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 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 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 your pancakes. 

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 its lid 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.


These are the ingredients you will need:

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


Follow these steps to easily make acorn pancakes over a campfire:

  1. Mix

    Start by mixing your dry ingredients and morsels in a large bowl.

  2. Add milk, butter and eggs

    Next, combine milk, melted butter, and beaten eggs in a separate bowl. Combine your wet and dry ingredients. Stir it all together without overmixing.

  3. Warm the skillet

    Start warming your skillet over the campfire. To make flipping easier, you can slightly grease the skillet with butter you’ve put aside.

  4. Pour batter

    Use a spoon or ladle to pour batter on your skillet to make pancakes of your desired size.

  5. Watch for bubbles and color

    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

Acorn pancakes are such a fun breakfast dish to cook in the wild, over a campfire. 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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