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There's nothing better to motivate your children to go out hiking than to involve them in preparing snacks or meals that are simple, fun and appetising. As well as giving your child the pleasure of scraping out the bowl, this activity is also a great way to spend time together, as a family, before and during your hike. And because nutrition plays a vital role, whether you're hiking for just a few hours or a few days, here are 6 recipes to help you escape the boredom of endless energy bars or ham sandwiches.
Preparation + cooking time: 10 min + 0 min
Ingredients for approximately fifteen bites:
- 1 cup of oats~
- ½ a cup of chocolate chips (black, preferably)~
- ⅓ a cup of honey~
- ½ cup of ground nuts and seeds~
- ½ cup of peanut butter~
- 1 tea spoon of vanilla sugar
Optional: - For an even tastier recipe, you can add dried fruit or even some of your child's favourite cereals.
1/ Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. You can use a wooden spoon or simply use your hands. A small tip: if you don't want the ingredients to stick to your fingers, wet your hands first.
2/ Place the mixture in the fridge for 20 minutes so it's easy to shape into little balls.
3/ Roll into small balls and then place them in a Tupperware in the fridge.
- Keep them in a closed Tupperware.~
- Eat within one week following preparation?
Preparation + cooking time: 10 min, no cooking
Ingredients for 1 sheep:
- 1 large white marshmallow~
- 1 medium white marshmallow~
- 1 small white marshmallow~
- 2 sliced almonds~
- 4 small pretzel sticks~
- 1 handful of grated coconut~
- 1 tube of condensed milk
(you will need scissors to cut your marshmallows. You will also need a skewer).
1/ Cut a marshmallow in half for the head
2/ Stick it to a large marshmallow using the condensed milk. Make sure you put the condensed milk on both sides of the marshmallows. Wait for a few minutes for it to stick well
3/ Stick in the pretzels to form the legs
4/ Stick the small marshmallow at the back to make a tail
5/ Place condensed milk on the sheep's back and sprinkle with grated coconut
6/ Then make the ears by sticking on the two sliced almonds
If you only have pink marshmallows, don't panic! You can have a go at making a pig marshmallow, minus the grated coconut. For the corkscrew tail, heat a small section of the back of the body and use a metal skewer to draw out a tail.
Eat straight away. They're usually hard to resist for more than 5 minutes!
Preparation + cooking time: 30 min to make the embers, 1 min + 7-10 min
Ingredients for 2 people:
- 2 bananas~
- One milk or dark chocolate bar~
- The gourmet option: mini marshmallows.
1/ Open the bananas by cutting them lengthways
2/ Place the chocolate and marshmallows inside. Make sure you put the chocolate in first and insert it deep into the banana so that it doesn't fall out when cooking which may burn your fingers and waste it.
3/ Wrap each banana individually in aluminium foil then place in the embers. A little tip for you: place the banana diagonally in a square of aluminium foil and close it to form a triangle. You can use the top of the triangle to easily retrieve your bananas from the embers
4/ Eat with a spoon. Be careful not to burn yourself!
Preparation + cooking time: 1 min + 5 min
Ingredients for 2 people:
- 2 Knack sausages''~
- 2 skewers
1/ Cut your knack' lengthways from the middle to create your octopus' tentacles.
2/ Insert cocktail skewer from underneath. Use metal skewers for longer cooking.
3/ Cook your octopus. The tentacles will separate from each other.
Preparation + cooking time: 15 min + 5 min
Ingredients for 5 kebabs:
- 1 pizza base~
- 5 Knack sausages'
1/ Cut your pizza base into strips.
2/ Stick a knack' on a stick.
3/ Cut the Knack' into a spiral. Begin by cutting on a slant at the bottom and then continue to the top of the sausage, twisting around the skewer.
4/ Unroll the Knack' like a spring, stick a strip of pastry at the top of your skewer then wind it in the sausage spiral you have just created
5/ Cook on the fire
Eat straight away. Before you start cooking, make sure that you keep the Knack' and pizza dough cool during your hike.
Preparation + cooking time: 10 min + 13 min
Ingredients for 1 omelette:
- 2 eggs~
- 1 slice of ham or diced ham~
- 50g of grated cheese, depending on your taste~
- Salt, pepper.
1/ (optional) You can add your favourite vegetables and seasoning!
2/ Take an airtight plastic bag (freezer bag type) and break two eggs into it.
3/ Close the bag, removing as much air as possible. Shake bag to beat eggs.
4/ Open the bag and add all the other ingredients.
5/ Remove as much air from the bag as possible and close it
6/ Cook in a pan of boiling water for 13 minutes. Make sure that the bag does not touch the hot sides of the pan, or it may melt and pierce.
7/ You should be able to remove the omelette from the bag easily once it's cooked.
Make sure the eggs are properly protected when hiking so you don't end up with an omelette in your backpack!~
You can also prepare individual bags with all the ingredients at home, you will just have to mix them and cook them.