Camping=s’mores and camping+dietitian=Slightly Healthier S’mores. When I was young, my family was all about summer camping. And if I’m camping, there’s definitely going to be S’mores.
In the late 80’s/early 90’s we had a Winnebago camper and my family and I would cruise around all over the Pacific Northwest in it. We took some trips up to Lake Louise in Canada, drove to the Washington State coast and into Idaho and Montana, often camping in tents at my favorite: KOAs. I’m still camping these days; camping in Wisconsin on rivers via canoe, in the mountains of Washington while weaving in day hikes, or at the ocean or the beach on Kitsap Peninsula…there are memories to be made by camping even as an adult.
I found out that s’mores are novel to some people. On a recent trip to Eastern Germany, my friend’s sister who lives there requested that we bring the traditional marshmallows, graham crackers and Hershey’s so that she could make s’mores at home. An Americana recipe, the earliest recording of s’mores was by Girl Scout leader Loretta Scott Crew in a 1927 publication called Tramping and Trailing with Girl Scouts.
Classic s’mores have a few problems: the marshmallows are full of gelatin and corn syrup, the milk chocolate is packed with saturated fat and sugar and the graham crackers are an enriched flour product. I wanted to make a slightly healthier version by choosing (admittedly more expensive) vegan marshmallows, darker and higher quality chocolate and adding in some fruit in the form of strawberries – another summer food.
Vegan marshmallows taste amazing and have very similar culinary qualities. I chose Newman’s Own Organics dark chocolate to maximize antioxidant level from the cocoa. Annie’s honey grahams are made with whole wheat flour for more fiber. Then I added sliced seasonal strawberries for flavor balance to the sweet chocolate and marshmallow. Hey, s’mores aren’t a health food – they’re a treat! But if you want a bit more nutrition and a more natural product, you can certainly achieve that in a really delicious way with slightly healthier s’mores.
If s’mores aren’t your thing, check out some of my other summertime desserts like Champagne Cupcakes with Vanilla Glaze or Vegan Strawberry Rhubarb Mini Mason Jar Cheesecakes!
What’s your favorite s’mores recipe for summer?