Snacks to Make for Your Next Family Road Trip

Recipes and Packing Tips from Whole Foods Market

Just about two weeks ago we decided to take a spontaneous day trip to the mountains. Our kids had never seen mountains and now that we moved, it was only a two hour drive.

We were already up early for a planned breakfast out we made the decision. There was a quick change in wardrobe and quickly tossed some snacks into a bag. Some apples, oranges, granola bars and plantain chips.

When we made it to a lake nestled in the mountains a few hours later I broke out the bag of snacks to munch on. The kids (and the hubs) were unimpressed. Apparently the snacks didn’t live up to our day of grand adventures.

I proceeded to eat an orange, the hubs begrudgingly ate the plantain chips and the kids just took a hard pass. Apparently the pint sized ice cream sandwiches we picked up earlier we be sufficient nutrition until we made our way back down the mountain and had a late lunch/early dinner.

Before we even made it back home that day the kids were already planning our next trip to mountains. I happily agreed that we would be going back, but next time it will planned and include some fun road trip snacks that won’t warrant the side-eye. I’ve got some great inspiration from these Whole Food Market recipes. I know the popcorn trail mix and apple sandwiches would have been a big hit.

7 Must-Have Snack Recipes & Packing Tips

Courtesy of Whole Foods Market

Popcorn Trail Mix Recipe
Popcorn, roasted nuts and dried banana chips and cranberries makes an easy and affordable snack.

No-Bake Thumbprint Cookies
These vegan sweets feature almond butter, rolled oats and pitted dates. Bonus: no oven needed!

Whole Grain Morning Glory Muffins
Satisfying muffins that feature apples, raisins, carrots, coconut and walnuts? Yes, please. Try the gluten-free version.

Apple Sandwiches with Granola and Peanut Butter
Here’s one the kids can help make! Swap out peanut butter for your favorite nut or seed butter.

Oat-Date Bars
This dairy-free and low-sodium snack can be made ahead and frozen until ready to eat.

Oatmeal, Coconut and Sunflower Seed Cookies
Chewy oats, rich coconut and crunchy sunflower seeds come together for this tasty treat.

Cocoa-Almond Baked Breakfast Quinoa
Take a gluten-free breakfast to go! Simply bake ahead, wrap individual squares and freeze for later.

Hungry for more inspiration? Check out the Whole Foods Market road trip recipe collection.

Packing Tips

Packing a cooler opens up the opportunity for cold drinks, cheese, cut fruit and veggies, plus small sandwiches and salads that require refrigeration. I’ve found that dividing up trail mix or popcorn into individual serving before we leave home helps to cut down on mindless overeating. Finally, don’t forget the spoons, forks, napkins and handwipes! Some ideas include:

  • Individual serving sizes of organic or Greek yogurt or non-dairy yogurt
  • Diced or sliced carrots, cucumbers, celery, radish and bell peppers with a dip such as thisSimply Delicious Homemade Hummus
  • Whole grain corn chips and small containers of bean dip, salsa or pico de gallo
  • Grain salads such as this Minty Cucumber-Quinoa Salad


Since you may not have time to cook once you’re on the road, stop by Whole Foods Market (find your closest local store). Shop the bulk aisle for dried fruits and granola, grab some 365 Everyday Value® Trail Mixes and single-serve yogurts and don’t forget the fresh fruit!

What snacks do you make to bring on the road? Share your tips and favorite recipes.

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