When I mention making pancakes on a camping trip people tend to gawk at the idea of messy batter and a laborious cleanup; but, what if I told you, you can have pancakes while camping with very minimal cleanup afterward? It sounds like magic, doesn't it? I hate to break it to you, it's not magic. Easy camping meals just take a few extra steps of minimal preparation before you embark on an adventure-seeking solitude, peaceful nature, and delicious pancakes.
How to make the fluffiest pancakes, ever:
1. People often believe when mixing the dry and wet ingredients together, you need to mix it until there are no clumps. However, this method will make your pancakes tough and dry. When combining your mixture, you really only need a few good stirs with a wooden spoon.
2. Good things come with time; this includes pancakes. Cook the pancakes on medium heat. This way, you get a crispy golden outside and a wholly cooked fluffy inside.
3. Use enough butter when cooking each pancake. Having enough butter on your pan will help the pancakes not stick to the pan when flipping and give it a nice crisp on the outside of the pancake.
Read on for an easy camping meal recipe to add into your camp rotation! A few steps can be done ahead of time to make for a quick, clean, and tasty meal outdoors.
Time: 15 minutes
- 2 semi-brown bananas
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups of buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ tablespoon of cinnamon
- ½ tablespoon of nutmeg
- 2 cups of flour
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- A ½ cup of chopped walnuts
- 3 tablespoons butter. Reserve some for spreading on the pancakes
- Real maple syrup
- Peel the bananas and put them in a medium-sized bowl. Mash them with a fork until the consistency is like pudding.
- Mix together the eggs, buttermilk, and banana in the same bowl.
- In a separate large bowl; combine the salt, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, flour, and sugar.
- With a wooden spoon; make an indent in the middle of the dry ingredients, pour in the wet mixture and stir the batter until it is mixed well together.*
- Fold in the walnuts to the batter.
- Pour the mixture into a one-liter reusable water bottle (A Nalgene works best for this) and store for later until you're at camp.
- Preheat your pan on medium heat.
- Melt about a tablespoon of butter on your pan, apply more butter after every other pancake.
- Pour about 3x3 in. of batter into the pan.
- When multiple bubbles appear on one side of the pancake, and the other side of the pancake is golden brown, the pancake is ready to flip.
- Press your spatula down on the top of the pancake, if the batter does not come out on any sides, the pancake is done.
- Top with fresh bananas, walnuts, and real maple syrup and eat with your Morsel.
*If you want fluffy pancakes, read “How to make the fluffiest pancakes, ever.” at the top of this article.
Hailey Light is an experienced outdoor guide and aspiring steward of the natural world. When she's not skiing, climbing, backpacking, canyoneering, or white water rafting you will find her trying out new recipes to share in her articles.
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