Having snacks at the ready will keep appetites satisfied if you’re travelling between campsites or need a quick fix between meals.
While apple slices and carrot sticks are healthy, they’re not terribly exciting. Why not try these five caravan-friendly snacks for something a little creative to tempt the tastebuds?
1. No-bake Chocolate Bars
These bars may not last long but are a perfect mid-afternoon treat after an active day, or for supper when you want a decadent nibble. You can make these on-site if you have the facilities, or whip them up at home and bring them with you in your esky. Makes 12 bars.
Tip: You can use milk, dark or white chocolate, depending on preferences, or any of these for decorating purposes.
- 275g dark chocolate, roughly chopped
- 175g butter
- 4 tbsp golden syrup
- 175g biscuits (such as Nice)
- 4 tbsp rice bubbles
- 2 tbsp chopped nuts
- 50g dried fruit (such as craisins or chopped dried apricots)
- 25g white chocolate, to decorate the bars (optional)
1. In a large mixing bowl, place the chocolate (whatever type you choose to use), butter, golden syrup and rum (optional). Place the mixing bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water. Stir the chocolate mixture until it has melted.
2. Crush the biscuits into small pieces and stir them into the melted chocolate mixture. Add the rice bubbles, nuts and dried fruit.
3. Line an 18cm square (or similar) baking tin with either baking paper or plastic wrap. Pour the chocolate mixture into the tray and smooth the top with a long knife. Place the tin into the fridge and chill for a couple of hours.
4. To decorate the tops of your choc bars with another chocolate variety, let the choc tray set in the fridge while you melt the chocolate for the decoration over a pan of simmering water.
5. Drizzle this freshly melted chocolate over the top of the half-set chocolate in the tin; drizzle this in a random pattern.
6. Allow the decorations to set (into the fridge again with the tray).
7. Finally, turn the chocolate out of the tin and cut it into bars.
2. Pizza Nachos
What could be better than pizza or nachos as a snack when you’re camping? Combining the two! You can prep the ingredients before you leave home, making this an easy snack to throw together on-site. In terms of kitchenware you’ll need a pot, wooden spoon and a cast iron pan.
Ingredients for the garlic cream sauce
- 1-½ tablespoons unsalted butter
- ½ tablespoon olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ cup heavy cream
- ¼ cup milk
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 pinch cracked black pepper
- 1 pinch red pepper flakes
- ¼ cups parmesan cheese, grated
Ingredients for the nachos
- Your favourite crispy tortilla chips
- ½ cups garlic cream sauce (see method below)
- ¼ cups onion, diced
- ½ cups pepperoni, cut into bite size pieces
- ½ cups black olives sliced
- ½ whole green capsicum, seeds removed, diced
- 1 cup colby cheese, grated
- Melt the butter and olive oil in a saucepan on a medium heat.
- Once melted, blend in the minced garlic and parmesan cheese until smooth.
- Stir in the cream and milk until creamy.
- Simmer on a low heat without boiling, stirring constantly.
- Once the sauce is thick, remove from the heat and set aside.
- Layer the chips in the iron skillet.
- Pour the sauce over the chips and layer remaining ingredients onto all of the chips.
- Cover with foil and cook until warm, about 10-15 minutes.
3. Apple Cookies
The fact that the base is apple makes these cookies a healthy snack idea, not to mention that they’re easy to throw together too! They are best eaten on the day they’re made but don’t worry, we doubt you’ll have any leftovers!
Ingredients for the garlic cream sauce
- 1 apple
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup almonds, sliced
- 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips
- Slice apple into thin rings and remove core.
- Spread peanut butter over one side of ring.
- Top with almonds, walnuts, coconut, and chocolate chips.
4. Grilled Blooming Onion
You can eat this savoury snack on its own or use it as a starter. It’s a healthier option than fried onion rings as it’s grilled.
- 1 large white onion
- 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
- salt and fresh ground pepper , to taste
- 2 tablespoons shredded, part skim mozzarella cheese
- 2 tablespoons shredded mild cheddar cheese
- 2 tablespoons your choice of steak sauce , hot sauce, soy sauce, etc…
- Heat the grill.
- Cut onion into 6 to 8 wedges, stopping 1/2-inch short of the bottom. Do not cut through to the bottom.
- Cut out a piece of aluminum foil.
- Place onion on foil and slowly open up the onion a bit, pulling the wedges apart.
- Drizzle onion with olive oil.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Add cheeses in the open center of the onion.
- Drizzle the entire onion with sauce.
- Wrap it up tightly and grill for 30 to 35 minutes, or until onion is tender.
- Remove from grill and slowly open up the foil.
- Serve immediately.
5. Frozen Blueberry Bites
These frozen yogurt blueberry bites are simple to make and a refreshing summer treat. They do require freezing time but they should freeze relatively fast.
- 1 cup blueberries
- ½ cup vanilla or fruit flavoured yogurt or dairy-free alternative
- A few toothpicks.
- Place a berry on a toothpick and dip in yogurt.
- Place single-layered on a parchment or wax paper-lined baking sheet.
- Freeze for about an hour.
- Eat immediately or store in an airtight container in the freezer.