Vegan campfire food ideas

If you’re not already vegan, camping is the perfect time to try out some plant-based alternatives to your usual favorites. As you’re living much closer to nature than usual, it makes sense to eat more plants too. Cooking over the campfire is also a great way to get more in touch with the natural environment, and all the recipes in this blog will be ones you can make over your campfire. There is definitely a misconception that vegan food is difficult to make or requires lots of expensive ingredients. In fact, you’d be surprised how many meals are accidentally vegan, and how simple and inexpensive vegan food can be.




Plant-based Pancakes

These are a delicious, and luxurious way to start the day, and making them doesn’t require too much measuring, which is great for camping. To make the pancakes, start by mixing 300g self-raising flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tbsp of any kind of sugar, 1 tbsp vanilla extract and a pinch of salt until combined. Then slowly pour in 400ml plant-based milk, you can use any kind- oat, almond, soya. Then stop pouring once it becomes a smooth thick batter.


Then heat some vegetable oil or vegan butter in a non-stick frying pan and add 2 tbsp of butter, dropping onto the pan to make small circular shapes. Make around 3 pancakes- you can make more or less depending on the size of your pan. Cook the pancakes for 3-4 minutes until the edges solidify and bubbles start to form on the surface. Then flip them over and cook for another 2-3 minutes on the other side. Both sides should be a golden-brown colour.


Serve the pancakes as you cook them so that people can enjoy them warm. Then serve with whatever toppings you like- you can try sliced bananas, berries, maple syrup, plant-based yogurt. Or just enjoy them on their own!


Porridge

Porridge is a great vegan camping meal, and also a super easy one to make over your campfire. Add 60g oats and 160ml plant-based milk (soya works well) per person to a pot, then add 160ml water per person. Bring to the boil and cook, stirring, until it is the consistency that you like. Serve with jam, nuts, fruit or whatever else you feel like.




More breakfast ideas

For breakfast, you could also make this delicious coconutty French toast, you basically just need a banana, toast and a can of coconut milk. Some cinnamon also really elevates the toast and makes it even more comforting, so don’t forget to pack it. For a full recipe, and loads more vegan camping meals, check out my blog Vegan campfire gas stove cooking ideas. Tofu or chickpea scrambles are another great breakfast, they can be served on toast, or you can have them in wraps as a tasty breakfast burrito.




Campfire middle eastern chickpeas

To make this lunch or dinner recipe, you need Lebanese 7 spice, which you can just buy, or make yourself in advance. To make it, place 2 tbsp whole cumin seeds and 1 tbsp whole coriander seeds in a small dry pan and toast until the seeds start popping. Transfer the seeds, as well as 2 tbsp freshly ground black pepper, 1 tbsp smoked paprika, 1 tbsp whole cloves, 1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg, 1 tsp ground cinnamon and 1 tbsp whole allspice berries to a pestle and mortar and grind everything into a fine powder.


In a cast iron skillet, Dutch oven or camping cooking pot over the campfire, heat some cooking oil. Gently sauté one large, chopped onion until it starts to soften. Then add 1 tbsp of the spice mix, and sauté for another minute until it releases its aromas. Add one drained tin of chickpeas and mix well, making sure the chickpeas are heated through. Then add 100g of any greens that are in season such as spinach, chard, kale, etc. Sauté until the greens are wilted but not too soft.


Chilli

Vegan chilli is such an easy vegan meal to make, and perfect for when you’re cooking for loads of people. It’s a great way to use up veggies and you’ll feel that you’ve had a really authentic camping experience after cooking it on your campfire and enjoying it in bowls on your lap. For a great vegan chilli recipe, feel free to check out my blog Chilli served with salad and a wrap.


Vegan barbecue

A barbecue is one of the easiest ways to cook over your campfire and these vegan kebabs are a great addition to your vegan bbq. Just chop up some veggies like courgettes, yellow and red peppers, onions, mushrooms, small ears of sweetcorn, small red baby potatoes. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could even add some fresh pieces of peach and pineapple.




Press some firm tofu to drain the water and cut into 1-inch cubes, try to make sure the veg and tofu are all similarly sized so everything cooks evenly. Marinate the tofu in some store-bought marinade for at least 3 hours. Then add the veggies and tofu to skewers- this could be a fun activity for kids. Finally, place them onto the barbecue and allow to cook, turning frequently for around 10 minutes until the veg has softened and the tofu is cooked through.


Tofu steaks

These are another great vegan addition to your campfire barbecue. Drain a block of firm tofu of its liquid, then cut unto 11/2 cm pieces. In a ziplock bag, add 60 ml soy sauce, 2 tbsp olive oil, 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce, 2 tsp maple syrup, 2 minced cloves garlic, 2 tbsp rosemary, 1 tsp freshly ground pepper, some salt and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Add the tofu slices to the bag and let them marinate for 2 hours.


Remove them from the bag and keep the rest of the marinade. Grill over a barbecue for around 7 minutes on both side until they are slightly charred and cooked all through. Finally brush the pieces with any leftover marinade and serve on its own with salad, or with some tomatoes and sliced avocado in a burger bun.





I hope that this blog has given you loads of vegan recipes that you can cook over your campfire- and the courage to try them both out on your next camping trip! Here’s me signing out and thank you so much for reading- Lily Crooke / Environmental and Recreational author.





61 views