Food

14 SmartPoints®-friendly desserts to bake while social distancing

Get your baking fix and satisfy a sweet tooth with one of these desserts, which use pantry (and even freezer) staples.

Social distancing is showing us all what truly matters in life: our health, loved ones, and...baked goods! Yup, even the most cooking-averse of us are dealing with cabin fever by trying our hands at making brownies, cookies, and other homemade treats. (In case you missed it, banana bread is most definitely having its 15 minutes of fame right now.)

If you haven't whipped out your apron and cranked the oven yet, now's the time to give baking a try. Not only is the activity a great way to pass the time while hunkered down indoors, but getting busy in the kitchen could give your emotional well-being a pick-me-up during this stressful period. One study found that people who were more creative than usual, such as by being involved in projects like making new recipes, experienced more positive feelings (like joy and excitement) during the days following the project.
 

So the question is...what are you going to whip up first?  To get you started, we've pulled together 14 sweet recipes that call for ingredients you likely already have in your pantry, fridge and freezer, including frozen berries, apple sauce, and canned beans (yes, really!). Even better? These treats start at just 1 SmartPoints® value per serving, so they can easily fit into your Budget.