Let us help you with your camping meal planning and prep! If you have food allergies, we created our roundup of 30+ gluten free and dairy free camping recipes just for you. Some of these recipes are perfect for making ahead of time to pack along, and other recipes are designed for cooking over your campfire.
Camping is a wonderful way to spend time with friends, family, and the outdoors!
Whether you’re camping in the mountains or on a lake, or just in your backyard, everything seems to taste even better when made over a campfire.
If you’re planning camping trips this summer, we’ve gathered up over 30 gluten free and dairy free recipes for your next camping trip!
These are all great recipes that everyone will enjoy, too, so even if you don’t have food allergies or want to share these recipes with people who can have dairy and gluten, these recipes will be a hit!
How to choose food and recipes for camping
If you’re planning on doing a lot of hiking as well and want to make packable snacks ahead of time, choose foods that:
Easy to pack
Need no refrigeration
Don’t melt easily if it’s hot
For camping dinners and meals made over a grill or over a campfire, find foods and meals that:
Are easy to make
Uncomplicated and have simple ingredients
Have ingredients that are canned or can be kept in a good cooler (find a cooler that can keep ice from melting for several days to keep your food fresh)
Don’t use a lot of pots, pans, or dishes (like one pot meals or foil packet dinners)
If your cooler doesn’t keep things very cold and you’re camping longer, make the fresh foods at the beginning of your camping trip and plan canned or preserved foods toward the end of your trip so you can use up your fresh foods first.
Gluten free dairy free camping recipes
Here are over 30 dairy free and gluten free recipes that are great for your next camping trip!
Some of these recipes are ones you’ll want to make ahead (like the snacks and the breakfast cookies), but most of these are recipes that you can make at the campsite over your campfire.
If you have an RV with a mini kitchen, you have even more flexibility with your cooking (like Instant Pot recipes or oven recipes), but since not everyone uses an RV to camp, we focused this roundup on recipes that can be cooked over a grill or campfire.
Some of these recipes call for regular oats, but choose certified gluten free oats in place of regular oats if you need the oats to be certified gluten free!
For the overnight oats recipe, take a few plastic containers with lids and you can use them to prep your breakfast the night before. No cooking required!
A few tips for these recipes:
Pre-cut your meat and store it in a bag with the meal name and day on it for easier prep and cooking.
If possible, pre-cut your veggies or fruit and put them together in a bag labeled with the meal you plan on having it.
Plan out your camping menu in advance to make prep and cooking even easier! You can use our small meal planner pages to make this easy.
Looking for a great meal prep breakfast recipe that’s lower in sugar and allergy friendly? Make this gluten free and vegan Banana Sunflower Seed Granola recipe on Sunday and have it for breakfast and snacks the rest of the week!
Foolproof Shakshuka Recipe: Eggs poached in spicy tomato-based veggie stew, baked to perfection, garnished with fresh herbs and served with crusty bread. Flavorsome, nourishing and healthy one-pot breakfast or dinner meal you will make over and over again!
This Gluten Free Overnight Mocha Oats recipe combines creamy chocolate and coffee, and it only takes minutes to make. It tastes like a healthy dessert for breakfast (plus it’s dairy free too, and vegan depending on your protein powder)!
Craving granola bars that are simple, chewy, and better for you than store-bought? Make some of our best Gluten Free Granola Bars at home pack them for snacks and lunch! These also make awesome school snacks since they’re peanut free (you can skip the chocolate chips if you don't want them melting!)
Enjoy all the flavors of a traditional shrimp boil in these easy-to-make foil packets! Packed with shrimp, sausage, potatoes, corn and a little Cajun seasoning, these foil packets are sure to be a hit with the family.
Have some fun with your campfire s'mores and change it up with our Fluffernutter S'mores! It's a mashup of those 2 great American classic treats. These are so fun to make and are gluten free and dairy free.
This delicious Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Skillet Cookie recipe is full of chocolatey goodness and is fun and easy to make! Nobody would ever guess that it's vegan, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free.
TIPS: put the dry ingredients for this in a bag, then all you have to do is mix it with the wet ingredients and pour it into the pan! Cook over your campfire over indirect heat until it's done in the middle, you might have to rotate your pan for even cooking.
Easy campfire foil packets dessert recipe lovers, this one is for you. We have Campfire Apple Crisp Foil Packs full of sweet juicy apples, cinnamon and granola. These grilled apple foil packets can be made on the campfire, grill or simply baked in the oven. Bonus is that they require minimal prep and no cleanup.
Sarah Jane Parker is the founder, recipe creator, and photographer behind The Fit Cookie. She’s a food allergy mom and healthy living blogger based in Wyoming. Sarah is also an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Certified Health Coach, Revolution Running certified running coach, and an ACE Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist