10 Easy Snacks for a Road Trip

10 Easy Snacks for a Road Trip

Sheela Prakash
Jun 19, 2018
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As exciting as a road trip can be, the food options can be, well, less so. Gas stations and rest stops are filled with uninspiring choices that tend to be far from wholesome. Instead, pack up your own snacks to keep everyone in your car fueled for the long drive.

Not only are these 10 homemade snacks easy to make, but they can also be stored at room temperature, so you can leave your cooler at home.

1. Trail Mix Cookies

Just like trail mix is more of a formula than an exact recipe, these soft oatmeal cookies can be customized to your tastes — feel free to swap in whichever dried fruit, nuts, or candy you prefer.

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2. How To Make Cheddar Cheese Crackers

Homemade cheese crackers may seem fussy, but they're actually quite easy to make. Since this recipe makes an extra-large batch, you can also freeze the cut dough and bake it as you need, straight from the freezer.

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3. How To Make Better-than-the-Box Rice Krispies Treats

No one is going to complain when you break out Rice Krispies Treats in the middle of a long car ride. These ones are made extra delicious by browning the butter instead of simply melting it.

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4. 4-Ingredient Chocolate Banana Coconut Cookies

If you're worried the chocolate on these cookies might melt and you don't want to bother with a cooler, feel free to leave it off — that will just make them three-ingredient cookies!

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5. Peanut Butter, Banana, and Granola Wrap

If your road trip is extra long and you're looking for a hearty snack that can also act as a meal, consider this sweet and satisfying wrap.

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6. Vanilla Cashew Clusters

Do yourself a favor and leave a portion of these clusters at home. When you return you'll have something sweet and delicious to sprinkle on your yogurt or your ice cream and you'll feel happy to be home.

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7. How to Make Old-Fashioned Date Bars

These classic bars are naturally gluten-free, low in added sugar, and contain just four ingredients. That's reason enough to make them a go-to snack for years to come.

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8. No-Bake Peanut Butter Protein Cookies

These easy no-bake cookies swap in the usual oats for quinoa flakes, which adds a bit more protein to the situation to ensure they have staying power.

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9. Broccoli-Cheddar Crackers

A bag of frozen broccoli and shredded sharp cheddar cheese join forces to create a wholesome, veggie-filled snack that's fit for road trips of any distance.

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10. Homemade Apricot Newtons

This homemade twist on Fig Newtons swaps the usual filling in for a bright apricot-and-orange mixture and adds whole-wheat flour to the dough for a nutrition boost.

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