With many of us keeping our supermarket adventures to a minimum, now’s the time to work through the boxes of cereals, flours and random bags of half-eaten chocolate chips in the pantry.

We’ve compiled 10 of our favourite afternoon tea and sweet recipes to help you use your pantry staples (even your Weet-Bix crumbs!).


10 deliciously sweet recipes you can whip up with pantry staples!

1. Best ever caramel slice

Full disclaimer: this choc caramel slice won’t last long once you make it. It’s THAT good. A fantastic choice to have on hand if you know people are going to pop in for coffee or if you just want to treat yourself.

caramel slice
Source: Mum Central

2. Weet-Bix Slice

An afternoon and lunchbox treat the whole family loves to eat (probably because of the lush chocolate icing), Weet-Bix slice. I especially love it because it uses up those Weet-Bix crumbs in the bag!

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Source: Mum’s Pantry

3. 135 biscuits for under $5

Yep, the cheapest bake there ever was you can keep these biscuits as basic as you like or dress them up with sprinkles, choco chips or any other delicious things you have on hand. PERFECT!

Budget friendly basic biscuit recipe
Source: Mum Central

4. No-Bake Thermomix Honey Nougat Squares

Just like the log version found in the confectionery aisle, you can whip these honey nougat squares in under 10 minutes the Thermomix. Don’t have a Thermomix? You can STILL make it! Just melt the honey and peanut butter on the stove and mix. Easy!

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Source: Mum’s Pantry

5. Cinnamon scrolls

Got flour, butter and cinnamon? You have all the makings for cinnamon scrolls! Cover them with plain icing or step it up with cream cheese icing for a bakery-worthy morning tea option. YUM!

Cinnamon scrolls
Source: Mum Central

6. Marshmallow Rice Bubble bars

When there are just not enough LCM bars in the box for all your kids, try making them yourself instead! In fact, the kids themselves could make these marshmallow Rice Bubble bars, just don’t forget to tell them doing the dishes is part of the deal!

sweet recipes, afternoon tea idea
Source: Mum’s Pantry

7. Bear paw biscuits

Why not have a teddy bear picnic with these super cute bear paw print biscuits? An instant crowd-pleaser, these bikkies really are easy to knock together with minimal fuss – and minimal ingredients!

Bear paw biscuit recipe
Source: Mum Central

8. Chewy chocolate slice

These chewy chocolate slice squares have all the texture of a brownie and it’s hard to stop at just one. Bookmark this recipe minus the real chocolate, I KNOW it’s going to become a family favourite!

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Source: Mum’s Pantry

9. Chocolate sheet cake

The easiest chocolate cake you’ll make to feed a crowd (or keep half for you and deliver half to a friend), this chocolate sheet cake recipe ticks all the boxes! Just mix, pour and bake, minimal fuss, maximum taste!

chocolate sheet cake recipe
Source: CSR Sugar

10. Easy ANZAC biscuits

Always a win for the biscuit barrel, you can’t go wrong with ANZAC biscuits. If you like them chewy, bake them for less time but if you like them to snap, bake them a little longer!

Source: Mum’s Pantry

There you have it, folks, 10 brilliant sweet recipes and afternoon tea ideas you can make where you don’t really need a whole lot (if any) extra special ingredients – most of it, if not all of it, you’ll probably already have on hand! Happy baking!

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South Australian mum and self proclaimed foodie, Lexi can most days be found in the kitchen, apron tied firm and armed with a whisk or wooden spoon!

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