You guys! I can’t believe I’m actually doing this. Usually, I have a great idea, good intentions and a half ass plan. Not the best combination to make things happen at times.
After my most recent camping trip (see picture above, isn’t it magical?), where I was stuffing myself with the worst but best snacks ever, I’m set on having a few healthy(ish) home-made snacks for on the road. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my snacks. Especially when on a trip because that’s when we get to indulge (darn snack rules at home and our tiny snack drawer) but I hate feeling bloated, gross and fairly unhealthy after consuming crap for a few days in a row.
I can deal with it for 2 or 3 days, but not when I’m on the road for 21 days. And let’s be honest most snacks are unhealthy and more importantly NOT filling. This is a problem for me because I need snacks that will keep me going or else I turn into a hangry mean person who’s husband has to walk around with extra store bought granola bars to throw in my direction in emergencies. That’s how scary it can get!
Last week I delved into my old cookbooks and sourced Pinterest for a few new recipes trying to compile a snack list for on the road I can share with you and prep for our road trip. I’ve made every single one of these recipes, some even multiple times.
1. My go to snacks are these amazing cashew snack balls a former colleague of mine introduced me to a couple of years ago.
Why do I love them?
- They’re quick to make - score.
- Only requires 3 ingredients - eaaaasssy
- Keep for a long time - even better!
Find the recipe here.
2. Of course, I had to try something new when I found these delicious strawberry oatmeal bars. This recipe doesn’t ask for a lot of sugar. It has oatmeal, which does its magic and strawberries. What else can you ask for? Oh, I know, you can freeze it!
You can skip the glaze if you want to cut out even more sugar.
3. I’ve made these chickpea chocolate cookies a few times and will shamefully admit I haven’t in a very long time. Now I’m once again turning to this recipe for a snack that I know keeps me and one other kid satisfied and can hold us over between breakfast and lunch or lunch and dinner. The only setback is that they can’t be frozen and made way ahead of time like I like to do, especially when planning a 3-week road trip plus they only stay fresh for a week.
4. This recipe sent me spinning into the past. So many memories came flooding back of afternoons spent in the kitchen prepping for a barbecue in Holland. Granted, it will most likely only last us for 1 day on the road. MAYBE, just maybe two but it’s easy and fast to make anywhere.
FYI. Switch cream cheese with Boursin. Just saying.
Yes, call me a hypocrite. I don’t care. I’ve got a weak spot for this Coconut Buttermilk Pound Cake. Over the years I’ve cut the coconut flakes in half and added 1.5 cups of fresh homegrown rhubarb. I also skip the glaze altogether.
On top of all the homemade goodness, you’ll find me in the grocery store stocking up on family sized chip bags, pre-made granola bars, applesauce and yogurt cups. Because who really has the motivation and time to make home-made snacks for a 21-day road trip? Not me, that’s who. I praise you if you do have that motivation, that’s truly amazing!
I hope you’re having an amazing summer and feel free to share your ‘on the road’ snack recipes in the comments.