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Snack Ideas for Road Trips with Kids

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I have three boys… that means as soon as we get in the car they inevitably start in with,

I’m hungry!  Are we going to eat?  How long until we get some food?

I learned very quickly that my boys are bottomless pits and for some reason, car rides make them starving, whiny, babies!!

That means that I learned very quickly to keep a stock of snacks.  I prefer to give them things that I make, not because I worry too much about GMO, gluten, red dye number five, or any of the other “bad things” but because it is typically cheaper to make your own. 🙂

I have gathered some of our favorite Snack Ideas for Road Trips with Kids and a few that we are wanting to try.  I am sure you and your family will appreciate these yummy recipes!

Pack a few of these Snack Ideas for Road Trips with Kids

Snack Ideas for Road Trips with Kids:

Any of these 15 Muddy Buddies Snack Recipes will work for your next vacation.  Make up a few different ones to add some variety.

Your kiddos will love this Yak Preschool Snack from Crystal and Company.

While these are technically After School Snack Pot ideas from Daisies and Pie, there is nothing stopping us from making up some and taking them on a road trip!

When you put peanut butter in a recipe, your kids never know it is healthy!  These Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Bites from Turning the Clock Back might be better for Mom & Dad, though.  Not sure we want our kids full of energy when driving for ours! LOL!

These Protein Peanut Butter Bites from Blessed Beyond Crazy are just another version of the above.  Pick your favorite!

Sweeten up a typical road trip snack!  This Cinnamon and Sugar Pretzels Recipe from Six Clever Sisters is sure to be a hit with your kiddos.

Or, maybe you prefer more savory pretzels?  These Garlic Ranch Pretzels from Eating on a Dime will hit the spot, then!

My boys LOVE this Pizzeria Snack Mix Recipe – I mean, really… of course they do! It is basically crunchy pizza. 🙂

Muffins can produce crumbs, but they still make a great travel snack.  You could even make these Apple & Almond Butter Muffins at To Simply Inspire in a mini muffin pan to make them bite sized and easier for little hands to hold!

As a true Southern girl, I must say that everything is better when it is deep fried!  These Parsnip Crisps from Food Meanderings is no different!

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Attainable-Sustainable has a recipe for delicious Sourdough Banana Nut Muffins for you to make before your next road trip.  Yum!

Oh Man! This Easy Kid Trail Mix Recipe from Cook! Eat! Go! looks delicious.  I don’t know why she calls it “kid”, it can be “adult”, too. LOL!

Oh My WORD!  If you could take some Cheese-its and make them even better, you would. Wouldn’t you?  Yes, it gets better than Cheese-Its!  This Cowboy Ranch Cheese-Its Recipe from Consumer Queen does exactly that.

I could have done this entire post on cookies, but that isn’t really the most healthy snack in the world… is it?  However, these Red Velvet Cookies from Food Meanderings are made from a secret ingredient that not only makes them red, but makes them healthy!

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Ok, so cookies it is.  Here are over 20 low calorie cookies that would be great for filling a Ziploc!

Having Fun Saving teaches us how to make our own Strawberry Fruit Roll Ups and it is easier than you might think.  My kid just love these and I love knowing what is in them.

These Aussie Bites (copycat recipe) from A Magical Mess look delicious and are full of protein.

Common Sense Home shows us how to take our garden’s abundance and turn it into naturally sweetened gummy candies.  The kids won’t even know this yumminess started as zucchini or squash!

You can always make up a batch of Southern Roasted Pecans for your next trip.  They last well in a Ziploc and are yummy to boot!

Energy Bites seem to be very popular, so the choices are plenty.  These Chocolate Cherry Energy Bites from Food Meanderings look super delicious to me!

These Double Chocolate Muffins from Low Carb Yum will travel well and they are DOUBLE CHOCOLATE, duh! 🙂

Amanda’s Cookin’ has a Taco Chex Mix Recipe that my boys fight over constantly.  It seriously tastes like Tacos!

This might say “Valentine Chex Mix” but it is easy enough to switch the M & Ms from pink and white to whatever color you want.  Your kids will thank you, trust me.

Melanie Cooks takes apple chips up a notch!  This Cinnamon Apple Chips Recipe looks super yummy and almost like an apple pie, in chip form.

How fun is this Cotton Candy Popcorn by Bitz and Giggles?

If popcorn is more your road trip snack go-to, be sure to check out this list of over 45 Gourmet Popcorn Recipes.

These Oven Baked Beet Chips from Pink Fortitude are not only pretty, but oh so yummy!

Kids of all ages will approve of these Homemade Cheese Crackers from Doodlecraft.  Plus, even the little ones can help make them!

Hungry Hobby shows us how to make our own homemade (and healthy) Fig Newtons.

Oh my word!  My brother’s absolutely most favorite dessert is Key Lime Pie.  But, it is kind of a pain to make, so I always turn to Mrs. Smith or Mrs. Edwards. LOL!  However, I bet he would love these Key Lime Energy Bites from Peas and Carrots!  I can’t wait to make them and get him to try them.

Healthy Little Foodies has a Cheesy Quinoa Crackers Recipe that is sure to be delicious and the bite sized pieces are perfect for a road trip.

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Must Have Road Trip Resources:

The following Amazon affiliate links are a necessity for snacks on your next road trip. 🙂  OK, maybe not necessary, but they will sure feel like it.

Snack Cups

Travel Tray (for kids, perfect for car seats! can be used for snacks, toys, and coloring)

Travel Mugs

More Road Trip Fun:

We don’t want to stuff our kids’ tummies the whole time and regardless of what we want, they won’t sleep the whole trip.  So, the following ideas will help you to keep them entertained as well!

Best Road Trip Songs for Family Travel!

Road Trip Printables

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Mother of 3

Tuesday 3rd of July 2018

These sounds like some great snacks; though we don't allow anything with chocolate in the car. My general rule of thumb is that crumbs are OK but anything that will melt or make the car sticky is not. Thanks so much for sharing with us at the Love to Learn Linky. Pinned.

Ben Lawson

Friday 8th of June 2018

wow these are really awesome really like your post you just made 1 more follower to your site


Thursday 7th of June 2018

Hey Kelli, Its awesome idea. I will definitely use this in my next road trip. Thanks for sharing it!