Single Serving Sweets

When you are away from home, everyone tends to go through periods of sugar cravings. It’s only natural. My incredible sweet tooth and I know the hunger for a delicious, home cooked dessert. And my sweet tooth is picky; ice cream from the gas station across the street, jello from the dining halls, and pre-packaged cookies just don’t make the cut. While I crave for chocolate and sugar, I am quickly saddened when I have to forgo satisfying my cravings because I lack the time to prep, mix, and bake a whole batch of cookies or an 8 inch cake. As well as, knowing that I will have to carry all of my dishes to the bathroom across the hall is slightly unappealing (I mean laundry is already a big time investment, why would I burden myself with the humdrum of washing dishes, when I could be studying, or more accurately, watching Bravo reality TV shows?)

However, for those of you who feel the despair I feel, there is this life-saving mini-oven (AKA microwave) that can do all the things you once thought it couldn’t do: bake a cake, cookies, brownies, and more! Crazy right? Well, prepare to be even more amazed with what I am about to present to you: single-serving dessert recipes. Yes, life just got a whole lot easier. With this simplicity, you’ll happily be making desserts every night, for the rest of your life!

Check out the recipes below to find fast and tasty desserts that will never give you an excuse to forgo the indulgences your body deserves:

Dessert Bars

This is probably one of the easiest desserts you’ll make in your life. It requires only three ingredients (including one of the superpowers of college dorm food) and takes seconds to make! This will be the perfect midnight snack to keep you powering through your all-night studies.Microwave-Rice-Krispie-Treat-for-One-4

What You’ll Need:

  • Small hand full of mini or regular size marshmallows
  • One cup of your favorite cereal
  • ½ Tablespoon of butter
  • Mug
  • Spoon

Directions

  1. In a microwavable safe mug, heat butter until melted.
  2. Add marshmallows. Microwave for about 30 seconds.
  3. Take the mug out of the microwave and stir marshmallows until all lumps are gone
  4. Add cereal, and stir until evenly coated
  5. Keep in mug and eat right away, or take the sugary mixture out of the mug and roll into a ball, and save for later.

Nutella Chocolate Mug Cake

Chocolate…Nutella…Cake. Enough said.

What You’ll Need:IMG_8041

  • 4 tablespoons self-rising flour
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons Nutella
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients, until smooth, in a large mug.
  2. Microwave for 90 seconds.
  3. Eat!

*Helpful Hint: Top with more nutella, powdered sugar, or whipped cream. Additionally, if you don’t have all of these ingredients, and are too far from the nearest grocery store, check out this 3 ingredient gooey chocolate cake.

Cookie-For-One

Cookies are a girl’s best friend (at least, for me). But seriously, what is better than a warm, fresh baked, chocolate chip cookie? Nothing, obviously. But what’s better than waiting for cookies to bake and cleaning up all of the pans and bowls? Um, I think I can come up with a few ideas. So, problem solved. Use your microwave to create your own personal cookie,  that takes seconds to bake and microseconds to consume. Extra Bonus: you only have one dish to clean up!

What You’ll Need:o-COOKIE-IN-A-CUP-570

  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 egg yolk
  • chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Mix egg and butter.
  2. Add sugar, brown sugar, and flour. Mix well.
  3. Add as many chocolate chips as you like.
  4. Microwave one minute.
  5. Enjoy (Repeat!)

*Helpful hint: If you do not have measuring utensils, a tablespoon is about equivalent to a plastic spoon.

*Helpful Hint: If you don’t have the sugar, brown sugar, or flour, tell your parents to send you these via care package, or ask anyone across the hall. I’m sure someone would be willing to lend a tablespoon. I mean, it’s only a tablespoon.

Grab your favorite mug, and indulge yourself. You deserve it!

“On-the-Go” Breakfast Ideas

Being a college student, we are unfortunately constrained by our timely schedules and our lack of an accessible state-of-the-art kitchen. However, who says that delicious food can only come from top of the line ingredients and five star restaurants? Well, it doesn’t. All you really need is a few appliances (a microwave, a mug, and a decently stocked mini-fridge) and some imagination.

If you’re like me, then you are the type of person that waits until the last possible minute until having to get ready for the school day. My need for more sleep (minimum of eight hours) has inhibited my ability to eat a decent meal before my classes. Usually, a granola bar or a Pop Tart would be the best thing to grab on my way out the door. However, an hour later my stomach would be howling for a second breakfast, or first lunch. So, in order to avoid the embarrassment and distraction of a wolf-like stomach, here are some filling breakfast recipes if you are an on-the-go college student (or simply a really busy person):

Quiche in a Cup:

quiche in a cup

This has become my new go to breakfast meal! Making eggs on the stove can be a time consuming and tedious process; however, in the microwave you avoid all of these inconveniences. While eggs may seem like an odd item to have in your mini fridge, this idea makes it so worth it to make eggs for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 Eggs
  • Salt and pepper
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • Microwave
  • Mug or glass bowl
  • Fork

Directions:

  1. Spray non-stick cooking spray in the inside of your mug
  2. Crack and beat two eggs in the mug
  3. Add salt and pepper to your liking.
  4. Microwave eggs for 2 minutes
  5. Enjoy!
    • P.S. Add cooked meat or veggies to gain more protein and flavor. Additionally, if you feel bad about wasting your expensive food, feel free to use up a day-old bagel, or the tragic, end slice of a bread loaf. Just rip up the bread and coat with the eggs.
    • Another Suggestion: Cinnamon Oatmeal

This super quick and delicious breakfast is packed with protein and will be sure to fill you well beyond your first class. The end outcome should have a well cooked texture. I would suggest avoiding any end product that is too liquid in case of contamination.

French Toast in a Cup:

french toast in a cup

If you prefer sweet over savory, this will be the perfect breakfast-for-one to make (or two, after your roommate discovers that you have been secretly hiding this recipe from her). Even better, it takes only two minutes to bake!

What You’ll Need:

  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 2 slices of bread (cubed)-The bread can be pretty much any type of bread; use what you like.
  • 1 egg
  • 2-3 splashes of milk
  • Couple sprinkles of cinnamon
  • Syrup
  • 2 microwavable cups

Directions:

  1. Spray your mug with non-stick cooking spray
  2. Stuff pieces of bread in the mug
  3. Mix egg, milk, and cinnamon sugar in a separate mug.
  4. Pour egg mixture over bread pieces-let soak for 20 seconds
  5. Microwave between 90 seconds to 120 seconds (or until the egg is no longer runny)
  6. Drown in syrup! (and enjoy.)
    • This recipe trumps the routine vapidness of dining hall food. Overall, your masterpiece should be cooked well. You should be able to taste the egg, but the most flavor will come through from the cinnamon and syrup.
    • Anther Suggestion: Monkey Bread. This recipe would be great for weekends where students have slightly more time before they hit the books…on a Saturday…right.

So…do your stomachs a favor, and try these recipes!