Two Healthy Dishes You Can Bring to College From Home

Many of my all time favorite dishes just can’t be made in my dorm room. For example, who doesn’t love a good waffle? Well, I don’t know about you, but I just don’t have the space for a waffle iron, nor do I have the space to make such a big mess. Most college dorms don’t have ovens either. I’m the kind of gal who likes to have as little junk as humanly possible. That means no unnecessary pans to store in my tiny room. Why not just bring goodies from home and keep them in my freezer for later? Here are two of my favorite dishes from home that I keep in my mini-freezer at all times. Plus, they’re healthy alternatives to dining hall junk!

1. Waffle Donuts

One of my favorite morning meals is a homemade chocolate protein waffle. It can be dressed up in a number of ways with strawberries or bananas. This healthy recipe is traditionally made in a waffle maker, but to make it easier for storage, I just turned them into donuts. When I want a waffle for breakfast, I just take five to six donuts out of the bag in the freezer and heat them up in the microwave. My favorite way to enjoy them is with a little bit of maple syrup, crushed walnuts, and chopped strawberries.

Recipe:

  • Whisk 4 egg, Whisk 1 cup condensed milk, and 2 TBS of Maple Syrup in a bowl
  • Add 2 cups Almond Flour, 4 scoops chocolate protein powder, and mix together
  • Add 4 heaping TBS of cacao powder, 1 tsp baking soda, and mix together
  • Add 2 tsp vanilla extract and cinnamon
  • Finally add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of water to get mix to desired consistency

When I make these at home, I use a baby cakes donut maker. It’s super simple to place the waffle batter into the machine and let it sit for about four minutes. You can still choose to make waffles if you prefer, but sometimes the squares take up too much room in the freezer.

2. Peanut Butter Protein Balls

I don’t know about you, but after I get back from the gym it’s usually around 8:15pm and our dining hall is closed. After a hard kickboxing workout, I’m always in the mood for a little snack to give me the energy I need to crank through the rest of my work for the night. The perfect snack for that is peanut butter balls. They’re sweet, and taste a lot like a peanut butter cup, but they fill me up and keep me from wanting to snack on more stuff. I keep them in the freezer and take two out for my after gym snack. Beware, they are a bit hard at first, so I usually let mine sit out for a minute or two before eating.

Recipe

  • 1 cup Natural Peanut Butter or other nut butter
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  •  3 cups old fashioned oats (I like to use gluten free oats, but any are fine except quick oats)
  • 2-3 scoops Chocolate Protein powder
  • 1/3 cup of water
  • sprinkle of crushed cacao nibs (these are bitter so go easy on them)
  • Mix ingredients and roll them into 1inch balls. Put in freezer and enjoy later!

With Love,

Ashley Ardele

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