5 Road Trip Snacks To Fuel Your Summer Adventures June 14, 2018

by Eat

Trade in boring chips and questionable granola bars for healthier, homemade road trip snacks guaranteed to cure the “are we there yet?” travel woes. 

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Summer makes us think of sunshine, which makes us think of the beach, which makes us think of road trips, which makes us think of grumpy (read: hungry) passengers. But just because you’re traveling doesn’t mean you have to resort to questionable take-out or vending machine snacks. With a little pre-road trip food prep, you can set off on your summer 2017 adventures well equipped to deal with stomach rumblings, traffic jams, and grumpy children.

Just remember to pack the sunscreen, and let us take care of the rest.

1. Trail Mix

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There’s no right or wrong way to compose your own nutty, seedy, and slightly sweet trail mix. But if it were up to us, we’d opt for the following:

Nuts (3/4 Cup Each):  Roasted walnuts and roasted almonds

Seeds (1/2 Cup Each): Sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds

Dried Fruit (3/4 Cup Total): Dried cranberries, cherries, or raisins

Extra Something Sweet (1/2 Cup Each): Coconut flakes and dark chocolate chunks

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Not only is it easy to create your own trail mix at home (literally just toss everything in a bag), but it’s far less expensive than buying the store bought kind. Oh — and if you do decide to toss in some chocolate, be sure not to leave the trail mix in a hot car. (Don’t say we didn’t warn you!)

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2. Three-Ingredient Cookies

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Other cookie recipes may claim to be easy, but they pale in comparison to these 3-ingredient, 15-minute treats. With natural sweetness from the bananas and a punch of protein from the nut butter, this healthy snack goes the extra mile to keep hunger at bay while you travel.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Ripe Bananas
  • 2 Cups Quick Cooking Oats
  • 1/2 Cup Natural Nut Butter (Peanut Butter, Almond Butter, or Cashew Butter)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Mash bananas in a bowl with a fork.
  3. Add oats and nut butter. Mix well.
  4. Drop spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  5. Press down gently with a fork.
  6. Bake until cookies are slightly browned and firm, about 15 minutes.

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3. Baked Veggie Chips

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There’s nothing quite like the crunch of a salty potato chip en route to the beach. To elevate your plain old chips from meh to marvelous, try using sweet potatoes or beets instead. Get the super simple recipe here.

4. Cashew Bliss Balls

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Hungry summer road trippers, meet bliss balls. Bliss balls, meet hungry summer road trippers. We think you two will get along just fine.

This no-bake, 4-ingredient snack contains all the wholesome, naturally sweet ingredients we love without the long ingredient list we don’t. But the best part about it all that they’ll give you a boost of energy without the dreaded sugar crash two hours later.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups Pitted Dates
  • 2 Cups Raw Cashews
  • 1.5 Cups Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
  • Toppings (Shredded Coconut, Cacao Powder, Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Chopped Pistachios)

Instructions:

  1. Soak pitted dates for 10 minutes until softened.
  2. Blend all ingredients until it reaches a dough-like consistency.
  3. Shape into balls.
  4. Roll balls in whatever toppings you’d like.
  5. Store in an airtight container.

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5. Flavored Popcorn

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Your favorite movie night snack is officially going on a summer road trip. Whip up some popcorn in advance, toss it with your favorite sweet or salty toppings, and bask in the knowledge that there’s something oh-so-delicious hiding in the glove compartment. Get the recipes here.

Opting for a staycation instead? Invite some friends and family over for dinner! Serve any of these five quick and easy appetizers or potluck recipes for guaranteed entertaining success.

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4 comments

Debra Burke says:

Trail Mix…great idea for healthy everyday lunch box snacks AND for a road trip! Thanks for the healthy Trail Mix snack recipe! I am definitely trying your recipe very, very soon! And I love the idea of putting portioned out Trail Mix into decorated little paper bags, all tied up with twine! Thanks so much for the yummy inspiration! I can see myself using my rubber stamps and inks and creating Trail Mix Snack Bags for…hostess gifts, to have on hand for my grandchildren, for my husband’s work lunch box, for when my crafting friends come over on Friday night and more! I just love your Hello Fresh blog and Hello Fresh boxes for meals!

Jacqueline Parisi says:

Hi Debra – these sound like great ideas! Trail mix would make the perfect thoughtful (and delicious) gift. We’re so happy to hear how much you like HelloFresh! Glad to have you in the family.

ramakrishnan says:

Thanks for sharing this list of travel snacks. It is very important to take care of health in traveling.

Jordan Schultz says:

Absolutely agreed! Thanks for reading!

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