Road trips can be extremely rewarding as you cruise through the beautiful landscapes breathing fresh air. The best part about road trips is also the spontaneous stops you make when you see something unique or something that’s out of the ordinary. In the process, you discover things you least expected, and sometimes, these stay etched in your memory forever.
Imagine this: you’re a few hours into the road trip and you and your companions are having a great time singing to radio tunes and watching the world fly by. You’re all hungry, so you stop at a local restaurant you see by the side of the highway and eat some delicious appetizing food. You climb back into the car and continue the journey, but there’s a problem – your tummy doesn’t feel right and the others start complaining too. Oops!
Imagine another scenario – you’ve packed the best snacks possible for you and your family. Everyone’s having a gala time with no worry in your minds about stopping at restaurants that you know nothing of. You decide to nibble on your snacks but… they’re stale!
A big problem with any road trip is always snacks. While biscuits and other junk make for the most loved road trip food, it can also upset your tummy and isn’t the healthiest option. There’s no need to worry though, we’ve got you covered. Below we give you a list of easy and healthy homemade snacks for your road trip.
Quick And Delicious Trail Mixes
Trail mixes are a travel must. You’ve definitely taken it along with you at least once on a trip, snacking on it when you feel hungry. Not only are they extremely easy to make, but they’re also a favorite of all age groups. We’re very sure you already know that they’re packed with nutrients and are a better option any day as compared to junk food!
There are different types of trail mixes you can make using a variety of ingredients depending on the nuts you and your companions prefer. Some common combinations include those with almonds, cashews, walnuts, sunflower seeds, and pistachios. You can also use other substitutes like coconut shavings, dried cherries or pepitas. Additionally, we recommend you use ingredients that are unsalted for healthier results. If children are accompanying you on the road trip, you can add a fun little touch by adding chocolate chips to the mix.
Easy Bake Banana Muffins
An absolute hit with children, these tiny muffins are just like your banana bread but easier to bake and carry!
For a dozen banana muffins, use the following ingredients:
- 1 cup granulated sugar or brown sugar
- 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 room temperature egg
- ⅓ cup vegetable oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
For the cupcakes, mix the dry ingredients in a bowl and then stir the wet ingredients in. You will not need a beater for this purpose, your hands are enough. Fill muffin cups till they’re half full and bake them for 20 to 22 minutes at 375°F. Once ready, let them cool for a minimum of 10 minutes, and then pack them for your trip!
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Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola bars
Wait, don’t just skip through. We know granola bars sound the least appetizing, especially for a road trip that you want to spend eating the best food available. But we assure you that granola bars can taste delicious too! Just follow our recipe and you can have some versatile, easy to make, and nutrient-dense granola bars to snack on!
- 4 cups of rolled oats
- ½ cup wheat flour
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup unsweetened coconut shavings
- 1 cup of chocolate chips
- ½ tsp salt (optional)
- 1 cup honey or maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl and whisk the wet ingredients in another. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir well. Press this mixture in a flat tin lined with parchment paper. You can then bake it in a preheated oven for around 20 minutes at 375°F. Let them cook for at least 20 minutes and then pack them for your road trip for some extra delicious snacking!
One of our favorite recipes for any trip – spiced and roasted chickpeas. They’re so scrumptious and appetizing with easy steps that you’ll be shocked you hadn’t made them before! They’re also extremely healthy, packed with proteins, vitamins and fibers, making them better than roadside junk food alternatives.
To make some delicious roasted Mediterranian chickpeas:
To make these chickpeas, first rinse your chickpeas and then place them on a baking sheet. You can cover them with olive oil and rock salt and place them to bake for 30 minutes in a preheated oven. Keep stirring the chickpeas every 10 minutes or so and take them out when they acquire a golden color.
For the seasoning, use the following ingredients: salt, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, cinnamon, parsley, thyme, paprika, nutmeg, black pepper, and cornstarch. Use ½ tsp of all these ingredients which can vary depending on the quantity you use. You can then pack it in travel containers and you’re good to go!
We know that road trips can be extremely excruciating, especially with small children. However, you can make things easier for yourself by taking along these easy and healthy homemade snacks for your road trip. What better to keep everyone happy and satisfied through the day?