Snacking on candy and crisps is not the healthiest choice, although delicious. But what if we told you that you can easily make healthy and tasty camping snacks for the road so you avoid anyone getting hangry. Try them out and pick your favourite!
It’s always nice to have an easy snack when you are out and about, and this one is really great - it is not only delicious it is also full of protein! You might not realise this but most nuts and seeds are actually quite high in protein. So buy some plain natural nuts that you like (not the salted and roasted ones), and mix them in a small bag or box that you can easily bring with you and snack on when you start to feel hungry. This is really the easiest of all camping snacks!
Now you know that nuts and seeds are loaded with protein, so you can make some nice and easy seed crackers for the road (or just for home) ;). The basic ingredients are: oats, seeds (different types), liquid, and flour. With one unit of each type of seeds and 3 units of flour and liquid. So if you use 1 cup of sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, flax seeds, chia seeds, and oats then you add about 3 cups of flour and 3 cups of liquid (I usually mix 1 cup of oil and 2 cups of water). Then add a bit of salt and baking powder, mix it all together and roll it out between two sheets of parchment paper, then bake it at 200oC for 16 minutes and you have got yourself a great snack for the road!
You can of course buy müsli bars if you are short on time but you can also easily make some yourself! Just mix whatever seeds and nuts you like, you can blend the nuts a bit so they are easier to integrate in the mix. Then add in some honey, nut butter, date paste and even some melted chocolate if you like - as long as you use semi liquid and sticky pastes that will harden when cooled you can use it in your bars! Mix it all together until you have a sticky crumble texture, it should not be one mass like a dough. Add it in a dish and press it together until you have something that looks like one big müsli bar. Then refrigerate it for a few hours before cutting it into smaller pieces. They are ready to eat like this but can also be brushed or drizzled with a bit of (dark) chocolate.
Other easy and healthy camping snacks are fruits and veggies, which you can have in different ways! You can choose between fruit sticks, veggie sticks with hummus or another amazing dip, or how about fruit roll ups? All delicious and great alternatives to candy.
You can buy hummus or make it yourself - it is really easy! Just take some soaked and boiled (or canned) chickpeas, add some lemon juice, tahini, garlic and spices of your choice before blending it all together and you have got yourself some hummus. We guarantee that the hummus will make any vegetable sticks go down a lot faster! Carrots, celery, cucumber and bell pepper sticks are safe choices with hummus, but try it with your favourite veggies!
For fruits you can of course just eat the fruit as it is but cutting them up into sticks makes it easier to share and is great for kids! Another thing you can do with fleshy fruits like mango, berries, pineapple, peaches, nectarines, apples and pears are fruit roll ups. You just blend the fruits until it’s a very soft puré and then pour them onto a piece of parchment paper and bake them in the oven at around 50-70oC for a few hours. The baking time really depends on how thin (or thick) you make them. If they are paper thin they might only need an hour, but if they are 5-6 mm. then they might need up to 6 hours. But at this point you only need to check on them. When they are done and cooled down, you just cut them with the width that you like. You can then roll them up with the parchment paper still on, or take them off the parchment paper and roll them up without. This is a really easy and healthier alternative to satisfy your sweet tooth! You can also easily mix fruits you think would go well together, and even add in a bit of honey, syrup or sugar and water or lemon juice if you want, but it’s not needed.
Make these snacks for your friends and family and find out which ones are the most popular in your circle! Looking for more inspiration for easy camping meals? Have a look at our blogs about easy camping breakfast, lunch and dinner ideas for your upcoming trips! Or maybe our campfire specials are more your thing? Could you use some other camping hacks as well? We’ve got you covered.
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