Cooking in the Dorm

Tis’ the season of jolliness and mirth! For college students the promised festivities are postponed with exams and homeward bound packing.

Students are too busy studying to consider the holidays, concentrating on more important matters like not failing that cumulative exam.

All too often a box of Christmas themed cookies supplies the bland holiday cheer to late night exam crammers.

Those naughty cookies are fat-filled, adding unnecessary calories to future holiday dinners. Receiving a poor final grade with a belly that would make Santa laugh is not gift anyone wants to receive. Still nothing says Christmas like sweets.

The typical Christmas desserts come loaded with sugar and butter. Eggnog and spiced cider are sugar traps, carrying as many calories as a small hamburger.

An easy way to avoid these holiday food blunders and still enjoy yourself is to prepare your own dessert. With this simple, healthy recipe holiday cheer is guaranteed no matter what situation you find yourself in.

Using many ingredients found, or hidden, in the dorm this dessert also helps clear out your fridge for the upcoming winter break.

A box of instant fat-free, sugar-free pudding speeds up the process when you’re short on time.

I tried the 5 minute instant pudding mixture from Jell-O and although not as firm as the regular set it worked and tasted great. Warm sliced banana with honey adds a naturally sweet holiday-healthy elegance.

Alcohol of your choice can top the pudding but I recommend using the spicy cinnamon flavor from Goldschl’auml;ger for the holiday kick.

Responsibly enjoying this pudding will put anyone in high spirits this holiday season.

Prepare the pudding according to the box directions, whisking the milk in gradually.

No clumps should form. After the milk is combined thoroughly whisk in the Irish cream. To let the pudding set, cover and place in the refrigerator.

Next heat a frying pan to low heat and add 2 tablespoons of butter, the sliced banana and the rum/whiskey/ Goldschl’auml;ger.

When the banana slices start to sizzle, about 2 to 5 min, flip them over and drizzle honey over mixture. After 2-3 minutes remove the banana slices and spoon on top of the pudding. Dust with cinnamon power.

Serve warm or cold with your choice of whipped cream or vanilla wafers.

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