Bare-Cupboard Baking: How to Bake With What You've Got

Missing an ingredient? No problem! Make banana bread, brownies and more without a trip to the market.

April 13, 2020


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Are you stuck at home and in the mood to bake? There's no need to let a bare cupboard stall your plans. We've rounded up more than a dozen of our favorite recipes that won't suffer from an absent ingredient. The only thing you might be missing is your imagination.

If You're Out of Eggs

Who needs eggs — or cookies for that matter — when you can just snack on the dough? Edible Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough is safe to eat without baking. If you're not in the mood for chocolate, try Peanut Butter Cookie Dough, which is equally delicious!

If You're Out of Butter

Butter is a precious ingredient when groceries are scarce. Try a batch of Olive Oil Brownies or Coconut Oil-Chocolate Chip Cookies —you'll never miss the butter. Or go with a classic one-bowl style Chocolate Cake that gets its moist crumb from vegetable oil.

If You're Out of Oil

There's no oil or butter in this decadent frosted chocolate layer cake. Regular old mayonnaise (yes, mayonnaise!) stands in for the fat in this recipe. Or if you have a surplus of butter, try Brown Butter Banana Bread — standard vegetable oil is swapped for rich, caramelized butter in this one.

If You're Out of Flour

With no flour in the cupboard, there's still plenty to bake. You can whip up a batch of 3-Ingredient Pancakes or Cappuccino Swirl Meringues. Or try Peanut Butter-Chocolate No-Bake Cookies, packed with melted chocolate, peanut butter and oats.

If You're Out of Chocolate

Alton Brown's Cocoa Brownies are rich and chocolatey — without any bar chocolate or chips. Instead, plain cocoa powder is bolstered by brown sugar and butter to create a decadent and chewy treat. Or skip the chocolate altogether with simple and classic Vanilla Pudding — it's so comforting.

If You're Out of Milk

Our classic Banana Bread has no milk — and hundreds of 5-star reviews. Or try Cake-Mix Blueberry Pancakes, which are equally good for breakfast or dessert. They're a great way to use up extra sour cream or Greek yogurt.

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