Coleman Camp Oven Review + Dog Treat Recipe: Video

Have you seen the Coleman Camp Oven for sale and wondered if it’s worth the price?

Last Christmas, we received this camp oven as a gift. Of course, we couldn’t wait for camping season to kick off before getting it out to experiment. After trying many recipes both at home and during our trips so far in 2023, we are excited to share it with you.

Of course, we wanted to share why we thought this oven would be a useful addition to your gear as a pet-friendly outdoor traveller. So, we included a dog treat recipe that you can easily make at camp using the oven – Easy Pumpkin Carrot Bites.

A quick apology and word of warning. The volume levels in this video are a little “off” at times. John is experimenting with new programs and features – learning how to make even better videos in the future. However, we didn’t realize that the volume levels were inconsistent until after this video had been uploaded. Be prepared for the volume to jump up considerably for the last portion of the video, as we share the treats with the pups.

NOTE: This video is not sponsored. However, we do share our BlendJet personal blender during the recipe portion of the video, which was gifted to us by the company.

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Easy Pumpkin Carrot Bites: Full Recipe


  • 1 cup flour (we used oat flour, but you can also use whole wheat)
  • ¾ cup canned pumpkin
  • ¼ cup shredded carrots
  • 1 egg


1. Preheat your camp oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit (or 350 F on a home oven).

2. If using oat flour, blend your rolled oats to create a flour consistency.

3. Combine all ingredients together either in your blender or in a bowl until you reach a thoroughly mixed consistency. This will be a thick dough, so you may prefer to mix it with your hands.

4. Place a piece of parchment paper on a baking pan or tray. Roll the batter into small treat-sized balls and place them on the parchment paper, ensuring that they aren’t touching.

5. Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until they start to brown on the edges.

6. Cool before serving to your pup. Keep the treats stored in a sealed Ziplock bag or container in your cooler.

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Coleman Camp Oven Review + Dog Treat Recipe!

John: You will have to be mon-in-ner-ing it. I know I hacked up that word…

Coleman Camp Oven Review (0:41)

John: Today, we’re going to be talking about the Coleman Camp Stove. I was gifted this last Christmas from my in-laws, Bill and Brenda.

The cool thing is this thing packs down to about 13 by 13 by 3 inches. So, as you can see, it’s nice and compact. It’s nice to have the box to go along with it.

Putting it together – easy, peasy. You’ve got a little tab right there that you undo. Another tab on the front, on the bottom. And then it pops right on open like that. You can see the bottom folds down. There are tabs that you will have to put it in, but it will go in pretty easily.

And then once the bottom is in, that tab that you used to unlock it, put it back. Locks the bottom in.

Now, for the top, you go in the same kind of tabs. You want to hold onto the handle and lock it in.

Ideally, you want to be centered on top of one of the burners. And when it’s open, it’s pretty much, you can use a 10-inch by 10-inch pan. Preferably, we use an 8 by 8. It just gives you a little more room to move stuff around in it.

When you’re cooking with it, the rack, we prefer to use, is on the middle setting. We’ve seen other videos where people put it right on the bottom, and they burn everything.

Ideally, you’d want to have your stove already lit. Just like that. Put it on there.

And it’s pretty easy to operate. To open it up, just turn right, clockwise. Opens up. Turn the other way, it locks it. In about a few minutes, you can see that the temperature will be going up.

I’ve had it where we’ve done, like, cinnamon buns, and it gets a little too hot. You just have to play around with the knob here. What happens is, you can’t just set it and forget it. You basically have to babysit it, which is the unfortunate thing about this stove.

‘Cause it will run hot. I found that if it gets too hot, it runs about 20-25 degrees too hot. And if it gets too hot for ya, just open it up for a minute or two, let the heat come out, and lock it back in. You should be pretty much dialed in for what you want.

Pumpkin Carrot Bites Recipe (4:19)

Britt: Okay, so you may have seen him explain this stove and wondered: What does that have to do with a site that is focused on travelling with pets? And that’s a fair question.

Number one, I would like to argue that we are an outdoor travel with pets site, so anything outdoor travel helps us.

But there’s also situations where you may want to make something for your pet. Whether it’s making your own homemade food, which this can facilitate for those who like to do that, or making your own dog treats.

And that’s what we’re going to do today. I actually have a recipe to share with your guys.

Now, this recipe is very simple. All it uses is a flour of some form. Now, I have quick oats here, and we’re going to make our own oat flour. I’ll show you that in a second. Shredded carrot, a single egg, and canned pumpkin.

Make sure it is pure pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling. That has spices that aren’t good for your dog. So, pure pumpkin.

Now, I had mentioned that I am going to explain how this becomes flour.

As we’ve explained in some other videos, our girl Dav has a bit of a sensitive stomach. She does well with some things, she doesn’t with others. If you have a dog that is sensitive to wheat and may have a problem with a whole wheat flour or a white flour of some form, what you can do is actually take these quick oats and blend them, and it will break them down into a flour substance.

How am I going to blend them at camp? Valid question! Especially because we don’t camp with electricity.

Let me introduce you to the BlendJet. Now, this was gifted to me by the company, and I am so glad they did because it is such a help when we’re out here and want to do something like this.

This charges by USB, and it is literally a portable personal blender. So, I can do everything right here without the need for electricity.

That being said, let’s get started…

Okay, so now that we’ve slowed this down again for one second, I just want to show you. As you see, I ran it through the blender, and those little oats became a flour consistency.

So, you need 1 cup of your flour, whatever that flour may be, ¾ of a cup of the pumpkin, ¼ of a cup of carrot, and one egg. Let’s got to the next step.

Now because of the consistency, we will occasionally have to mix it a little bit. It is just a little personal blender, and this is a pretty thick recipe. But as you can see, I’m really just using a knife and mixing it up in here a little bit, and then I’ll run the blender again.

For the end of this, I find that it’s just easiest to mix it with your hands. Like I said, it is a bit of a thick dough. It’s not like there’s anything gross in there that’s gonna, you know, gross you out.

It also makes it easier to form the little balls that will be the treats later.

Always good to have an assistant on hand!

Alright, so as you can see, we’ve rolled them into little balls. They now go into the oven at 350 for 30-35 minutes. So, here we go.

(Note: John reminded me after this that, as he mentioned earlier, the oven runs approximately 20-25 degrees hot. If using a camp oven, preheat to 325 instead.)

Time’s up! And there we have it, dog treats they are absolutely going to love!

And they become these little round balls. They’re warm, but they’re not super hot, so we’re good.

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We forgot to grab a photo of them with the treats – but this screenshot from the video with Indy’s “innocent puppy” eyes was too priceless not to include!

Benefits of Pumpkin and Carrots for Dogs (9:26)

Britt: These little crisp, round balls that have pumpkin, carrot benefits.

So, carrot is obviously great for your dog’s eyes. It’s the same as people. We always encourage people to eat carrots anyway. But it is packed with vitamins and nutrients.

But the real winner in these treats is the pumpkin because when you’re out camping, especially if you have a reactive dog or an anxious dog, they may get worked up, causing their stomach to get worked up.

What a lot of people don’t realize is that pumpkin is absolutely amazing for their digestive system. It helps to make sure that they go to the bathroom on time. It helps to settle their stomach and just make everything better.

So, if your dog tends to be one that gets a little worked up or has a bit of a problem in that sense, these treats are a gold mine.

Pumpkin carrot dog treats!

Puppy Taste Testing (10:23)

Britt: We put them in the cooler so they would cool down a little bit. But after they’ve cooled down, some puppies get to enjoy something special.

We’ll start with you. I don’t make her sit because she’s getting a little older.

You’re being a good by sitting.

Excuse me, you gonna sit? Thank you!

And they love them! If you try them out with your pups let us know and let us know what they think!

Even baby girl’s coming for more…

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