Every year my sister and I take delight in a guilty pleasure. We go camping out at the NASCAR races in Phoenix. Yeah, yeah I know NASCAR doesn’t always have the best connotation for lots of people. We rarely go to the actual races and usually just go out to camp, party, have fun and enjoy some amazing food! We’ve been doing this for quite a while now (my sister 12 years and me a few less than that). The best part about NASCAR is if you renew your spots you have the same ones year after year and this means that the people around you are there year after year. You create some amazing friendships and we love our NASCAR family. Some years we tent it and some years we splurge and rent an RV. This year we did a tiny RV and it was fantastic. Cooking-wise you are limited in the RV to two small gas burners and a convection microwave. Other than that it’s just the campfire and bbq. There are 3 families in our group and there are always additions up or down with extra people. In the beginning we did a semi potluck style and just tried to add stuff to the meals. Last year we decided to try something new and each family took a night of the cooking. This was a great idea since that way the meals were cohesive in what was being served instead of a mismatch and you were only working to feed 7+ people for one night instead of 3 or 4. Also, it gave me a chance to show off my cooking skills. This year we went with the same plan. I will admit that as this was a vacation not all of the recipes I will be sharing are exactly “healthy” but some of the less healthy ones could be skinnied up a bit and the really unhealthy ones just need to be used as an occasional treat. As I did quite a bit of cooking for this trip I will break the blogs into a few editions or it would be quite a read. The first recipe that I made was actually prepared the night before while I still had access to a real kitchen. I have made this recipe a few times now and it is absolutely amazing every single time. I discovered this recipe for Coconut Banana Bread on Pinterest and it is not only tasty but it’s also healthy, it substitutes the fats and oils with Greek yogurt.
1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1¼ teaspoon baking soda
3 Large ripe bananas, mashed
½ cup + 2 tablespoons sweetened flaked coconut
½ tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup of brown sugar
3 egg whites
2 tablespoons skim milk
¼ cup fat free plain Greek yogurt
¼ cup orange juice
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda together in mixing bowl.
- In separate large mixing bowl combine mashed bananas, brown sugar, and vanilla. Add egg whites and mix together until smooth. Next add oil. Then, slowly add in flour and combine until moist. Next add Greek yogurt and orange juice. (Depending on the consistency you can add two tablespoons of skim milk. If you like your bread more dense —omit the milk — but if you like it more airy or lighter you can add it.) Lastly add ½ cup of coconut and mix together.
- Pour into greased 9×5 inch loaf pan. Sprinkle two tablespoons of coconut on top.
- Bake for 50-60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean and the bread is golden brown.
Normally when I make this bread I use a normal metal pan. This time I used disposable aluminum pan and it increased the cooking time greatly so be sure that you are checking your bread with a tooth pick to ensure that it is completely baked through.
The first morning we decided to try out one of my sister’s Pinterest finds (she is the one of us with the major sweet tooth 🙂 ) We found a few versions of this one and this was the way that we adapted it.
Orange Campfire Cinnamon Rolls
1 can of Pillsbury refrigerated Orange Cinnamon Rolls
Cut your oranges in half and scoop out the inside leaving some pulp still in the rind.
Put one cinnamon roll in each orange half and press in gently.
Place the oranges in an aluminum foil tray and cover with foil. Make sure to tent your foil slightly to allow room for the rolls to rise.
Put the tray on the grill and cover.
After 10 minutes check the rolls and see if they are brown and crusty (you don’t want them to still be gooey in the center). If your heating element is not even then move the oranges around to get them evenly cooked. Check in 5 minute increments until done.
Top with the icing from the package.