Are you stuck when it comes to your camping trip menu? If you’re frustrated trying to find good meal ideas for your loved ones who follow a gluten-free diet, let us help you. We rounded up a list of amazing gluten-free camping food ideas that crew will love.
When we’re at home preparing a meal, whether it’s for a large dinner party or our immediate family, we always consider dietary restrictions. We plan meals around food allergies when we’re at home. Of course, we take the same considerations into account when cooking on our camping adventures.
Planning Campfire Meals
It takes even more planning to create a delicious meal when camping. We use smaller RV appliances, convert temperatures for campfire cooking, and try to minimize the amount of post-meal cleanup.
One member of our family is a vegetarian so I plan meals that can be adapted accordingly. If burgers are on the menu, he gets a veggie patty. Stir fry? I cook meat in a separate cast iron skillet.
Coming up with camp meal ideas can be hard enough. When you mix in preferences and diets, it can become down-right overwhelming. That’s why planning is key and having an arsenal of fantastic recipes is a great place to start.
Have no fear gluten-free eaters, here is a comprehensive list of delicious recipes to more than 30 gluten-free camping meal ideas!
Gluten-Free Camping Breakfast Ideas
Let’s start with a few great options for the first meal of the day. You’ll want to have a hearty breakfast before setting out for the hiking trail.
Lemon Poppy Seed Granola
When it comes to planning a camping menu, there are two words that are music to my ears: Make-Ahead.
For me personally, the more meal prep I can do in advance, the more I enjoy our camping trip. That’s true for everyone else, because if mama ain’t happy…well, you know how the saying goes.
Granola is something you can make ahead then enjoy it for breakfast and as a great snack on the trail.
Lemon Poppy Seed Granola Ingredients
This vegan lemon poppy seed granola is gluten-free, dairy-free, easy to make, healthy and nutritious. If you love lemon poppy seed muffins as much as I do, this recipe is for you.
Sounds delicious, doesn’t it? I love the coconutty flavors. Get the full recipe and instructions from Moon and Spoon and Yum.
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Maple Walnut Goji Berry Granola
Here’s another incredible gluten-free granola recipe. Not only is it gluten-free, it’s dairy-free and refined sugar-free. You probably won’t be surprised to hear it’s also vegan.
Despite all those labels, it is full of flavor and an easy breakfast to make. Both of these granola recipes are a great way to have snacks at the ready. Simply scoop a few portions in small Ziploc bags and you have good to-go energy snacks for the trail.
Granola is always a great way to boost your energy level and satisfy your taste buds.
I know for our our next camping trip, when we’re preparing for an outdoor adventure, granola will be part of my make-ahead plans. It will be great to have these snacks prepped before a day of paddle boarding. And even for those tiring RV travel days.
Maple Walnut Goji Berry Granola Ingredients
There are fewer ingredients in this recipe. Take a look at the list below and if sounds like something you would enjoy, visit Moon and Spoon and Yum for all the details.
Instant Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal
If you’ve read some of our other cooking lists and ideas, then you know that the outdoorsy group of TREKKN writers love using an Instant Pot while RVing. Many of us eat oatmeal nearly every morning, so this Instant Pot Oatmeal breakfast recipe is perfect.
For a gluten-free option, use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Steel Cut Oats.
Instant Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal Ingredients
This amazing breakfast contains very few ingredients. That’s just one more reason we love it.
Place all ingredients in the Instant Pot, mix, and cook on high pressure. Your piping hot bowl of soft, creamy oatmeal will be ready in about 12-14 minutes.
Add additional ingredients like brown sugar, mango, or apples and cinnamon to boost the flavors and kick start your morning.
If you like the sound of an easy-to-make camping breakfast, read the very detailed instructions at Recipe This.
Additional Gluten-Free Breakfast Options We Like
Easy Camping Meals for Gluten-Free Lunch or Dinner
There are a few key reasons we selected the following easy camping meals. For one, grilling in foil packets make clean-up a snap. The other reason is the heartiness as well as the plethora of veggies (and sausage, yum).
Take a peek at these gluten-free recipes and ideas. We keep them in our file of quick and simple lunch and dinner meals when cooking in our RV or the great outdoors.
Related Reading: Vegan Camping Meal Ideas
Cabbage and Sausage Foil Packs
What do you get when you mix potatoes, smoky sausage, onions, sweet cabbage, and garlic butter together in foil? A delicious, hearty gluten-free meal at the campgrounds! Do you want to know what you don’t get with that meal? A lot of post-meal clean up. Glory days.
This simple, yet tasty meal is cooked on the grill or hot coals in tidy foil packets. You can prep these before leaving for your camping trip to make cooking at the campsite even easier.
Cabbage and Sausage Camp Meal Ingredients
This amazing breakfast contains very few ingredients. Another reason I love it.
If your mouth is water, get the full recipe from Spend With Pennies.
Santa Fe Chicken Foil Packs
Here’s another great foil pack meal from Spend With Pennies. I love the layers of flavor. While the simplified version of this recipe calls for canned beans and corn, I like to add fresh veggies such as avocado, tomatoes and cilantro.
Staying true to our theme of the day, this recipe is gluten-free.
Foil Pack Santa Fe Chicken Ingredients
Prep time is only about 10 minutes (depending on how many of your RV neighbors you’re chatting with at the campfire). It serves 3-4.
Mix all the ingredients together in a foil pack and toss on the grill. Let it cook for about 20 minutes and you will have one winner of a dinner.
I recommend rounding out this delicious gluten-free meal with tortillas, sour cream, and guacamole or over a bed of cilantro lime rice.
Sausage Foil Packets
Ok, I know, we already listed a recipe feature sausage. But, how could I resist. I love the ease of foil packet meal when camping. Instead of cabbage, this recipe from 5 Minutes for Mom includes zucchini and other fresh veggies.
Sausage Foil Pack Ingredients
Prep time is only about 10 minutes (depending on how many of your RV neighbors you’re chatting with at the campfire). It serves 3-4.
Grill for about 15-20 minutes and you’ll have a crowd-pleasing dinner.
Foil packet meals can be adapted for your individual preferences (or food allergies). Personally, I think the two sausage recipes we list here could be combined.
Kalbi Short Ribs – Korean Recipe
If you’re looking to step away from classic camping food like burgers and hot dogs and whip up something incredible on the grill, kalbi short ribs might be just perfect.
Before you leave on your camping trip, marinate beef short ribs (flanken cut) in a Ziploc bag. Place it in another bag to ensure it’s leak-proof then freeze it. The reason I use a second Ziploc is sometimes frozen chunks create sharp corners and puncture the inner bag. Once frozen, use it as an ice pack en route to your campsite.
Once it’s thawed, toss it on the grill. It’s delicious. We serve it with a simple side dishes of rice, edamame, and cucumbers. Edamame is very simple to cook while camping. Simply steam it for about 3-5 minutes.
Kalbi Short Ribs Ingredients
Factor in the time to marinate the meat. You could do this the night before departure.
If gluten-free is important, be sure to use a gluten-free soy sauce. I love Kalbi short ribs, especially when cooked outdoors over the grill. Learn more and get the full recipe details from Natural Deets.
Foil Packet Grilled Coho Salmon
This Alaska foil packet grilled coho salmon sounds absolutely delicious. (Fun fact: Todd and I used to live in Alaska and our middle son was born there, so we have quite the connection to this beautiful place.)
The best salmon and halibut I’ve ever had were definitely in Alaska, so this recipe caught my eye for good reason.
This cooks up in a foil packet on the grill in 8 to 10 minutes, depending on the thickness of the salmon.
Get the recipe and fantastic side dish recommendations from Fearless Dining.
Shrimp Foil Packets with Zucchini
This recipe is not only gluten-free but also keto, paleo and low-carb. Plus, it’s a foil packet meal which means…easy peasy clean-up.
To make this place the shrimp, quick-cook veggies and seasonings in foil, fold up the foil in a packet and place on the grill for a total of 15 minutes.
Get the recipe from Recipes from a Pantry.
Garlicky Grilled Shrimp Kabobs
These grilled shrimp kabobs are bursting with flavor because of the delicious marinade made from olive oil, pineapple juice and of course…garlic.
Thread the ingredients on some skewers and throw them on the grill or campfire for a super quick camping meal idea.
Get the full recipe from Little Family Adventure.
The Best Grilled Greek Chicken Recipe
This yummy grilled chicken recipe features a Greek marinade with ingredients such as freshly squeezed lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, and dried Greek oregano. Grill it up for about 6 minutes per side and serve it with some grilled vegetables.
Get the full recipe from Tasty Galaxy.
Pinchos Puerto Rican Marinated Grilled Chicken Kebabs
What are pinchos you ask? It is traditional street food in Puerto Rico and can be made from pork or chicken. It features a tangy sauce made from garlic, lime juice, olive oil, oregano, salt, and pepper.
What a fantastic spin on traditional grilled chicken kebabs!
Get the full recipe from Low Carb Yum.
More Delicious Gluten-Free Lunch or Dinner Camping Recipes
Gluten-Free Side Dishes for Camping
Do you need some ideas on what to serve along-side grilled chicken or fish? Here are some delicious gluten-free side dishes perfect for camping.
Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus on the Grill
Vegetables wrapped in bacon? Yes, please!
Not only will your side dish be the envy of the campground because of the lovely bacon aroma, but your asparagus will be cooked to perfection and have loads of flavor. And, it’s just two ingredients!
Get the full recipe from Dancing Through The Rain.
Grilled Corn with Avocado Dill Dressing
Grilled corn is always a winner while camping, but adding this creamy avocado dressing kicks it up a few notches. Plus, it just looks cool with that green drizzle.
Get the full recipe from Happy Kitchen.
Additional Gluten-Free Side Dishes We Make While Camping
Gluten-Free Camping Snacks
Whether you’re packing up and hitting the trail or lounging in your camping chair enjoying the views, snacks are a camping must-have.
Paleo Granola Bars Recipe
Whip up these granola bars before you head out to your campsite. These little snacks taste great. They’re also delicious energy bites that are easy to pack in your backpack for that extra fuel you need for outdoor activities.
These bars are easy to make, store well and are perfectly packable.
Get the full recipe from The Things We’ll Make.
No-Bake Granola Bars
These no-bake granola bars are soft and chewy. It only takes about 15 minutes to make a batch that can be tailored to your individual preferences. Plus, it’s a one-bowl recipe! An easy clean up recipe is always my favorite kind of recipe!
Get the full recipe from Rhian’s Recipes.
S’Mores Muddy Buddies
You will have to find some gluten-free graham crackers for this recipe, but I think the hunt will be worth it. (Or, you could make your own…recipe under the desserts section below!)
This recipe is vegan-ish, but if you’re not vegan and all you care about is the gluten-free part of this snack, the rest of the ingredients are easy to come by. This would be such a yummy snack for the trail.
Get the full recipe from Pink Fortitude.
More Gluten-Free Snacks Great for Camping Trips
Gluten-Free Desserts for Camping
This list features both make ahead and desserts cooked on the grill at your campsite and all are gluten-free and tasty.
Gluten-Free Graham Crackers
Enjoying a s’ more by the campfire can be super frustrating for those who react badly to gluten. Unless you have some gluten-free graham crackers on hand. You can purchase store-bought ones, but why not try your hand at making them yourself?
Get the full recipe from Allergy Free Alaska.
Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cookies
Whip these bad boys up before your camping trip for a dessert or snack option. Since these are made with almond flour, they are gluten-free.
Add in a combination of pumpkin and peanut butter and these become simply irresistible.
Get the the full recipe from Here To Cook.
Campfire Apple Crisp Foil Packets
What’s better than a dessert featuring apples, cinnamon, and oats while camping? One that’s made in foil for easy clean-up. Apple crisp is a family favorite for us and believe me when I tell you it tastes even better while camping.
Note from experience: These can also be made in a cast-iron skillet over the campfire.
Get the recipe Recipes From A Pantry.
Ooey Gooey S’mores Cookies
Put a twist on the classic camping s’ more and turn it into a gluten-free cookie. Sounds good to me!
Bake these up with some gluten-free flour and gluten-free graham crackers for a treat everyone will love.
Get the full recipe This Vivacious Life.
Also Try These Gluten-Free, Vegan Cookies
Recommended Campfire Cooking Supplies
Here’s a short list of a few supplies you should have on hand to prepare these gluten-free meals.
Functionality includes pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, saute, yogurt maker, and sterilizer, among other settings. Multiple sizes available (3QT, 6QT, 8QT).
- Programmable settings allow you to set and forget
- Quick and easy clean up for RV cooking
- Built-in safety features to prevent overheating
We hope you found a gluten-free recipe or two to serve your crew on your upcoming camping trip.
Julie specializes in helping you whip up delicious meals in your tiny RV kitchen, as well as RV organization tips and helping fellow RVers make their RV feel like home. Her favorite RVing spot is in Banff National Park in Canada where yes, the water really is that blue and the people really are that nice.