Since the camping season is in full effect now, I figured it was a good time to share some of our favorite lactose free campfire recipes with everyone. Although it seems really hard to come up with something lactose free that is campfire friendly, it really can be pretty simple.
First of all, don’t think that ‘Smores are out of the question! This one of my first sad thoughts when I became lactose intolerant and then found out Augie was too. They seem like they should be since they are so good and everything good is usually full of dairy…well that and they have chocolate :). BUT have no fears friends – they can be lactose free friendly if you make them the right way!
Lactose Free ‘Smores
1 Honeymaid Graham Cracker (I believe all graham crackers are dairy free…but it’s always a good idea to check the label)
1 Oversized Marshmallow
1 Square Ghirardelli Intense Dark 86% Cacao Midnight Reverie Bar
Obviously the secret here is to make sure that you get DARK chocolate. On a technicality, dark chocolate should all be dairy free because it is not MILK chocolate…so it is really just made with cocoa powder. However, this is not the case. Companies like Hershey still hide milk in their dark chocolate, so don’t be fooled! Make sure you always read the label on chocolate to double check that they are not sneaking dairy in where it’s not necessary. That being said, I like the Ghirardelli Intense Dark. If you are not a dark chocolate lover, this might be a bit much for you to eat on it’s own (Matt tried it and made a disgusto face at me), but on a ‘Smore, it is fabulous! Give it a try :).
Next up on the list is some dairy free pizza! I am not a huge fan of soy cheese so I was a bit reluctant to try this at first, but as long as the pizza isn’t completely covered in cheese, it tastes just like a normal pizza! I love to put these on the grill to cook, or over the campfire. Gives it a nice smokey taste. MMMMmmmm…
“Pe-pa” (as Augie would say) is a favorite in our house because everyone can make it their own way. Always a positive when you have some lactose free people in your house and others who can’t live without cheese.
Dairy Free Pizza
1 batch of this Pizza Crust from Lauren’s Latest (the best one I’ve found. Get’s nice and crispy on the fire! The recipe is enough for 2 pizzas)
1 can tomato paste mixed with olive oil, oregano, garlic salt, basil, and a pinch of red pepper flakes to taste (Contadina makes a version that is dairy free as well if you don’t want to make some)
1/4 green pepper diced
1/4 small onion diced
10-15 turkey pepperonis
As much Daiya Mozzarella Style Shreds as your little heart desires
If I cook the pizzas on the grill or over the fire in the backyard, I basically just cook them until they look done. Make sure you put the pizzas on aluminum foil to prevent them from sticking to the rack. When you think they are nearing being done, pull the aluminum away from the crust and check the bottoms. Once the bottom looks brown and your shreds have melted a bit you are good to go!
Last (but certainly not least) are Banana Boats. My dad used to make these babies when we went camping when we were kids. If you like bananas as much as my son and I do, then this is your recipe!
1 banana per person
1 bag marshmallows
1 square Ghirardelli Intense Dark 86% Cacao Midnight Reverie Bar per person
In order to make these, cut a slit into the skin of each banana. Stuff the banana skin with marshmallows and pieces of the chocolate square. Wrap each banana in foil and place over the fire. As a disclaimer, you will need to put them pretty close to the flames in order to get the marshmallows and chocolate to melt. When they are done, you will have something similar to a banana split (sans ice cream) to enjoy!
I hope everyone out there who has lactose intolerant kids finds this post useful! Sometimes being lactose intolerant or having a child who is can feel like a burden when you are trying to cook, but it doesn’t have to be!
* These photos have been edited using Flashback Photoshop Actions.
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