Trail Chef: All-Star Berry Recipes

You can't beat fresh-picked, flavorful antioxidant bombs!

Jonesing for fresh food after a few days of nuts and jerky? There's nothing like pick-your-own berries to satisfy the craving. Whether your berry of choice is blue-, straw-, black- or huckle-, here are 3 tasty ways to serve your bounty.

Couscous in Fruit Sauce

A sweet, hearty breakfast. Serves 4. Recipe adapted from The Wilderness Chef, by Claudine Martin

1 pouch clarified butter

1 1/2 cups couscous

1 cup fresh berries of choice

1/4 cup dried banana, ground

1/2 cup dried pineapple, diced

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

In camp: Bring 3 cups of water to a boil in a medium pot with the butter. Add couscous and banana, stir, and remove from heat. Cover and let stand five minutes. Uncover and fluff couscous with a fork, then stir in remaining ingredients.

Berry Compote

Gourmet topping for instant cheesecake or pudding. Recipe adapted from Camp Cooking, by Bill and Jo McMorris.

2 cups fresh berries

4 tablespoons cinnamon sugar

1 tablespoon instant tapioca pudding

1/2 cup water

In camp: Put cinnamon sugar, pudding, and water in a small saucepan and let stand five minutes. Add berries and cook over medium flame until the mixture boils. Remove mixture from pan and let cool completely. When cool, spread on your dessert of choice.

Easy Berry Tacos

A fun twist on the classic pancake breakfast. Serves 3. Recipe adapted from

2 cups pancake mix (such as Bisquick)

2-3 cups fresh berries

Maple syrup

At home: Pack syrup in leakproof container.

In camp: Combine pancake mix with 1 1/3 cups cold water and mix well. Heat and lightly grease skillet. Spoon about 1/4 cup of batter onto heated skillet and cook 2-3 minutes per side. Remove from pan and let cool enough to hold with your hand. Fill pancake with berries and drizzle with syrup; fold like a taco and eat.

What are your favorite berry recipes? What about your favorite berry hikes? Share 'em in the comment section below!

—Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan

Image credit: Gare and Kitty