By Victoria Cline
Elm Staff Writer
Hay bales and pumpkins are decorating campus again, so it’s time for fall flavored drinks and desserts. Though most of us do not have the benefit of a full kitchen, that does not mean you can’t mix up some fun, no-bake recipes fit for the changing of seasons. Plus, pumpkins have added nutritional value, as they are filled with vitamins A and C, fiber, and potassium. Even more enjoyable is the comfort of making your own food right in your dorm, which is perfect for snacks and weekend activities.
One easy option is Pumpkin Pie Refrigerator Oatmeal. Simply combine ½ cup of steel oats, 1 ½ cups of milk, ½ cup of pumpkin puree, 4 tablespoons of golden raisins (optional), 1 tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice or allspice, and 2 tablespoons of honey. Once you have mixed the ingredients and poured the mixture into separate containers (mason jars are always good), all you have to do is refrigerate it overnight. You can always heat the mixture in the microwave the next morning too.
For the more adventurous chef, you can try a Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie. This recipe requires access to a blender. You will need 1 frozen banana, 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt, 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, 1/2 cup skim milk, 2 tablespoons of honey, 2/3 cup pumpkin puree (canned or fresh), and 1 cup of ice. Feel free to get creative with the spices you choose to use. Blend on high for 3 minutes, or until the mixture reaches a smooth consistency, then sprinkle a little cinnamon on top for garnish and you are finished.
The last recipe does require an oven. If your dorm does not have one, the Sassafras kitchen is open to all students. To make pumpkin cookies, you only need three-to-four ingredients: 2 cups of quick oats, ¼ cup granulated sugar, 1 cup of pumpkin, and chocolate chips or nuts (optional). Preheat the oven to 325° and lightly grease a cookie sheet. In a mixing bowl, combine the ingredients. Use your hands to make small balls with the mixture and press into a cookie shape on the pan. Cook for 12-15 minutes, let cool and enjoy.
I hope you take advantage of all the flavors that the fall season has to offer and have fun making your own pumpkin creations.