Delicious Microwave Desserts You Can Make in a Mug

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Microwave-Desserts

Bakers and fans of homemade desserts have never had much to celebrate when living in the dorms. There’s no easy access to ovens, and dorms lack quality baking supplies. Plus, students have limited time — meaning fewer cookies, cakes, and brownies, except for the insipid stuff the cafeteria tries to pass off as homemade.

But we’re here to tell you that you can bake decadent desserts with just a few ingredients, a mug (or mason jar), and a microwave! Here are a few starter recipes to get you baking dorm room style!

 

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Fire-Less S’mores in a Mug

Who needs a campfire when you’ve got a microwave in your dorm room? Make these super delicious throwback desserts in under five minutes. Bonus: no risk of dropping your marshmallow into an open flame or contaminating your cracker on a dirty rock.

 

Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsp. white flour
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • ⅓ tsp. baking powder
  • 4 tbsp. milk
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 4-5 graham crackers, crushed
  • 3-4 chocolate squares (any type)
  • Handful of mini marshmallows

 

Directions:

  1. In a mug, stir flour, oil, baking powder, milk, sugar, and graham crackers until well mixed.
  2. Add chocolate squares to the center of the mixture and microwave in 30-second intervals until mostly melted.
  3. Top with mini marshmallows and microwave 10 to 20 seconds until melted.

 

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Instant Cinnamon Roll in a Mug

Who said dessert was just for after dinner? When we want a treat for breakfast, we make ourselves a huge, fluffy cinnamon roll just like our mom did for special occasions. But given just how easy it is to make these rolls in the microwave, we may have to make them every day of the week.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp. flour
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1-2 tbsp. of syrup (to taste)
  • Icing or frosting*

 

Directions:

  1. Mix everything together in a mug until the flour is not clumpy.
  2. Microwave for 2 minutes on high.
  3. Spoon or drizzle icing or frosting on top. Serve warm.

 

*Icing is also easy to make in your dorm! To make a cream cheese version perfect for cinnamon rolls, use 1 tbsp. cream cheese, 2 tbsp. powdered sugar, and 1 tsp. milk. Whisk all ingredients together with a fork in a small bowl and add to your roll!

 

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Pick-Your-Berry Pie in a Cup

It’s not exactly summer yet, but that doesn’t mean we’re not dreaming of summer desserts like our favorite berry-filled pies. Pick your favorite flavor (blueberry, strawberry, and raspberry are highly recommended) and experiment with this quick and easy recipe. Add a scoop of ice cream to make it even more satisfying.

 

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup berries (your choice; if frozen, thaw)
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ cup flour
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp milk

 

Directions:

  1. Chop or mash berries and mix with powdered sugar at bottom of the mug.
  2. Mix all other ingredients in a small bowl. Add on top of berry mix.
  3. Microwave 1½ minutes.
  4. Allow 30 seconds to cool. Add ice cream to the top, or allow it to melt in to make it a cobbler!

Non-Perishable Food for the Dorm Room

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Whether you are preparing to move to the dorm for the first time or if you are returning to your college campus for another year of residence hall life, you are probably familiar with long hours of studying and pulling those famous all-nighters to write papers.  During these uncomfortable stretches of time, sleep deprivation interferes with your productivity and hunger pains can make it even more difficult to concentrate. After all, late nights, erratic schedules, and the stress that comes with trying to juggle it all can lead to some unhealthy eating habits. Stock up on nourishing snacking non-perishables that will give you the energy and brainpower you need to perform your best. Shop prepackaged healthy college care packages  from OCM or look below for recommended items to purchase!

  1. Fruit

Fruit is such an essential component of our diets, but it may be the last thing you think of when it comes to non-perishable options.  Fresh fruit does not have a very long shelf life, even when it is refrigerated.  Look for canned fruit, such as peaches and pineapples; just make sure to drain excess syrup. Plus, there are plenty of dried options, like raisins, mangos, pineapples, apple rings, and apricots.

  1. Trail Mix

The best part about trail mix is that the protein and (healthy) fat content will keep you satiated.  You can find many varieties of pre-made options, or you can make it yourself.  Mix together almonds, cashews, walnuts, pecans, raisins, or any of your favorite nut and dried fruit combination and keep it sealed in an airtight container.

  1. Granola Bars

Granola is a true go-to snack for any college student.  There are an infinite number of brands that create bars so, no matter what your preference or dietary restriction may be, there is sure to be an ideal option for you.  If you are gluten-free, vegan, allergic to peanuts, or looking to increase your protein content, you can carry a compact little package to nibble on when other options are limited. For the healthier options, look for options that contain less sugar additives, as these can cause you to crash later.

  1. Boxed and Canned Goods

If you live in a suite and have access to a stove or even a microwave, this opens up an entire new avenue of food options.  Canned goods like soups, beans and chili have a very long shelf life. Additionally, rice and pastas can be whipped up in mere minutes.

  1. Grains

Non-perishable grains are very abundant and easy to come by.  If you have access to a microwave in your dorm, instant oatmeal is one option that comes in a wide variety of flavors.  For the healthier choice, go with the plain option and add a little peanut butter and honey (non-perishable) to your preferred taste.  Dry cereal or granolas offer some other great options, as you have so many kinds to choose from.  Crackers are an equally delicious option – look for whole grain or brown rice versions (for the gluten free folks).  Spread a little peanut butter and enjoy!

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Five Snacks that Help Beautify Your Skin

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Your skin is the first thing people notice, so make sure it’s one of your best features! There’s no need to spend all your money on expensive makeups and lotions. As a college student, pinch your pennies in this situation and find alternative methods. The food we eat has an impact on how our skin will look and feel. You can get glowing, youthful skin by munching on these healthy and skin-beautifying snacks as part of your daily self-care routine. After reading these tips, check out healthy dorm meals to incorporate the suggested ingredients!

1.   Dairy: Yogurt and Cottage Cheese

HE_cottage-cheese-thinkstock_s4x3_lgYour dorm room’s fridge may hold the secret to glowing skin. Yogurt and cottage cheese made out of real dairy contain a healthy dose of Vitamins A and D, which help your skin absorb sunlight. Think of it as an extra boost to your essential use of sunscreen. In addition, the combination of those two vitamins and the calcium dairy naturally provides will help your skin age gracefully by keeping its elasticity. Be sure to look for yogurt and cottage cheese that are sugar-free.

2.   Berries: Strawberries, Blueberries, and Blackberries

40berriesDrinking an all-natural fruit smoothie or snacking away on a piece of fruit filled (sugar-free) tart is just one of a number of great choices for a healthy lifestyle. Most berries, in particular, contain antioxidants that are anti-inflammatory and will help reduce puffiness and redness. Most berries also contain an acid to protect your youthful skin’s collagen from enzymes that gradually wear away skin’s tight and wrinkle-free qualities.

3.   Nuts and Seeds: Hemp, Almonds, and Sunflower

tree-nutsA handful of mixed nuts not only make a tasty party snack, but they are also a skin-protecting machine! Many nuts such as walnuts and almonds have omega fatty acids, which keep your skin refreshed and hydrated, maintain your color, and fight dryness. Seeds like sunflower seeds can also give you the much-needed Vitamin B1, which increases healthy blood circulation to your skin.

 

4.   Veggies: Leafy Greens

greens1Leafy greens like spinach and turnip greens contain so many vitamins; it’s hard to decide which one is best! Many contain the vitamins already mentioned, but leafy greens also give you Vitamin K and Vitamin E. Vitamin E is number one for moisturizing your skin without the creamy, residue topical lotions. Vitamin K prevents blood clotting that makes dark circles under your eyes.

5.   Drinks: Black and Oolong Teas

Oolong-Tea-for-healthFeel like drinking your way to better-looking skin? A good, warm glass of tea has long been used in ancient times for maintaining ideal skin. Oolong and black tea are the most respected for skin care. These teas contain polyphenols that not only fight skin cancer but also reduce blemishes. After you are done drinking, place the warm tea bags on your eyes to reduce redness.

Maintaining healthy skin is dependent upon simple lifestyle choices. In addition to incorporating the above mentioned ingredients into your diet, make sure to regularly wash your Twin XL sheets and dorm pillows,  drink plenty of water, and avoid cigarette smoke.

 

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