Vegan Baking for Camping Trips
June 19, 2015 11:27 AM   Subscribe

Hello! I'm going to be doing a fair number of short, weekend-only camping trips with a group, a few of whom are vegans. The rest of us are omnivores/vegetarians who don't mind eating vegan. I'd like to bring a few things...especially desserts...that I can share with everyone.

I am not a vegan but I can cook and I can bake. Since I'm not vegan, I don't know (necessarily) what might be good recipes that will hold up to transport back and forth (and storage at) the campsite. I already made some good banana-chocolate chip muffins that everyone seemed to like, but I would like to expand my repertoire. (yes I made sure the chips were vegan, not all chocolate, etc). It should be portable/packable and not too fussy to make or serve.
I'm looking for some good recommendations for vegan baking sites, recipes, etc.
If anyone has good ideas for vegan food that will provide energy & protein for said camping trip as well, I won't turn that down.
posted by sandraregina to Food & Drink (12 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
The cookbook Power Hungry has tons of great power/energy/granola/etc. bar options. Every one I have tried has come out well and been really delicious. Although I am not vegan, my recollection is that the majority of the recipes are either already vegan or list substitutions to make them vegan. The author also has a blog so you can check out her recipes/style.
posted by rainbowbrite at 11:35 AM on June 19, 2015

Seems like it'd be easy and portable to adapt the old split a banana, fill it with caramel/marshmallows/chocolate chips/what have you, wrap it in foil and place on coals to vegan specifications, as long as you change up the bits. Google "campfire banana boats" for ideas.
posted by deludingmyself at 12:00 PM on June 19, 2015

Campfire banana boats and Mountain pies are the staples from my childhood campfire memories. The best part is that they can be customized to taste. Banana Boats are kinda fussy, but they're fun to make.

Some ideas for the Banana Boats:
Chocolate chips
Peanut or other nut butter
Blueberries or cherries
Coconut chips
Vegan versions of marshmallows and caramel sauce

Mountain Pies:
Fruit pie filling
Peanut butter, banana, and chocolate
posted by pumpkinlatte at 12:09 PM on June 19, 2015

Are you car camping? My favorite vegan dessert recipes are basically anything from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World and Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar. The cupcakes one is my go-to cupcake recipe book, even for omnivores.
posted by soleiluna at 12:10 PM on June 19, 2015 [1 favorite]

These date nut energy balls are vegan (and Paleo!) but enjoyed by omnivores too. You can play with the ratios and ingredients (I use almonds, not walnuts) but they're super yummy and portable.
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto at 12:10 PM on June 19, 2015 [1 favorite]

Nice thing to cook over a campfire is plaintain slices fried up in a bit of oil and sugar. Super super simple, warm and delicious. There are probably recipes out there but that's pretty much all you need to know. (edit: originally wrote butter and sugar, butter is not necessary!)
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 12:37 PM on June 19, 2015

Seems like it'd be easy and portable to adapt the old split a banana, fill it with caramel/marshmallows/chocolate chips/what have you, wrap it in foil and place on coals to vegan specifications, as long as you change up the bits. Google "campfire banana boats" for ideas.

Just a note (since you mention you are non-vegan), but most marshmallows are not vegan (gelatin), caramel is usually not vegan (butter), and chocolate is hit or miss (but more often than not, not vegan).

Personally, I'm a fan of baked apples - core an apple, mix some agave nectar with spices & coconut oil, stuff it into the cored apple, wrap in foil, heat in fire, eat.
posted by dotgirl at 12:46 PM on June 19, 2015

Response by poster: Thanks dotgirl - that sort of advice is very helpful for a non-vegan like me who wants to get it right. With my banana-chocolate muffins, I only knew to check for vegan chocolate chips because another friend of mine is allergic to all dairy and therefore I knew even dark chocolate can have milk in it.

Good ideas so far...keep them coming?
posted by sandraregina at 1:45 PM on June 19, 2015

Easiest treat ever: 5 parts almond meal to 1 part agave [I prefer light agave] and you have a pretty damn good marzipan-ish thing. Roll into balls and dip in melted chocolate, if you like.

If you're making something that requires vegan chocolate chips, the big bags at Costco are vegan and quite inexpensive.

If you want to make the old standby s'mores, Trader Joe's has vegan dark chocolate bars at the registers and in the candy section of the stores. Sweet & Sara and Dandies make vegan marshmallows. Either or both brands should be available at many Whole Foods, Sprouts, health food stores. You'll also find many more varieties of vegan chocolate bars at all of those places. The trickiest part, strangely, is the graham crackers, which are nearly impossible to find without honey.

If you are interested in something already-made and easy to pack, Clif Builder Bars are vegan, high protein, inexpensive, sweet enough to pass as dessert, and tasty.
posted by QuakerMel at 4:58 PM on June 19, 2015

I've got a great coconut macaroon recipe:

1/2 c sugar
1/3 c brown rice syrup
1/3 c coconut milk
1/2 tablespoon vanilla
2 c unsweetened shredded coconut
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 c flour

Mix everything but the flour together completely. Add in the flour and mix. Plop spoonfuls of the batter into a greased mini muffin tin. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes, turning the tin halfway through. When done, the tops should be browned.

That's pretty much it. They're super easy to bake, store well, and even freeze well. You can sub sugar for the brown rice syrup if you don't have any (though the syrup gives it an amazing caramel-y flavor). You can bake on a cookie sheet, but the mini muffin tin gets you the best of both worlds: chewy interior, crispy exterior.
posted by duffell at 5:53 PM on June 19, 2015 [1 favorite]

I would probably make these Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies from PPK, except I always make them with chocolate chips instead of nuts and raisins. So, so good (probably my favorite cookie, vegan or no), simple ingredients (flax seeds are totally optional), and extremely easy.
posted by gueneverey at 1:38 PM on June 21, 2015

I make the Mexican Hot Chocolate Snickerdoodles from PPK (also in Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar) all the time. They are so yummy and hold up well. I've even boxed them up and mailed them to friends across the country.
I've been happy with the cake parts of Vegan Cupcakes take over the world, but not so thrilled with the frostings.
posted by dmvs at 3:37 PM on June 21, 2015

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