Two 2 Ingredient Desserts

No, that’s not a typo. Today I’m going to share with you two desserts that literally have two ingredients each. They are both healthy, delicious and super easy!

Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding

I realize chia seed pudding has been around for a little while, but I was recently introduced to it by a vegan friend. It immediately became a go-to dessert and occasional breakfast for me.

Here’s the recipe (serves one):

  • 1 cup of vanilla coconut milk
  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds

Just stir these two ingredients together until the seeds are incorporated throughout the coconut milk and refrigerate. It will take a minimum of 2 hours for the seeds to swell up, absorb the milk and become gelatinous. I find it’s best to put the mixture in a covered container and leave it in the refrigerator overnight. The vanilla coconut milk contains some sugar but if you want a sugar free version, use plain unsweetened coconut milk. You can always add a little stevia, maple syrup, honey or agave if you prefer it sweeter.

I added some toasted coconut chips and a sprig of mint as a garnish.

To make a more decadent version of this pudding, try adding a tablespoon of cocoa powder, a pinch of instant coffee, and a tablespoon of coconut or nuts. For a fruity version, add a sliced banana or a handful of berries. Or switch out the coconut milk with almond, soy or regular milk. The options are endless and can be tailored to your tastes and dietary needs.

Two Ingredient Banana Ice Cream

The bananas should be very ripe with lots of brown spots. This makes the ice cream sweet without the need for added sugar.

I stumbled upon this recipe when I was making banana bread. I had frozen some bananas (skins removed) that were very ripe in order to preserve them for use at a later time. I needed to puree the bananas for my banana bread and had let them thaw slightly. I put them in my food processor to puree and realized they needed a little liquid so I added a small amount of half and half. I gave it a whirl and noticed that the mixture immediately became fluffy and custard-like, very similar to soft serve ice cream. And when I went to lick the bowl, I found it tasted just like banana ice cream. It was sweet, creamy and oh so good!

Here’s the recipe.

  • 3 very ripe frozen bananas
  • 1/4 cup half and half

Put the slightly thawed bananas and half and half in a food processor and blend until creamy and smooth. No sugar is needed if your bananas are very ripe. This recipe makes two generous servings.

If you want to make a dairy free version of this recipe, try using coconut cream instead of half and half. For extra deliciousness, toss in a handful of cocoa nibs, chocolate chips, or nuts. Add a drizzle of caramel sauce to take it to another level!

Since there are no stablizers (guar gum) in this ice cream, it does tend to melt rather quickly. If you put your serving dish in the freezer for 10 minutes prior to serving, it will help delay melting.

The best part is that you can enjoy both of these yummy desserts without guilt. They are gluten free, sugar free, and can be made dairy free and vegan with simple substitutions. I urge you to give them a try. They just might become your “go two” desserts too.

 

 

8 thoughts on “Two 2 Ingredient Desserts

  1. Amazing ideas! Just what I need to help me through my cleanse diet…when you are at the point of needing an extra something to get you through it, these would be perfect.

    1. Glad they came when you needed them! When you’ve been restricting sugar, these recipes will taste really good.

      1. So…I made the Chia pudding and added the coconut chips and a little coconut syrup. Gave some to my husband who has a notorious sweet tooth.. who promptly asked for another bite and declared you should make that more often! ♡ ☆Victory! Three more setting in the fridge…one with cocoa powder.

  2. I love banana ice cream! 🙂 There are so many variations on that, too. I’ve done strawberries and almond milk, peaches and almond milk, added peanut butter to the banana one, etc. Very versatile and yummy.

    I’ve never tried chia seeds, though. Are they crunchy or chewy? It looks like maybe they swell after mixing with liquid, so they get chewy?

    Never thought of using coconut milk as a variation, either. I’ll definitely keep that in mind for summer. 🙂

  3. I will have to give other frozen fruits a try! Chia seeds are both, crunchy and chewy. They kind of “pop” in your mouth and some people complain that they get stuck between your teeth, but I love the chewy crunch and am willing to risk it. Plus they are so good for you–full of omega 3s, protein, anti-oxidants and fiber.

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