15 Quick And Yummy Camping Recipes For Kids

Camping Recipes For Kids

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“I went camping!”, exclaimed little Timothy. “Oh, is that so? What did you do there?”, asked his grandma. “We built tents, walked, and cooked too! I made s’mores!”, he exclaimed joyfully. Tim’s mom was happy that she took him camping. But she wished she’d planned it better. Most of the food they ate was canned and not freshly cooked using the campfire as she had wanted.

Camping is a great way to teach your children basic life skills, such as cooking with minimal resources. To make the trip to the wilderness worthwhile, MomJunction has compiled a list of camping recipes for kids. Try them in the great wild outdoors.

Camping Breakfast Recipes

Kids are hungrier in the morning, and may not have a lot of patience to wait for you to make breakfast in leisure. So you need a few easy camping meals for kids. Don’t worry. We have covered them for you.

1. Instant oatmeal

Instant oatmeal

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Kids may not love it, but oatmeal is one the easiest breakfast options when you want something ready in minutes. Here is a recipe for DIY instant oatmeal packets that you can carry on a camping trip.

You will need:

  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 2 teaspoons dried milk powder
  • 2 teaspoons chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar or artificial sweeteners such as maple syrup, agave, or coconut sugar
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons each of add-ons of your choice: dried strawberries, raisins, walnuts, dried blueberries, bananas, apple ginger, dried apricots, chopped dates, cranberry pistachio, etc.
  • Zip lock bags

How to:

  1. In a zip lock bag, add the oats, the dried milk powder, chia seeds, sugar, and salt.
  2. Make combinations of the add-ons, such as cashew dates, blueberry almond, ginger apple, and more.
  3. To cook, empty the contents of the pouch into a container and add three-fourth cup of water.
  4. Let it cook for one and a half to two minutes, or as needed.

Preparation time: 10min
Cooking time: 2-3min
Servings: 1 pack per person

[ Read: Cooking Without Fire Recipes For Kids ]

2. Pancakes


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Pancakes? In the wilderness?

Well, it may be hard to believe but making pancakes when you’re camping is not that difficult with a little bit of preparation.

You will need:

  • 200 grams flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 tablespoons milk powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 eggs
  • A cup of fresh berries
  • 500-600 ml water

How to:

  1. Start by preparing the dry pancake mix before you go camping – weigh the flour, baking powder, milk powder, sugar, cinnamon powder, and salt and put them in a glass jar.
  2. Add the eggs and water to the raw pancake mix in the glass jar when you want to make the pancakes. Mix properly.
  3. Use a non-stick frying skillet and add a teaspoon of oil or butter if you have it.
  4. Pour the pancake batter into the skillet and cook for a few minutes until it turns brown or is fully cooked.

Preparation time: 15min
Cooking time: 5min
Servings: 1-2

[ Read: Backyard Camping Ideas For Kids ]

3. Apple bites

Apple bites

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Perhaps the healthiest and most filling breakfast option when you are camping, apple bites are made of fresh fruits, nuts, and yummy peanut butter.

You will need:

  • 2-3 apples
  • Peanut butter
  • ¼ cups almonds
  • ¼ cups walnuts
  • ¼ cups raisins
  • ¼ cups chocolate chips

How to:

  1. Slice the apples into thin rings and remove the core.
  2. Arrange the slices on a plate or tray and coat the top with peanut butter.
  3. Chop or crumble the nuts and mix them in a small bowl.
  4. Sprinkle the mixed nuts on the peanut-buttered apple slices.
  5. Eat these apple bites for breakfast or a snack.

Preparation time: 10min
Servings: 3-4

4. Brown bears

Brown bears

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These are great as breakfast sticks or just snacks in the evening. This, without a doubt, is one of our favorite campfire recipes for kids!

You will need:

  • 1 pack frozen biscuit dough, easy split
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 2/3 cups white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cinnamon powder

How to:

  1. In a bowl, combine the sugar and ground cinnamon properly.
  2. In another bowl, melt the butter and separate the biscuits.
  3. Stretch each piece of the biscuit dough into a long strip, but not too long.
  4. Wrap the strips around the end of the campfire sticks (clean them beforehand) – make a cap to make them stay on the stick and not fall off.
  5. Give one stick each to the kids and ask them to hold them in the campfire for eight to ten minutes.
  6. Once it turns brown, as in a little baked, roll the biscuits in the cinnamon and sugar mixture.
  7. Eat while it is warm.

Preparation time: 1min
Cooking time: 8min
Servings: 8

Camping Lunch And Dinner Ideas

When you are camping, eating snacks is perhaps the easiest way to survive. But do you have to do that, when you can actually cook some real food in the wilderness? Explore the lunch and dinner camping food ideas for kids we have for you.

5. Ham, egg, and cheese bread bowls

Ham, egg, and cheese bread bowls

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This lunch or brunch recipe will leave you no dishes to wash. This is the perfect lunch idea for the first day of camping, for you can bake it at home, pack it, and take it with you. Or cook it fresh on the camp fire!

You will need:

  • 4 bread rolls
  • 4 slices of ham (small)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup finely chopped parsley
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese

How to:

  1. Cut off the tops of the bread rolls, such that you have one really thick cup-like slice and another thin slice that can be used as a lid.
  2. Scoop the center of the bread roll to make it into a bread bowl – use a small knife for a neat finish.
  3. Place the slice of ham at the bottom of the bread bowl.
  4. Crack the egg on top of the ham.
  5. Put in two tablespoons of mozzarella cheese on top of the egg and place the top slice back on it.
  6. Wrap them in the aluminum foil and place it on the grill above hot coals and cook for around 25 minutes. The cooking time may differ based on how hot the coals are.

Preparation time: 15min
Cooking time: 25min
Servings: 4

[ Read: Cheese Recipes For Kids ]

6. Smoked tofu and vegetable skewers

Smoked tofu and vegetable skewers

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These are for the campers who prefer plant-based foods. It is easy to make, crispy, and tasty too.

You will need:

  • 1 pack smoked tofu
  • 1 pound baby mushrooms
  • 1 large red bell pepper
  • 2 small zucchini
  • 1 red onion

How to:

  1. Dice the tofu uniformly.
  2. Chop the vegetables into equal sizes and skewer them.
  3. Spray the veggies lightly with cooking spray or oil.
  4. Place a grill over hot campfire coal and place the skewers on it.
  5. Grill each side for at least three to five minutes, or until the vegetables are cooked as you want them.
  6. Remove the tofu and vegetables from the skewers and serve hot.

Preparation time: 10min
Cooking time: 5min
Servings: 2

[ Read: Vegetable Soup Recipes For Kids ]

7. Spider hot dogs

Spider hot dogs

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Hot dogs slit into different layers – that is what spider hot dogs are. They are easy to cook on a grill and are loved by the kids as well.

You will need:

  • A pack of hot dogs (8-10)

How to:

  1. Slit the ends of each hot dog into four parts, up to one-quarter in length.
  2. Leave enough – at least one and a half to three inches in the center, to stick a fork for cooking.
  3. Cook over the grill for as long as needed. As you cook, the legs will curl out, making the hot dog look like a spider.

Preparation time: 1min
Cooking time: 10min
Servings: 4

8. Campfire burritos

Campfire burritos

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Burritos can be a great lunch or dinner option when camping with kids. Here is how you can make it.

You will need:

  • 1 pound taco meat
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • ½ cup salsa verde
  • ½ cup grated cheese
  • 4 tortillas
  • Cooking spray
  • Foil

How to:

  1. Mix the meat rice, salsa, and cheese in a zip pouch or a box and freeze it. This makes it easier to carry the filling when you go camping.
  2. Thaw the filling before you want to make the burritos.
  3. Fill each tortilla with the filling mix and roll it halfway. Fold the ends to seal the burrito.
  4. Spray the inside of the foil with the cooking spray and place the burrito in it. Fold and seal the foil.
  5. Cook the foiled burritos in smoldering coals for three minutes.
  6. Flip and cook for another three minutes.
  7. Let it cool before opening the foil to eat.

Preparation time: 30min
Cooking time: 6min
Servings: 4

9. Impossible quiche

Impossible quiche

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The impossible quiche is impossible only when you do not have the recipe. But hey, who says you don’t?

You will need:

  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ½ pound cooked sausage, chopped
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • ½ cup Bisquick
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to:

  1. Prepare the quiche mix at home – blend the Bisquick, milk, salt, pepper, and butter. Put it in a sealable bag.
  2. At the campsite, add the chopped onions and eggs to the Bisquick mix.
  3. Heat a Dutch oven or a skillet. Brush the inside with a little oil and pour the egg mixture like you would for a pancake.
  4. Top it with chopped sausage and cheese.
  5. Let it cook for 20 minutes, or until it is cooked properly.
  6. Serve hot.

Preparation time: 30min
Cooking time: 20min
Servings: 4

10. Campfire mac and cheese

Campfire mac and cheese

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Mac and cheese is one thing kids will love to eat anytime, anywhere. So here is how you make it for them during a camping trip.

You will need:

  • 1 pack elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to:

  1. Cook the pasta in a bowl of water and let it cool.
  2. Stir in the cream, add the butter and cheese to it.
  3. Stir in the salt and pepper.
  4. Prepare the foil packs with cooking spray and pour the prepared pasta into it.
  5. Spray another sheet of aluminum foil with cooking spray and use that to cover the foil packs with pasta. You can freeze these pasta packs before going to the camp.
  6. Cook above hot coals (on a grill three inches above it) for ten to 12 minutes, or until hot and cheesy.

Preparation time: 10min
Cooking time: 20min
Servings: 2

Camping Dessert Recipes

When you are camping, desserts needn’t mean fruits or gummy bears. You can make delicious sweet camping food for kids even on hot coals.

11. Cake in an orange peel

Cake in an orange peel

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Here is a classic camping dessert recipe that your kids will love!

You will need:

  • 1 pack of chocolate cake mix
  • 1 cup of water
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 10-12 oranges

How to:

  1. Prepare the cake batter using the direction on the pack.
  2. Slice the top of the oranges (save it for later) and scoop the pulp out. You can eat the fresh pulp for breakfast.
  3. Fill two-thirds of the hollow oranges with batter.
  4. Place the top of the orange back and wrap an aluminum foil around it. Seal the foil tightly to pack the oranges tightly.
  5. Put the oranges in the campfire and let them cook for 15-20 minutes.
  6. Rotate once or twice in between.
  7. Remove from fire, check if they are fully cooked and enjoy.

Preparation time: 10min
Cooking time: 15-20min
Servings: 8-10

12. S’mores banana boat

S’mores banana boat

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This is yet another traditional camping dessert that you can make in little time.

You will need:

  • 4 bananas
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • ½ cup mini marshmallows
  • ½ cup cereal of your choice

How to:

  1. Cut the foil into four sheets of 12-inches each.
  2. Slit the bananas lengthwise, along the curve. Open the slit to make a pocket.
  3. Fill the gaps between the slits in each banana with two tablespoons each of marshmallows, chocolate chips, and cereal.
  4. Wrap the banana in a foil and seal it on top. Cook it in the campfire for eight to ten minutes, using tongs.
  5. Remove from the coals, peel it and enjoy the treat.

Preparation time: 5min
Cooking time: 15min
Servings: 4

13. S’more sandwich

S’more sandwich

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The best part of camping is you get to eat a lot of marshmallows. Here is the classic nighttime treat made from graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate.

You will need:

  • 1 pack graham crackers
  • A bag of marshmallows
  • A bar of chocolate

How to:

  1. Break the graham crackers in half, so you have two square-shaped crackers.
  2. Place the crackers face down on a plate. Place one square of chocolate on one of the crackers.
  3. Toast the marshmallow on the grill or in the campfire using a skewer, until it turns a little brown.
  4. Place the marshmallow on the chocolate on the cracker and cover it with the other cracker.
  5. Press the top cracker down to squeeze the warm marshmallow into something creamy.
  6. Wait till the marshmallow cools down before eating it.

Preparation time: 5min
Cooking time: 10min
Servings: 10-12

[ Read: Sandwich Recipes For Kids ]

14. Peanuts and almond cluster agave snack bar

Peanuts and almond cluster agave snack bar

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This is a snack you can make at home and carry on your camping trips. Filled with nuts, this snack bar also doubles up as an energy bar and is one of the simplest kid-friendly camping meals.

You will need:

  • ½ cup cashews
  • ½ cup almonds
  • ½ cup peanuts
  • ½ cup shelled sunflower seeds
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon brown rice syrup

How to:

  1. In a bowl, combine all the nuts and seeds.
  2. Mix honey and brown rice syrup and pour this mixture over the nuts. Mix it well.
  3. Place a parchment sheet on a baking tray or pan and pour this honey nut mixture on it.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes at 350ºFahrenheit.
  5. Let it cool and leave it on the counter overnight, to let it harden and stick together.

Try and cut it into bars using a knife or just crumble it into smaller pieces and carry it when you go camping.

Preparation time: 5min
Cooking time: 20min
Servings: 6 bars

[ Read: Cookie Recipes For Kids ]

15. Camp pie

Camp pie

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Cooking a pie during camping may seem like an awful lot of work. But it needn’t be. Here is how you can make a blueberry hobo pie with fresh bread slices, instead of dough.

You will need:

  • 2 slices of bread
  • 1 tablespoon softened butter
  • 3 tablespoons apple pie filling

How to:

  1. You will need a pie iron to make this hobo pie.
  2. Spray the inside of the hobo pie iron with cooking spray.
  3. Place the slice of bread in it and spread the apple pie filling over it.
  4. Butter another slice of bread and place it on top of the apple pie filling.
  5. Close the pie toaster and cook for four minutes over the hot campfire.
  6. Serve warm.

Preparation time: 3min
Cooking time: 4min
Servings: 1

[ Read: Bread Recipes For Kids ]

While these camping recipes are easy to try and make in the wilderness, some demand a bit of preparation. If you are up to it, then there is nothing to stop you from having a feast in the middle of a forest or on top of a mountain. Whatever you cook, make sure you do not litter or create waste that is not biodegradable. You don’t want a pile of plastic or metallic garbage to greet you the next time you go camping, do you?

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