15 Single-Serving Recipes for When You Have the Solo Munchies

Hello and welcome to this thing we’re doing where we help you figure out what you’re gonna put in your mouth this week. Some of these are recipes we’ve tried, some of these are recipes we’re looking forward to trying, all of them are fucking delicious. Tell us what you want to put in your piehole or suggest your own recipes, and we’ll talk about which things we made, which things we loved, and which things have changed us irreversibly as people.

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It’s almost the most wonderful time of the year: 4/20. Before you go up in smoke, though, run out to the store and snag the ingredients for these recipes in preparation. (Speaking of munchies, being prepared, and next Wednesday, remember that time I bought like five kinds of munchies and ate through every box within the first thirty minutes of my first class on 4/20/10? I don’t either.)

If you’re looking for more single-serving goodness, check out my previous post for those of us who are scarily aware that love is a lie and we all die alone. (I’d like to thank Stef for empowering me to embrace the truth.) I’ll enjoy my single-serving munchies all by myself in my car this year while I sing “Silver Springs” and “Free Bird” into the sky from the driver’s seat, so. Nothin’ to see here!

1. Rice Pudding For One

Rice Pudding For One

2. Single-Serving Soft Pretzel

Single-Serving Soft Pretzel

3. Homemade Microwave Spaghetti-ohs in a Mug

Homemade Microwave Spaghetti-ohs in a Mug

4. Single Lady Doughnut

Single Lady Doughnut

5. Healthy Edible Banana Bread for One

Healthy Edible Banana Bread for one

6. Peanut Butter Chocolate Lava Mug Cake

Peanut Butter Chocolate Lava Mug Cake

7. No-Bake Pink Lemonade Cheesecake Parfaits

No Bake Pink Lemonade Cheesecake Parfaits

8. Single Serve Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie

Single Serve Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie

9. Single-Serving Vegan Blueberry Muffin

Single Serving Vegan Blueberry Muffin

10. Oatmeal Stuffed Baked Apple

Oatmeal Stuffed Baked Apple

11. Cinnamon Rolls For One

Cinnamon Rolls for One

12. No-Knead Single Bread Roll

No-Knead Bread Roll

13. Ultimate Banana Oat Greek Yogurt Muffin

Ultimate Banana Oat Greek Yogurt Muffin

14. Single-Serve Microwave Nutella Rice Krispie Treat

Single Serve Microwave Nutella Rice Krispie Treat

15. Microwave Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Scone

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Scone

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  1. I wondered why there was a need to specify that the banana bread for one is “edible”. The original title is banana bread batter, which makes a lot more sense!

    Banana anything will win my heart.

  2. A single bread roll is very odd. Personally, it would be 12 hours of questioning every choice that has led up to this moment, culminating in a deep regret that I didn’t just make scones and invite friends to join me in afternoon tea.

  3. I wish I knew some of these recipes when I was single. It would have made it less depressing and I wouldn’t have to hear my sister make jokes about my large stack of frozen dinner coupons….

  4. “for those of us who are scarily aware that love is a lie and we all die alone. (I’d like to thank Stef for empowering me to embrace the truth.)”

    Huh, well that just bummed out my Monday … was there a memo about this I missed? Here I was happily assuming that love is a horizon line – and if I could only morph into some kind of n-dimension yogi I’d actually reach it. I guess not, though. At least there are those recipes … so it’s not all a waste of time.

    • Honestly the one thing I hate more than cooking for others is sharing so these recipes are perfect for my personality!

  5. This would have been perfect Yesterday When I was alone washing the new Season of Unbreakable Kimmy in space. Side-note milk thistle works solid to help when your tolerance has gone up!

  6. This post is amazing. I can’t really cook and I get home from work pretty late so never want to spend much time in the kitchen. Microwaveable snacks are just the ticket!

  7. An even easier version of the mug cake above:

    4 tbsp flour*
    2 tbsp cocoa
    1 tbsp sugar/honey/sweetener*
    Pinch of salt
    Splash of oil or melted butter* (~1 tsp, but doesn’t have to be exact)
    Splash of vanilla
    ~4 tbsp milk*
    Optional add-ins: coconut, peanut butter, chocolate chips, Reese’s Pieces/M&Ms, Bailey’s, whiskey, salted caramel/caramel sauce, cookie dough, Oreos, cinnamon, nutmeg, sprinkles…
    * Can be subbed with your GF/vegan alternative of choice

    Combine dry ingredients in mug and stir. Add wet ingredients and stir. Add milk as needed – you want a thinish brownie batter consistency. Stir in at least one add-in.

    You can eat the batter raw, microwave for 30-45 seconds to get a lava cake consistency, or microwave for 1:15 to get a dense cake. Serve as-is, or put fruit and/or ice cream on top.

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