“Ultimate Dining Hall Hacks”: Banana Boats

One thing I missed the most during freshman year was my mom’s homemade cooking and yummy snacks.  I remember finding myself dreading another meal at the dining hall or having the same boring granola bar. All I wanted was a tasty new recipe to try that would switch up my repetitive meal routine, despite the limited resources I had (from living in a college dorm with a meal plan).

Ultimate Dining Hall HacksIf only I had the Ultimate Dining Hall Hacks by Priya KrishnaFilled with tons of quick and easy recipes, this book offers college students a way to break free from everyday dining hall foods and snacks by turning them into delicious cooking creations.  As an added bonus, many of these recipes are so simple that you can make them right from your dorm room!

One recipe that jumped out at me immediately was for the scrumptious and clever snack, banana boats!  Besides the fact that you can customize these to fit your tastes, this is the perfect simple and fast snack to make any time of the day.


Here’s what you’ll need:

– Banana
– Toppings of your choice (Great options include coconut shavings, chocolate chips, granola, nuts, or M&Ms.)
– Microwave

Here’s what you’ll do:

  1. Use a knife to make a slit in the banana peel by cutting it down the length of one side.  Use your fingers to slightly pull open the top of the banana.  Do not remove the peel.
  2. Fill the banana with your toppings.
  3. Microwave the banana for 30 seconds at a time about three times, or until the peel is dark and the toppings are slightly melted.
  4. To eat, use a spoon to scoop the filling out of the peel.

For more amazing recipes be sure to pick up your own copy of Ultimate Dining Halls Hacks by Priya Krishna. You’ll find everything from mango parfaits, to pizza bagels, to mac and cheese. Basically, she’s covered how to take breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack needs to the next level!  Trust me, for those days when all you want is your mom’s homemade cooking, you will be so happy you have a recipe book like this during your college career.

Written by Kat P. of Elon University


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