Sometimes the food from the dining hall just doesn’t cut it, or it’s midnight and you need a snack, but all of the dining areas are closed. These are times when it’s nice to be able to make yourself something to eat without having to trek all the way across campus to grab food.
Many colleges and universities have a no microwave policy -- this is because microwaves have the ability to trip the breakers and cause an entire residence hall to lose power. However, some schools are giving students the option to purchase a refrigerator/microwave combination set that cuts the power to the refrigerator when the microwave is in use! Other times, some residence halls may have a common room microwave that you can access.
We’ve put together a list of five delicious gluten free snacks and desserts you can make in a microwave. You may need to eat gluten free if you have celiac disease or if you’re trying to eliminate gluten for an allergy, health reason or personal choice. Sometimes, dining halls don’t do the best job at meeting gluten free needs. These are easy to make recipes -- so no worries if you’re not an expert cook! These are great for when you’re on the go or when the dining hall doesn’t have any good gluten free meals. Here's what we’ll be making:
- Chocolate Mug Cake
- Mac and Cheese
- Breakfast Sandwich
1. One Minute Chocolate Mug Cake
Indulge in Chocolatey Goodness
Okay -- who doesn’t crave chocolate cake at all times of the day. Mug cakes have become increasingly popular over the last few years, so we’ve found a delicious gluten free chocolate cake to share with you. This one might be a little difficult to assemble in a college dorm room, but you’ll want to get these ingredients because the result will be well worth it! This will make a great late night dessert to satisfy your chocolate cravings. Make this in your favorite coffee mug and the cleanup will be super easy!
- 1 tbsp + 2 tsp cocoa powder
- 3 tbsp oat or gluten free flour of your choice
- ⅛ tsp salt
- 2 tsp sugar
- ¼ tsp baking powder
- Pinch uncut stevia or 1more tbsp sugar
- 2 - 3 tsp coconut or vegetable oil
- 3 tbsp milk or your choice
- ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
Combine dry ingredients and mix very, very well. Add liquid, stir, then transfer to a little dish, ramekin, or even a coffee mug. Either microwave 30-40 seconds OR cook in a 350F oven for about 14 minutes. If you don’t want to eat it straight out of the dish, be sure to spray your dish first (and then wait for it to cool before trying to remove it).
For frosting ideas try -- chocolate frosting, nutella, chocolate cream cheese frosting or no frosting at all, if you prefer -- add ice cream.
2. Mac and Cheese
Every College Student’s Favorite
This one can be done a few ways -- on your own or using a boxed/cup version. Yes, you can make boxed mac and cheese in your microwave! If you’re going for a boxed version add noodles and water to a microwave safe bowl big enough to fit the whole box. Cook for as long as the box says or until your noodles are to your liking. Once done remove, add cheese mix, milk, stir and enjoy!
If you want to do it yourself:
¼ cup your choice of gluten free noodles
½ cup water
Your choice of milk
Your favorite shredded cheeses
Add ¼ cup or more of noodles to a microwave safe bowl. Then add ½ cup of water -- or ½ cup of water for every ¼ cup of noodles. Cook for up to ten minutes -- checking every two minutes to see if the noodles are done. Drain any excess water and add your favorite shredded cheeses and milk of your choice. Stir and put back in the microwave and cook for 30 more seconds. Mix and enjoy!
Delicious and Easy to Make
This recipe is as easy as it gets -- really no cooking is involved, so anyone can do this! The most difficult aspect of this recipe is getting all of the ingredients, but once you do -- you’ll have a go to snack for the rest of the year! You can make this quesadilla any way you desire -- plain cheese or as jazzed up with as many veggies as you want.
- Gluten free tortillas
- Your favorite shredded cheeses
- Your favorite veggies -- corn, tomatoes, peppers, onions, lettuce
- Salsa and sour cream (optional)
On a microwave safe plate add tortilla, cheese and assemble your favorite veggies. Place another tortilla on top. Microwave for 1-2 minutes. Use salsa and sour cream as condiments to accompany your quesadilla.
A Classic College Staple
Pizza makes a great snack at any time of the day -- morning, afternoon, night or even midnight! The best thing about this pizza recipe is you don’t need to make your own dough or sauce. Pro tip -- take extra sauce, cheeses and any toppings you might like from the dining hall before you head back to your room and save them to make this pizza later! For this recipe you can use your favorite gluten free bread -- but you may want to select a hardier crust such as bagels or a hard roll, that way it won’t get soggy in the microwave.
- Gluten free bread, bagel, or hard roll
- Tomato sauce or white pizza sauce
- Provolone or mozzarella cheese
- Your favorite toppings
To make the white pizza sauce -- mix together olive oil, garlic and decent sprinkle of salt. Once white sauce is down on your crust, garnish with a few crushed sprigs of rosemary. Add your cheese and top with your favorite meats and veggies. If you don’t want to use the white pizza sauce -- top your crust with tomato sauce, add cheese and your favorite toppings. Microwave for 30 seconds to one minute -- until the cheese is melted and your pizza is warm.
5. Breakfast Sandwich
At Any Hour of the Day
The great thing about this recipe is that it has been made even easier for us -- because the grocery stores now sell pre-cooked bacon, it just needs to be heated up (and it tastes good too)! Eggs can be cooked in the microwave and you can use the bagels you bought for the pizza recipe to make this one too. This will be a great snack to start off your day or to satisfy a late night craving after the dining halls are closed.
- Gluten free bagel
- You favorite sliced cheese
To start off, crack 1-2 eggs into a microwave safe bowl and stir. Cook for about 30 seconds to one minute until your eggs are done. Next place the bacon on a paper towel or plate and heat until the bacon is to your liking -- chewy or crispy. This should only take a few seconds or it may burn. Grab your bagel, assemble eggs, add a slice of cheese and top with the pre-cooked bacon. You can put your sandwich back in the microwave and heat for another 30 seconds or less to melt the cheese -- or if you don’t want to you don’t have to. You can also shred the cheese and add it to your eggs while they cook if you prefer.
Simple and Delicious
We’ve saved the best for last -- and by best, we mean easiest! Did you know Tostitos tortilla chips are gluten free? Now you can make nachos in your dorm room and since most of the recipes we’ve listed so far have cheese in the recipe, you can use what you already have to make these!
- Bag of tortilla chips (as many as you’d like)
- Shredded cheese
- Toppings (veggies/meats)
Place your desired amount of chips on a microwave safe plate and top with shredded cheese. Next add any toppings you may want -- veggies, meats (if using meat, make sure it’s pre-cooked), or rice! Microwave for about 30 seconds or until the cheese is melted. If you want to buy queso, you can heat up some before you put the chips in and drizzle the queso on top after the chips are finished in the microwave.
Even though a microwave doesn’t seem like the best cooking accessory, a number of delicious and easy to make meals can be done using a microwave. The beauty of the recipes we’ve included are that most of them are assemblage only -- so all you really need to make these are the right ingredients and a microwave! That makes them super college student friendly and great for those who may be lacking in cooking abilities.
Give each of these recipes a try and hopefully you’ll find a new staple to include in your college diet, made right in your own dorm room!