Cooking for a family in the wild……or wild children….can sometimes be a struggle, especially when the heavens have opened and the rain has just added to the stress of it all.
Not to worry, we’ve got you covered
To avoid camp kitchen mishaps and stove stress we have put together our top 15 easy and very tasty camping snacks to make ahead that adults and children will both enjoy!
As the saying goes ‘fail to prepare, prepare to fail’.
Everything tastes better eaten in the open air, so look no further if its inspiration you’re after or simply just something to copy step by step (we’ve all been there).
Our snacks make ahead guide will ensure your camp cooking is kept easy, simple and satisfying.
15 Camping Snacks to Make Ahead
(Get ready for mouthwatering recipes)
1. No Bake Protein Bites
1 cup of rolled oats
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
2/3 cup of smooth peanut butter
2 scoops of vanilla whey protein powder
1/2 tablespoons of honey
1/4 cup of raisins, flax sees, chia seeds or chocolate chips
- Mix your dry ingredients firstly in a large bowl
- Add peanut butter and honey
- Stir together
- Cover bowl over with cling film and chill for 30 minutes
- Take them out and make small balls from them with your hands, no bigger than a golf ball
- Roll the protein balls over scattered oats and chocolate chips on a chopping board so they stick to them
- Simply put them into an air-tight container or plastic zip bag to keep them fresh.
These should take no more than 10 minutes to prepare and should make around 20 tasty bites.
They offer the perfect snack that gives you the added boost of protein when out camping.
Check out this short video that shows just how easy they are to make for camping!
2. 5-Minute Fruit on the Bottom Yogurt Cups
1/2 cup of plain yogurt
1/4 cup of fresh fruit such as chopped strawberries or blueberries
2 tablespoons of granola
2 teaspoons of jam
- Take a half pint jar or a small storage container and spoon half the yogurt in
- Add in your fresh fruit and drizzle with jam
- Spoon in the remaining yogurt ontop
- Sprinkle the granola over this and seal your container
These can be enjoyed straight away or can keep for up to a week if stored in a sealed half pint jar.
Great snack for breakfast to give you your energy when out exploring.
80 grams of brown sugar
200 grams of porridge oats
3 tablespoons of golden syrup
110g of rice crispies
4 tablespoons of peanut butter
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- Grab a baking tray and line with parchment paper – set aside
- Get hold of a sauce pan, and mix together the sugar with the golden syrup until its dissolved
- Remove from heat and set aside
- In a bowl, gently combine the rice crispies, oats, vanilla and peanut butter
- Pour the syrup over the dry mixture and stir
- Pour into the baking tray and squash down right into the sides
- Put in fridge to chill and cut into squares
This camping snack should make around 12 squares.
Great for a large family or if you’re camping over a long weekend
***TIP*** Add whey protein powder to get more protein into your diet when out adventuring
4. Ham and Cheese No Bread Roll Ups
Thin slice fresh ham
Swiss cheese slices
2 tablespoons of Mayonnaise
2 tablespoons of Dijon Mustard
- Trim the ham, cheese and pickles to equal lengths
- Lay the ham down firstly and put cheese slices on top
- Mix Mayonnaise and Dijon Mustard together and spread over top of cheese
- Place the pickles on top of each cheese slice and roll up tightly.
You can make as many you desire for the people going camping.
These are brilliant snacks to keep hunger at bay for yourself or children.
5. No Bake Smores Bars
9 pieces of Grahams crackers
9 ounces of chocolate
1 cup of marshmallow fluff
6 tablespoons of unsalted butter
- Place the Grahams crackers into a plastic zip bag and smash them into crumbs with a rolling pin
- Shake the crackers from the zip lock bag out into a bowl but hold onto a tablespoon of it
- Add butter and mix together until it forms together
- Transfer the grahams crackers over to a 9×5 loaf tin with parchment around the sides
- Press the crackers down with the back of glass or smooth object
- Spread a good layer on marshmallow fluff/cream over the crackers
- Douse a good amount of melted chocolate over the marshmallow until completely covered
- Sprinkle with the left over Grahams cracker crumbs
- Place in freezer for 30 minutes, then transfer to fridge
This lovely recipe will make around 6 smores bar, perfect for children or sitting down with a nice cup of tea.
6. Berry Crisp Foil Packs
1 tablespoon of all-purpose flour
2 cups of old-fashioned rolled oats
1/4 cup of brown sugar
3 cups of mixed berries (Raspberries, Blueberries, Blackberries)
Juice of 1/2 Lemon
1/3 cup of chopped pecans
1/4 cup of butter (cut into cubes)
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of Kosher salt
- Preheat your grill on high
- Make four 8×8 inches foil pouches and spray with coconut or olive oil
- In one bowl, throw in berries, lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of brown sugar. Set aside for now.
- In a second bowl, stir your oats, flour, pecans, butter, cinnamon, salt and remaining brown sugar until the mixture forms a crumble topping
- Lay out half the berry mixture into the foil pouches, the top with half the crumble.
- Repeat again
- Fold over the foil pouches and seal closed
- Set on the grill for around 15-20 minutes until the berries are bubbling and oats have been cooked through
- Set aside until cooled down and pack them into your food bag
Try adding ice-cream to it, this is a great dessert for a family that can be enjoyed over the campfire!
7. Campfire Popcorn
1/4 cup of popcorn kernels
1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder or cinnamon
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
- Get hold of a pie tin and throw popcorn kernels and your vegetable oil in
- Cover over tightly with tinfoil, leaving enough room at the top so the kernels can pop
- Place over your campfire and let the heat do its job
- Using tongs or a stick, shake the tin until the popping stops
- Season with garlic powder/cinnamon and salt to serve
A great snack to indulge in over the campfire. Very easy done and serves up to 4 people.
8. Campfire Breakfast Burritos
8 ounces of cooked ham, diced
1 tablespoon of Old El Paso Taco Seasoning
1/2 tablespoon of olive oil
1 cup of frozen hash browns
1 can of Old El Paso Green Chilies
1/4 cup of chopped cilantro
2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
8 Old El Paso Flour Tortillas
- Heat a large skillet with the olive oil
- Add the frozen hash browns and cook for 1-minute
- Add the diced ham and continue to cook until the hash browns and ham and browned, around 8-10 minutes
- Grab a large bowl and whisk your eggs in it, add the taco seasoning
- Once the hash browns and ham have browned, add in the whisked eggs
- Cook and stir until the eggs have cooked and set
- Stir in the green chilies, cheese and cilantro
- Warm up the tortillas until they are soft
- Spoon in around and 1/8 the egg mixture into the centre of each tortilla
- Roll and wrap up the tortillas and place tightly into foil
- Store in a cooler until ready to eaten
- Take out and place on hot coals next to your campfire until heated through, should be around 10-15 minutes
Great morning breakfast rather than the usual porridge or cereal.
Cooked eggs out camping in the wild…..what’s not to like?
9. Smore’ish Granola
3 cups of rolled oats
1 tablespoon of butter, melted
1/4 cup of maple syrup or agave
1 cup of mini marshmallows
1 cup of chocolate chips
Pinch of Cinnamon
Pinch of sea salt
- Get a hold of some tin foil and coat it in cooking oil spray making sure entire inside of the foil is covered
- In a large bowl, mix together the oats, cinnamon and sea salt
- Add the melted butter, maple syrup and stir well
- Lay out the mixture in the centre of each tin foil wrap and cover and seal over
- Push your thumbs down on it to remove any spaces where air may be
- Lay the foil pack next to the campfire on hot coals and heat for around 5-10 minutes
- Shake the foil every 2-3 minutes with a stick or tongs to avoid sticking
- Take off the campfire and open carefully, it will be hot
- Add in your chocolate chips and marshmallows and allow to melt
- Tuck in
Another amazing campfire snack to get your teeth into.
10. Campfire French Toast
5 large eggs
1 tablespoon of granulated sugar
Butter (for foil)
1/4 cup of whole milk
1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
1 loaf of sliced white bread
1 cup of sliced strawberries
1/4 cup of powdered sugar (for garnish)
Maple syrup (for serving)
Pinch of kosher salt
- Grease a large sheet of foil in butter and shape into a boat
- Place the bread slices into it, standing up to keep its loaf shape
- In a large bowl, whisk your eggs and add in your milk, vanilla, sugar and salt
- Carefully pour over the bread slices, making sure to cover each slice fully
- Cover the loaf over with foil
- At your campfire, place over hot coals next to the flames until eggs have cooked through and bread is slightly toasted, about 40-minutes
- Let it sit to cool down and add dust with powdered sugar, add your sliced strawberries and drizzle with maple syrup
An absolute camping snack to die for!
Who says baking and camping don’t mix?!
11. Foil Pack Cheesy Fries
1 bag of Frozen Crinkle cut french fries
4 slices of cheddar or American cheese slices
1 tablespoon of butter, melted
2 green onions, diced
2 pieces of diced bacon
- Mix your fries and melted to together and toss together
- Make 2-4 foil boats from your tin foil
- Add the fries and diced bacon into them and fold edges and seal
- Sit on hot coals next your campfire and let it cook for 20-30 minutes until fries have cooked through
- Take off the campfire now with tongs or stick and open the top of the foil carefully
- Add in your cheese and diced onions for serving
These are a perfect dinner for a large family. Even serve with burgers or hot dogs or eat them as they are
You’ll not be disappointed!
12. Campfire Pasta Packet
1 bag of spaghetti or pasta of your choice
1/2 a jar of passata sauce
1 tablespoon of basil
1 teaspoon of paprika
1 teaspoon of garlic
1 onion, sliced
Pinch of salt and pepper
- Preheat a skillet and add the garlic
- Chop your onions and place on skillet, stir until brown
- Add in your passata sauce
- Add in the basil, paprika, salt and pepper
- Meanwhile, cook your pasta in a large pot and drain
- Transfer your pasta over to the skillet and stir together
- Let it cool down and place into a zip lock bag
- Once at you’re camping spot, set out a few pieces of tin foil and add the pasta into the centre
- Fold over the foil and seal
- Set on campfire for around 20-minutes until fully heated through
- Let it cool for 5 minutes, grab a fork and enjoy
A great dinner that’s full of goodness and wholesome, perfect to keep you warm during a cold night’s camping
13. Blueberry Cobbler
2 dry pints of fresh blueberries
1/2 cup of sugar
1 tablespoon of sugar
3/4 cup of salted butter
1 cup of unbleached pastry flour
1 and 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
3/4 cup of buttermilk
- Make sure your campfire is at least a medium heat, with red and white coals burning
- Place a cast iron on the hot coals and add 1/2 cup of the butter
- When melted, add in the blueberries and 1/2 cup of sugar
- Cook until mixture bubbles and it looks like a syrup – this will take around 5-8 minutes
- In a medium bowl, mix together your flour, baking powder and 1 tablespoon of sugar
- Add in the remaining 1/4 cup of butter and mix together until the mixture looks crumbly
- Stir in the buttermilk, mixing it quickly so that the dough just comes about comes together
- Stir the blueberry mixture to stop it sticking and drop the dough over the top in approximately 1/4 cup lumps
- Cover and seal the skillet with foil and cook until the mixture is bubbling again
- Keep on heat for around 30-40 minutes and test with a toothpick or fork to see if it comes out clean
- Grab your plates and forks and tuck in
A lovely nighttime snack before bed, it will fill you up and keep you warm and spirits lifted.
14. Chocolate Marshmallow Banana Boats (Kiddies favourite)
1 handful of mini marshmallows
1 handful of chocolate chips
- Tear a piece of tin foil that is about 12×12 inches
- Place a peeled banana on the foil and cut it lengthwise about 3/4 of the way up
- Spread it apart and fill it with mini marshmallows and chocolate chips
- Tighty wrap the foil around the banana
- At your campfire, place the wrapped banana on the hot coals for about 5 minutes
- Take off the fire with a stick, unwrap and dive in!
This is especially popular with the kids. A great snack that is fun to make and very tasty!
15. Bacon Ranch Grilled Potatoes
1 1/2 lbs of potatoes
4 slices of bacon
1/3 cup of Ranch Dressing
1/4 cup of shredded cheddar
2 tablespoons of fresh parsley (Chopped)
1/2 teaspoon of salt
Non-stick cooking spray
Pinch of pepper
- Before you go on you’re camping trip, clean and slice your potatoes
- Dice your bacon and parsley
- Set them into a zip lock bag
- Cut your tin foil so that your potatoes can fit into and be covered and sealed
- Make sure your campfire is roaring hot with red and white coals at the bottom
- Place your potatoes into the foil and cover with the ranch dressing
- Top with bacon, shredded cheese, parsley, salt and pepper
- Cover up the foil wraps and set on the hot coals, let it cook for around 20-minutes on each side so 40-minutes all together
This is a tasty dinner that can make between 4-6 servings
Your belly will thank you!
Next time you’re camping, you must give some of these recipes a try!
They are super easy to make, prepare and are suitable for the entire family. I must say I enjoy the Chocolate Marshmallow Banana Boats!
I have a major sweet tooth but I’m also a big kid at heart
So, prepare a few of these snacks next time you go on you’re camping trip and I’m sure you feel fuller for longer and have one happy belly!
Any questions, don’t hesitate to ask