12 Delicious Easy No-cook Camping Desserts

camping desserts

Camping with your family is fun, but it is better to pack meals, snacks, and camping desserts. Planning is important, especially if it concerns food, since at the camping site, you don’t have unlimited sources of electricity, fire, and water. 

So, you are stuck with traditional cooking, using the available resources. By planning ahead of time, you can ensure that your dessert has nutritional value and is easy to prepare. 

If you are struggling to think of a dessert to pack on your adventurous camping trip, this article gives you camping dessert ideas that will surely make your camping experience more fun. 

Easy No-cook Healthy Camping Desserts

1. Yogurt

The key to a nutritious and refreshing camping dessert is simplicity and convenience, so why not pack a yogurt set for your camping trip? While smores and roasted marshmallows are the usual desserts for camping, yogurt is the best alternative for sweet and fun-to-eat desserts. You can enjoy yogurt as a standalone dessert or mix it with fruits or granola. 

2. Roasted Marshmallows

roasted marshmallows

Roasted Marshmallow is one of the best camping desserts to pack for your trip. Making one may look simple to you but there is a perfect way to achieve the balance of crispy exterior and creamy insides of a marshmallow.

To achieve the perfect texture of roasted marshmallows, you must choose the right one first. It should be large, form enough to hold onto the skewer or stick, and free from clumps. Of course, selecting the suitable skewer should also be chosen correctly since the sticks might be of a lousy quality, which might lead to the marshmallow catching fire. And while roasting, you must rotate it consistently to cook all of the marshmallow sides. 

3. Fruit Salad

Fruit Salad camping dessert

When camping, it is important to select a convenient snack to prepare, a snack that is a no-fridge food, healthy, and does not require cooking. While other campers bring s’mores or make a roasted marshmallow, you can pack a healthy camping snack: fruit salad. It is an easy no-cook camping dessert because it is nutritious, portable, and easy to prepare. 

You can enjoy fruit salad in various ways such as in combination with yogurt where the sour flavor can complement the sweetness of fruits. You can also top your fruit salad with whipped cream since it can enhance the flavors of fruits. However, if you want to enjoy the natural sweetness of your fruit salad, it can be a standalone dessert. 

4. Banana Boat

Banana boat camping desserts

Banana Boat is a camping dessert that combines the sweetness of bananas with various flavors from different toppings. It is a campfire dessert, so it is best eaten around the campfire. To create one, you need bananas, fillings for your banana boat, such as chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, caramel sauce, and peanut butter, and toppings to add when your banana boat is cooked. These can be whipped cream, crushed graham, and chocolate drizzle. 

Preparing banana boats is easy and requires a few steps.

  • First, slice the banana in half, but do not cut it through; you are just going to create a way to place your fillings.
  • Then, add the filling of your choice.
  • Mixing and matching flavors to create a perfect combination that suits your liking is right. 

Banana boats are also a campfire dessert in foil, so when cooking, wrap them tightly to avoid leaking the fillings. Cook it for five to ten minutes until the fillings are melted, and then serve and enjoy your campfire dessert. 

5. Dessert Cones

From classic ice cream cones to more creative ones, like waffle cones filled with sweet fillings, camping desserts offer a fun and satisfying way to enjoy your camping trip. This camping dessert idea is portable, making it one of the best snacks for camping. You can also be creative when making this dessert since it may come in various flavors and styles. Lastly, this dessert offers a perfect combination of sweetness and crunch that delights you in every bite. 

6. Grilled Peaches

Another camping dessert idea is grilled peaches. If you want to enjoy outdoor trips such as an adventurous camping trip, in a warm summer season, include peaches on your camping essential list. 

To create a grill peaches, you must first choose a ripe one. Then, clean your peaches under running water and pat them with paper towels. Grill them for three to four minutes and serve and enjoy. 

Furthermore, there are more ways to enjoy grilled peaches. It can be topped with whipped cream for a light, airy contrast to the warm caramelized fruit. You can also drizzle it with honey for more sweetness which is perfect for the smoky flavor of the grilled fruit. 

7. S’mores 

smores camping desserts

S’mores is an easy-to-make healthy camping snack that elevates classic roasted marshmallows. It is an iconic campfire dessert that consists of only three ingredients: graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate chunks. It can be enjoyed during any outdoor activity, but it is best to have it during your camping trip. This will satisfy your sweet tooth while you have the best time and bond with your family. 

8. Yogurt Parfait Jars

This camping dessert is a delightful and nutritious option if you want food perfect for breakfast, snacks, and even dessert. Customizable and portable jars filled with layers of creamy yogurt, crunchy granola bars, fresh foods, and other toppings, depending on your liking, are a satisfying and energizing dessert that fuels your body for outdoor activities like camping. 

Yogurt parfait jars are one of the best make-ahead camping meals to add to your list. They are customizable, portable, and nutritionally valuable. They are a perfect source of protein, calcium, and probiotics, which can help you maintain a healthy digestive system. 

9. Dried Fruit

dried fruit camping dessert

If you are wondering how to keep your fresh fruits cold and fresh when going on your camping trip, dried fruit is a perfect alternative. It is lightweight, compact, and easy to pack before your trip. In fact, according to Healthline, dried fruit may drain all of its water content, but it is still highly nutritious, containing the same amount of nutrients as fresh fruit. 

For instance, studies showed that raisins improve blood sugar control, lower your blood pressure, and make you feel full. That is why dried fruits are best to bring as a snack or dessert on a camping trip since aside from that, they do not require a refrigerator, and they can help you ease your hunger without overeating. 

10. Granola Bars

Granola bars are among the most popular and convenient snacks for kids and adults. They are packed with nutritious ingredients like oats, nuts, seeds, and dried fruits. This dessert is the best choice if you want to gain more energy and will also satisfy your sweet tooth. 

This article provides a camping dessert recipe for granola bars, which you can make at home. You will need oats, nuts, seeds, dried fruits, and syrup. Combine those, press the mixture onto a baking dish, and bake. 

11. Graham Balls

Another perfect dessert to enjoy around the campfire is a graham ball. It is made with a few ingredients and it does not require baking. It is the best dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth. For this camping dessert recipe, you need to do a lot of mixing. 

First, gather all your ingredients such as crushed graham, condensed milk, marshmallow, and toppings of your choice. Then, mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl, excluding the toppings of your choice. Roll your mixture into small or big balls and then coat them with the toppings of your choice. Lastly, enjoy this dessert, but eat moderately as this can be too sweet and might lead to health issues like diabetes. 

12. Trail Mix

Trail mix is the best healthy dessert option since it is made of nutritious ingredients like nuts and seeds. A hundred grams of trail mix consists of 500 calories where fat is fifty- three percent, protein is eleven percent, and carbohydrates is thirty-six percent, according to nutrition value

A trail mix does not only contain seeds and nuts. You can add chocolate and sugar for a sweeter and perfect combination of flavors. You can also add dried fruits for a more nutritious dessert.


In summary, camping desserts offer a wonderful and satisfying feeling, especially when you are in the middle of your camping trip. Some desserts can be enjoyed during your campfire bonding, and these desserts are roasted marshmallows and s’mores. 

This article provides you with camping dessert ideas, from camping dessert favorites like s’mores, roasted marshmallows, and fruit salad to more elevated and creative desserts such as yogurt parfait jars, grilled peaches, and banana boats. 

So, the next time you are planning a camping trip, do not forget these camping dessert ideas and recipes that will sweeten your experience. 

Jessie Bongolo

Hi there! I’m Jessie Bongolo, an online freelancer who loves to roam around rather than slouching in a chair all day. You can usually find me wandering in the Philippines, taking pictures of nature and writing about all my adventures.

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