Food for thought: my top 3 no-bake, no-cook, vegan study snacks

Never-ending university deadlines can wreak havoc on your attempts at healthy eating.  By the time you get home from class, the last thing you want to do is mince vegetables and wait an hour for your food to cook.  Ugh, no thanks.  But fear not!  I have a list of go-to healthy snacks that can stave off hunger between study sessions at Robarts.  And I’m gonna share them with you right now.  Oh, and there’s literally no culinary skills required.  You’re welcome.

  1. Apple Nachos

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You will need:

  • 1 apple, sliced
  • 2-3 tbsp creamy peanut or almond butter
  • cinnamon, to taste

Slice the apple and put it on a plate.  Put peanut or almond butter into a small microwave-safe bowl and heat it up until pourable (around 20 seconds).  Drizzle nut butter onto apple slices and sprinkle with cinnamon.  Done-zo.

2. Frostie (not to be confused with Wendy’s FrostyTM)

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You will need:

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1-2 tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup

Throw all that stuff in the blender and blitz it for like 30 seconds or until there are no banana chunks remaining.  Pour it into a tall glass and stick a straw in it.  Pat yourself on the back for choosing to make this recipe instead of hiking all the way to Wendy’s to get one of those saturated fat-ridden milkshakes.  You don’t have time for that.

3. Chocolate Mug Cake

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You will need:

  • 3 tbsp whole wheat flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar or stevia
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter

Put all of the dry ingredients into the mug, followed by the wet, and stir until smooth and combined.  Heat in microwave until cooked through, probably like 80 seconds.  Wait until cool before devouring.  Sometimes, when I’m feeling crazy, I like to drizzle mine with maple syrup or more peanut butter, but it’s also really great on its own.pexels-photo-313690.jpeg