Dessert Recipes for Hiking on the Appalachian Trail

Sometimes you simply want a decadent dessert after a long hike. Understood. This is when dehydrated, not freeze-dried, fruits are stellar ingredients for warm and chewy desserts. Build a fire, add a hot tea, and you couldn’t pamper yourself more. Here are some mouth-watering desserts that are sure to please most palates, and are rich sources of fiber and carbohydrates.

Mom’s Cherry Cobbler for Hikers (makes 2 servings)
½ cup dried cherries                             3 tsp. white sugar
¼ tsp cornstarch                                   pinch salt
½ cup Just Bunches Granola               1 cup water (for 2 servings)

Divide cherries, cornstarch, sugar, and salt into two packages. Divide Just Bunches granola into two packages. Seal 1 package fruit with 1 package granola, adding an oxygen absorber.

On the trail: 1 serving; Bring ½ cup water to a simmer. Add fruit. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes, or put cooking container into a cozy for 15 minutes. To eat, stir in granola to absorb the extra liquid. Enjoy!

Apricot-Raisin Cobbler for Hikers (makes 2 servings)
½ cup dried apricots, diced                                   ¼ cup white or dark raisins
1 tbsp. Kraft caramel bits                                       2 tsp. brown sugar
¼ tsp cinnamon                                                     Pinch nutmeg and pinch salt
¼ cup graham cracker crumbs                             1 cup water (for 2 servings)

Divide apricots, raisins, caramel bits, brown sugar and spices between two bags and seal. Divide graham cracker crumbs between two bags and seal. In one package, seal 1 pkt. Fruit mixture and 1 pkt. Graham cracker crumbs.

On the trail: 1 serving; Bring ½ cup water to a simmer. Add fruit packet. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Do not boil. To eat, stir in graham cracker crumbs. Enjoy!

Peach Cobbler for Hikers (makes 2 servings)
½ cup dried peach slices                                      2 Kraft caramel candies, unwrapped
¼ cup vanilla wafer crumbs                                  3 tsp brown sugar
¼ tsp cinnamon                                                    Pinch nutmeg
1 cup water (for 2 servings)                                  2 Mini Moo’s Half & Half creamers

Divide peaches and spices between two packages. Divide vanilla wafer crumbs between two packages. Seal 1 package of fruit with 1 package of vanilla wafer crumbs and 1 Mini Moo Half & Half creamer.

On the trail: 1 serving; Bring ½ cup water to a simmer. Add fruit. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes, or put cooking container into a cozy for 15 minutes. To eat, stir in granola to absorb the extra liquid. Pour Mini Moo Creamer over top and enjoy!

Mom’s Apple Pie for Hikers (makes 2 servings)
½ cup dehydrated apple slices                                                      1 pkg. Quaker Maple & Brown
2 Kraft Caramels, unwrapped                                                                Sugar Oatmeal
¼ cup raisins                                                                                 3 tsp. brown sugar
¼ tsp cinnamon                                                                             1 ½ cup water (for 2 servings)
Pinch salt

Create two packages, dividing apples, caramel, raisins, brown sugar, cinnamon and pinch salt into two servings. Divide Quaker Maple & Brown Sugar Oatmeal into two packages. Seal one package of fruit with one package of oatmeal.

On the trail: 1 serving; Bring 3/4 cup water to a simmer. Add fruit. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Into a separate bowl, pour liquid off fruit and into oatmeal. Cover for 2 minutes. Top oatmeal with fruit and enjoy!

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