Warm-you-up trail cooking

I hope you will find these recipes enjoyable on the trail, at home, for a picnic, or when the power goes out and you need to feel pampered…


Spiced Pie Oatmeal (warm up on a cold trail morning)

Serves 1

Cook any plain oatmeal to package directions

Add: 1/4 cup cranberries and pecans mixed, 2tbsp brown sugar (or to your taste), 1/8th – 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or a pinch each of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice)

Stir and reminisce about having your family around you during the holidays!

Trail Nog

serves 2

1 Can Coconut Milk, 2tbsp honey, pinch each of nutmeg and cloves

Heat coconut milk on your campstove stirring often until warm then add honey and spices and mix well while cooking for about another minute. Pour, sip and watch the campfire burn.

Holiday Trail Mix

Homemade Chocolate Peppermint Drops




To make Chocolate Peppermint Drops: Put parchment paper on a cookie sheet and lightly oil with a mild oil like canola, so the taste won’t be effected. Put 1/2 cup chocolate chips in microwave safe dish with 1/8 tsp peppermint extract and 1/2tbsp margarine (I like Earth Balance) and heat for 30 seconds at a time, stirring well in between. Only cook until most chips are melted then take out and stir, the others will melt during stirring. Cut a small hole in the corner of a plastic sandwich bag and put in the melted chocolate. Twist the bag until the chocolate comes out the hole and form it into large chocolate chips on the parchment. Put in the fridge for about thirty minutes and then remove and add to trail mix.

Ham and Pineapple Bites

Bagel (toast on stove) then top with:

touch of mayo or squeeze butter


Dried pineapple


Thanksgiving Dinner (unless you are a starving thru-hiker here’s an example of how to calculate servings…4 hikers: 2 servings stuffing, 2 servings potatoes according to package directions.)


Dehydrated Mashed Potatoes

A hearty squeeze of olive oil and salt

Gravy powder – about 1/2 a packet

1 Can/BagĀ  Chicken (dehydrated or not) – if you are feeding a lot of hikers you may want two cans

Dried Cranberries

Directions: Boil amount of water needed to rehydrate potatoes and stuffing (according to pkg instructions) with the olive oil, some salt and the chicken (if you are using dehydrated chicken you will have to add a little extra water). When the water is boiling add can of chicken, then stuffing and potatoes, gravy powder, cranberries. Stir well, cover and remove from heat. Let it sit for 5 minutes and enjoy!

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