January 29, 2013

Food Ideas for a Gluten Free Camping Trip

gluten free trail mix
My daughters and I have a couple camping trips coming up with some dear friends. We're very excited! It'll be great to get away from my cell phone, computer, and television. I'm looking forward to being unplugged and away from all the noise and clutter of everyday life. And uninterrupted time with my daughters and our friends is always nice.

Of course, food is always an issue for us, and I panicked for a moment when we started discussing the camping trips. So many of the traditional camp foods-- trail mix, hot dogs, and s'mores-- are typically filled with gluten. Not to worry, though. It just means we have to be creative.
We can still have most of our favorites and we'll try a few new things too. And, after I took a few deep breaths and gave it some thought, I realized that there are plenty of good camping foods that are naturally free of gluten.

Hot Dogs

Thanks to companies like Rudi's and Udi's, even us gluten free folks can have hot dogs. My daughter loves Udi's Gluten Free Classic Hot Dog Buns. The texture isn't exactly like the "regular" hot dog buns, but she loves the taste. Some of the gf hot dog buns require freezing, so these are only options if you will have access to a freezer.

Trail Mix

For trail mix, we decided to bring an assortment of gluten free ingredients and let everyone assemble her own mix. Be sure to bring bags for each person. If you're offering any candy, you might want to ration that and make sure that everyone also chooses some healthier options!

Possible Ingredients

  • Cinnamon Chex
  • Chocolate Chex
  • Apple Cinnamon Chex
  • Honey Nut Chex
  • Rice Chex
  • Bakery On Main Granola
  • Barbara's Honey Rice Puffins
  • Gluten Free Rice Krispies
  • Gluten free pretzels
  • Nature's Path Whole O's
  • Popcorn
  • Chopped dates or figs
  • Sunflower seed kernels
  • Dried cranberries, bananas, pineapples, or the fruit of your choice
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Chocolate chips
  • M & Ms
  • Raisins
  • Slivered almonds or the nuts of your choice
  • Dried, unsweetened coconut flakes



  • 1 marshmallow per person
  • 1/2 a Hershey's bar per person
  • GF graham crackers or GF cookies (we've made them at home with Pamela's chocolate chip cookies...yummy!)


  1. Start your campfire. (These can also be made on the stove!)
  2. Prepare your graham crackers or cookies. Place the chocolate on one half of a graham cracker or on one cookie. Leave the other half or cookie to the side.
  3. Place a marshmallow on the end of your roasting stick.
  4. Hold the stick and carefully place the marshmallow in the fire and roast to desired doneness.
  5. Very carefully place your roasted marshmallow on top of the chocolate. Cover with the other graham cracker half or cookie. Hold the cookies or crackers and pull the roasting stick out of the marshmallow. Melted marshmallows are hot, so be careful!

Banana Boats


  • 1 banana per person
  • GF semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • GF mini marshmallows (most marshmallows are gf, but still read the label to be sure)


  1. Prepare and start your campfire.
  2. Place each banana on an 8" X 10" piece of foil. Slice lengthwise through the peel of the bananas, but do not cut all the way through the banana.
  3. Gently open the banana peels just enough to stuff them with ingredients. Put semi-sweet chocolate chips as desired inside the peel and then top with marshmallows.
  4. Fold the foil around the bananas, making a tent on the top. Fold all edges to create a seal.
  5. Place the foil-wrapped bananas on hot coals, but not directly in the fire. Optionally, you can put them on a hot grill or in your oven.
  6. After about 10 minutes, carefully open the foil of one banana boat to check for doneness. Banana boats are done when the chocolate is melted and the marshmallows are melted or crispy, depending on taste.

Campfire Stew Packet


  • Stew meat
  • Onions, sliced
  • Celery, chopped
  • Potatoes, peeled and sliced thinly
  • Salt and pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Bell pepper, sliced
  • Zucchini, cubed
  • Carrots, sliced
  • Green beans
  • Corn 
  • Mushrooms
  • Butter


  1. Start your campfire.
  2. Give each camper a 10" X 10" piece of heavy duty aluminum foil. Spray each piece with cooking spray.
  3. Divide stew meat and place a portion in the middle of each piece of foil.
  4. Add vegetables of choice and top with preferred seasonings.
  5. Place a pat or two of butter on top of vegetables. Add two tablespoons of water to the meat and veggie mix.
  6. Fold the foil over the mixture, creating a tentlike effect. Fold the edges to seal them.
  7. Carefully place the packets on hot coals, but not directly in the fire.
  8. After about 15 minutes, check to see if the packets are done. If not, place back on the coals and continue checking every 5 to 10 minutes.

Baked Potatoes

You've probably noticed by now that my family really loves baked potatoes, and we like them even more when we're camping. Somehow, food just tastes better when you've had to work so hard to make the fire.


  • 1 baking potato per person
  • Stick of butter (optional)
  • Optional toppings:
    • Cheese
    • Butter
    • Sour cream
    • Chives
    • Salt, pepper, and other seasonings to taste
    • Bacon or leftover meats
    • Salsa


  1. Start your campfire.
  2. Wash and scrub the potatoes. Dry them. Prick each potato several times with a fork.
  3. Place each potato on a 8" X 8" piece of foil. Place one pat of butter on each potato (optional). Wrap the potatoes securely in foil, making sure the entire potato is covered.
  4. Place the potatoes on hot coals, but not directly on the fire.
  5. After about 20 minutes, carefully turn the potatoes with a roasting stick or long skewer.
  6. After about 45 minutes, carefully unwrap one potato and use a fork to check it for doneness. If it isn't done, re-wrap and return it to the fire. Continue checking every 5 minutes until the potatoes are done.
  7. Top as desired.
We're really excited about our camping trips and can't wait to tell you about it! Do you have any suggestions for a gluten free camping trip?

This post is being shared on Gluten-Free Wednesdays and Wheat-Free Wednesdays.



  1. These recipes would sure come in handy for camping season this spring. I plan to go gluten free and preservatives free. That means no processed foods with preservatives and we need to plan our routes for fresh produce markets.

    1. Good luck with your camping trip! You have a couple culinary challenges, don't you? I think foil packet cooking and simple things like baked potatoes are the way to go. Let us know what you decide to cook and how it all turns out!

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  3. Trail foods are pretty awesome. Who would have think that mixed nuts and dried fruits can be a great hiking treats? You can also cook some stew on handmade stoves like the one I saw on Youtube (http://youtu.be/EtiEzPf6P_Y).

  4. Anonymous1:16 AM

    While the banana boats may seem like a good idea, I learned from a person with a lot of camping experience that eating bananas while camping is a bad idea. There is something in bananas that makes mosquitoes love to bite. I mean LOVE! It makes it a worse job for bug repellent as well, so if you go camping, don't eat bananas, unless you wanna be a mosquito magnet.