While having desserts along the trail certainly isn’t a necessity, they’re a desire that most people make sure to bring along anyway. Though it’s important to have room in your bag for the nutritious meals you should be eating, if there’s some extra space, don’t hesitate packing one (or all) of these delicious treats in your bag, too:
One dessert you must have for any outdoor trip is s’mores. However, bringing the bag of marshmallows, the chocolates, and the graham crackers along might not be possible. That’s why you bring S’mores Bark, which you prepare beforehand, but don’t need a campfire to make:
- 3 ½ cups of milk chocolate chips
- ½ cup of white chocolate chips
- 1 cup of marshmallow Fluff
- 3 sheets of graham crackers
Melt 1 ½ cups of the milk chocolate chips and spread them in a wax-lined pan. Let it chill in the fridge for 30 minutes. Then, melt the white chocolate chips a little bit, and in the middle of melting them, add the Fluff and microwave for another 30 seconds. Spread this layer over the first chocolate layer, then crumble the graham crackers and push them into the surface. Refrigerate another half hour. Melt the rest of the milk chocolate chips, spread them on top, and put it all in the freezer for 2 hours. Break, and pack!
Grilled Banana Splits
No ice cream in this one folks, but this banana split will be the tastiest dessert you could ever have on the trail, making you dream of it when you’re not eating it. All you need is:
- 1 Banana
- A handful of chocolate chips
- A handful of mini marshmallows
- Other toppings you might like (gummy bears FTW!)
Put the toppings in a container, and wrap the banana in foil. When you get to your campsite, cut the banana the long way, and insert toppings. Then, wrap the banana back in the foil, and cook it for a few minutes. Viola! A yummy banana boat!
This is just as good as what you get at home, but it only takes a few minutes to cook up while you’re out in the wilderness. You need:
- ½ a cup of dried peach slices
- ¼ cup bread crumbs (of plain Italian bread)
- 2 tsp of sugar
- A pinch of nutmeg
- ½ cup of water
Put the peaches, sugar and nutmeg in a plastic bag. Put the bread crumbs in another. Put the first bag of ingredients into a pot with water. Warm for ten minutes until the peaches re-hydrate, then take out. Mix with bread crumbs. Now you have a sweet and easy dessert!
Rocky Road Pudding
Getting to eat some scrumptious pudding after a long day of hiking or mountaineering really hits the spot. It’s even better when you can easily cook it up in a jiffy, without too much of a hassle. To make Rocky Road Pudding on the trail, bring along:
- A 3 oz. box of instant chocolate pudding
- ⅔ cup of powdered milk
- ¼ a cup of chopped pecans, walnuts, or any nuts you choose
- ¼ cup of mini marshmallows
- 2 cups of water
Separate the instant pudding and powdered milk together in one bag, and the nuts in marshmallows together in another. Add the water to the pudding mix, when it’s ready, put the nuts and marshmallows on top!
Some people prefer salty for their desserts instead of sweet. Sunflower Bars are a great way to please your taste-buds, while staying healthy. You won’t need much:
- 1 ½ cups of golden raisins
- 1 cup of sunflower seeds
- ¼ tsp of sea salt
Dry heat the sunflower seeds in a skillet over medium heat, until brown. Take off and let cool. Mix the sunflower seeds, raisins, and salt in a food processor. Mash it down into a plastic-wrap lined pan. Pack tightly into the pan, and chill overnight. Then, cut into bars.
Sweet Potato Chips
There’s tons of delectable things that can be made from sweet potatoes, but only a nice supply of these crunchy sweet potato chips will satisfy a craving while on the trail:
- 1 large sweet potato
- 2 tsp of oil
- ¼ tsp of salt
- Spices of your choice, including garlic powder, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, rosemary, etc.
Cut the potato into even slices, so they cook at the same rate. Throw them in a large bowl and toss them with the seasonings (salt and whatever you choose). Bake 40 minutes at 300° F on a cookie tray, and make sure to keep an eye on them so you can take them out as soon as they’re crispy.
The name might throw you off, but this snack is a great mix of sweet and salty, and it’s the perfect thing to have on the trail as soon as you get a little hungry.
- 2 cups of rice Chex
- 2 cups of corn Chex
- 2 cups of Cheerios
- 2 cups of mini pretzel twists
- 1 ½ bags of white chocolate melt
- 1 bag of dark or milk chocolate melt
Mix all the Chex, Cheerios, and pretzels in a bowl. Melt the white chocolate on ‘defrost’ in the microwave until it’s ready to pour. Pour and toss well with the Chex mix. Dump on a wax-paper lined baking sheet, spreading evenly. Lastly, melt, then drizzle on the dark or milk chocolate over the top. Let it harden for 1 hour, then break into pieces. Delicious!