Hit the road with these sweet and savory healthy road trip snacks that are all dairy free and gluten free and mostly plant-based!
Photo via Salted Plains
Let’s Chat Healthy Road Trip Snacks!
Some of my favourite travel memories are of road trips I’ve taken with my family, friends, and hubby. I’ve been lucky enough to travel quite a bit over the past decade to many destinations where air travel is required, but I honestly get just as excited for road trips, especially trips to British Columbia or the US, or even quick jaunts to the mountains for the weekend. Having done many road trips I’ve perfected the art of packing a cooler with snacks that not only satisfy all those road trip munchies but nourish the body at the same time. That’s no easy task!
Today I’ve compiled a list of tasty, easy, and healthy road trip snacks that you can take along with you in a bag or cooler for any length of drive to keep you fuelled, satisfied, and nourished! I’ve split these 20 snack ideas into two categories; sweet and savory. It seems there are many standard road trip snacks that aren’t so healthy and these are all great substitutes. Move aside drive-thru donuts and Doritos and come-on-in healthy banana bread and homemade vegan chips!
Sweet Healthy Road Trip Snacks
Typical road trip snacks on the sweet side can include everything from chocolate bars to Twizzlers to conventional muffins and sugar-laden granola bars. These options are all on the sweet side but are instead made with unrefined sugars, whole food ingredients, healthy fats, and even some protein. They are also gluten free, dairy free, and mostly plant-based!
Rice Crispy Squares with Cocoa from NITK
A healthy twist on puffed wheat squares made with cocoa and brown rice crisps!
Blueberry Almond Granola Bars from Salted Plains
Delicious whole food granola bars without a hint of refined sugars or sketchy ingredients!
No Bake Chocolate Chip Cookies with Almonds from Running on Real Food
These tasty no-bake cookies will definitely keep you energized and satisfied on the road.
No-Bake Peanut Butter Energy Balls from NITK
Simple, delicious, and perfect for a mid-drive sweet treat packed with protein and healthy fats.
Peanut Butter Cookies from Unconventional Baker
These cookies are gluten free, dairy free, and naturally sweetened, perfect for sweet cravings on the road!
Vegan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread from Vibrant Plate
This delicious loaf of vegan banana bread is sooo much better (and way healthier) than a rest stop muffin or donut!
Mocha Walnut Energy Balls from NITK
Need a pick-me-up on your drive? Try these little energy balls with cocoa and ground coffee.
No Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars from Ambitious Kitchen
Another great alternative for conventional granola bars, these are naturally sweetened and loaded with healthy fats.
Sweet & Salty Popcorn Balls from NITK
Dates and popcorn blend perfectly in this sweet and salty road-trip friendly snack!
Dark Chocolate Dipped Mango Snacks from NITK
Packed with fibre to keep your digestive system happy on the road these sweet mango snacks are sure to be a crowdpleaser!
Savory Healthy Road Trip Snacks
Are you drooling yet? If you thought the sweet healthy road trip snacks were good, check out these amazing savory options! When I think of savory road trip snacks that aren’t so healthy, it’s chips, cheezies, pretzels, pepperoni sticks, etc. that comes to mind . Instead of those, I’ve got a list of delicious, savory, perfectly salty options that are crunchy, crispy, and genuinely good-for-you!
Healthy Hummus Deviled Eggs from NITK
Need a hit of protein on the drive? Grab one of these tasty eggs packed with hummus and veggies!
Healthy Homemade Vegan Doritos from Strength and Sunshine
Toss aside the regular chips and try these delicious and much healthier homemade Doritos!
Beet Hummus (with pita chips or veggies) from The Green Creator
Stunningly bright and bold, this hummus is a perfect road trip option paired with celery and gluten free crackers for dipping!
Spicy Roasted Chickpea Snack Mix from Salted Plains
Crunchy, salty, and spicy, this chickpea snack mix will definitely satisfy on long drives.
Veggies with Easy Vegan Ranch from Minimalist Baker
Another delicious and healthy dip option, this vegan ranch is perfect alongside raw veggies for road trip munching.
Baked Tortilla Chips with Pico De Gallo from Love and Lemons
Pack along this salsa in a cooler with a bag of organic tortilla chips and you’ll be set when hunger hits!
Pizza Roasted Almonds from Vegan Yack Attack
Another delicious nut mix to keep you satiated on your road trip!
Savory Carrot & Zucchini Muffins from Tuulia
These tasty muffins are great for those who prefer savory over sweet and want something a bit more filling!
Detox Rainbow Roll-Ups from Pinch of Yum
Fuel up with these gorgeous and super nourishing roll ups with peanut dipping sauce when you stop to stretch your legs!
Crunchy Salted Roasted Chickpeas from The Beader Chef
Simple, easy, crunchy, salty and high in fibre?? Perfect by the handful!
If you are headed on a small or big road trip this summer (or any other time this year!) be sure to scroll through this list and pick a few items to make and pack in the cooler alongside a few less healthy items…balance right?! 😉
Your body will thank you for it and so will your wallet as it’s always less pricey to make your own snacks ahead of time than pay the overly inflated prices at rest-stops in the middle of nowhere! Be sure to pin the photo below to save this round-up post for later and of course, share the love! You can also check out my post from last summer on Healthy Road Trip Snacks & Tips!
Have a great day and Happy/Healthy Travels!
Christal // NITK