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10 Homemade Snacks to Bring on Summer Road Trips


August 14, 2023

As summer winds down, it's time to hit the road for one last summer road trip. To make the trip special, why not have some delicious homemade snacks to enjoy along the way? This article will provide you with a list of the 10 best homemade snacks for summer road trips, so you and your travel buddies can enjoy a tasty snack while you travel! From hearty kale chips to gooey and delicious Rice Krispie Treats, there is something for everyone.

#1 Kale Chips

Although vegetables may not be the first thing your mind goes to when envisioning a snack, kale chips are delicious. Kale chips are a great homemade summer road trip snack because they are a healthy, crunchy, and a flavorful alternative to traditional potato chips or other snack foods. Kale chips are also a great source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals such as calcium, and iron. Eating kale chips is a fantastic way to get your daily dose of antioxidants, which can help support your overall health.

Kale chips are also super simple to make and they can be made in just 30 minutes. (They are perfect if you forgot to pack snacks the night before your long road trip.) Kale chips can be tailored to fit any taste buds, making them the perfect snack for any summer road trip. To make your kale chips, start by washing and drying the kale. You want to release all of the excess liquid before you remove the stems and cut the kale into small, bite-sizeable pieces.

Next, you want to toss the kale in oil and salt, before you put it in the oven for around 15 minutes. You want the kale to be slightly golden, but definitely not black or burnt. When making kale chips yourself, it is best to let them cool after the oven and then store them in an air-tight container for easy transport. Overall, with their crunchy texture and filling aspect, kale chips are a healthy alternative to potato chips.

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#2 Nut Butter Cups

Nut butter cups are a great summer road trip snack because they are easy to make, portable, and don't require refrigeration. Plus, they are a delicious and nutritious snack option that can be appreciated anywhere by anyone. You can prepare them with your favorite type of nut, so they fit your wants and taste buds. Also, nut butter cups are also a good source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals, making them a perfect snack for those long summer road trips.

Making nut butter cups is fairly simple and requires less than one hour. To begin making nut butter cups, pulse almonds and dates in a food processor or blender. Once the mixture holds together, spoon and press the nut mixture into muffin tins.

Next, layer your choice of nut butter on top of the almond and date mixture. Some nut butters you might try are peanut butter, cashew butter, hazelnut butter, and almond butter. After adding the nut butter, pour a mix of honey and cocoa over each cup. Lastly, put the entire sheet of nut butter cups into the freezer and leave to freeze.

Nut butter cups are also easy to pack and store in your vehicle, so you don't have to worry about them taking up precious space. In general, nut butter cups are a delicious and healthy snack that you are sure to enjoy while on your summer road trip. Enjoy!

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#3 Homemade Tortilla Chips

Homemade tortilla chips are a great summer road trip snack because they are tasty, simple to make, and super easy to transport, whether your road trip is 3 hours or 33 hours. Making your tortilla chips allows you to control the ingredients, making them a healthier option than store-bought chips. Plus homemade tortilla chips, taste delicious.

To make your tortilla chips, cut 8-10 corn tortillas into wedges. It doesn't matter if you use corn or flour tortillas, but you must remember to cut all of the tortillas into bite-sized chips. Once you've sliced all of the tortillas brush them with melted butter or olive oil.

Then, sprinkle the chips with sea salt, garlic powder, chili powder, and any other seasonings of your choice. Some other spices you may top your chips with are onion powder, paprika, Cajun seasoning, and cumin.

Next, place the chips on a baking sheet and bake them until they're crispy. Tortilla chips are a great snack to bring on road trips because they're filling, portable, and delicious.

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#4 Poppy Seed Muffins

Poppy seed muffins are a great homemade summer road trip snack because they are full of flavor, easy to make, and can easily be kept in an airtight container for up to a week. Poppy seeds muffins have a nutty, crunchy topping that is not only tasty but is a great source of healthy fats and protein! They are also full of nutritious ingredients such as whole wheat flour, eggs, and milk.

Plus, making poppy seed muffins is incredibly easy to do. All you need is flour, baking powder, salt, eggs, milk, butter, and poppy seeds. First, mix all of the dry ingredients in a bowl and then add the wet ingredients.

Then, fold in the poppy seeds. Next, spoon the batter into each tin and bake for 25 minutes.

Poppy seed muffins are a great snack to have on the go! They are delicious and perfect for any time of day. So, the next time you’re heading out on a road trip, make sure to make some poppy seed muffins to keep you full and energized throughout your journey!

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#5 Chilli-Lime Chickpeas

Chili-lime-flavored chickpeas are a delicious and healthy treat to pack on your summer road trip. The chickpeas are full of essential vitamins and minerals, while the chili and lime flavors give an added boost. These ingredients also provide a good source of protein and fiber, helping to keep you full for longer and keeping your energy levels up during your travels.

Making chili lime chickpeas is incredibly easy and requires only a few ingredients. First, you will need to prepare your chickpeas. To do this, simply cook your chickpeas in some boiling water until they are tender. Once cooked, drain the chickpeas.

In a separate bowl, mix lime juice, chili powder, and salt. Then, pour the combination over the chickpeas and stir them. Lastly, bake the chickpeas for 12 minutes, and then enjoy!

The combination of chili and lime gives these chickpeas a unique and tasty flavor that will make you want to snack on them the entire road trip!

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#6 Cheese Straws

Cheese straws are a gooey and cheesy snack that is excellent for a relaxing summer road trip. Cheese straws are easy to make, require minimal ingredients, and are incredibly delicious! If you don't enjoy fruity or sweet snacks, then this salty snack is perfect for you. Cheese straws are snacks that are made from buttery, flaky puff pastry and are filled with a cheesy and flavorful filling.

Not only are cheese straws a great snack to have on the go, but they are also a great way to add some variety to your summer road trip snacks. They can be easily customized with different flavors and spices, such as cheddar, garlic, and herbs. Cheese straws can also be made ahead of time, so they are perfect for bringing on a long road trip.

To make cheese straws, first, roll out the puff pastry dough and cut it into strips about one inch wide. Fill each strip with your choice of cheese and spices. Then, twist the strips and bake them for about 15 minutes. (Or until the cheese straws are golden brown.)

With their light crunch, cheese straws are an ideal summer snack that are sure to be a hit with your friends!

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#7 Fruit Kebabs

Fruit kebabs are a classic summer snack and they're great for road trips. Fruit kebabs are very customizable, healthy, and portable. Not only are they incredibly delicious, but they are also packed with essential vitamins that help to keep you energized while you’re on the road.

There are only three steps to making fruit kebabs! Start by washing your favorite fruits. You can choose whatever fruits you desire, though I recommend kiwi, mango, strawberries, and bananas. Next, cut your fruit into bite-sized pieces and place the fruit on skewers.

Fruit kebabs are a super way to get creative in the kitchen and make a tasty snack that is sure to please everyone in the car.

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#8 Birthday Cake Bars

If you are someone with a sweet tooth, then you will love these birthday cake bars. These birthday cake bars are a delicious and easy-to-make snack, perfect for bringing on a summer road trip. Not only are they incredibly tasty and fun to eat, but they’re also a great way to make sure everyone in your car has something to eat without having to stop at a fast food joint. Plus, making them before the trip is a fun activity that everyone can join in on.

To make birthday cake bars, you’ll need a few simple ingredients: cake mix, butter, eggs, sprinkles, and frosting. I recommend using a yellow cake mix, but you can customize your bars by using whatever cake mix flavors and sprinkles you must enjoy.

Next, mix the cake mix, melted butter, and eggs in a large bowl until well combined. Then press the mixture into the greased pan. Top them with sprinkles, and then bake for 20 minutes. Lastly, add a few more sprinkles on top and devour.

Birthday cake bars are a sweet snack that are sure to add a dash of excitement and creativity to any summer road trip. They’re a great way to make sure everyone has something tasty and fun to snack on during your trip!

#9 Rice Krispie Treats

Rice Krispie Treats are guaranteed to brighten the smiles of anyone on your road trip. Not only are they delicious and easy to make, but they are also a perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth without having to worry about them melting or spoiling in the heat. Plus, they are a fun and easy treat to make with friends and family before you leave.

To make Rice Krispie treats, simply melt butter in a pan and add marshmallows. Then mix in the classic KELLOGG'S® RICE KRISPIES® cereal and stir. Finally, press the mixture into a pan and let it cool!

Rice Krispie treats are the perfect snack for summer road trips because they're not only tasty, but they also travel well and don’t have to be refrigerated. They are a great way to make a quick, delicious, and affordable snack that everyone will enjoy. So, if you’re looking for a sweet snack for your next summer road trip, consider giving Rice Krispie treats a try!

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#10 Trail Mix

One rich, yet flavorful snack for summer road trips is trail mix. Not only is trail mix easy to make, but it is also nutritious and delicious. As a result of the nuts in most trail mixes, trail mixes are high in protein, as well as fiber and healthy fats, so you'll feel full and sustained for your road trip. Trail mix is also a natural energizer and can help temporarily boost your energy and mood.

Plus, trail mix is incredibly versatile, as you can choose from a variety of ingredients to create a unique flavor combination. Trail mix is also incredibly convenient since it can be easily stored in individual containers for quick and easy access.

If you are creating your trail mix, all you need to do is gather your favorite nuts and dried fruits and put them in a portable container. I suggest you make your trail mix with M&M'S®, pecans, raisins, walnuts, peanuts, dried strawberries, and almonds.

Trail mix is a great snack for any summer road trip because it is easy to make, nutritious, and delicious. With the variety of ingredients available, you can create a unique flavor combination that will keep you energized and fueled for the long haul. Try making your trail mix today and have a great summer road trip!

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From salty and gooey cheese straws to soft and sweet birthday cake bars, out of the ten snacks listed in this article, there is sure to be one you enjoy! Whether you're looking for something to snack on while driving through mountains or cruising down the highway, these tasty treats are sure to hit the spot.

Cove Johnson Rabidoux
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Cove Johnson Rabidoux is a writer whose work can be found on Teen Ink, The Teen Magazine, The Spearhead Magazine, the Hot Pot Magazine, Leaders Across the World, and on her blog "Blue Pencil Writing." She serves as an editor for the Trailblazer Literary Magazine, Hot Pot Magazine, Cathartic Youth Magazine, and more. When she is not writing her novel, Cove enjoys reading, traveling, and baking.