresh raspberries on a wooden background

It doesn’t get more delicious than these Nutella brownies | iStock.com

When eggs, Nutella, and flour come together, a brownie love-child is born. Follow this recipe from The Comfort of Cooking to see what we mean. Nutella brownies are almost too good to be true, and when you realize that they only require 3 ingredients, there’s going to be no stopping you. This recipe makes 12 to 16 fudgy brownies that are rich in Nutella flavor. If you’re into the fan-favorite hazelnut spread, you’re going to love this dessert.


  • 1¼ cup (13 ounces) Nutella
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup all purpose flour

Head to The Comfort of Cooking for the full recipe. 

2. Healthy 3-Ingredient Flourless Brownies

Pile of brownies

These brownies are simple to make and healthy, too | iStock.com

These next brownies from The Big Man’s World also only require a few ingredients, but these sweet treats are on the healthier side of the spectrum. These flourless brownies are paleo-friendly, vegan, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free, yet they are still dense and rich thanks to the copious amounts of almond butter they are made from. These brownies are delicious and safe to keep around your house as a healthy dessert to enjoy after dinner.


  • 3 medium, overripe bananas
  • ½ cup smooth almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons-¼ cup cocoa powder

Head to The Big Man’s World for the full recipe. 

3. 5-Ingredient Raw Mini Walnut Brownies

Brownies with nuts in the center

You don’t even have to bake these brownies | iStock.com

Have you ever enjoyed your brownies raw? Today might be the day. These raw mini walnut brownies from One Green Planet are a tasty riff on the traditional dessert, and because they don’t require any baking in the oven, you can have them ready to serve in only a couple minutes. The brownie base is made from dates, walnuts, coconut oil, and cocoa powder, and then all you need to do is blend those ingredients together before putting the dough in an ice mold in the refrigerator to set. After that, you’ll have mini treats on your hands that you can pop in your mouth with no regrets.


  • 6 tablespoons dates
  • 3 tablespoons walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • A pinch of salt

Head to One Green Planet for the full recipe. 

4. 5-Ingredient Brownies

Chocolate brownies with powdered sugar

You can’t go wrong with a classic brownie | iStock.com

These next brownies made from a recipe by Blue Apron are the kind you’ve had time and time again. They’re made with typical baking ingredients, and they don’t yield a taste that anyone has to become accustomed to. The traditional brownies are still made with 5 ingredients, and they bake for 25 to 35 minutes. If you want a brownie recipe that is sure to appeal to everyone, this easy one is the ticket.


  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup salted butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder

Head to Blue Apron for the full recipe. 

5. 5-Ingredient Peanut Butter Blondies

Blondies on a plate

These blondies are a great alternative for those who aren’t big on chocolate | iStock.com

It’s blondie time. Based on brown sugar rather than cocoa, some prefer the mild taste of blondies over brownies, and this next recipe from Baker By Nature for peanut butter blondies is for them. Once again, it calls for only 5 ingredients, and those include brown sugar, coconut oil, peanut butter, flour, and milk. Chopped peanut butter cups are thrown into the batter at the end, and then it’s time to bake for just under 30 minutes until the center is set.


  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ cup coconut or canola oil (if using coconut oil, melt it first)
  • ¾ cup creamy, sugar-free peanut butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup almond milk
  • ½ cup vegan chocolate chips or vegan peanut butter cups chopped in half (optional)

Head to Baker By Nature for the full recipe. 

6. 4-Ingredient Reese’s Blondies

blondies with chocolate chips

Blondies and peanut butter are a match made in heaven | iStock.com

Finishing things on a high note, we conclude with this recipe from Sweet C’s Designs for Reese’s blondies. These blondies enlist one special shortcut in the form of a cake mix. No one needs to know your secret, and no one will care once they sink their teeth into one of these dense, fudgy blondies. The sweet treats are studded with chopped peanut butter cups, and they can be ready to eat from start to finish in 30 minutes or less. You don’t always to need to make cake with your favorite baking mixes — you can switch it up and make blondies, too.


  • 8 Reese’s peanut butter cups, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • 1 box cake mix

Head to Sweet C’s Designs for the full recipe.