Every once in a while, we find ourselves up in the wee hours of the morning, looking for a little something to fill our cravings. Whether you need energy to fuel an all-nighter or need some comfort food as you doze in front of the television, here are three quick and easy recipes that are sure to blow you away, even at two o’ clock in the morning.
Brownie in a mug
Cooking Time: ~4 minutes
This infamous snack is perfect for those of us who do not want to spend much time preparing a yummy snack. I stumbled across this recipe on the internet after a bad break up and have used it as a source of late-night comfort food since then. If you’re looking for an easy dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth, look no further.
You will need:
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
- Pinch of salt
- Tiny pinch of cinnamon
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 Tbsp canola oil or vegetable oil
- 2 drops vanilla extract
- a microwave!
1. As the name suggests, you begin by combining the sugar, flour, cocoa, salt, and cinnamon in a microwaveable mug. Stir with a fork to mix well and remove clumps.
2. Add the remaining ingredients (oil, water, vanilla) and stir until you have a smooth mixture.
3. Place your mug in the microwave and heat on high for 1 minute and 40 seconds (for a 1000 watt microwave). Time may vary. The brownie should be moist after heating and not dry or flaky. To test for cooked brownie, pierce the center with a fork. If the fork comes out clean and does not stick, your brownie is done.
4. Customize your brownie by adding a scoop of ice cream of your choice (I prefer vanilla to keep it simple) and other toppings such as sprinkles, crushed nuts or whipped cream if you intend to get fancy!
Homemade Trail Mix
Cooking Time: ~7 minutes
For the health conscious night owl or hardworking student, homemade trail mix is a great way to get the necessary protein and energy to help you survive the night. Tired of packaged trail mix and looking for a way to survive an all-nighter before a college final, I created a recipe for trail mix that is sure to have your energy up even when the sun isn’t.
You will need:
- 1 cup of whole-grain cereal,
- 6 tablespoons dried fruit
- 6 tablespoons chopped nuts
- optional: 1 standard pack chocolate M&Ms
1. Place your whole grain cereal in a bowl for easy mixing.
2. Combine dried fruit. Here, variation is good. I like to use a mixture of dried papaya, cut apples, apricots and raisins, though any combination and amount of dried fruit is fine. Mix well with a fork.
3. Add chopped nuts. Again, variation is good. Cashews, peanuts, walnuts and pistachios have all been tried at some point. I enjoy a mixture of cashews and walnuts with cut apples and papaya the most, but any combination is fine.
4. Mix well with a fork. If craving a sweet element, add 1 standard pack of chocolate M&Ms and mix for late night motivation.
Quick and Easy Garlic Bread
Cooking Time: ~10 minutes
Another internet recipe that saved my life, this garlic bread is great for those looking for a few carbs to help lull them to sleep. After all, who doesn’t like garlic bread?
You will need:
- 1 baguette (~1 ft long)
- 4 tbsp butter, softened to room temperature
- 1/2 tsp salt if using unsalted butter
- 2.5 cups grated mozarella and cheddar cheese
- 3 tbsp of chilli flakes (optional)
- 7 cloves of fresh garlic, minced
1. Preheat your oven to 300F.
2. Slice the baguette into 3/4″ thick pieces (thicker or thinner is fine).
3. Mix the garlic, salt and butter in a separate bowl. Slather about 1 knife-scoop of butter evenly onto the bread pieces until all butter is used.
4. Sprinkle with cheese and chilli flakes for added spice.
5. Bake in preheated oven for 5-6 minutes until butter is melted and bread is crisp and golden. Serve hot.