22 Make-Ahead Healthy Camping Recipes

22 delicious make-ahead healthy camping recipes that are dairy free, gluten free, and perfectly convenient for easy camping noshing! 

Healthy Camping? Yes, it can exist!

 

School’s out, sun’s out, campers and trailers are packed to the brim, camping season is here my friends! We spent the long weekend out at the lake and noticed all the camping vehicles were out in full force on the highways which is always the official sign that camping season has begun. I really do love camping, even though I’ll admit it’s not nearly as easy with a really young child or baby (we did camp last year when Hemlsey was just 1, and survived to tell the tale!), but there’s something about being in the great outdoors that just gives me fresh perspective and so much joy. Also, I really think food tastes better when sitting by a campfire. Speaking of camping food, today I’m sharing 22 make-ahead healthy camping recipes from the NITK archives and around the blogosphere! These healthy recipes are perfect for camping because they can be made ahead of time, quickly packed in the cooler, and easily eaten while camping. Making meals and snacks ahead of time is always a great idea as it saves food waste, space, and makes clean-up a breeze! I’ve separated the recipes into three categories; breakfasts, mains, and snacks/treats. There’s something healthy for every meal of the day while you are exploring and enjoying nature!

22 Make-Ahead Healthy Camping Recipes - Vegan Cookie Sandwiches from Lazy Cat Kitchen

photo via Lazy Cat Kitchen

Make-Ahead Breakfast Recipes:

 

These recipes are great to start the day while camping, they will fuel you and energize you for the days activities and take no-time at all to prepare. I love overnight oats as you can enjoy them right out of the jar, or whipping up a stack of simple pancakes. You can bake a banana bread loaf ahead of time and just toast it up in a skillet over the campfire along with an egg or two!

22 Make-Ahead Healthy Camping Recipes - The Best Peanut Butter Overnight Oats from Minimalist Baker

Peanut Butter Overnight Oats from Minimalist Baker 

 

22 Make-Ahead Healthy Camping Recipes

Vegan Carrot Cake Overnight Oats from NITK

 

22 Make-Ahead Healthy Camping Recipes - Banana Bread from Nutriciously

Sugar Free Banana Bread from Nutriciously 

 

22 Make-Ahead Healthy Camping Recipes - Vegan Camping Pancake Mix from From My Bowl

Vegan Camping Pancake Mix  from From My Bowl

 

22 Make-Ahead Healthy Camping Recipes

Best Ever Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins from NITK

 

Make-Ahead Mains Recipes:

 

When it comes to main meals there are tons of options for make-ahead recipes, from mason jar salads to warming chili with cornbread, to stuffed sweet potatoes (make ahead then just warm them up in foil over the campfire and fill with the toppings!), to burritos or wraps. You can even make raw kebabs in advance, place in a Tupperware, then just cook over the open flame when camping! All of these options are definitely healthier than your average hot-dog and most of them are plant-based,  providing even more nourishment while you enjoy your time outdoors.

22 Make-Ahead Healthy Camping Recipes - Southwest Stuffed Sweet Potatoes from The Endless Meal

Southwest Stuffed Sweet Potatoes from The Endless Meal

 

22 Make-Ahead Healthy Camping Recipes

Mason Jar Chili with Cornbread from NITK

 

22 Make-Ahead Healthy Camping Recipes - Quinoa Summer Salad Jar from Pinch Of Yum

Summer Quinoa Salad Jars from Pinch Of Yum

 

22 Make-Ahead Healthy Camping Recipes - Vegan Tuna Salad from Make It Dairy Free

Chickpea Vegan Tuna Salad from Make It Dairy Free

 

22 Make-Ahead Healthy Camping Recipes

Mason Jar Chickpea Fennel Vegetable Salad from NITK

 

22 Make-Ahead Healthy Camping Recipes - Vegan Bean Burritos from Nutriciously

Vegan Bean Burritos from Nutriciously 

 

22 Make-Ahead Healthy Camping Recipes

Healthy Cold Soba Noodle Salad from NITK

 

22 Make-Ahead Healthy Camping Recipes - Peanut Crunch Salad from A Virtual Vegan

Peanut Crunch Salad In A Jar from A Virtual Vegan

 

22 Make-Ahead Healthy Camping Recipes

Spicy Avocado Chicken BLT Wrap from NITK

 

22 Make-Ahead Healthy Camping Recipes - Grilled Jerk Chicken Kebabs from The Modern Proper

Grilled Jerk Chicken Kebabs from The Modern Proper 

 

Make-Ahead Snacks & Treats Recipes:

 

When you are heading out to go for a hike or bike ride, having healthy snacks to bring along is always a good idea, and when that sweet tooth hits you can also have camping friendly treats on hand that will blow those S’mores out of the water (seriously!!). Check out these delicious, healthier, dairy free and gluten free make-ahead snacks and treats!

22 Make-Ahead Healthy Camping Recipes - Homemade Snickers Bars from From My Bowl

Healthy Snickers Bars from From My Bowl

 

22 Make-Ahead Healthy Camping Recipes - Blueberry Muffin Bites from Feasting On Fruit

Blueberry Muffin Bites from Feasting On Fruit

 

22 Make-Ahead Healthy Camping Recipes

Chocolate Protein Power Cookies from NITK

 

22 Make-Ahead Healthy Camping Recipes

Fig & Almond Energy Balls from NITK

 

22 Make-Ahead Healthy Camping Recipes - Vegan Cookie Sandwiches from Lazy Cat Kitchen

Vegan Cookie Sandwiches from Lazy Cat Kitchen

 

22 Make-Ahead Healthy Camping Recipes

No-Bake Peanut Butter Energy Balls from NITK

 

22 Make-Ahead Healthy Camping Recipes - Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies from Rainbow Nourishments

Vegan Triple Chocolate Cookies from Rainbow Nourishments

 

Just looking at all of these recipes makes me want to go camping! I hope you enjoyed this round-up and will try at least one of these make-ahead healthy camping recipes this summer if you do have a camping trip planned. Do you have any healthier camping recipes you like to make in advance and bring along with you? I’d love to read about it in the comments section. Be sure to pin the photo below to save this post for later and of course, share the love!

22 Make-Ahead Healthy Camping Recipes

 

Have a great day!

Christal // NITK

Author: Christal

Christal is the creator of Nutrition in the Kitch. She's a Certified Nutritional Consultant, twice published author, gluten and dairy free recipe developer, food photographer, speaker, wife, and mama. Christal loves good food, all things wellness, and loves to travel. Her wellness philosophy is centred around balance and sustainable health, life's way too short for boring diets and restriction!