Best Gluten-Free Foods for a Camping Trip?

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Q: I am the co-leader of a Girl Scout troop of junior high-aged girls. One of our new scouts is gluten-free and we would LOVE some tips for what to cook on a campout! We plan to take a week long camping trip this summer and any ideas for fun, camp-friendly, and cheap food that everyone can enjoy would be great!

Usually we would make such "healthy" options as pie-iron pizzas (white bread with pizza sauce and cheese in the middle), hobo pies (white bread with pie filling in the middle), ramen, smores, and lots of sandwiches — all of which are gluten heavy! Besides just buying some expensive "gluten-free" bread, what are some options?

Sent by Suzy

Editor: Suzy, how about swapping out pizzas and bread for some stew? You can make big batches cheaply and heat them up over the campfire. (Just don't thicken it with flour; try potato starch instead.)

Bring a lot of fruit, and perhaps just one loaf of gluten-free bread or some gluten-free wraps for lunches on the go.

And for dessert, you don't have to forego S'Mores (such a tradition!) — most marshmallows are gluten-free (although you should doublecheck to be sure), and instead of graham crackers you can bring a batch of these extremely chewy chocolate cookies. Honestly, they're better with marshmallows than those crunchy crackers anyway!

Here are a couple more discussions on campfire cooking.

Best Campfire Foods: What Do You Eat While Camping?
Good Question: Best Meals to Cook On Camping Trips?

Readers, what would you suggest?

 

Related: Campfire Dessert! A Cake Baked In an Orange Peel

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.

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