As the sun sets on your campsite and the stars begin their nightly dance, the collective anticipation of one thing sweeps over every child present: dessert. Sure, "The Great Family Campout" is about bonding, nature, and adventure, but let’s be honest - it's also about those delectable treats that taste even better under a canopy of stars.
So, whether you have a group of sweet-toothed sprites or little ones that lean more towards the healthier fare, we’ve got you covered. Read on, and you’ll soon be the campfire confectionary master of your dreams.
1. Grilled Fruit Kabobs
- Selection of fruits (pineapple, strawberries, apple chunks)
- Honey or maple syrup (optional)
- Coconut shreds or crushed nuts (optional)
Slide fruits onto skewers, grill them over the campfire until they caramelize. Drizzle with a touch of honey or sprinkle with coconut shreds for that extra touch. Parenting.com boasts a beautiful variation using tropical fruits!
2. Organic Baby Food Berry Parfaits
- Organic baby food fruit pouch (blueberry, apple, or your child’s favorite)
- Greek yogurt or dairy-free alternative
- Fresh berries
Layer baby food puree, yogurt, granola, and fresh berries in a clear glass or cup. It's like a fancy dessert with a healthy twist, tailor-made for "The Great Family Campout".
3. Campfire Cinnamon Apples
- Apples, cored and sliced
- Nut butter (optional)
- Aluminum foil
Place apple slices on a piece of aluminum foil. Sprinkle with cinnamon and dollop with nut butter. Wrap securely and grill on campfire coals until tender. A recipe reminiscent of apple pie but without the added sugar! Delight in more such recipes with Today’s Parent.
4. Dark Chocolate Banana Boats
- Bananas, unpeeled
- Dark chocolate chunks
- Almond slices or crushed nuts
- Mini marshmallows (optional for an added treat)
Slice the banana (in its peel) lengthwise. Stuff it with chocolate, nuts, and marshmallows. Wrap in aluminum foil and place on the campfire coals, letting it cook until the chocolate melts and the banana softens.
5. Campfire Oatmeal Surprise
- Instant oatmeal packs
- Hot water or milk
- Fresh fruits or dried berries
- Seeds or nuts
Prepare oatmeal as directed, mixing in fruits, berries, and nuts for a dessert-like twist. Perfect for those cooler nights when a warm treat hits the spot during "The Great Family Campout."
6. Almond Butter & Jelly Sandwich Cookies
- Your choice of cookies (store-bought or homemade)
-Your choice of cookies (store-bought or homemade)
- Almond butter
- Your child’s favorite jelly
Slather almond butter on one cookie, add a dollop of jelly, and sandwich with another cookie. Voila, a campfire PB&J with a dessert twist! BabyCenter offers a gluten-free cookie version that’s absolutely scrumptious.
The desserts you craft during "The Great Family Campout" become more than just treats. They're memories in the making, stories to share, and traditions to pass on. Whether you opt for a hearty campfire oatmeal surprise or the simple elegance of grilled fruit kabobs, it's all about the love, laughter, and joy you sprinkle in.
So, here's to sweet treats, starry nights, and the enchanting combination of the two. Happy camping and even sweeter indulging!