Just because you are spending most of your time in the wilderness and away from civilization doesn’t mean you should rob yourself of the sweeter and finer things in life – like desserts. You want to prepare the main dishes because you miss your traditional meal, we get it, but you need to remember you got limited techniques to do this and amenities to work with. Plus it’s time-consuming.
So, your best bet? Camping desserts. No, not those stale packaged sugary granola snacks and candy bars; we are talking about trying new dessert recipes. Something that will have every member of your crew pleading for seconds.
Hassle-Free Desserts For Camping Trips
We have put together a bunch of easy and delicious camping desserts to tempt your taste buds. Some will need a camping stove, a camping grill, or a Dutch Oven, while others will cook just fine over the campfire.
Forget those archaic sweets for a minute. These mouthwatering, scrumptious desserts are the in thing in the camping world and will work perfectly with a simple camping mess kit and the few resources and time available in this environment. Just pick one, two, or fifteen to suit your taste, camping, and cooking style.
1. Apple Crisps
These are a staple for many campers. You will need peeled and sliced apples, butter, brown sugar, flour, quick oats, and cinnamon.
Get your oven ready and fill it halfway with the apples. Assuming you brought your camping utensils with you, pour flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, oats, and butter in a bowl. Grab a spoon, spork, or any silverware that has a flat edge and mix these completely. Spread the resulting mixture over the apples and cover to cook. Your sweet course will be ready in 30 minutes.
2. Fudge Striped Smores
Camping is no camping without marshmallows. And who could have thought these trail munchies could make some butt-kicking campfire desserts? To prepare fudge striped smores, all you need is a packet of marshmallows and a fudge striped cookie.
Start a campfire and roast your marshmallows. Place the roasted marshmallows between two striped cookies and whoa! You got your dessert. See? Easy as cake! This will be a perfect treat for when camping with kids too.
3. Peach Cobbler
If you are not a fan of apples (almost everyone is) and not sure if you want the sliced ones as dessert, you can try peach cobbler. Here, you will need to pack a few cans of sliced peaches and a packet of baking mix.
Drain off the syrup from the canned peaches but save a quarter of it. Mix the syrup with the baking mix until it forms some sort of batter consistency. Pour this mixture over the sliced peaches and put back the lid. Place the can on hot coals and let it cook until it forms hard dumplings. This should take no more than 25 minutes.
4. Banana Boat
Another delicacy that will get you drooling! Grab a banana, chocolate bar or chips, marshmallows, and an aluminum foil.
Using your camping knife, cut the banana down the middle and leave the peel on. Fill with marshmallows and chocolate and wrap everything in the aluminum foil. Set it into hot charcoal for 15 minutes and rotate often.
5. Vagrant Popcorn
Popcorns are associated with movies but these bonne bouches can be a great addition to camping desserts. Vagrant popcorns or hobo popcorns are a popular treat for many outdoor enthusiasts. To make these, you will need a packet of popcorns, oil, aluminum foil, and a stick.
Cut a 20 by 20-inch piece of foil and put two tablespoons of popcorn and one and a half teaspoons of oil. Make a pouch by bringing the foil edges together. Fasten the corners of the foil leaving enough room for the corn to pop. Secure the pouch to the stick and hold it over a campfire or hot charcoal. Shake repeatedly until all popcorns have popped. Add salt and butter to taste.
6. Pecan Pie
We all love pie and this might be just what you need after a long day on the trail. To make pecan pie, you will need pecans, brown sugar, milk, corn syrup, margarine, baking mix, and vanilla.
Grease the pie plate and sprinkle pecans in it. Pour your ingredients into a bowl and beat until smooth. Pour this mixture into the pie plate and set it into the oven. Let it bake for 40 minutes. If you have access to a camping coffee maker and had brought a camping mug with you, then you surely will have an amazing breakfast.
7. Fried Pie
You don’t need an oven to eat pie. As long as you have included a frying pan in your camp kitchen essentials, you will be just fine. But you will also need fruit pie filling, pre-prepped dough, large biscuits, margarine, and cinnamon sugar.
Roll out dough and place one biscuit and a spoon of fruit pie filling in the center. Fold it over and compress the edges. Put margarine in a frying pan and place on an open fire or hot coals. Once hot, place your pie roll and heat it until it’s ready. Remove from heat and sprinkle cinnamon sugar on it.
8. Applesauce Cake
Want to snack on the cake but don’t want to go through the hassle of baking it? Then think applesauce cake. All you will require is a can of applesauce and a packet of cake mix.
Pour your applesauce into a cast-iron skillet or frying pan and then pour your cake mix over it. Cover and place it on hot coals. Let it cook for approximately 25 minutes or until the cake mix is completely steamed by moisture from the applesauce. Remove from heat and let it cool for about 10 minutes. Serve warm.
9. Milk Cake
Applesauce, not your thing? No problem here is more cake! This time we are going to use unsliced bread, sweetened milk, and shredded coconut. Ready?
Cut your bread into squares (2 inches each) and place them on a stick. Dip the bread squares in the sweetened milk and let it soak for 45 seconds. Then dip in coconut and make sure all bread is covered. Toast over the fire until golden brown.
10. No-Bake Cookies
Yup! These camping delicacies will need nobody’s oven. To get started, get sugar, cocoa, butter, milk, oatmeal, vanilla, and peanut butter.
Mix sugar, cocoa, milk, and butter in a pan and place on fire to boil. Stir constantly for two minutes, then remove from heat. Add peanut butter and vanilla and stir until it forms a smooth paste. Pour the mixture and add oatmeal. Mix everything up until the oats are completely coated. Let it cool for about ten minutes before serving. Hasten the cooling process by putting it in a lunch cooler.
11. Hobo Pies
Camping and pies go hand in hand like rhythm and blues. You know you have utilized your camping kitchen only if you have a pie made in it. To make this one, in particular, you will need bread, butter, and a can of pie filling.
Butter your bread and place it on a pie plate, face down. Add the pie filling and cover the filling with another slice of bread. Cover the plate tightly and heat till golden brown. Yummy!
12. Cream Puffs
For a delicious creamy puff, you need only marshmallows and biscuit dough. Open up a biscuit roll and stuff marshmallows inside. Roll up the biscuit to completely hide the marshmallows. Put this on a stick, start a campfire, and roast till desired. Sit back and enjoy your treat.
13. Broomstick Bread
Camping with your little ones and need some sweet munchies for them? Then this it. Just be sure to pack up the vanilla pudding, fruit pie filling, refrigerated biscuits (you will need your backpack cooler to keep these chilled), and well, a broomstick handle.
Stretch your biscuits down over the handle of the broomstick so it forms a C shape. Stuff the inside with pie filling and pudding and cook over the fire for 10 to 15 minutes or until crispy. Let it cool.
14. Chocolate Éclairs
Perfect for breakfast. You will require crescent rolls, vanilla pudding, chocolate frosting, skewers or spoons, and foil.
Wrap one crescent roll around a skewer stick or the end of a spoon and make sure to close up the end. Wrap this loosely with foil and cook till golden brown. Remove the skewer stick or spoon and stuff with pudding. Spread the chocolate frosting on top.
15. Sticky Buns
Your ingredients will be canned biscuits, cinnamon, nuts, and brown sugar. Mash two biscuits together. Mix cinnamon, nuts, and sugar and roll the mashed biscuits in the mixture. Place on a pie plate and cook over hot charcoal for one minute, each side.
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There you have it! 15 tasty camping desserts to make your next visit into the woods even more thrilling. Instead of hauling all your camping cookware to the wilderness and cleaning dishes after every meal, learn to cook your meals, in cans, foil, or on sticks.
All the recipes listed above can be prepped at home and carried to the destination. The best place to cook will be on a camping stove or charcoal grill but if you are going to use a campfire, be sure to observe campfire safety rules.
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