Travel Snack Ideas & Recipes

by Kelsey Norwood

in Food

Food is always the most important thing about any occasion or activity, and road trips are no exception. Along with activity bags, you’re going to need some healthy and fun snacks.


A few weeks ago, MyBlogSpark sent me these Nature Valley Nut Clusters to sample, and we loved them!

Nature Valley granola bars are the only kind that I buy – I love the sweet & salty nut and yogurt kinds, and the clusters are perfect for in the car. They are bite sized and can fit in your mouth all at once, so you don’t have the potential for a crumbly mess. These nut clusters are full of protein so they’re filling also, which will keep you from munching all day on empty calories.

My favorites are the Nut Lovers or Roasted Cashew – if you haven’t tried these yet, pack them on your next road trip!

For a sweet treat, Monster Cookies are another road trip favorite. They are cookies, but they have loads of peanut butter and oats, so they’re more like a granola cookie and I like to think they’re healthier than other kinds of cookies. Here’s the recipe:

Monster Cookies

1 lb. butter/margarine
5 1/4 c. peanut butter
4 1/2 c. brown sugar
4 c. granulated sugar
1 T. corn syrup
8 T. baking soda
1 dozen eggs
1 T. vanilla
1 – 12 oz. package chocolate chips
1 – 16 oz. package M&Ms
18 c. rolled oats

Bake 10 minutes at 375 degrees.

Some of our other favorite travel snacks are:

  • string cheese
  • Triscuits
  • Wheat Chex
  • cashews
  • fruit snacks
  • apple slices
  • baby carrots

For kids, put a little snack in with each activity bag for them to enjoy and pass the time along the way.

Happy snacking!


1 Annette W August 25, 2009 at 9:06 am

We like your snacks!

2 Adele August 25, 2009 at 11:36 am

So… do you make them enormous? (Hence the name monster cookies?) Or do you just make a lot of them? And how many cookies does this make? I’m looking at the recipe and seeing a pound of butter, 18 c oats and 1 doz eggs… and thinking this must make a TON of dough! It looks delish and I can’t wait to try it!

3 megan loukota August 25, 2009 at 12:32 pm

not to be rude,( really I’m not, I am just passionate about whole foods) but your choices in snacks are poor. the amount of sugar and corn syrup in the monster cookies far out way the goodness of the oats. that’s enough sugar to send any kid to the moon, plus the m&m’s are loaded with food dye, which the FDA recently stated as being a factor in hyperactivity in kids. The FDA also reconizes corn syrup as being an artificial ingredient, not something I want to feed my children.

nature valley yogurt graonla bars are also loaded with cornsyrup and other non-essential items. the other bars are not bad for ingriendents, but are still high in sugar per serving, malt sugar is high in the glycemic index for sugars. if you need to buy granola bars, try Kashi (i don’t work for them either), same great taste, honest good food that doesn’t have so much sugar and have seven different types of grains in them.

really good granola bars are really easy to make and fun because you can personalize them to your liking. Unsalted raw nuts are also a much better choice, once you get use to no salt, you won’t be able to go back and raw nut contain good fats that are destroyed when roasted. I have a great recipe for raw granola bars that I have been meaning to post on my blog, I will also put up my recipe for honey peanut butter balls, which are packed with protein. I have a passion for really good food and teaching people how to save money and make there own really good healthy and tasty snacks and meals.

string cheese, triscuits, and wheat chex are all great snacks, so are cashews if they are raw and unsalted. friut snacks are a nightmare on so many levels, they are all sugar, foods dye and the vit. c that actually gets absorbs is minimal, simple stay away from these ( Annie’s makes a okay one, with vegetable dyes for the color, but they still are basically all sugar) Apples are one of those treats that you should spend the extra money on and go organic, they tend to be one of the friuts that are sprayed with a large concentration of pesticides and herbacides. Take the extra time and peel the big carrots, they spray baby carrots with bleach so that they have a longer shelf life.

Until my # 3 & 4 children came along(they have food allergies) I fed my older two kids all of the things that are above until I learned that there was better way and now we are a much healthier, happier family.

4 Linda August 25, 2009 at 12:34 pm

I have some of those sitting my drawer here at work. I just haven’t given them a try yet.

5 Kelsey August 26, 2009 at 10:51 am

You can make them big, but I usually don’t. I usually do half the recipe which makes 10 dozen regular sized cookies. We love to always have some of these in the freezer!

6 Jeannine August 31, 2009 at 11:16 am

I have tried the roasted cashews and they’re really good. I would like to try the roasted almond next.

7 Sue D August 31, 2009 at 11:17 am

Grapes are another good car snack since they don’t make you thirsty.

8 Jennifer Hamitlon August 31, 2009 at 3:28 pm

Thanks for all the great ideas! I am loving all the traveling with kids posts. We have an upcoming disney vacation and these are awesome!

9 Anny September 4, 2009 at 9:15 pm

Thanks for the recipe, I love these too!

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