Quick and Easy Microwave Recipes to Make in Your Dorm Room

College students are known for miraculously surviving for four years on chips, pretzels, and instant meals, but it’s possible to make real food in minutes without leaving your dorm room! All you need is a microwave for these easy recipes.

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Brownie in a Mug


4 tablespoons flour (I use rice or coconut flour)

1 tablespoon. cocoa flourMug Brownie2

1/2 tablespoon chocolate hemp protein powder (optional)

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons maple syrup

3 1/2 tablespoons water

1/2 tablespoon soy milk (I use vanilla)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Chocolate chips (optional; I like the Enjoy Life non-dairy ones)


Spray a coffee cup with vegetable cooking spray. Stir in the dry ingredients, then mix in the liquid ingredients. Stir until smooth, then bake in the microwave for about a minute, checking if it’s done around 50 seconds.

Potato Chips

Recipe by METALFRAGGLE on allrecipes.com


4 medium Yukon Gold potatoes



Scrub the potatoes and thinly slice them. Place parchment paper over the bottom of your microwave oven, and place a layer of potato slices on top. Cover the later with another sheet of parchment paper, then cook on high for 8 minutes or until the slices are brown and crispy. Remove the chips and allow them to cool.

Cherry Almond Oatmeal

Recipe by wisweetp on allrecipes.com
Recipe by wisweetp on allrecipes.com


2 cups rolled oats

3 ½ cups sweetened vanilla almond milk

1/8 teaspoon salt

½ cup dried tart cherries


Stir all the ingredients except the cherries together in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 5 to 6 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes until the liquid has been absorbed and the oats are soft. Then stir in the cherries, and serve while hot.

Recipe by sal on allrecipes.com
Recipe by sal on allrecipes.com

Apple Butter


2 pounds chopped apples

1/3 cup maple syrup

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon


Combine apples in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 15 minutes, then process the mixture in a blender until it’s smooth. Return it to the bowl, microwave for 5 more minutes, and store your finished product in the refrigerator. This is great on toast and biscuits, and it be used to replace oil, eggs, and butter in baked goods!

Kale Chips

Recipe by Blueberry on allrecipes.com
Recipe by Blueberry on allrecipes.com


1 bunch flat-leaf kale (trim away ribs and cut leaves into 2-inch pieces)

1 tablespoon olive oil

Sea salt to taste


Place kale pieces on a microwave-safe plate, then drizzle the olive oil on top and season with sea salt. Cook in the microwave for around 2 minutes or until crispy.

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