The 10 Best Homemade Snacks to Pack for a Hike

The 10 Best Homemade Snacks to Pack for a Hike

Kelli Foster
Jun 13, 2017
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Whether I'm headed out for a short hike or full-day trek, a little something to munch on is always a must. Not just any snack will cut it, though — when I'm active and on the go, I want something that's easy to pack and eat, gives me a quick boost of energy, and feels at least a little bit wholesome. Here are 10 recipes that fit the bill for a nourishing pick-me-up when I'm on the trail.

1. Smoked Almond Snack Bars

Snack bars are always a good idea when heading out for a hike, whether it's a short jaunt or a whole-day affair. This version, inspired by KIND bars, is loaded with nuts and seeds and has an irresistible smoky-sweet flavor.

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2. How To Make Crispy Roasted Chickpeas in the Oven

Pack a big baggie of crispy roasted chickpeas and you won't be sorry — it's a protein-rich snack that's crunchy, salty, and a nice alternative to nuts.

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3. No-Bake Peanut Butter Protein Cookies

Biting into these cookies mid-hike will feel nothing short of fabulous. They're packed with a wholesome blend of peanut butter, banana, quinoa flakes, and chocolate chunks (for good measure).

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4. Hazelnut-Cocoa Granola Bars with Dried Figs

Granola bars are a great snack choice for hiking. They're easy to pack, and this version is particularly sturdy. It boasts a mixture of flavors and textures that keep each bite interesting.

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5. Deluxe Tropical Trail Mix

Mixed with nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and more, delicious things happen when you go beyond traditional GORP for this quintessential hiking snack.

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6. Blackberry-Chile Fruit Leather

Want to really win points with your trail buddies? Pack some homemade fruit leather for a sweet snack that's guaranteed to give you a jolt of sweet energy.

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7. Carrot Cake Power Bites

When I have a short hike on the schedule, this is the snack I want with me. This two-bite treat is packed with wholesome ingredients, but tastes like the most delicious slice of carrot cake.

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8. Homemade Jerky in the Oven

When the mid-hike hunger hits, you're going to be so happy you have some chewy jerky in your pack. It's a protein-rich snack that delivers sustained energy.

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9. Whole-Wheat Peanut Butter & Jelly Pockets

Peanut butter and jelly never gets old — especially when you're out on the trail all day. These pocket sandwiches are easy to pack, easy to eat without a mess, and can definitely hold their own for the day.

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10. Paleo Bacon Date Bites

When you're in need of an instant boost of energy, these bite-sized snacks are proof that good things come in small packages. Stash these in your backpack to feed your cravings on the trail — whether it's a savory, sweet, or salty snack you're after, you'll find all three here.

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