There’s just something about eating food—especially dessert—in the wilderness, that seems to make the flavors so much more appealing. It’s always enjoyable to make your favorite snacks to take along with you on a hike, or to eat while you sit around the campfire. But, while your Cruise America rental motorhome comes with great kitchen accommodations, there may be times when you’d rather not spend too much time in there. So, here are a few dessert recipes that we thought you might enjoy. They’re quick and easy, and require very little cooking, if any.
Easy Peasy Pie
All you need for this amazingly easy, but quite tasty, pie is:
1 large tub of Cool Whip
2 pre-made graham cracker pie shells
1 package of your favorite flavor of Kool-Aid (lemon and strawberry are always yummy)
1 can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk
In a large bowl use a mixer to combine the Kool-Aid mix, the Cool Whip and the condensed milk. Pour the mixture into the pie shells and place in the refrigerator to firm up and get cold. If you like, you can chop up some nuts, or pieces of fruit to place on top, or you can eat it just as-is. It’s yummy either way!
Grilled Cinnamon Apple Delights
While these apples may not retain all of the healthiness of the raw fruit, they sure make an apple taste heavenly! You simply need:
4 large apples (You can use your choice of apples, but for cooking, we recommend Jonagold, Honeycrisp, Braeburn, Mutsu, Winesap, or Pink Lady/Cripps.)
1 stick butter (4 oz.) divided into fourths
½ cup granulated sugar
4 heaping teaspoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Tinfoil and cooking oil for the grill
Start by preheating your grill to medium. Next, core the apples, but leave the bottom intact, which leaves an empty cavity in the middle of the fruit. Cut most of the bottoms of the cores away and discard, leaving about a half-inch for lids for the apples (similar to a jack-o-lantern). Next, mix the cinnamon and refined sugar in a bowl, and set it aside. Into the empty center of each apple, place 1 heaping teaspoon of brown sugar, and one quarter stick of butter. Now add equal amounts of the cinnamon/sugar mixture into each fruit. Place the top of the core (the “lid”) onto each apple. Place each apple in the middle of a square sheet of tinfoil. Fold each corner of the foil up to the top of the fruit so that it forms a pouch. Now roll the ends of the pouch closed so that it can retain the juices. Lightly oil the grill and place the foil-covered apples onto the grill, but not directly over the flame, as you want it to be indirect heat. Let the pouches cook for approximately 30-40 minutes and then let them cool down before removing the foil. As a coup degras, you can drizzle chocolate, maple syrup, honey, ice cream, etc. over the top. Or, you can place a slice of your favorite cheese on top. This desert is sure to make your tongue send you a thank-you note!
No-Bake Peanut Butter Balls
These tasty little delights make for a great snack to throw into your backpack when you’re going out exploring. Or, just skip the exploring and eat them up! You’ll need:
2 ½ cups Rice Krispies cereal
½ cup peanut butter
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup honey
½ cup chocolate candy sprinkles
In a mixing bowl, combine the honey, vanilla and peanut butter and mix together. Slowly add the cereal and continue to mix. Moisten your hands to prevent sticking and roll the mixture into balls approximately 1 ½ inches in diameter. Roll the balls in the chocolate sprinkles and place on wax paper, or place into a plastic bag. Chill the peanut butter balls until you’re ready to eat them. You’ll crave more, for sure!
No matter what you cook, or what you eat, you’re doing something very right if you’re camping in an RV, making memories that will last a lifetime!
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