How to Make Acorn Pancakes in the Wild 

Two acorn pancakes made on a campfire

There’s no better comfort food to enjoy around the fire than acorn pancakes. Yes, the tall oak trees surrounding a campsite can provide the sustenance you need for a wild, in-the-raw breakfast experience. 

Of course, creating the acorn flour that’s necessary for these pancakes takes much more preparation than what you’ll be able to do on a basic camping trip. That’s why you should prepare your acorn flour/meal ahead of time at home to pack along with the rest of your pancake ingredients before heading to your campsite.

We’ve shared a simple acorn flour recipe before that you can refer to when creating the base for what will become your pancakes. 

Sunrise Over the Oaks Pancake Recipe

We’ve named our recipe Sunrise Over the Oaks Pancakes. We chose this name because these tasty flapjacks are intended to be enjoyed at first light around the campfire as you watch sparkling, amber-colored rays poke over the treetops. 

We’ve decided to really play up the “woodsy” aspect of the flavors in acorn pancakes by adding a sweet twist. Our recipe features delicious butterscotch morsels. If you happen to be making these pancakes in the fall, you can also look for limited-edition maple baking chips in the baking aisle. 

Tips Before the Cooking Process

We recommend using a large, circular cast-iron pan for this one. We also suggest a metal spatula for flipping your pancakes instead of a plastic one because the heat from the pan can easily melt plastic. 

If you’re bringing a Dutch oven along to cook your campfire dinners, you can use the lid of a Dutch oven as an alternative to a skillet. Always remember that you’re never cooking in the flames when you cook pancakes over a fire. You’re actually relying on the hot embers to provide the heat needed to cook your pancakes.

Two acorn pancakes made on a campfire

Sunrise Over the Oaks Pancake – Wild Version


  • 1 ½ cup prepared acorn flour
  • 1 ½ cup your favorite all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 ¾ tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 3 tbsp butter melted
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup butterscotch morsels/baking chips


  • Start by mixing your dry ingredients and morsels in a large bowl.
  • Next, combine milk, melted butter, and beaten eggs in a separate bowl. Combine your wet and dry ingredients. Stir it all together without overmixing.
  • Start warming your skillet over the campfire. You can slightly grease the skillet with some butter you've put aside to make flipping easier.
  • Use a spoon or ladle to pour batter on your skillet to make pancakes of your desired size.
  • Watch the pancakes for signs of bubbles rising in the center. You can then peek at the underside by lifting each pancake with your spatula. Flip if the other side looks nicely browned. Stack and serve!

Impress Everyone With Your Wild Acorn Pancakes

If you’re looking for a fun breakfast recipe in the wild, look no further than acorn pancakes. They’re delicious, nutritious, and not that hard to prepare. They are perfect for camping trips, hikes, and any other outdoor adventure. Just remember to bring along your prepared acorn flour.

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