The Best Road Trip Snacks

If you're going on a road trip with friends or family, you'll definitely want some delicious snacks to keep you going. These tasty road trip snacks range from savory to sweet and are simple to make, often taking less than 20 minutes to put together. For great-tasting snacks that both kids and adults will enjoy, these are the best homemade snacks for your road trip.

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Homemade Granola Bars

Homemade granola bars are a great snack for road trips. These no-bake granola bars are delicious and healthy and made with peanut butter, oats, seeds, dried cranberries (raisins are great, too!), nuts, and chocolate chips. With just the right amount of sweetness, they're perfect for kids.

Roasted Nuts


If you're looking for an easy-to-make healthy snack for your road trip, cook up a batch of roasted nuts. Any type of nut will do, but peanuts, almonds, cashews, and pecans are all amazing options. You could even do a mix! Toss them with your favorite flavorings like Old Bay, chili-lime powder, or Creole seasoning for extra flavor.


Do you need a quick road trip snack but don't have much time to prepare one? Make some popcorn! Pop a batch of unflavored popcorn and add whichever seasonings you prefer. Taco seasoning, nutritional yeast (for vegans), Italian seasoning with grated Parmesan, and caramel are all amazing options.

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin

Muffins are an all-around excellent road trip snack, especially if they're homemade. While there are endless types you can make, banana chocolate chip muffins are always a popular choice, and they take less than 20 minutes to make. It's a clever way to use up ripe bananas while adding chocolate chips makes these muffins irresistible.

Cinnamon Muffins


If you love the idea of muffins but want to steer clear of chocolate, you'll love this cinnamon muffin recipe. Covered in cinnamon sugar, these muffins are incredibly soft, moist, and delicious. Extra ingredients like orange zest, buttermilk, and vanilla help to give them their sensational flavor. These muffins are a little smaller than classic muffin recipes, making them ideal for trips.

No-Bake Energy Bars

If you don't have much time packing and organizing for your vacation, no-bake energy bars are the perfect snack to make for your road trip. These healthy snacks are made from just 3 ingredients – dates, cherries, and almonds. Just pop them in a food processor, press them into a baking tray, refrigerate them for an hour to let the mix set, then slice them up. It's that easy!

Trail Mix

Packed with healthy nuts, dried fruits, and granola with some sweet tooth-satisfying chocolate, trail mix is a great road trip snack the whole family will love. You can add other ingredients like cereal, marshmallows, or pretzels to your trail mix, depending on what your family likes best.

Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups


This amazing sweet treat is simple to make and much healthier than versions you'd pick up in a store. Chocolate peanut butter cups only require a few ingredients: chocolate, peanut butter, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and butter. Once you try this recipe, you'll never buy peanut butter cups again!

Pretzel Bites

These salty, soft, and buttery pretzel bites are a great mess-free snack for long-haul trips in the car. Skip the dip and melt a little cheese over them instead to make them even tastier and more savory. Cheddar, gouda, and mozzarella are all amazing cheeses to melt over your pretzel bites.

Saltine Cracker Toffee

Here's another terrific, quick-to-make snack that's wonderful for long car journeys: saltine cracker toffee. Salty, sweet, and crunchy, this chocolatey treat has it all! You can use milk or dark chocolate depending on what you prefer, and sprinkle any kind of nuts you like over the crackers for extra texture.

Lemon Bars

If you want a lighter dessert you can enjoy in the car, lemon bars are phenomenal. The tangy filling goes beautifully with the buttery crust. These simple treats only call for 5 ingredients, making them ideal if you want to make a wonderful snack that doesn't require a lot of effort.

Homemade Potato Chips


Homemade potato chips are much healthier than store-bought chips, and taste so much better than anything out of a bag. Just slice the potatoes and deep fry them for 20 minutes in 365°F oil. You can season them how you like, and they're so delicious and easy to make, you'll never go back to regular chips again.

Homemade Snack Mix

One of the best things about a homemade snack mix is that you can put just about anything you want in it! M&Ms, nuts, cereal, chocolate chips, pretzel sticks, yogurt-covered raisins – they'll all taste great in a snack mix. Portion the mix into single-serve portions and hand them out when your road trip is underway.

Roasted Garlic Pumpkin Seeds

Packed with a savory garlicky flavor that's hard to resist, roasted garlic pumpkin seeds are a delicious, healthy portable snack. Simply wash off the seeds to remove the excess pulp, dry them, then toss the seeds with garlic powder, salt, and a little cheese, if desired. This is a great way to use pumpkin seeds up after cooking with fresh pumpkin.

Churro Bites

Churros are a cinnamon sugar-covered dessert that is fried like doughnuts and they're a great sweet treat for anyone on a vegan diet. Churro bites are amazing for road trips, thanks to their small size and phenomenal taste.

Baked Cheese Crisps

Cheesy, crunchy, and flavorful baked cheese crisps are a fantastic savory snack for car trips. These tasty crisps are perfect for snacking on, and you can make them even more delicious by adding some chopped fresh rosemary to them. It's a savory, salty snack no one will be able to resist.

Cereal Bars

If you're searching for a simple treat your kids will love, try this cereal bar recipe. Use your kids' favorite type of cereal to make these amazing desserts. Made with marshmallows, chocolate, and Nutella, these snacks are ideal for satisfying your kids' sweet tooth.

Puppy Chow

Puppy chow is a popular snack that's easy to make at home. Also known as muddy buddies, this 4 ingredient snack is sweet and chocolatey. To make puppy chow, melt peanut butter and chocolate in a microwave, pour it over rice cereal like Chex, then once it's cool, toss the mixture in powdered sugar. It's a fantastic snack that's great for larger groups.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Date Balls

Sometimes it's tricky to find healthy snacks to give to your kids. These chocolate peanut butter date balls are the perfect solution. With healthy ingredients like chopped dates, peanut butter (other nut butter work well, too), rolled oats, and chia seeds, they're nutritious and tasty. Add cocoa powder and put everything in the blender then shape them with your hands. Roll them in some mini chocolate chips for some extra sweetness.

Homemade Beef Jerky

Beef jerky is an ever-popular road trip snack. The protein will keep you going on long trips while the taste will satisfy your taste buds. All you have to do to make beef jerky at home is cut strips of flank steak and marinate it in soy sauce, liquid smoke, and Worcestershire sauce with some spices and put it in a dehydrator. If you don't have a dehydrator, beef jerky can be made in the oven instead. Heat your oven to 175°F then place the beef on wire racks over a tray. Bake for 4 hours, flipping them once after 2 hours. Beef jerky on demand!

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