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3 Delicious Ways to Make Camping Pancakes

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A plate full of hot pancakes, drizzled in warm maple syrup is one of the best ways to start the morning at the campground. And while we think scratch-made pancakes whipped up at the campground is the best way to make camping pancakes, we have a few other favorite for days there just isn’t enough time for a big breakfast and the clean up that comes with it.

1. Homemade Camping Pancakes at the Campground

We all have our favorite pancake recipes, and any will work just fine at the campground. Remember to bring your favorite add-ins, like chocolate chips, blueberries, or mashed bananas.

The Best Camping Pancake Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • canola oil (for frying)
  • butter and maple syrup (for serving)

Directions

At Home: Start your own dry pancake mix recipe for camping by mixing the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt) at home. Pack into a sealed container or bag to bring to the campground.

At the Campground:

  1. add egg, butter, and milk to dry ingredients, mixing well (but not over-mixing)
  2. heat oil in skillet over camp stove or campfire
  3. add about 1/4 cup of batter to pan, frying until cooked through
  4. serve with butter and maple syrup

Swedish Pancakes at the Campground

We’ve started making Swedish pancakes at the campground too. These work well for camping because the ingredient list is shorter, so there is less to pack up.

And the recipe is so simple: mix together 1 cup flour, 2 cups milk, and 3 eggs. If I have sugar for another camping meal, I’ll add about a tablespoon to the batter. These are delicious served with maple syrup, powdered sugar, jam, or a squeeze of lemon and sprinkled with sugar.

Coat the skillet with batter and cook through, flipping once.

Make Ahead Pancake Batter for Camping

We see this method come up a lot in camping pancake recipes. It’s great for camping because both the prep and clean up is easy. But the pancakes aren’t as light or fluffy as they would be if you cooked them immediately after mixing the batter.

For this method, simply follow the recipe for your favorite camping pancakes, but don’t cook them until you are at the campground. Store in a jar or bottle (in the cooler) and the mix will be ready when you are.


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2. Store Bought Camping Pancake Mix

Our favorite pancake mixes for camping need only water added to the mix. It eliminates the mess of cracking eggs and measuring milk, especially when we already have our cooler filled with food to keep cold. Pancake mixes like Kodiak Power Cakes Flapjack & Waffle Mix are really good with just water, but there are directions for additional ingredients when you have them.

If you want to make clean up super easy, just add water to the container of Bisquick Shake ‘n Pour Pancake Mix and shake until mixed through. No bowls or spoons needed for this mix!

Bisquick Shake 'n Pour is a super easy option for a camping pancake mix
We prefer homemade pancakes, but Bisquick Shake ‘n Pour makes camping pancakes so easy

3. Make Ahead Camping Pancakes

When the kids are asking for pancakes at the campground, but I know we won’t have much time for clean up in our adventure-filled days, I go for the complete make ahead pancake method.

In the days before our camping trip, I’ll make up a batch of pancakes, wrap them in foil, and store in a gallon zip-top bag in the freezer. At the campground, remove from the bag and place the foil wrapped pancakes over hot coals in the campfire until warmed through.

Make ahead camping pancakes isn’t our favorite method, but it is quick, easy, and there is very little clean up at the campground.


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Tips for Making the Best Camping Pancakes

Cook the pancakes in a cast iron skillet for easier clean up

Non-stick cast iron is also great when you only have a metal spatula so you don’t scratch the non-stick coating of your camping skillet.

If cooking over a campfire, don’t place skillet directly over the flame

Instead, place the grate over hot coals for better temperature control.

Use a neutral cooking oil, like canola, instead of butter for cooking

I think butter tastes better, but it burns faster – and you probably won’t have enough ingredients to make another batch.

Swap jam for syrup on pancakes for less mess

Maple syrup spills will attract ants or other unwanted critters to your campsite.

Serve pancakes with pre-cooked bacon or turkey sausage for easy clean up sides

Pre-cooked bacon and sausage don’t create as much grease, which can be difficult to clean up.


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Start the day with a stack of hot pancakes at the campground. Try these 3 delicious ways to make camping pancakes on your next trip.
Start the day with a stack of hot pancakes at the campground. Try these 3 delicious ways to make camping pancakes on your next trip.

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