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Favorite Fall Foods on a College Budget

by Alumni Posts on September 30, 2015

in College Life

We can all age can all agree that fall is a pretty spectacular time of the year. Cozy sweaters, warm drinks and hearty foods all remind me of the comforts of fall. Don’t forget to take a break from the chaos to enjoy some of the pleasures of fall.

This week, I’m going share a few fall recipes fit for a college budget!

DIY PSL.
$4 per Pumpkin Spice latte everyday? No thank you. Here’s on for pennies on the dollar.
Ingredients:
1 cup strong coffee, brewed
1 Tbsp half & half or pumpkin spice creamer
1 Tbsp of canned pumpkin puree
1 tsp of honey, sugar, or sweetener (optional, amount as desired)
Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg.
Directions: Simple, combine ingredients and stir well!

Single-serving Pumpkin Pancakes.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I get in the mood for pancakes for dinner, but I don’t want to waste an entire batch or have pancakes for the next 5 days! After learning you can make healthy single-serving pancakes that are high in protein and filling, I can now satisfy my pancake craving whenever I feel like it!

Ingredients:
1/4 cup of flour (whole wheat, oat flour, OR protein powder for extra-filling “power”)
1 egg
1/2 mashed banana
2 tbsp canned pumpkin puree
1 Tbsp milk (Almond milk, soy, or regular)
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg & ginger (optional)
Directions: Beat egg and combine ingredients until well mixed. Heat a pan on medium-low heat and spray with non-stick spray. Form four mini pancakes or two large pancakes. Flip after 1-2 minutes and cook on other side.

Sweet Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dip.
This pumpkin-y dip pairs well with apples, pears, crackers, toast and rice cakes.
Ingredients:
1/4 cup of canned pumpkin puree
2 tbsp. of peanut butter
1 tsp each: cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger
1 tsp sweetener of choice or as desired
Directions: Combine ingredients in a bowl and stir until thoroughly combined.

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