Camping is all about reconnecting with nature and embarking on exciting outdoor adventures. Amidst the scenic beauty and tranquil landscapes, there’s nothing quite like enjoying a tasty snack that not only satisfies your cravings but also fuels your body for the journey ahead. In this guide, I’ll explore the best camping snacks that strike the perfect balance between deliciousness and nutritional value. Whether you’re a seasoned camper or a novice explorer, these snacks are sure to elevate your camping experience. Get ready to discover a world of flavors and energy-packed goodness that will keep you going through every hike, campfire, and stargazing session.
The Trail Mix Revolution
Trail mix is a camping classic, and albeit for good reason. This classic is a customizable blend of nuts, dried fruits, and even a hint of chocolate. You can add so many wonderful nutrient-dense foods to you trail mix. Get creative and most of all, enjoy! Here is just one example of this classic recipe.
Goji Berry Trail mix
- 1 cup of Goji berries
- 1 cup of raw almonds
- 1/2 cup of raw cashews
- 1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
- 1/2 cup of dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips (optional for a sweet touch)
- 1/2 cup of coconut flakes (optional for extra flavor)
- Prepare Your Ingredients: Gather all your ingredients and make sure they’re ready for mixing.
- Roast the Nuts and Seeds (Optional): If you prefer a roasted flavor, you can roast the almonds, cashews, and pumpkin seeds in the oven. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C), spread the nuts and seeds on a baking sheet, and roast for about 8-10 minutes or until they turn golden brown. Keep an eye on them to prevent burning.
- Mix Everything Together: In a large mixing bowl, combine the roasted (if desired) or raw almonds, cashews, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, Goji berries, and any optional ingredients like dark chocolate chips or coconut flakes.
- Toss and Mix: Gently toss all the ingredients together until they are evenly distributed. Ensure that the Goji berries are well spread throughout the mix.
- Store: Transfer your homemade Goji Trail Mix to an airtight container or resealable bags. Store it in a cool, dry place or in the refrigerator to keep it fresh.
- Enjoy: Your homemade Goji Trail Mix is ready to enjoy! It makes for a healthy and delicious snack for hiking, camping, road trips, or whenever you need an energy boost.
Feel free to customize this recipe to your liking by adding other nuts, seeds, or dried fruits that you enjoy. The beauty of trail mix is its versatility, so you can tailor it to your taste preferences and dietary needs. Happy snacking!
Jerky, the Protein Powerhouse
Jerky is the ultimate protein-packed camping snack. From beef to turkey and even vegetarian options, there are so many ways to enjoy this camping must-have for sustained energy.
- 16 oz (450g) of your choice of mushrooms (e.g., portobello, shiitake, oyster)
- 1/4 cup soy sauce or tamari (for a gluten-free option)
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup or agave nectar
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon liquid smoke (optional, for a smoky flavor)
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- Pinch of cayenne pepper (adjust to taste for spiciness)
- Prepare the Marinade: In a mixing bowl, combine the soy sauce, maple syrup, olive oil, liquid smoke (if using), smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Whisk the ingredients together to create a flavorful marinade.
- Slice the Mushrooms: Clean your mushrooms and slice them into thin strips, approximately 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. Make sure the slices are relatively uniform in thickness to ensure even drying.
- Marinate the Mushrooms: Place the mushroom slices into a resealable plastic bag or a shallow dish. Pour the marinade over the mushrooms, ensuring they are well coated. Seal the bag or cover the dish and let it marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, but longer (up to 24 hours) for more flavor.
- Preheat Your Oven: Preheat your oven to 175°F (80°C). This low temperature allows for slow drying without cooking the mushrooms.
- Arrange the Mushrooms: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Remove the mushroom slices from the marinade, letting any excess marinade drip off, and place them in a single layer on the baking sheet. You can use a wire rack on the baking sheet for better airflow.
- Bake and Dry: Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake for 3-4 hours, or until the mushrooms are dried and have a jerky-like texture. Check them occasionally and rotate the sheet for even drying.
- Cool and Store: Once the mushroom jerky is dried to your liking, remove it from the oven and let it cool completely on the baking sheet. It will continue to harden as it cools. Once cooled, store the mushroom jerky in an airtight container or resealable bags. It should stay fresh for several weeks.
Enjoy your homemade mushroom jerky as a nutritious and savory snack or add it to salads, sandwiches, or other dishes for an extra burst of umami flavor!
Delectable Energy Bars
Energy bars are convenient, compact, and come in a variety of flavors. Discover your favorite energy bars recipe that can provide a quick energy boost while satisfying your sweet tooth.
Homemade Energy Bars
These homemade energy bars are perfect for a quick, nutritious snack on the go, whether you’re hiking, biking, or just need an energy boost during the day. Feel free to customize them with your favorite ingredients, like seeds, coconut flakes, or different types of nuts and dried fruits.
- 1 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup chopped nuts (e.g., almonds, walnuts, or your choice)
- 1/2 cup dried fruits (e.g., raisins, cranberries, apricots, or your choice)
- 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
- 1/4 cup nut butter (e.g., almond butter, peanut butter, or your choice)
- 1/4 cup protein powder (optional)
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional, for sweetness)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- Prepare Your Base Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, combine the old-fashioned oats, chopped nuts, dried fruits, and protein powder (if using). These ingredients form the base of your energy bars.
- Heat the Binding Ingredients: In a small saucepan over low heat, combine the honey or maple syrup, nut butter, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. Stir continuously until the mixture becomes smooth and well combined. This mixture will act as the binder for your bars.
- Combine Wet and Dry Ingredients: Pour the warm honey (or maple syrup) and nut butter mixture over the dry ingredients in the large mixing bowl. Stir thoroughly until all the dry ingredients are evenly coated and the mixture begins to stick together.
- Add Optional Ingredients: If you’re using chocolate chips for sweetness, fold them into the mixture while it’s still warm.
- Press into a Pan: Line a square or rectangular baking pan (8×8 or 9×9 inches) with parchment paper, leaving some overhang on the sides. This will make it easier to lift the bars out later. Transfer the mixture into the pan.
- Press and Chill: Use a spatula or your hands (lightly oiled to prevent sticking) to firmly press the mixture down into an even layer in the pan. Make sure it’s tightly packed. Place the pan in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to firm up.
- Cut into Bars: Once the mixture has chilled and hardened, remove it from the refrigerator. Lift the bars out of the pan using the parchment paper overhang. Place it on a cutting board and use a sharp knife to cut it into individual bars or squares.
- Store: Individually wrap the bars in parchment paper or store them in an airtight container. You can keep them in the refrigerator for longer shelf life, but they are also fine at room temperature for a week or so.
Gourmet Campfire Cooking
Elevate your camping cuisine with easy-to-make, gourmet snacks that will impress your fellow campers. From stuffed mushrooms to campfire quesadillas, there are so many savory snack options.
Campfire Stuffed Mushrooms
These campfire stuffed mushrooms are a flavorful and satisfying treat that’s perfect for outdoor gatherings and camping adventures.
- 8 large portobello or cremini mushrooms, cleaned with stems removed
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs (seasoned or plain)
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Optional: chopped cooked bacon, diced bell peppers, or other desired fillings
- Aluminum foil
- Campfire or camp stove with a grill grate
- Prepare the Mushrooms: Clean the mushrooms and remove the stems. You can use a spoon to gently scrape out the gills to make more room for the stuffing.
- Prepare the Filling: In a bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, grated Parmesan cheese, minced garlic, chopped parsley, and a drizzle of olive oil. Season the mixture with salt and pepper to taste. If you’d like, you can also add optional ingredients like chopped cooked bacon or diced bell peppers to the filling.
- Stuff the Mushrooms: Take each mushroom cap and fill it generously with the breadcrumb mixture. Press the filling down gently to ensure it sticks.
- Wrap in Foil: Place each stuffed mushroom on a piece of aluminum foil large enough to wrap it completely. Drizzle a little olive oil over the top of each stuffed mushroom before sealing them in the foil. This helps prevent sticking.
- Prepare the Campfire: If you’re using a campfire, let it burn down to hot coals with a layer of ash. Place a grill grate over the coals and let it heat up. If you’re using a camp stove, preheat your grill grate.
- Cook the Stuffed Mushrooms: Place the foil-wrapped stuffed mushrooms on the grill grate, making sure they are secure and won’t roll around. Cook for approximately 10-15 minutes, depending on the heat of your campfire or camp stove. Check for doneness by carefully opening one of the foil packets and poking a mushroom with a fork. They should be tender and the filling should be crispy and golden brown.
- Serve: Carefully remove the foil-wrapped mushrooms from the heat using tongs or a spatula. Allow them to cool for a moment before unwrapping, as they will be hot. Serve your campfire stuffed mushrooms as a delicious campfire snack or side dish.
We all probably already know this, but staying hydrated is crucial while camping. Discover hydrating snacks like water-rich fruits and electrolyte-infused options to keep you refreshed throughout your adventure. Check out my blog article all about hydration recipes on the road. How to Stay Hydrated on the Road
Homemade Electrolyte Drink
This homemade electrolyte drink is a great alternative to store-bought sports drinks, as it’s free from artificial additives and provides natural hydration. Plus, it has the refreshing taste of citrus. Creating your own electrolyte drink for camping is simple and can help you stay hydrated and replenish vital nutrients lost during outdoor activities. Here’s a basic recipe:
- 1/4 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 2-3 lemons)
- 1/4 cup of freshly squeezed lime juice (about 2-3 limes)
- 2 tablespoons of honey or maple syrup (adjust to taste)
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt (preferably sea salt or pink Himalayan salt)
- 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda (optional)
- 4 cups of filtered or purified water
- Ice cubes (optional)
- Prepare the Juice: Squeeze the lemons and limes to extract their juice. You should end up with approximately 1/4 cup of each.
- Mix the Ingredients: In a large container or a water bottle, combine the freshly squeezed lemon and lime juice, honey or maple syrup, salt, and baking soda (optional, helps balance acidity).
- Add Water: Pour in the filtered water. If you’re using a water bottle, leave some room at the top for shaking.
- Shake: Seal the container tightly and shake it to mix all the ingredients thoroughly. If you’re using a water bottle, you can also stir the mixture with a long spoon.
- Taste, Adjust, Chill: Taste your homemade electrolyte drink and adjust the sweetness or saltiness accordingly. You can add more honey or salt as needed. Put in your cooler to keep it cool!
Camping snacks can be more than tasty, they should also provide the essential nutrients needed for outdoor activities. By selecting the best camping snacks that combine deliciousness with nourishment, you’ll be well-prepared to conquer the great outdoors. So, pack your bags, lace up those hiking boots, and embark on your camping journey armed with these scrumptious and nutrient-packed snacks. Your taste buds and body will thank you as you savor every moment in nature. Happy camping!