You’ll be the hit of the trip if you include these items on the menu
What do you love most about camping? Getting off the beaten path? Communing with nature? Spending time with loved ones around a crackling fire? All of that is certainly great, but let’s not forget about the food! Camping gives you an excellent opportunity to make some tasty treats, and while s’mores may be the standard fare, you don’t have to stop there. Check out these fun desserts and snacks that all of your camping companions will love.
Banana boats are quick, easy, and (thanks to the banana) even a little healthy. Making them involves splitting a banana in half and then stuffing it with something tasty. You can then choose whatever you want for toppings, such as chocolate chips, peanut butter, nuts, or other fruit. Wrap it in foil, let your fire heat it up for a few minutes, and enjoy.
Though you may not actually see any bears on your trip, you can spot some around your campfire. Brown bears are a take on s’mores, but instead of putting marshmallows on a stick, you’ll use biscuit dough. Once it’s sufficiently browned on all sides, roll the dough in melted butter and a mixture of cinnamon and sugar. For more of a meal or a side dish, swap out the cinnamon and sugar mix for one of oregano, basil, and garlic.
Ants on a log
A traditional after-school snack, ants on a log also makes for a great camping treat that both kids and adults will like. Plus, it’s simple. All you need is celery, peanut butter, and raisins. If you want to mix things up a bit, you can try some variations, such as ants on a sandy log, which involves sprinkling them with graham cracker or cookie crumbs.
The surprise with these apple cookies is that they’re not actually cookies. Here’s what to do: Grab some apples and core out the middles. Then slice them pretty thin – about one-quarter of an inch or so. These will be your “cookie” bases. Then top them with peanut butter or perhaps a hazelnut-chocolate spread. After that, add whatever you’d like, such as nuts, berries, chocolate chips, or any other morsels you have available.
Pineapple upside-down cakes
This recipe also has a secret: Your “cakes” will really be doughnuts, and in addition to those (glazed or cake varieties work best), you’ll need a can of pineapple rings, butter, brown sugar, and maraschino cherries. Start by taking a piece of aluminum foil and putting a pat of butter in the center, and then top that with a pineapple ring and a doughnut. Next, fill the hole with a little brown sugar, another pat of butter, and a cherry. Then all you need to do is wrap it up in the foil and put it on the campfire grill (or safely hold it over the fire) for about five minutes or so.
Cinnamon and agave roasted peanuts
Peanuts are always a great little pick-me-up snack, but you don’t just have to bring some cans from the store. You can make your own treat by taking unsalted shelled peanuts and coating them in a mixture of cinnamon, agave nectar, and vegetable oil (about one tablespoon each) and then putting them in a cast iron skillet. Roast the nuts over your fire for about 10 minutes, and let them cool until they’re ready for munching.
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