Gluten-Free Campfire Meals
Scrumptious gluten-free cooking in the great outdoors.
One of the joys of camping is cooking and eating in the open air. Somehow, food just tastes better when you’re soaking up Mother Nature.
Whether you're tramping into backcountry or full-on glamping, your food can be delicious. Ideal camping meals balance convenience, great flavor and energizing nutrition. The key to success is to plan out your meals and snacks well before lighting the first fire. Assemble the necessary ingredients at home so the cooking is simple when you arrive at your favorite camping spot. These recipes are delicious, satisfying and so much better than hot dogs on a stick.
MAKES 4 TO 5 SERVINGS.
Oatmeal and camping go together like a bear and the woods. This DIY porridge is an upgrade on store-bought instant oatmeal and it's quick to prepare. Shelf-stable freeze-dried fruit is a great addition to make-ahead oatmeal; it rehydrates perfectly, delivering the flavor of fresh fruit without refrigeration. To give your porridge a creamier texture, add a couple of tablespoons of your favorite milk powder to the mix.
MAKES 16 SERVINGS.
These nut-free nougats will power your outdoor pursuits. For best nutrition, use baked banana chips instead of fried. When camping, keep energy balls in a cooler until eaten.
MAKES ABOUT 12 CUPS.
This comforting one-pot chili is easy and quick to put together, leaving you more
time for gathering around the campfire. Other garnish toppings include sour cream, diced avocado, chopped chives and/or sliced scallions. For a vegetarian option, omit the meat. Keep any leftovers in a cooler full of ice.
MAKES 4 SERVINGS.
Turn steamy spuds into a hearty meal by topping each with a mound of Campfire Chili. By softening the potatoes in the microwave before you leave the house, they will cook through in your campfire before the skin burns to a crisp.
MAKES 4 SERVINGS.
No need to settle for plain-Jane camping meals. This no-fuss curry adds delicious Asian flair to your nature experience. Store leftovers in a very cold cooler.
MAKES 4 SERVINGS.
Just add water to this pancake mix for a stack of flapjacks guaranteed to lure every-one out of their sleeping bags. Poppy seeds add great texture while lemon zest
delivers bright flavor. Almond or hazelnut flour infuses these pancakes with nutty flavor and extra nutrition; if you’re allergic to nuts, use all-purpose gluten-free flour
or oat flour instead.
MAKES 8 SERVINGS EACH.
Those of us living gluten-free know how hard it can be to find a trail mix that is tasty, healthy, and which meets our dietary restrictions. Trail mix is a popular snack that we'd think is always gluten-free, but rarely is. Here are two recipes for gluten-free trail mix you can throw together yourself in 5 minutes. They are sweet, crunchy, and will sustain you for hours!
MAKES 6 SERVINGS.
Forget the burnt marshmallows. This fondue is a delectable campfire dessert. Stirring chopped chocolate into warmed coconut cream is a simple way to melt it into silky perfection. Dippers include strawberries, hunks of banana or pineapple, dried fruit like mango or apple chips, gluten-free pretzels or crackers and tortilla chips.
Contributing chef Matthew Kadey, RD, is a registered dietitian and food writer. He is author of The Muffin Tin Chef (Ulysses Press), The No-Cook, No-Bake Cookbook (Ulysses Press), and Rocket Fuel: Power-Packed Food for Sports and Adventure (VeloPress).