17 Delicious DIY Road Trip Snacks That'll Taste Even Better Than Rest Stop Food
Warm weather is here, which means it is time to gas up the car, grab a map, and hit the wide-open road for a good old fashioned adventure. But before you set off for a new destination, make sure your car and your body have enough fuel to get there by packing these delicious DIY road trip snacks that will taste even better than anything you can buy at a gas station.
While there are plenty of more glamorous ways to travel, road tripping is still one of the funnest ways to get around. With the help of some good music, a great co-pilot, some delicious snacks, and a wrong turn or two, a road trip becomes more than just the way to go from point A to point B. It becomes an adventure in and of itself. The only tough thing? Eating on the road.
When you're on a cross-country adventure, it's a huge timesaver to pack snacks and meals for yourself and your fellow passengers — not only will you be sure you actually like the food you're bringing (I can't be the only one who decided to try a completely new item of food at a fast food joint during a road trip only to realize I didn't like it at all?!), but you'll also get the energy you need to drive for days while not wasting time looking for somewhere to stop for food. Really, it's just a good planning
Ready to hit the trail? Then here are a few delicious DIY road trip snacks that are just as delicious as rest stop food.
1. Deluxe Tropical Trail Mix
When you're on the road, trail mix is a must. Mix it up a little with this tropical version from The Kitchn. Featuring banana chips, mango, and ginger, along with familiar favorites like dark chocolate and almonds, this is one snack you won't want to share with your co-pilot.
2. Jessica's Pistachio Oat Squares
Easy to make and even easier to eat, these delicious pistachio oat squares featured on Love and Lemons are a great snack you can take on the road. Nutty and oaty with just a hint of sweetness, they'll be a favorite of all of your passengers.
3. Ranch Flavored Roasted Chickpeas
If you like ranch-flavored chips, you'll love these ranch-flavored roasted chickpeas from Fo Reals Life. Satisfy your craving easily and deliciously!
4. Chile-Chocolate Tropical Fruit
Chocolate and fruit? Have it all, and take it on the go, with The Kitchn's chile-chocolate tropical fruit bites. Tangy, sugary, and spicy, these addicting snacks put your average dried fruit bites to shame.
5. Sesame Super Bars
Take sweetness on the go with these incredible Sesame Super Bars from Green Kitchen Stories. Loaded with super berries, honey, and walnuts, these snacks are not named lightly.
6. 30-Minute Cheesy Kale Chips
These cheesy kale chips from the Minimalist Baker are a dream. Yummy, crispy, and flavorful, you might eat all of these before you leave home.
7. Matcha Popcorn
Light, airy, and crunchy, popcorn is a great road trip snack, but the traditional salty kind can get old on a long road trip. Add a little variety to your snacking by making The Kitchn's matcha and dark chocolate popcorn with a hint of sea salt. Smooth and sweet with the right amount of crunch, this is a snack everyone in the car can enjoy.
8. Hemp Protein Bars
Sustain yourself while on the road with the help of Green Kitchen Stories' hemp protein bars. Delicious and easy to eat while driving, these snacks will keep your body nourished and your tastebuds happy all journey long.
9. Baked Sweet Potato Chips
You probably can't help but snack on the road, and these baked sweet potato chips from Minimalist Baker will make it even easier to. Crunchy, salty, and packed with sweet potato flavor, these blow regular chips out of the water.
10. Rocky Road-Inspired Chex Mix
A road trip calls for themed snacking, which is why The Kitchn's Rocky Road-inspired Chex Mix makes the perfect travel partner. Sweet and salty, you'll want to eat this DIY treat every time you get in the car.
11. Almost Raw Carrot Bliss Balls
Though they need to be kept cold, these Almost Raw Carrot Bliss Balls from Love and Lemons are worth making room in the cooler for. A simple mix of sunflower seeds, coconut, dates, and carrots sweetened and seasoned with maple syrup and cinnamon, these nearly raw snacks are ridiculously delicious.
12. 3-Ingredient Energy Bars
Energy bars are essential when you travel — so craft your own using The Kitchn's 3-ingredient recipe. Simple and effective, this snack will keep you going mile after mile.
13. No-Bake PB & J Energy Bites
Pack yourself an easy-to-eat snack you can eat with one hand by bringing these no-bake PB & J energy bites from Minimalist Baker. Loaded with filling fats, lots of protein, and plenty of fiber, they're like bite-sized sandwiches you can eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and any time in between.
14. Fruit Rolls
Reward your good driving with a sweet snack: DIY fruit rolls from Green Kitchen Stories. Easier to make than you may think, these are the kind of snacks you'll want to make for every road trip you take.
15. DIY Fig Newtons
These DIY fig newtons from Minimalist Baker are ridic delicious. Easy to make and naturally sweetened, they're the perfect cookies for any long drive.
16. New Mama Glow Bars
You can never have too many bars when you're on a road trip, trust me. Add another one to the mix with the New Mama Glo Bars from Oh She Glows. Vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, and soy-free, these are the kinds of snacks you can take anywhere, with anyone.
17. Healthy 5-Ingredient Granola Bars
Combine five simple ingredients — dates, peanut butter, almonds, oats, and a natural sweetener of your choice — and create one incredible granola bar. Minimalist Baker makes it easy to snack on the go with this simple recipe that has plenty of options, so you can create the perfect bar for you and your trip.