Baked apples with satisfying oats and crunchy stuff seem like a luxury that camping can’t afford, but this recipe proves you wrong. Slice it open, stuff it with a vegan mixture of coconut oil, dried cranberries, oats, pecan halves, and cinnamon. Then, wrap it in aluminum foil and roast it over the campfire.
If you’re following a low-carb meal plan, such as keto, or just looking for a healthier twist on your five-smores-a-day habit while camping, this genius idea is for you. Apple slices replace graham crackers, and a smear of PB replaces the chocolate. You’re going to love these s’mores so much that you’ll want to make them even when you’re back in the comfort of your own four walls.
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You could make this vegan and vegetarian chili ahead of time and bring it with you on your adventures if you’re hiking into a campsite. But it’s easy enough to dump all the ingredients into a pot and simmer it over the fire, too.
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When you officially can’t stomach another granola bar or protein bar, these yummy banana boats save the day. The bananas are sprinkled with unsweetened cocoa powder and maple syrup, then get soft and warm over the fire.
Kebabs are a camping staple but these salmon skewers take it to the next level. The garlic, lemon, and parsley marinade make it seem like you’re having a gourmet meal out in the woods. (Related: 10 Kebab Skewers You Can’t Resist)
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Four ingredients are mixed together and poured into a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Stick the sheet above the hot coals to warm, gather up the edges of the foil to create a bowl, then serve with crusty bread, cracks, or sliced veggies.
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Admittedly, bringing a cast iron skillet on your camping trip will add on a significant amount of weight to your packs, but lugging it to your campsite will open up a world of meal options. These nachos keep it simple with ground beef, jalapeños, cheese, and salsa, but they can be customized any way you’d like. (Related: The Jillian Michaels–Approved Healthy Nacho Recipe)
The secret to making breakfast sandwiches over a fire is cooking the eggs “omelet-style” in a plastic bag. Once the eggs are cooked, layer ham, avocado, and cheese on an English muffin. (You’re prepared to eat, but make sure you’re prepared for everything else your outdoor adventure has in store with cute camping gear.)
This recipe hack uses hollowed out oranges as a muffin tin. To make it easier to throw together at the campsite, use a boxed muffin mix of choice. Pour the prepared muffin batter into the orange peel, wrap it in three layers of aluminum foil, and toss it into the fire. Voilà!