Delicious microwave recipes to celebrate fall foods

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Apple strudel, with a dash of powdered sugar, is one of the many recipes students can make at home with just a microwave and simple ingredients. (Courtesy of wikipedia.org, Che)

As the cold weather settles in, and our outfits are comprised of more and more layers, there is nothing more appealing than a warm cup or dish of the perfect fall treat.

Around Schenectady, there are plenty of places to get these special autumn foods, but what if you don’t want to leave your room?

Below are a few easy-to-make, delicious recipes for fall food, most of which you can make with just a microwave.

1. Apple strudel: If you have leftover apples from apple-picking adventures, here’s an easy and tasty recipe for a microwave apple strudel.

Cut the apple into small pieces, sprinkle with cinnamon and dining hall granola or dry oats (packet of brown sugar oatmeal would be perfect).

Thinner slices work best, and will get the softest after being cooked. Put your creation in the microwave for a minute to a minute and a half, depending on your preference for soft apples. If you have any vanilla ice cream, a little dollop on top won’t hurt anyone. Voila, apple strudel in less than five minutes.

2. Pumpkin mug cake: This recipe calls for a box of vanilla cake mix and one can of pumpkin puree, but the beauty of it is that it doesn’t use much of either ingredient, so you can make this one over and over until you use up all of your supplies.

For this recipe, take three spoons of your cake mix, one spoon of your pumpkin, one spoon of water and if you have any pumpkin pie spice (cinnamon and sugar will work well, too) mix that in together.

Mix with your spoon until it has a smooth, uniform consistency, and then microwave for one minute. Take that ice cream out again, and you’ve got a perfect little fall treat.

3. Banana bread mug: If you’re not as much of a pumpkin fan, here’s another recipe for a microwave mug treat guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth. This one is a little more complicated than the last, but it’s oh so worth it.

You need one egg, half of a ripe banana, and dry quick oats. Mash the banana, mix in the egg and a half cup of oats, an optional splash of almond milk, and microwave on high for one minute, or until it puffs up to the top.

The perfect topping for this cake would be some walnuts, or a generous spoon of a nut butter of your choosing. For my fellow chocoholics, a few chocolate chips, or some broken pieces of a Hershey bar mixed into the batter will give you a delicious melted chocolate pocket to break into. A little spoon of Nutella would also do the trick …

There you go, some tasty and simple treats to make in your dorm room in less than five minutes.

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