6 Easy Bakes… That Aren’t Banana Bread!

Another week into lockdown, another banana bread in the oven. If, like us, you have exhausted all of your banana bread recipes, it’s time to get creative and change things up in the kitchen.

We’re here to help with 6 easy baking recipes that you can do at home, using simple supplies that you are likely to already have in your cupboard or fridge. There’s something for everyone, with vegan and gluten free options, as well as baking ideas for the kids.

Mary Berry would be proud!

6 Easy Lockdown Baking Recipes

1. Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cookies - Easy Bakes - Electric Ireland

Cookies are a great biscuit to bake if you are out of eggs but still want a sweet fix! They are simple to whip up and you can substitute chocolate chips for any chocolate or raisins you have in the house. This recipe from BBC Good Food is a staple. For that chewy in the middle but crunchy on the outside texture, make sure you take your cookies out of the oven as soon as they are golden round the edge as they will continue to cook when they are cooling.

2. Lemon Drizzle Cake Squares

Lemon Slices - Easy Bakes - Electric Ireland

A zesty delight, that is surprisingly easy to make. You can’t go wrong with a Mary Berry classic that only requires a few ingredients. We love that you make this in a traybake or roasting tin as it is so easy to divide up when cooled.

3. Chocolate Brownies

Brownies - Easy Bakes - Electric Ireland

Gooey and delicious - always a winner for chocolate lovers! This BBC Good Food Brownie Recipe is a firm favourite in many households. This recipe also includes an optional rich chocolate topping if you’re feeling decadent! To turn this easy bake in to a dessert simply serve warm with ice cream.

We also have a gluten free and vegan option for you so no one gets left out.

4. Marshmallow Rice Krispie Squares

Rice Krispie Squares - Easy Bakes - Electric Ireland

Don’t knock the humble rice krispie square, especially when it’s good enough for Nigella! We love this recipe as it’s a great way to get the kids involved in the kitchen. We have no doubt they will love decorating these buns with edible glitter or sprinkles you have in the house!

If you are making a big batch and know someone elderly or vulnerable in the community, why not drop round a box?

You can read our article for other practical ways to support the elderly

5. Vegan Scones

Scones - Easy Bakes - Electric Ireland

If you are vegan or are living with someone who is, it can be tricky to find equally delicious baking recipes that don’t require a lot of difficult to find ingredients! These vegan scones are delicious served with jam and a cup of tea.


6. Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake - Easy Bakes - Electric Ireland

Carrot cake is a great recipe to make if you’re new to baking as the grated carrot keeps the cake from drying out. As if you needed another reason but the cream cheese frosting is equally delicious. We recommend the Lidl Carrot Cake Recipe, you can omit the walnuts if anyone in your family has allergies.

Do you have any tasty, tried and tested baking recipes that we should add to our list? Let us know on our social channels and share your pictures using #SmarterLiving!