10 Chocolate Desserts That Require Only 3 Ingredients
A craving for chocolate often comes after savory meals, but few people have the time or energy to concoct a chocolate dessert after they’ve already spent time preparing daily meals. Packaged desserts can come in handy, but sometimes you want something homemade, not processed.
That’s where these three-ingredient chocolate dessert recipes come in. They’re easy, tasty, and as quick to prepare as they are to eat. You can make them after you finish a meal or prepare them in bulk and pop in a treat whenever you please. These 10 chocolate desserts will make it easy to appease your sweet tooth without keeping you trapped in the kitchen.
1. Oreo Truffles
The star of our first dessert from Delish is none other than the Oreo. It is featured in these Oreo truffles, simply made from America’s favorite cookie, cream cheese, and chocolate chips. Pulverize your cookies in the food processor or the old-fashioned way with a rolling pin, and then combine your cookie crumbs with the cream cheese. After you roll your cookie and cream cheese mixture into balls, freeze the truffles until firm. Then, dip them in melted white chocolate. It doesn’t get much better than coated Oreo truffles, and now you can make your new favorite dessert with only three ingredients.
- 1 (15.5-ounce) package Oreos
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 12 ounces white chocolate chips, melted
See recipe directions from Delish.
2. Chocolate Banana Frozen Pops
If you haven’t heard of the magic of banana ice cream, you’re missing out. It requires only one ingredient (bananas) and a swirl in the food processor. This recipe from The Kitchn turns your icy naturally sweetened treat into chocolate banana frozen pops. You’ll need only three ingredients, a food processor, and frozen pop molds. The first step is making peanut butter-banana ice cream. And then you’ll fill your pop molds and freeze them. After that, you’ll dunk your pops in melted dark chocolate, and then enjoy for a healthy and easy treat. Chocolate banana pops are the perfect desserts to appease your sweet tooth, and you can easily store them in the freezer for when the craving strikes.
- 7 bananas (2 pounds, 7 ounces with the peels on)
- ¾ cup peanut butter
- 2½ cups dark chocolate chips
See recipe directions from The Kitchn.
3. Chocolate Mousse
Chocolate mousse might seem like a dessert you can only enjoy at restaurants, but little did you know you can make the treat at home with only three ingredients: chocolate, heavy cream, and egg whites. The whipped cream that will top your chocolate mousse is optional but highly recommended. This recipe comes from Chowhound, and it’s dangerously easy. As long as your ingredients are fresh and high-quality, you’ll be happy with your end result of velvety chocolate mousse that is even tastier than pudding. The mousse will come together in a saucepan before you’ll need to chill it for at least two hours.
- 5 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
- 1 cup very cold heavy cream
- 3 large egg whites (no traces of yolk), at room temperature
- Sweetened whipped cream, for serving (optional)
See recipe directions from Chowhound.
4. Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
Peanut butter and chocolate are a match made in dessert heaven, and now you can take on Reese’s and make your own dark chocolate peanut butter cups at home. This recipe from Real Simple shows you how it’s done. The cups are made with three ingredients and no chemicals or preservatives you can’t pronounce. They’ll give you your chocolate fix without devastating your diet, and you’ll even get antioxidants from the rich dark chocolate. Now you have no excuse not to make these dark chocolate peanut butter cups, as they’ll take you just 10 minutes to make.
- Cooking spray
- 4 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
- 1 tablespoon refined coconut oil
- ½ cup creamy peanut butter
See recipe directions from Real Simple.
5. Chocolate Hazelnut Brownies
Brownies are hard enough to resist, and when they require only three ingredients, it’s even more difficult to keep yourself from preparing an easy batch. Everyone deserves a treat, and you can easily store these chocolate hazelnut brownies from Food Network in your freezer for when the craving strikes. You’ll need flour, eggs, and chocolate-hazelnut spread for the brownies, and cooking spray will coat the 9-by-13 pan in which they’re baked. Simply combine your ingredients in a bowl, pour your batter into the coated pan, and throw your brownies in the oven for 25 minutes. Your three-ingredient brownies will be ready in no time, and you won’t need to stock your pantry with baking supplies you wouldn’t otherwise use.
- Nonstick cooking spray, for spraying the pan
- 2½ cups chocolate hazelnut spread
- 1 heaping cup all-purpose flour
- 3 large eggs
See recipe directions from Food Network.
6. Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark
Dark chocolate peppermint bark, anyone? Don’t hand over good money for a treat you can easily make at home with this recipe from Epicurious. Peppermint bark requires just three ingredients: dark chocolate, peppermint extract, and crushed peppermints. Dark chocolate peppermint bark will cure your sweet tooth without making you turn on the oven for a sweet treat, and it’s another treat you can store in your freezer for cravings to come.
- 12 ounces high-quality dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
- ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
- 5 peppermints or candy canes, coarsely crushed
See recipe directions from Epicurious.
7. No-Bake Chocolate Pie
This next three-ingredient chocolate pie from Community Table also doesn’t require use of your oven. It’s a no-bake dessert that enlists the refrigerator rather than the oven. This chocolate pie is the perfect spring or summer treat that will cool you down while indulging your chocolate craving. It’s made with a graham cracker pie crust, chocolate bars of your choice, and a whipped topping. All you need to do is melt down your chocolate, fold in the whipped topping, and spread your mixture into the pie crust. Refrigerate your chocolate pie for two hours, and then get ready to dig in.
- 9-inch packaged graham cracker pie crust
- 6 regular size chocolate bars
- 10 ounces whipped topping
See recipe directions from Community Table.
8. Chocolate Milkshakes
Speaking of a cool down, chocolate milkshakes will do just that. And now you can skip the ice cream parlor and make your own via this recipe from Betty Crocker. It’s no secret milkshakes are easy to make, but when you realize you only need milk, chocolate syrup, and vanilla ice cream, you’ll kick yourself if you have someone else make it for you. This chocolate milkshake recipe takes all of 10 minutes to make. As long as you have a blender, you can make the three-ingredient treat for you and a friend, and you’ll never overpay for chocolate milkshakes again.
- ¾ cup milk
- ¼ cup chocolate-flavored syrup
- 3 scoops (½ cup each) vanilla ice cream
See recipe directions from Betty Crocker.
9. Chocolate Fudge
Chocolate fudge is the best dessert to store in your freezer and steal a pinch when you need to appease your sweet tooth. It’s so rich and creamy that a small square will cure your craving, and you can customize your fudge however you like. This chocolate fudge recipe comes from Eugenie Kitchen. Although it only requires three ingredients, you can include any add-ins you like, including nuts, fruits, chocolate chips, and coconut. Once your chocolate fudge has chilled in the refrigerator until it’s set, cut it into small squares, and enjoy it whenever you like.
- 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 5 ounces sweetened condensed milk
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
See recipe directions from Eugenie Kitchen.
10. Chocolate Mug Cake
Instead of making a whole chocolate cake with leftovers to tempt you, consider making this three-ingredient chocolate mug cake from Chocolate, Chocolate and More. It’ll satisfy your cake craving without taking you to the oven, and everything comes together in just one mug. Pull out an egg, cocoa powder, powdered sugar, and your favorite mug, and you’re good to go. After 50 to 60 seconds in the microwave, you’ll have an individual portion of chocolate cake that is the perfect after-dinner treat. You can easily make your mug cake even more exciting by adding whipped cream, chocolate chips, or nuts, but the food formula at its simplest promises to only enlist three ingredients.
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- ¼ cup powdered sugar
See recipe instructions from Chocolate, Chocolate and More.