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!
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!
Peanut Butter Overnight Oats from Minimalist Baker
Vegan Carrot Cake Overnight Oats from NITK
Sugar Free Banana Bread from Nutriciously
Vegan Camping Pancake Mix from From My Bowl
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.
Southwest Stuffed Sweet Potatoes from The Endless Meal
Mason Jar Chili with Cornbread from NITK
Summer Quinoa Salad Jars from Pinch Of Yum
Chickpea Vegan Tuna Salad from Make It Dairy Free
Vegan Bean Burritos from Nutriciously
Healthy Cold Soba Noodle Salad from NITK
Peanut Crunch Salad In A Jar from A Virtual Vegan
Spicy Avocado Chicken BLT Wrap from NITK
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!
Healthy Snickers Bars from From My Bowl
Blueberry Muffin Bites from Feasting On Fruit
Chocolate Protein Power Cookies from NITK
Fig & Almond Energy Balls from NITK
Vegan Cookie Sandwiches from Lazy Cat Kitchen
No-Bake Peanut Butter Energy Balls from NITK
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!
Have a great day!
Christal // NITK