15 Easy Gluten-Free Camping Meal Ideas to Make for Your Next Adventure

Gluten-free camping food doesn’t have to be difficult to make! In fact, there are plenty of easy recipes that can be whipped up in no time. We are sharing all of our favorite easy gluten-free camping meal ideas anyone can make, whether you’re tent camping or camping in your RV. Some of the recipes can even be made ahead of time, so all you have to do is reheat and eat! Continue reading to plan the best gluten-free camping meals for your next outdoor adventure!

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Pablo grilling at camp

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15 Gluten-Free Camping Food Recipes Your Taste Buds Will Love

Food allergies suck. I totally get it. I have been living with a gluten allergy (and mild dairy allergy) for many years. But, that hasn’t stopped us from figuring out the best gluten-free camping recipes!

Camping gluten-free is easy. We are here to show you how we eat a gluten-free diet while camping.

We hope to inspire delicious recipes and meal ideas for your next camping trip!

top left photo: gluten-free grilled cheese and green salad, top right photo: grilled hot dogs, brats, and sweet potatoes, bottom left photo: gluten-free pancakes with fruit, bottom right photo: girl sitting at camp having coffee, a muffin and fruit while looking at the mountains.

Please note: If you have celiac disease, pay extra attention to labels on products before purchasing to ensure items are certified gluten-free. Also, when preparing food, be cautious of cross-contamination if you are with other campers who are not eating gluten-free.

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Gluten-Free Camping Food Ideas for Breakfast

Plan your next camping menu with these simple breakfast ideas. Find recipes to fuel your outdoor adventures!

1. Oatmeal

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Gluten-free oatmeal with fruit and brown sugar

Mmmm… it’s so nice to start the day with a bowl of warm oatmeal. Oatmeal is a favorite recipe on every camp menu plan. Since it is so easy to make and personalize, it’s a must for gluten-free camping food.

Ingredients:

  • Certified gluten-free quick oats
  • Water
  • Add toppings of your choice
    • Fruit
    • Almond butter
    • Honey
    • Nuts
    • Dried fruit
    • Brown sugar

Camp Kitchen Equipment Needed:

  • Gas stove
  • Lighter
  • Tea kettle or pot to boil water
  • Spoon(s)
  • Bowl(s)
  • ½ cup measuring cup

Instructions:

  • Scoop ½ cup of gluten-free quick oats from oat container and put into a bowl (we have these MSR bowls from REI)
  • Boil hot water in tea kettle or pot
  • Pour ½ cup of boiling water onto oats, stir and let the mixture sit for a few minutes
  • Once the oats looked to have absorbed all of the water, add toppings of your choice, and enjoy!

2. Gluten-Free Protein Pancakes

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Gluten-free protein pancakes with Nutella and fruit

We absolutely love making gluten-free protein pancakes for camping trips! They pair so well with coffee and a sunrise.

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Ingredients:

  • FlapJacked Gluten-Free Protein Pancake and Baking Mix (buy on Amazon)
  • Water
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • Optional chocolate chips or fresh fruit to mix in batter

Camp Kitchen Equipment Needed:

  • Propane stove (camp stove)
  • Lighter
  • Frying pan
  • Spoon
  • Small mixing bowl
  • ½ cup and 1/3 measuring cups
  • Spatula
  • Plate(s)

Instructions:

  • Follow the instructions on the back of the FlapJacked package to prepare the gluten-free pancake mix
    • Mix ½ cup of pancake mix with 1/3 cup of water
    • Warm-up frying pan and spray non-stick cooking spray
    • Pour batter onto the heated pan; when the pancakes are ready to flip, they will bubble a little on top. Flip and cook the other side.
  • Serve and add your favorite toppings:
    • Almond butter
    • Nutella
    • Fruit
    • Maple syrup

Camping tip: Make pancakes before your camping trip to save cooking at camp. Pancakes are easy to transport and heat up quickly so you can hit the trails bright and early! They also make a great snack after hiking in the morning.


3. Make-Ahead Gluten-Free Granola with Fruit

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Gluten-free granola with strawberries and soy milk

The recipe we prepare is inspired by Cookie + Kate. It is an easy healthy granola to prepare at home before camping. So, all you have to do while camping is add your choice of milk and fruit! This is a dairy-free food as well.

Ingredients to Make Granola Ahead of Time:

  • 4 cups gluten-free oats
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ cup olive oil

Granola Toppings to Bring Camping:

  • Fruit (strawberries, blueberries, or bananas)
  • Almond milk, soy milk, yogurt, or milk of choice

Home Kitchen Equipment Needed:

  • Cookie sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Spoon
  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring cup
  • Oven

Camp Kitchen Equipment Needed:

  • Bowl(s)
  • Spoon(s)
  • Knife to cut fruit
  • Plate to cut fruit on

Instructions to Make Granola Ahead of Time:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Mix the oats, honey, vanilla, salt, and olive oil well
  • Pour mixture on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and spread mixture across the pan
  • Bake for 10 minutes, take the mixture out, stir it a little, then put it back into the oven for 10 more minutes.
  • Take the mixture out and let it cool. Once cooled, add to food storage container and put it in the fridge.
  • Take this pre-made granola with you camping! Serve with fruit and milk or yogurt of choice.

4. Good To-Go Gluten Free & Dairy Free Oatmeal

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Good To-Go gluten-free and dairy free oatmeal

Sometimes, you’re just tired from hiking far or driving all day and need a quick and easy breakfast. Or maybe you’re so hungry you can’t wait! Having Good To-Go pre-made meals are a lifesaver!

Good To-Go has gluten-free and dairy-free dehydrated food options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Ingredients:

Camp Kitchen Equipment Needed:

  • Gas camp stove
  • Lighter
  • Spoon
  • Tea kettle or pot to boil water

Instructions:

  • Follow the instructions on the back of the Good To-Go meal package
    • Boil water
    • Add about ½ cup of boiled water to the pouch (you can also use cold water if you want)
    • Let the mixture sit for a few minutes until the water looks absorbed
    • Enjoy!

5. Gluten-Free Muffins & Fruit

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Gluten-free muffins with fruit and coffee at camp

Camping is more fun with muffins to fuel your adventure.

Ingredients:

  • Buy gluten-free muffins of your choice before your trip
  • Fruit of your choice

Camp Kitchen Equipment Needed:

  • Plate(s)
  • Knife to cut fruit

Instructions:

  • Serve pre-made gluten-free muffins with fruit and your choice of morning beverage!
  • So easy!

Gluten-Free Recipes for Lunch

6. Almond Butter & Jelly Sandwiches

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Gluten-free almond butter and jelly sandwiches

Almond butter and jelly sandwiches are a classic lunch combination, and gluten-free campers can enjoy them too! It really is a simple camp food that feels hearty when hiking all day.

Side note – Pablo is not gluten-free so he does eat regular bread (like in the photo above).

Ingredients:

  • Gluten-free bread (Schar is my favorite brand)
  • Almond butter
  • Jelly or jam

Camp Kitchen Equipment Needed:

  • Plate(s)
  • Knife

Instructions:

  • Make a sandwich, serve with fruit, veggies, or chips on the side.

Hiking tip: Bring to-go bags for sack lunches while hiking


7. Gluten-Free Veggie Sandwiches

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Gluten-free veggie sandwich with carrots, cucumber and hummus side

Make a nutrient-packed veggie sandwich to fuel the day’s adventures. It is so simple to make. Just chop up your favorite veggies, spread some hummus on the bread, add cheese, pile veggies, and eat!

Ingredients:

  • Gluten-free bread
  • Pre-sliced cheese (use dairy free cheese if you desire)
  • Avocado
  • Tomato
  • Peppers
  • Spinach
  • Hummus
  • Mustard

Camp Kitchen Equipment Needed:

  • Plate(s)
  • Knife to cut cheese or extra veggies and spread hummus

Instructions:

  • Precut delicious vegetables
  • Layer vegetables, cheese, and hummus over sandwich bread to make a vegetable sandwich at camp!

8. Almond Butter & Banana Smoothies

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Gluten-free smoothies in the camper

We love this recipe when camping in the summer. It is a healthy and refreshing lunch option. It also makes for an excellent gluten-free camping snack!

Ingredients:

  • Almond butter
  • Banana
  • Soy milk or milk of choice
  • Gluten-free granola (check out the recipe above) our buy gluten-free KIND granola.
  • Ice

Camp Kitchen Equipment Needed:

Instructions:

  • Add a scoop of almond butter, ½ banana, 1 cup of milk, a handful of ice, and blend. Add more ice as needed.
  • Pour into a bowl or cup of choice. Sprinkle with granola and chopped fruit! Delish!

9. Canned Dolmas, Cheese & Crackers

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Gluten-free crackers, cheese, fruit and dolmas

Canned dolmas, cheese, and crackers are great gluten-free camping snacks that everyone will enjoy. These finger foods come in handy when out on an adventure where there’s no time for cooking or preparing food.

Ingredients:

  • Canned Dolmas (we get ours from Trader Joe’s)
  • Any type of cheese you like – buy dairy-free if preferred
  • Any kind of gluten-free crackers you like

Camp Kitchen Equipment Needed:

  • Plate(s)
  • Fork(s)
  • Knife to cut cheese or extra veggies

Instructions:

  • Open up the dolmas, drain oil a little, and serve!
  • Slice cheese and plate with crackers
  • So crazy easy!
  • Option to serve with a side of fresh veggies such as sliced peppers, cucumbers, and carrots. These vegetables transport easily. Dip vegetables in hummus.

Vegetables with hummus are also delicious gluten-free camping snacks!


10. Gluten Free Grilled Cheese Sandwiches & Green Salad

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Gluten-free grilled cheese with green salad

One of the best gluten-free camping recipes to make! Prepare a delicious grilled cheese with a side salad.

Ingredients:

For Grilled Cheese:

  • Gluten-free bread
  • Cheese of choice (or dairy-free cheese if looking for dairy-free camping recipes)
  • Butter
  • Non-stick cooking spray

For Green Salad:

  • Pre-made salad mix
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Dressing of choice

Camp Kitchen Equipment Needed:

  • Plate(s)
  • Fork(s)
  • Knife to cut cheese or extra veggies
  • Gas camp stove
  • Spatula

Instructions:

  • Heat small frying pan
  • Spray with non-stick cooking spray
  • Spread butter on gluten-free bread – lay bread butter side down on the pan. Add cheese. Add the other piece of bread butter side up.
  • Cook sandwich until cheese melts and bread is golden and toasted
  • Serve with a green salad and the extra vegetables on the side – sliced cucumbers and tomatoes

Gluten-Free Camping Meal Ideas for Dinner

11. Make-Ahead Sautéed Veggies with Rice

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Sautéed vegetables

Prepare a delicious dinner food idea that is healthy and warm after being outdoors all day.

Ingredients:

  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Bell Pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Basil – use fresh herbs if you prefer
  • Rice
  • Water

Home Kitchen Equipment Needed:

Camp Kitchen Equipment Needed:

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Reheat at camp and eat!

Instructions:

For the Sautéed Vegetables – Make at Home:

  • Wash and cut up vegetables
  • Preheat frying pan, add olive oil, and heat
  • Add chopped veggies, spices to your taste, and sauté until soft
  • Transfer the cooked vegetables to a food storage container for the camping trip and refrigerate.

For the Rice – Make at Home:

  • Follow the instructions on the rice package to prepare steamed rice.
  • Once cooked, add steamed rice to a food storage container and refrigerate.

To Reheat at Camp:

  • Add steamed rice and sautéed vegetables to a frying pan. Heat with a bit of olive oil.
  • Add soy sauce, liquid aminos, or salt and pepper to taste and serve hot!

12. Prep-Ahead Green Curry with Rice

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Green curry ingredients

Mmmmm… warm food after being out and about all day is rejuvenating to the soul. The recipe to make green curry at camp is the same as above, except we add chicken and green curry sauce. Soooo easy!

Ingredients:

  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Bell Pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Basil – use fresh herbs if you prefer
  • Can of chicken
  • Pre-made green curry sauce (we get ours at Trader Joe’s)
  • Rice
  • Water

Home Kitchen Equipment Needed:

Camp Kitchen Equipment Needed:

Instructions:

For the Sautéed Vegetables – Make at Home:

  • Wash and cut up vegetables
  • Preheat frying pan, add olive oil, and heat
  • Add chopped veggies, spices to your taste, and sauté until soft
  • Transfer the cooked vegetables to a food storage container for the camping trip and refrigerate.

For the Rice – Make at Home:

  • Follow the instructions on the rice package to prepare steamed rice.
  • Once cooked, add steamed rice to a food storage container and refrigerate.

To Reheat at Camp:

  • Drain a can of chicken, add to the frying pan with a bit of olive oil, and heat.
  • Add steamed rice and sautéed vegetables to a frying pan. Heat with a bit of olive oil.
  • Add green curry sauce, salt, and pepper to taste and serve hot!

13. Grilled Hot Dogs or Brats

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Grilled hot dogs, brats, and grilled vegetables

If we are being totally honest, a grilled hot dog after hiking all day is one of our favorite meals to have while camping!

There are so many types of hot dogs, so if you are vegetarian or want a different kind of meat, there are options galore (turkey, chicken, vegetarian, all-natural).

Ingredients:

  • Gluten-free hot dogs
  • Gluten-free brats
  • Hot dog buns (gluten-free of course)
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard

Camp Kitchen Equipment Needed:

  • Tongs
  • Plate(s)
  • Charcoal
  • Lighter fluid
  • Lighter

Instructions:

  • Heat charcoal in approved camping grill. We are big fans of using lighter fluid to start the coals!
  • Add hot dogs or brats to the grill once the coals have started to burn down and turn white. Cook until done.
  • Hot dogs mainly need to be heated up, but brats you’ll want to make sure are fully cooked per the instructions on the package.
  • Serve on gluten-free buns with easy grilled vegetables (recipe below) or a side of your choice!
  • Put leftovers in food storage container and put in a cooler with ice packs or RV fridge

14. Easy Grilled Vegetables (No Gluten!)

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Grilled vegetables

Prepare this really simple dairy-free and gluten-free side on the grill. Grilled veggies are so easy to make, and it is a really affordable side option that travels well.

Ingredients:

  • Wash and cut up vegetables of choice to grill (pre-cut sweet potatoes in the photo)
    • Grilled corn on the cob is another excellent option!
  • Olive oil
  • Salt

Camp Kitchen Equipment Needed:

  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Plate(s)
  • Foil to make a foil packet
  • Tongs
  • Charcoal
  • Lighter fluid
  • Lighter

Instructions:

  • Triple-layer foil and make foil into a pan or boat. You want the sides to be able to come up and make a foil packet or multiple foil packets if you’re making different vegetable options.
  • Add cubed vegetables, olive oil, and salt. Mix everything on top of the foil.
  • You’ll want to cover the top with foil as well so the vegetables can steam.
  • Add to grill or open fire. Depending on the vegetables you’re cooking will determine the time.
  • We grilled the sweet potatoes for about an hour (watch the veggies you are grilling because they all need a different time).

15. Corn Tortilla Cheese Quesadillas

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Gluten-free cheese quesadillas at camp

Quesadillas are the perfect thing to make when you’re tired after a long day of hiking. They only take minutes and can satisfy any craving, plus they taste great!

Ingredients:

  • Gluten-free corn tortillas
  • Shredded cheese of your choice or dairy-free cheese (if you are doing dairy-free recipes)
  • Optional ingredients: hot sauce, guacamole, tortilla chips (with no gluten), salsa, or sour cream

Camp Kitchen Equipment Needed:

Instructions:

  • Heat a small frying pan on a camp stove
  • Spray pan with non-stick cooking spray
  • Set corn tortillas in a pan, sprinkle cheese, let the cheese melt a little, then fold the tortilla in half to brown both sides.
  • Serve!
  • Option to serve with a side of chips, salsa, pre-made guacamole, or sour cream!

Camp Kitchen Items We Always Pack

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Yeti tundra cooler

We have a pre-made kitchen camping bin (or bag) we always take with us.

Read about how to make a simple do-it-yourself camp kitchen with 30 items or less.

And, we never go camping without our Yeti Tundra! We love that the cooler is sturdy and bear resistant. It also stays cool for at least two days with two yeti ice blocks.

Final Thoughts on Great Recipes for Gluten-Free Camping

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Breakfast at camp in the Ozarks

Camping meals don’t have to be difficult! It is easy to plan a gluten-free camping trip!

Camping is all about having fun in the great outdoors, and preparing meals doesn’t have to be complicated. There are plenty of easy recipes that you can make for your next adventure!

When packing for your next outdoor adventure, just bring along some kitchenware and essential ingredients, as we shared above.

We hope you find inspiration with our 15 gluten-free recipes that are perfect for your next camping trip! Food is fuel, and it is so important to eat food we enjoy while camping and hiking!

Thanks for reading!

Ashlee & Pablo

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Ashlee Fechino

Ashlee Fechino is an outdoor recreation writer and founder of The Happiness Function based in Oklahoma. Her goal is to help inspire people to build a life they love by sharing how simple and fun it is to travel locally, connect with nature, and explore off-the-beaten-path. You don't have to spend a lot of money or use a ton of vacation time to explore close to home. Ashlee holds a BS degree in Biology and MS in Environmental Policy & Sustainability and has a passion for the outdoors. She is married to an expat Argentine, Pablo! They camp in their Aliner often and love road trips and hiking.

12 Comments

  1. Burt Randall on January 3, 2022 at 1:35 pm

    These recipes and foods are great. It makes me hungry: Time to eat lunch !!



    • Ashlee Fechino on January 4, 2022 at 1:11 pm

      Hi Uncle Burt! Thanks for reading! Hugs!!



  2. Alex on January 5, 2022 at 4:26 pm

    As someone with a sensitive stomach, I really appreciate this list!



    • Ashlee Fechino on January 5, 2022 at 4:42 pm

      Hi Alex! Thanks for reading. I have a sensitive stomach as well. I hope you enjoy some of these recipes!



  3. Andie Campbell on January 5, 2022 at 4:31 pm

    I don’t really go camping these days, but I’ve been struggling to go gluten-free. I found out recently that I have genetic markers for celiac disease, so although I can tolerate gluten now, there is a very good chance I will develop an intolerance at some point in my life, so I need to be careful. These recipes give me a few ideas on how that might be done. I’m going to save this post.



    • Ashlee Fechino on January 5, 2022 at 4:42 pm

      Hi Andie! Thanks for reading. Good luck on your gluten-free journey.



  4. Josy A on January 5, 2022 at 4:54 pm

    Oooh there are some fab ideas here! I love good camping meals (and it is always good to have some gluten free options up your sleaves for when you have friends that join who can’t digest gluten.)

    We cook quite a lot of quinoa and rice dishes when we’re camping (they dehydrate really well) maybe those could work well for you guys too? Japanese curry, chilli and thai curries all worked well for us cooking on a campfire, or else with a pocket rocket.



    • Ashlee Fechino on January 5, 2022 at 5:37 pm

      Hi Josy! All of those sound amazing too! We love to pre-make soups and curry at home and warm them up on our camp stove – especially when it is colder outside! Delicious!! Thanks for reading.



  5. Farrah on January 5, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    I’m not gluten-free, but oatmeal is definitely a staple for me on the trail! These are all super tasty ideas though — I love the sound of that green curry with rice!



    • Ashlee Fechino on January 9, 2022 at 11:16 am

      Hi Farrah! Oatmeal is so easy and hearty. It is a staple for us too! We are big on make ahead meals for camping. So easy to just heat and eat! Thanks for reading.



  6. Aireona on January 5, 2022 at 8:41 pm

    I’ve never had to think about this before, but I could see that this might make camping a bit more difficult. Do you know of good dehydrated meals that are gluten free?



    • Ashlee Fechino on January 9, 2022 at 11:16 am

      Hi Aireona – we love Good to Go dehydrated meals!