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Campfire Banana Splits

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Campfire roasted banana splits

Campfire roasted banana splits

Campfire Banana Splits – Since we spend most of the summer camping, we’re always on the lookout for great camping recipes. We’ve had an amazing summer so far and decided it was time to try a new campfire treat, the campfire roasted banana split. This is a super easy and delicious snack to add to your camping food repertoire. Our daughter loved being able to build her own banana split treat and it’s virtually foolproof.

Just grab some bananas, and some yummy toppings, wrap in foil, roast in the fire and voila…hot, melty, gooey goodness. Kids and adults alike will love these fantastic campfire treats.

Campfire Banana Splits

Ingredients & Supplies

  • Ripe Bananas
  • Toppings (suggestions: marshmallows, chocolate chips (white, butterscotch, milk and dark), peanuts, walnuts, toffee chips, caramels, coconut, pretzels, etc)
  • Tinfoil
  • Knife

Directions

  1. Slice bananas down the middle but try not to cut all the way through to the other side.
  2. Fill the banana with toppings of your choice.
  3. Close up the banana as much as you can and wrap with tin foil.
  4. Place wrapped banana in the coals of your campfire and leave for anywhere from 5-10 minutes.
  5. Remove wrapped banana from fire and let cool for a few minutes then carefully unwrap the foil.
  6. Allow to cool a little more, grab a spoon and dig in.

Download your Campfire Banana Split recipe here.

I hope you enjoyed this post.  Check out some of my other posts that would be great for camping including: Campfire Toasted Cinnamon RollsDIY Fire StartersDouble Chocolate Pecan Cookies,  No Bake Energy BallsPerfect Chocolate Chip CookiesBlank Faces Coloring PageJellyfish Friendship Bracelets10-Minute Superhero CostumePrintable Robot Coloring Page Family Movie Night Tickets

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Campfire Toasted Cinnamon Rolls

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Campfire Toasted Cinnamon Rolls

Yummy and fun to make campfire toasted cinnamon rolls.

Campfire Toasted Cinnamon Rolls – In my last post, I mentioned that our family recently had our inaugural camping trip of the year. We went with some friends and had so much fun camping in the Pacific Northwest rain forest along the coast of Vancouver Island (see last post for some photos of our trip). I love trying new camping recipes and this time I’d seen some orange/cinnamon rolls cooked in orange peels over a fire on Pinterest that looked intriguing. Loved the idea but my daughter doesn’t like oranges at all so I had to take another route…what about simply cooking them on a roasting stick? I really wasn’t sure it was going to work and honestly I kind of forgot about them until our last camping night. Once I remembered, I asked the kids if they had any interest in trying a roasted cinnamon bun experiment and they were all over it.

We cracked open a can of Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls and carefully put them on some roasting sticks. We tried a few different methods but in the end the best way was to simply insert the roll (as is straight out out of the can) on a small double pronged roasting fork. We tried on a single prong but they kept twisting and almost falling off – too much stress. We also discovered that you needed to keep turning them to make sure they were cooked all over, especially in the center. You definitely want some hot, glowing embers to cook the cinnamon rolls, a roaring fire wouldn’t work well at all. As a final surprise, I discovered that these particular cinnamon rolls came with a little container of icing…truly the icing on the cake (or cinnamon roll). Sweet, fluffy, warm and toasty – why does camping food always seem to taste extra delicious! So in the end, it turned out that our campfire cinnamon rolls experiment was a huge success and I would highly recommend it.

Campfire Toasted Cinnamon Rolls

What you need:

  • Can of Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls
  • Roasting prongs (preferably with the prongs close together)
  • Campfire with hot embers

Directions:

  1. Pop open can and carefully divide the cinnamon rolls.
  2. Gently insert the prongs through the side of the cinnamon roll in the center of the bun making sure it’s near the back of the prongs.
  3. Slowly place your roll over hot embers, rotating frequently and on all sides.
  4. Depending on the heat in your campfire, it should take anywhere from 8-12 minutes to toast your rolls so that they are cooked all the way through.
  5. Remove from campfire and allow to cool slightly before carefully removing the roll from the roasting prongs. Eat and enjoy!

You can download and print the directions here.

I hope you enjoyed this post.  Check out some of my other posts that would be great for camping including: DIY Fire StartersDouble Chocolate Pecan Cookies,  No Bake Energy BallsPerfect Chocolate Chip CookiesBlank Faces Coloring PageJellyfish Friendship Bracelets10-Minute Superhero CostumePrintable Robot Coloring Page Family Movie Night Tickets

Camping Cinnamon Rolls

Toasted Campfire Cinnamon Rolls

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Bailey’s Dipped Toasted Marshmallows

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The best toasted marshmallows ever!

The best toasted marshmallows ever!

Bailey’s Dipped Toasted Marshmallows – How about a little something for the adults for a change.  A couple of weeks ago we started our annual summer long camping.  We keep our trailer at the beach for the summer – only about a 15 minute drive from our house. We’re there for most of the summer, until school starts back up. Most nights, as the tip of Mt. Baker turns from white to peachy-pink,  we settle in with a toasty little campfire to keep us warm.  A few years back we discovered Bailey’s marshmallows – all I can say is be prepared, once you’ve had toasted marshmallows with Bailey’s you’ll be ruined for all other marshmallows from that point forward.

Making this is about as simple as it gets. Toast your marshmallow over hot coals, then dip the warm marshmallow into a cup of Bailey’s.  It can be a bit gooey and drippy so be prepared to bust out the wet-wipes.

Be warned… this is highly addictive!

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DIY I Spy Game

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DIY "I Spy" game for kids.

DIY “I Spy” game for kids.

DIY I Spy Game – Kids love those fun “I Spy” bestseller books by Walter Wick and Jean Marzollo. I remember when Noelle was a little younger, we used to make weekly visits to the library.  After story time we’d check out all the great kids books but she was always drawn to the colourful and intriguing images on the pages of the “I Spy” books. We could literally spend an hour going through these books and when children are young, anything that captures their attention for that long is a miraculous thing.

I was thinking about how clever and yet how simple they are and thought it would be a fun little project for Noelle and I to create our own “I Spy” page. We set off on a mission to find all sorts of fun little household objects for our collage. Making the page is half the fun.  It’s a fun way to keep your child entertained and would be great with more than one child – they could each make their own pages or work together to create a collage. If you get a chance, photograph each page and then you can print these out later for camping, car rides or a rainy day activity.

The photo below is the “I Spy” collage that Noelle and I made.  You can download a printable version here that has a list of all the items and then blank spaces for children to find the quantity of each item.

Instructions:

  1. Talk with your kid(s) about what are appropriate objects for the collage (adults should be responsible for any sharp objects like pins) and then go find the items that will help to make up your DIY I Spy page. Remember the smaller the objects, the more you’ll be able to fit onto your page.
  2. Once all the items have been collected, sit down and try to lay them out randomly on a the page in a square or rectangle shape. At this point I would try to take a photo of the collage before it gets messed up by sweet little investigative hands.
  3. Now the kids can start searching through the collage to find all hidden objects – writing down everything as they go along (ex. 4 buttons, 2 dinosaurs, 5 purple flowers, 1 deck of cards, etc). If writing is too difficult for kids, then they can do it verbally or have an adult write and work through the list together with the kids.
I Spy activity page for kids

I Spy activity page for kids

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