Easy Vegan Dorm Recipes

Being vegan in college can be difficult, especially if you rely on the dining hall for food. Luckily, there are plenty of delicious meals that you can make with just a mini-fridge, freezer, microwave, and a blender!

Here are my go-to affordable vegan meals:

1. Oatmeal

Oatmeal is my favorite way to start the morning. The warmth of the oats paired with some fresh fruit makes for the perfect combination. Not to mention, this meal keeps you full for hours. Although oatmeal can seem boring, it is actually so customizable. You can add fruit, nuts, peanut butter, chocolate, and so much more. If you want to get creative with your oats, I highly recommend following @tracesoats on TikTok for unique recipes!

oatmeal with blueberries on beautiful table Photo by Ellieelien from Unsplash

2. Buddha Bowl

Not only are buddha bowls aesthetically pleasing, but they are a great source of grains, healthy fats, and veggies! First, steam some brown rice or quinoa in the microwave, then, steam your vegetables. My personal favorite toppings are broccoli and sweet potatoes (I find these microwave best!) Top it off with some fresh greens, avocado, and a dollop of hummus. This healthy dinner totally hits the spot. 

Vegan dinner and vegetables on a table Photo by Ella Olsson from Pexels

3. Smoothies

I love drinking a refreshing smoothie to regain my energy! One of the best things about smoothies is how quick and easy they are to make. Another huge perk is that frozen fruit is super affordable, and you never have to worry about it going bad. Also, frozen fruit gives your smoothie a thick and creamy texture! Personally, I love your classic strawberry banana smoothie, but some days I go for a chocolate peanut butter banana “nice” cream. As for my blender, I bought a Magic Bullet off Amazon for only $30! It has been a lifesaver and my roommates always borrow it!

4. Chickpea “Chicken” Salad Sandwich

This meal is the perfect protein-packed lunch. First, drain and mash your chickpeas in a bowl. Then, chop some red grapes, celery, and almonds. For the sauce, mix together vegan mayo with a little dijon mustard. Combine everything in a bowl, add salt and pepper, and smear this “chicken” salad onto your choice of bread! It is an amazing light lunch that leaves you feeling so satisfied!

5. Energy Balls

These no-bake energy balls are a fan favorite. They are so easy and delicious! Mix together 1 cup of oats, ½ cup of nut butter, and ⅓ cup of maple syrup. To add some more flavor, I like to add shaved coconut or chocolate chips! Roll this mixture into bite-sized pieces and toss them in the fridge. These are great to grab when you're on the go or when you’re in need of a pick-me-up!

6. Chia Pudding

Who doesn't love a chocolatey guilt-free dessert? This chia pudding will satisfy your sweet tooth and give you the nutrients you need. In a jar, shake together 1 cup of almond milk, 3 tablespoons of chia seeds, 1 ½ tablespoons of cacao powder, and a dash of maple syrup. Place it in the fridge overnight and it will become the perfect thickness. This pudding is the perfect snack after an all-night study sesh!

glass jar filled with chia seed pudding and raspberries Photo by Milada Vigerova from Unsplash I know how frustrating and difficult it can be when the dining hall does not offer any vegan options. So, I hope you can avoid the cafeteria and try some of these delicious meals! Even if you aren't vegan, these recipes are quick, easy, affordable, and healthy! Enjoy!