Ten Desserts from the Pantry

Ten Desserts from the Pantry

Desserts are often made from Pantry Staples. For instance, cakes begin with flour, sugar, and baking soda. I have put together a list of desserts today because I firmly believe that just because you’re eating out of your pantry doesn’t mean that you have to do without dessert. This collection of recipes doesn’t include any traditional cakes or cookies, but in this list, you will find some of my favorite simple desserts.

Canned Fruit Cobbler

Canned Fruit Cobbler

Canned Fruit Cobbler is one of the recipes that Baker’s Man and I have been making since we were starving college students. Sometimes, he would come home from working at night, and while I slept, he would mix up one of these with whatever canned fruit we had on hand. He has even been known to make it out of fruit cocktail. This recipe is a keeper, and it works with fresh fruit, too. Here’s the recipe for this cobbler made with fresh fruit.

If you don’t have fresh milk, you can substitute canned milk, coconut milk works, too like in this version.

Pineapple Coconut Milk Cobbler (Vegan)

Pineapple Coconut Milk Cobbler

Chocolate Mousse Cake

Chocolate Mousse Cake

Chocolate Mousse Cake is as decadent as the recipe name implies, but it’s very simple to prepare. This version is made with instant pudding and canned evaporated milk along with some frozen whipped topping. This recipe is best when it’s allowed to sit in the refrigerator overnight as this allows the graham crackers to become soft. You can also substitute canned milk in the Chocolate Eclair Cake recipe.

Watergate Salad

Sweet Dessert Style Salads

Sometimes referred to as pistachio pudding or pistachio salad, Watergate salad has only four ingredients which includes a can of crushed pineapple. It’s simple to prepare and always devoured.

Five Cup Salad

Five Cup Salad

I debated whether or not I should place Five Cup Salad under the salads or the desserts. I chose desserts because it’s filled with fruit. That makes it sort of sweet. Don’t throw away the juices you drain off of the pineapple and the mandarin oranges. Instead, use it to make some…

Tropical Fruit Juice Tapioca

Fruit Juice Tapioca
This pudding is topped with mango puree. cream, and toasted coconut.
Your pudding will not look like this.

Since we’re trying to get the most out of our food between shopping trips, it makes sense to use the juice from the pineapple and mandarin oranges that were used in the Five Cup Salad to make some Tropical Fruit Juice Tapioca. This dairy free pudding is simple and delicious, and my family loves it. It helps to get one more treat from the canned fruit.

Glorified Rice

Sweet, Dessert Style Salads

Glorified Rice was one of my mother’s Easter side dishes. It’s simple to prepare and my children love it. If you don’t have the multi colored marshmallows use plain white ones. If you don’t like things too sweet, leave out the sugar, but I like it prepared according to the recipe. You have to try this.

Pineapple Rice Pudding

No Bake Desserts

This recipe for Pineapple Rice Pudding doesn’t require any milk. The juice from the canned pineapple is the only liquid needed. It’s simple to prepare and is a refreshing dessert.


Some people would call this Jello, but since I’m not sponsored to use brand names, I use the word gelatin. I try to be brand neutral unless it’s a unique product or something I truly love.

Cinnamon Apple Gelatin

Gelatin is seriously underrated by people, but I’m here to tell you that you can make some pretty amazing desserts with it. Sometimes, all you need to add is a can of fruit. Here’s a list of some of our favorite gelatin recipes that are made from shelf stable ingredients.

Cran-Raspberry Salad

These recipes require the addition of cottage cheese or other dairy, but they’re delicious, and they will use up some of those cans of fruit in your pantry.

If you’ve counted the links in this post, you will see that there are actually links to fifteen different desserts, but some of them are so similar that I didn’t count them. Consider them bonus desserts.

Ten Desserts from the Pantry

What do you think of our collection of desserts that can be made with pantry staples? Do any of them look delicious to you? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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