Campfire Apple Crisp Breakfast

February 18, 2016

Campfire Apple Crisp Breakfast by Faring Well #vegan #recipe

Minus the commercial mumbo jumbo, I think Valentines is pretty swell. Did you have a nice time celebrating? A little reminder to show those we love that we, well, love them is welcomed by me. I sort of wish we had a day dedicated to reminding us all every month. It was so nice turning off my phone and putting it in the closet to just “be” with Scott fully. We went for coffee, I made him special breakfasts, and he let me cozy up all afternoon one day to read my new cookbook. We stayed in both nights and watched some of our favorite movies. We just “were” together and it was the sweetest two days.

These dedicated days together got me thinking of all the ways I love spending time with just the two of us. A favorite is one we haven’t gotten to do in a while because of winter, and that’s camping. All spring, summer, and fall I am planning my little heart out when it comes to ways to get off the grid with my best friend and see something new. Now that we are gearing up for spring I’m getting the camping bug again, and putting together this post for you today only made that bug chirp louder. We shot this recipe last fall, and I think it is just perfect timing that I get to share it with you now because I find so many similarities between fall and the transition from winter to spring. There is a crisp, freshness in the air. The trees are bare, and even though it is chilly – the sun is strong enough to warm your face in the early morning. I teamed up with the rad Canadian adventurers over at Camp Brand Goods to bring you a few camp recipes, this being the first – an apple crisp skillet breakfast! Its perfect for a crisp morning in the woods as you hover over an early fire. And can even be made at home over your stovetop. Read more below about the recipe, and let me know if you make any yummy variations – no matter which way, this one is a keeper.

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Warm oats and apples, nestled up against each other after sizzling over an open fire. The aroma of cinnamon and maple. A slight crunch from the chopped almonds and hemp seeds. This is what the cool mornings between seasons call for in the early fall or later winter. The crispness of the apples matches the crispness of the air. And there is something to be said about a warm bowl of spiced oats hovering beneath your nose as you watch the sun rise through the trees in the woods. Or maybe you are in you’re kitchen with the window cracked so you can feel that same refreshing air as you stir this breakfast crisp on the stove. With a handful of ingredients and a few minutes time, you have a hearty meal to get you going for the day. Feel free to swap out the fruit with what is in season, and play around with the nuts and spices. This recipe is forgiving and adaptable throughout the year.

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Makes 2 servings.

2 to 3 teaspoons of coconut oil
1/2 cup rolled oats
pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon maple syrup
2 teaspoons hemp seeds
2 tablespoons chopped almonds
2 small gala apples

Place a 10 inch cast iron skillet on a grate over a hot, low burning fire. Add the coconut oil and swirl until melted. Next add the oats and toss in the oil to coat. Let toast for about 2 minutes, then add the salt, cinnamon, and maple syrup. Toss to combine. Sprinkle the hemp seeds and chopped almonds on top.

Core and slice the apples into 1/2 inch chunks. Add them to the skillet and mix well. Let the crisp cook for another 4 to 5 minutes, stirring every minute or so to prevent from sticking and to evenly cook.

Spoon into two bowls and serve warm. Preferably with a hot cup of coffee as the sun rises between the trees.

*Similarly you can make this dish over a stove top on medium heat.


Campfire Apple Crisp Breakfast by Faring Well #vegan #recipe


  • Reply Shelley | Sevengrams February 18, 2016 at 6:02 am

    I needed this post…a small respite from all the snow, freezing rain, and frigid temps; a reminder that life continues after the winter and that outdoor fun is coming (hopefully soon). A breathe of fresh air really – thanks Jessie, x

    • Reply Faring Well February 19, 2016 at 4:37 pm

      Ah yes, it will come so soon Shelley! Hang in there!

  • Reply Jodi February 18, 2016 at 6:08 am

    Yes, yes, YES! Yes. Oh I can not wait for camping adventures to start again, Jessie! I was daydreaming just yesterday about all the adventures we have planned for this summer (and for the next 50 summers too) and just got so excited for outdoor cooking and exploring. Nothing is better than eating a good meal outside. I love this one, I love the simplicity of it, it’s exactly what I’m craving after a good night’s sleep in a tent. And camp coffee, of course! Here’s hoping the weekend brings some fun adventures :) x

    • Reply Faring Well February 19, 2016 at 4:38 pm

      Ah I love your excitement Jodi! I cannot wait too! Its going to be a good one. So glad this filled you with even more stoke, I love your mutual love for the outdoors girl! xo

  • Reply Christine February 18, 2016 at 10:45 am

    Beautiful! Three things from this post resonated with me: I cannot wait for camping season. I love celebrating holidays in private ways by staying home and doing simple, meaningful, refreshing activities. And I always put my phone in the closet when I want to be extra intentional, too. :)

    • Reply Faring Well February 19, 2016 at 4:39 pm

      Isn’t it the best?! Looks like we are on the same wavelengths here, Christine ;)

  • Reply Lade' | Take It Easy Tiger February 18, 2016 at 11:25 am

    This recipe looks amazing. Add some gronala clusters and golden rasisins and the party is started. With the weather acting up over here in New York, you are right about the perfect timing. Makes me wish I was in front of a camp fire, thanks for sharing.

    • Reply Faring Well February 19, 2016 at 4:39 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed the post Lade!

  • Reply Sarah | Well and Full February 18, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    All I can say is that everything about this post is everything. And also that someone should make a movie out of you and Scott, you two are the sweetest together <3

    • Reply Faring Well February 19, 2016 at 4:40 pm

      Oh my goodness I adore you. xoxoxoxo

  • Reply Sabine - Sweet Lemons and Lilikoi February 18, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    Oh I love how simple this is. And I feel I can smell the roasted apple crisps though my computer screen. What great timing for this post. We just planned a camping trip last night :) Thank you Jessie!

    • Reply Faring Well February 19, 2016 at 4:41 pm

      How exciting! We need to plan ours. Thank you for the reminder and for the sweet words on my recipe Sabine! <3

  • Reply Brooke @ Chocolate and Marrow February 18, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    Okay, so you know how I feel about love. And camping. And food cooked over the campfire. So I’ll just say, LOVE LOVE LOVE this post, Jessie! I can only imagine how toasty and delicious all of those ingredients would taste on a quiet fall/spring morning after stumbling out of the tent.

    We’re gearing up for our camping outings very soon (first one is scheduled for April, hooray!) and I’ve been working on my campfire cooking game in anticipation. This sweet recipe will be added to the breakfast list, for sure.

    • Reply Faring Well February 19, 2016 at 4:42 pm

      Ah you are the BEST Brooke, thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed our little outdoor cookery ;) and how exciting about your trip! Spring could not come soon enough! XO

  • Reply Bethany @ Athletic Avocado February 18, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    What? This apple crisp over a campfire warms my heart and tickles my taste buds with pure love!

    • Reply Faring Well February 19, 2016 at 4:42 pm

      This made me smile ;) thank you Bethany!

  • Reply Maya | Spice + Sprout February 18, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    Jessie! I made this for breakfast this morning and it was so good <3 <3 the only thing missing was a campfire/ outdoors/ warmer weather :)

    • Reply Faring Well February 19, 2016 at 4:43 pm

      Oh my goodness you are the sweetest! I loved your post on Insta too! Thank you Maya, I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Have the best weekend! xoxo

  • Reply Sophie MacKenzie February 18, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    I’m with you girl! Just counting the days until me an mother nature have a hot date. I really wish I was chowing down on a bowl of this right now, with or without the camp fire.

    • Reply Faring Well February 19, 2016 at 4:43 pm

      Right. Cannot. Come. Soon. Enough! And thank you Sophie, you are the sweetest, I’m glad this crisp sings to your taste buds too!

  • Reply Amy | Lemon and Coconut February 19, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    I am just dying to go camping after reading this post and your wonderful photos. There’s nothing I like more than cooking outside while camping, it’s just a zen place for me, though I’m usually on a one burner stove and it’s a highly strategic operation… looking forward so much to wild camping this summer up in the Peaks. I CAN’T WAIT!!! :)

    • Reply Faring Well February 19, 2016 at 4:45 pm

      Ah your enthusiasm has me so pumped Amy! Thank you! And I know, more often times than not I’m hovered over a single burner too – a morning fire is such a luxury. Cheers to happy, wild and free times this summer! YAY.

  • Reply Sini February 20, 2016 at 2:19 am

    This is just plain perfect, Jessie! Can’t wait for the weather to warm up a bit, so that I can do this myself. xo

    • Reply Faring Well February 23, 2016 at 2:06 pm

      Goodness thank you Sini! I hope it warms up a bit for you soon, I know how much you love the outdoors too! <3

  • Reply KJ | Om Nom Herbivore February 20, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    Yum!!! My hubby and I are headed to Zion in a few weeks. We’ll have to make this over the ol’ MSR stove :) I feel ya on the adventure bug – I’ve been planning (imaginary and for real) a lot of trips for spring/summer!

    • Reply Faring Well February 23, 2016 at 2:07 pm

      AH ZION. That is one of Scott and I’s favorite place to hike. Have the best time you two!

      • Reply KJ | Omnomherbivore February 23, 2016 at 5:26 pm

        Any non-obvious hikes you’d recommend in the park or hidden gems?

        • Reply Faring Well February 24, 2016 at 9:08 pm

          Naw I only know of the well known ones! The narrows being a favorite, of course.

  • Reply genevieve @ gratitude & greens February 21, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    This post made me want to go camping so badly! I love falling asleep out in the woods, and waking up to have this campfire apple crisp for breakfast would be heavenly <3

    • Reply Faring Well February 23, 2016 at 2:07 pm

      Isn’t sleeping in the woods the best?! And thank you Genevieve, I’m glad you like the crisp too! xo

  • Reply Emily | gather & dine February 22, 2016 at 8:59 am

    What a most perfect weekend you had! Turning off the internet and being totally present with the family is so important, and yet for some reason it’s so hard for me sometimes! Thanks for reminder that it’s okay to let go, take breaks, and shift my focus to the important people in my life. Your idea for this skillet breakfast crisp is genius and I just love the simplicity. Such a keeper recipes for the seasons- pears, peaches, plums… I bet it’s all so good!

    • Reply Faring Well February 23, 2016 at 2:08 pm

      Ah girl, its so hard for me too! But so rewarding. I need the occasional reminder as well! And thank you tons about the crisp! Oh my goodness, plums would be so yummy! <3

  • Reply Gena February 22, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    You and I have opposing relationships with nature, Jessie (I’m a total city girl), but this campfire recipe would get me in the mood for camping anytime!

    • Reply Faring Well February 23, 2016 at 2:09 pm

      Aw man! I bet I could get you to enjoy a little nature time ;) but even a backyard bonfire with this crisp would be a real treat! Thank you Gena – xoxo

      • Reply Gena February 24, 2016 at 6:01 pm

        Your company could certainly entice me to spend some time in the great outdoors, m’dear :-*

  • Reply Nina February 24, 2016 at 8:40 am

    Oh this is so romantic – I love this post! It reminds me of the wild camping me and Natal did in France last summer. I’m so into this simplicty of life right now, love is the best ever spice and being in nature comes second! I’m sure this apple crisp breakfast is genius too, I can kind a taste it already. Thank You, Jessie for bringing more beauty into my life today!

    • Reply Faring Well February 24, 2016 at 9:11 pm

      Oh Nina you are the absolute sweetest! Love is so the best ever, and I’m so happy to hear this brought back those wonderful memories you two had last summer! Its times like these I just live for, and it sounds like you do too. Big hugs friend! xoxo

  • Reply Melissa Dorai May 31, 2016 at 2:59 am

    This looks absolutely amazing! Im dying to try this out tomorrow morning on such a cold day :)

  • Reply Lisa Farrow July 7, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    Can you make this ahead of time for Camping? I’m going to Mount Larsen and I didn’t want to do a lot of cooking, I’d rather prepare it ahead so I don’t have to haul up a lot of cooking equipment. Thanks.

    • Reply Faring Well July 8, 2017 at 8:32 am

      Hi there! I would recommend just skipping this dish for your trip, it is meant to be made on site – maybe go for some homemade granola and bring a fresh apple to enjoy instead! That is just my recommendation <3.

  • Reply Carly August 7, 2017 at 2:02 am

    Didn’t make it while camping but the day after we got home as I still had all the ingredients. Still I imagine just as yummy and our two littlies like it just as much. Thanks for the recipe x

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