At Cool of the Wild we pretend not to have a sweet tooth, and most of the time we manage to keep up this facade of healthy dessert-free living. But sit us in front of a campfire after a long day stomping around in the fresh air and we simply can’t resist the temptation of an after-dinner treat! And it’s not just the naughty yumminess that lures us in. We love the fun anticipation of preparing campfire desserts too. Here are some of our favourite campfire dessert recipes to help get the juices bubbling and inspiration oozing.
Apple Pie in a Can
This rustic and hearty campfire dessert is well worth the extra effort and will elevate you to head camp-chef status in one mouthful. Pre-make and then sit back and enjoy the wows as you effortlessly pluck the steaming pies out of the glowing campfire embers. Serve with a dollop of local farm-made clotted cream and a steamy mug of something strong. The perfect late night treat once the kids have turned in. Sweet heaven!
Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler
Cooking with a Dutch oven opens up a whole new way to approach campfire desserts. Your options are multiplied instantly and many of the recipes are easy to prepare at camp… like this peach cobbler. For a more seasonal effort, substitute the peaches for apples or pears and add in some berries for a healthy vitamin boost.
Campfire desserts don’t get much better than this melt in the mouth mush of deliciousness. But if the classic choco-banana combo doesn’t float your boat then maybe this decadent s’mores inspired recipe will put the wind back in your sails. Whatever your preference, these are a sure-fire way to keep all members of the crew happy.
Maple and Pecan Baked Apple
Baked apples are about as healthy as a campfire dessert is likely to get, but it really depends on how you choose to fill it! Chocolate and cream? Caramel and salted nuts? Butter and sultanas? Marshmallow and biscuit, s’mores style? All excellent options. But this recipe sticks with a healthier finish, combining the natural sweetness and antioxidant properties of maple syrup with all the vitamin rich goodness offered by the pecan nut.
You’ll probably end up lacing it with cream, but hey, at least you tried right?!
Chocolate Orange Campfire Cakes
These fruity cups of chocolate-filled yumminess give a whole new meaning to the idea of a cupcake. And who said you need an oven to bake?! You can use a pre-made cake mix for an easy option or go the extra mile and make the filling from scratch. Either way, adding some chocolate chunks or chopped nuts to the mix will be the hidden icing on your campfire cupcake!
Tortilla Dessert Roll-Ups
Keeping the filling simple with a slab of chocolate and some marshmallows makes an excellent option for the more intrepid camper. Lightweight, quick, and simple, the sugary molten contents of the roll is guaranteed to lift team spirits at the end of a long day hiking. Add some nuts and dried fruit for good energy replenishment and to make them even more irresistible to the taste buds of any tired trekker.
You’ll find some more filling ideas here.
Outside-in Caramel Apple
Don’t let the trickiness of making spooky treats put you off attempting some campfire cuisine next Halloween. Being out in the wilderness sets the scene perfectly for a feast of Halloween classics, and with this topsy-turvy version of the traditional caramel apple you won’t have to choose trick or treat… because you’ll get both.
Upside-down Pineapple Dutch Oven Cake
Another Dutch oven classic and a favourite with the kids. If you’re short on time then you could try baking it in a shallow pineapple or tuna can. It’ll cook through quicker and you’ll need a less substantial fire to tease the stickiness out of this tropical treat.
Apple Crumble Tumble
Prepping quality fireside desserts can often be more tricky than the campfire baking itself, but it couldn’t be easier with this recipe. Simply throw all the ingredients into little foil parcels to create a jumble of apple and oats that has all the class of a home-baked crumble.
This is another practical option for trekkers wanting to satisfy their sweet tooth with a post-dinner treat. The unpopped corn and seasoning are light to carry and can be stuffed inside a pan or mug to save space. Sprinkle with cinnamon and icing sugar or add some salt to help replenish sodium lost during a long day of hiking. This is also one for the health conscious camper or those not wanting the sugar rush right before lights out!
Roasted Caramel Peaches with Pecans
Super simple to prepare, this summery combo of flavours is even better if you can get hold of some fresh peaches in season. Full of nutritional goodness without compromising the richness that the hot sticky caramel offers to the dish.
Take a look at some other fruity ideas as well as a printable version of this recipe.
How can you possibly improve on the classic campfire dessert of toasted marshmallows? Well, how about dipping them in molten chocolate for a truly decadent treat. For a healthier option you could substitute the gooey marshmallows for strawberries or chopped apples and make the fondue with dark chocolate.
Campfire Glazed Peaches and Figs
Summery and fresh, this is another goodie that sits on the healthier end of the campfire dessert spectrum. The short list of ingredients makes it easy to prep and cooking time is minimal so long as your fire is well stoked. Choosing sweet, ripe fruits and cooking for a little longer allows for the omission of the sugar altogether. If you’re feeling extra wholesome then don’t bother with the butter either.
Get the recipe here.