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Breakfast Camping Recipes

Spice up your oatmeal with lemony blueberry sauce. Or go for camp-side blueberry pancakes--topped by more blueberry sauce.

by: Backpacker Contributors

Lemony Maple Blueberry Sauce

1/2 pint fresh blueberries (Substitutes: any other berry, or soft fruit like peach, pear, and plum)
1/2 cup real maple syrup
1/2 lemon (juice and rind)
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon butter

At home: Pack syrup in a leakproof bottle; pack sugar in a zip-top bag.

In camp: Using a sharp knife, gently peel the yellow part of the lemon rind. Avoid cutting too deep into the white part of the skin (it's bitter). Finely chop the yellow peel and set aside. In a skillet, melt the butter over low heat, then add the blueberries. Mash some of the blueberries with a fork, then add the remaining ingredients, including the lemon rind. Simmer over low heat for about 5 minutes until the mixture starts to thicken. Makes 1 cup.

Note: Pour over pancakes, oatmeal, French toast, breads, or cakes.

Down East Blueberry Pancakes
Maine's celebrated wild blueberries demand real New England maple syrup.

2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/3 cup powdered milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup blueberries
3 tablespoons oil
2 cups water

At home: Combine the first 4 ingredients in a zip-top bag.

In camp: Add water and 2 tablespoons oil to flour mixture and knead bag until combined; stir in blueberries. Heat remaining oil in pan until it sizzles. Drop 4-inch circles of batter into pan, and cook 2 minutes or until bubbles form on top. Flip and cook 1 minute more or until pancakes are golden brown. Makes 15 pancakes.

Note: To substitute dried blueberries for fresh, soak berries in 1/2 cup water for 5 minutes. Make batter using 1 1/2 cups water, then add the berries and water.

Go local: Buy real Maine wild blueberries at

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Oct 14, 2011

Super easy, add some dried ginger (powdered) and a little cracked pepper and some mirin wine to some smuckers blueberry jam, warm, pour over pancakes or chicken. You can also get dehydrated chicken that reconstitutes well, weighs nothing and packs a nice protein punch. Cook some instant rice or cous cous and you have a great supper.

Oct 14, 2011

really, has no one ever heard of dried lemmon rind? Or dried blueberries for that matter. You can also pack in dried maple sugar and reconstitute to a syrup, just to let you know. they also make powdered lemon juice (real lemmon in little packets) Just a little more realistic and a whole lot easier. Place the premix in a camp pan and add a little water, the dried fruit also helps to thicken it. If too thin you can also add just a little cornstarch to the dry ingredients if you like a really thick syrup (just make sure you add cold water first and stir while warming and reconstituting.


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