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Vermonters are serious about their pancakes! We live in the maple syrup capital of America, which means that even when we’re backpacking, we’ve got a stash of real maple in the bag. We enjoy it in tea, on granola, and in desserts, but there’s still nothing like pancakes for indulging in the maple love. To celebrate spring, and the fact that our maple sugaring season is just about over, I’m going to share our favorite car camping pancake recipes with you. They all start with the same basic mix, but every recipe is different and amazing.

Am I advocating that you eat camp pancakes for breakfast every day for a week? Why, yes I am. You can work off those extra calories on the trail.

Basic Pancake Recipe for Camping

best pancake recipes for camping

photo credit: Jeremy Riel

Has anyone else ever noticed that pancakes taste twice as good when eaten outdoors? It’s the weirdest thing – I don’t think my cooking methods change all that much when we’re camping, but the pancakes are always better! Here’s our basic mix for camp pancakes. You can double or triple the recipe to suit your needs. If you truly don’t have time to make your own mix, I highly recommend Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes Flapjack and Waffle Mix We can get this at our local supermarket, but they sell it on Amazon as well (affiliate link). Now for the recipe:

  • 2 cups white flour
  • 1 cup buckwheat flour,
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • ½ cup of dried milk powder
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • a pinch of salt

Pack your mix in a zip-top plastic bag, and don’t forget the maple syrup. This mix is fabulous combined with enough water to make a batter-like consistency. You can add one or two eggs if you have them, and a bit of oil if you want. Or you can set your sights a little higher and indulge in the following super awesome pancake recipes for camping. All of the recipes should serve a family of four easily (unless you have teenagers, then I recommend doubling everything).

Oatmeal Raisin Camp Pancakes

  • 2 cups basic pancake mix
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 or 2 eggs (optional)
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (from your awesome spice kit)

At camp: Put your dry mix in a bowl and add the cinnamon. In another bowl, soak the raisins in 2 cups of water. Add optional eggs and beat with a mix or fork. Add the wet to the dry. Fry pancakes in a sizzling hot, oiled pan and serve with maple syrup.

Banana Nut Pancakes

best pancake recipes for camping

Disclaimer: Bananas aren’t my favorite fruit to bring camping, but my kids love ‘em, so we bring them along on short trips. They tend to smush and brown easily, and when that happens, we make these:

  • 2 cups basic pancake mix
  • 2 cups liquid – water, milk, or juice
  • ½ cup chopped nuts (we like pecans)
  • 2 eggs (optional)
  • 1 ripe, mashed banana

At camp: Mix nuts into the dry ingredients.Mix eggs, liquid, and mashed banana. Add wet to dry and fry in a hot, oiled pan. Serve with maple syrup. If you don’t have maple syrup, these are pretty fabulous topped with peanut butter or Nutella.

Apple Oat Pancakes

  • 2 cups pancake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. maple syrup
  • 2 Tbs. oil
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp. cardamom
  • 2 cups water, milk, or apple juice
  • 2 medium apples, cored and finely chopped

At camp: Whisk the eggs in a small bowl. Add liquid and chopped apples. Mix spices into the dry ingredients and add to the liquid. Stir just until combined. Fry pancakes in a hot pan greased with oil or butter. Serve with maple syrup.

Wild Berry Camp Pancakes

best pancake recipes for camping

Camping during berry season is pretty awesome. In the northeast, it’s not uncommon to find ripe black caps in June and ripe raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries in July and August. Whole camping trips can be planned around berry season!

  • 2 cups pancake mix
  • 1 cup mashed berries
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 Tbs. maple syrup
  • 1 ½ cups water

At camp: Mix dry and wet ingredients separately and then combine them. Fry batter in a hot, greased pan. Serve with maple syrup.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Pancakes

This recipe is loosely based on a recipe I found in Country Living. It’s basically dessert for breakfast, so make sure you have a good hiked plan the day you make these.

  • 2 cups pancake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups milk (milk is better than water in this recipe, but use water if you have to)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

At camp: Whisk the eggs and peanut butter together in a bowl. Add milk and vanilla extract. Stir in pancake mix and chocolate chips. Fry pancakes in a hot, oiled pan. Maple syrup isn’t necessary for these, but if you can’t resist, go for it.

Gingerbread Pancakes

To make these awesome pancakes, you need to pack ¼ cup of molasses in your spice kit. It’s not something we usually have on hand when camping, but occasionally I’ll remember, and my kids always thank me. These pancakes smell so good that your family will roll out of bed to eat them, and your campground neighbors may just pay you a visit. Be sure to make extra coffee…

  • 2 cups pancake mix
  • 1 ½ tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 2 cups almond milk (buy a small, shelf-stable container before your trip)

At camp: Mix pancake mix with spices. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs with the molasses and almond milk. Combine wet and dry and mix just until combined. Fry in a super hot, buttered pan.

Pineapple Coconut Pancakes

Saving the best for last? Try these and let me know what you think  – they’re a new addition to our camp meal repertoire.  So new, we’ve yet to photograph them.

  • 2 cups pancake mix
  • ¼ cup shredded coconut
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 egg
  • 8 oz. can of pineapple
  • 13 oz. can coconut milk

At camp: Mix basic pancake mix with shredded coconut and nutmeg. In a separate bowl, beat the egg and mix with canned pineapple and coconut. Combine wet and dry ingredients. Depending on the moisture content in your canned pineapples, you may need to add a bit more pancake mix to give your batter the right consistency. Fry batter in a hot, buttered pan, and serve with maple syrup.  

In my opinion, pancakes are one of the best things about camping. I hope these pancake recipes encourage you to roll out of your sleeping bag each morning to greet the day. If you have a favorite camp breakfast, I’d love to hear about it in the comments.

Want to read more about camp food and camp kitchen organization? Check out these posts:

What You Need to Know about Washing Dishes While Camping

Making the Perfect Cup of Camp Coffee

Dessert for breakfast? No, but pretty darn close. Check out these awesome pancake recipes for camping trips.