If you read my post on tips for hiking with kids, you know how I feel about the lifesaving powers of snacks. Forgetting to bring snacks can be the difference between a really enjoyable hike and a really miserable one, especially if you have kids in tow. Whether you have a child with food sensitivities like us or you just like to try out different recipes, these homemade hiking snack recipes are going to be right up your alley. Let’s dive in!
Nut Free Recipes
1. Chocolate Buckwheat Bars – Who doesn’t love a healthy bar that tastes like dessert? These tasty protein and fiber packed bars will leave your family feeling full and energized. In addition to being nut-free, this homemade hiking snack is also vegan and gluten free. Check out the recipe here.
2. Apple Or Banana Chips – Minimal ingredients? Check. Minimal effort? Check. I don’t know about you, but that is exactly what I look for in snack recipes. Not only are these fruit chips easy to make, they are also a HUGE hit with the kids. Check out the recipe for apple chips here and banana chips here.
3. Cinnamon Caramel Apple Energy Balls – Hello yummy goodness! These delicious 4 ingredient energy balls are super quick to make because there is no baking involved. The kids will have fun helping you roll these together and munching them on the trail. Get the super easy recipe here.
4. Applesauce – You don’t need to be the Iron Chef to make homemade applesauce (I totally used to think it was difficult). In fact, there are a ton of super easy crock pot recipes where you set it and forget it. Check out my personal favorite crock pot recipe here. (P.S. If you’re wondering how on Earth you’re supposed to carry applesauce around on a trail, check out these super cool, eco friendly reusable pouches!)
5. Fruit Roll Ups – What kid doesn’t love fruit roll ups?! Instead of buying them from the store, you can actually make them from scratch and it doesn’t take culinary genius. This is another homemade hiking snack recipe the kids will have fun participating in and eating. Click here for the recipe.
Gluten Free Recipes
1. Honey Oat Cereal Bars – If your child loves those store bought cereal and milk bars, but you’re looking to make it GF, this recipe is going to be gold for you. The recipe is not only easy to follow, but you can store any leftovers in the freezer for up to 2 months! Score! Check it out here.
2. GF Snack Mix – A little bit of sweet and a little bit of crunchy. This gluten free snack mix is not only delicious, but it is an excellent portable snack for the trails. The whole recipe makes about 10 cups so you can will have tons of left overs for future hiking and snacking needs. Get the recipe here.
3. Chocolate Goji Berry Bars – This homemade hiking snack is packed full of antioxidants and fiber to keep the whole family full and energized. If you are worried about the chocolate topping melting on your trek, simply leave that part of the recipe off and it will still be delicious! Click here for the recipe.
4. “Cheez It” Crackers – Just because your child has a gluten allergy doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy Cheez Its! This recipe is an easy option to replace the store bought brand. These crackers are super easy to bring along on the trails and will be a good motivator to keep those little legs moving. Check out the recipe here.
5. Pistachio Cookies – Who isn’t obsessed with cookies?! Why not turn them into a homemade hiking snack that is both delicious and packed with protein?! In addition to being yummy, there are only 4 ingredients in this recipe so it’s ridiculously simple to put together. Get the recipe here.
1. Rice Crispy Treats – A personal childhood (and adult) favorite treat of mine. If you don’t like giving your child so much sugar, this recipe is an excellent alternative. In addition to being vegan, these treats are also GF and nut free so everyone can enjoy them! Check out the recipe here.
2. Animal Crackers – Another great treat for young children is animal crackers. Although a lot of store bought animal crackers are already vegan, it’s always enjoyable to try making them at home. The kids will have a blast helping you cut out the shapes and eating them on the trail. Get the recipe here.
3. Vegan Fruit Snacks – I’m not gonna lie here, I had NO IDEA it would be possible to make fruit snacks vegan so I was super excited to see this recipe. My kids go nuts for fruit snacks and they are ALWAYS in our pack as an emergency motivator. For the super simple vegan version of these treats, click here.
4. Banana Oat Cookies – A banana is always a good choice to bring along on a hike, but sometimes they aren’t the greatest motivator to keep your kids moving. Enter this tasty, vegan homemade hiking snack. They are easy to make and easy to carry making them a perfect hiking snack. Get the recipe here.
5. Triple Almond Energy Balls – Of all the homemade hiking snack recipes, the energy ball recipes are the most fun for the whole family to make. If nut allergies aren’t a problem in your house, this recipe is going to be a big hit with everyone. Check out the recipe here.
Protein Packed Recipes
1. Spicy Roasted Chickpeas – Maybe it is just my kids that are obsessed with hummus, but if you can relate, this simple homemade hiking snack is a great option for the trails. You can make these with or without spices, but either way it’s incredibly easy. For the spiced up version, click here.
2. Superfood Protein Bars – The name kind of says it all. The bars are packed with superfoods and protein which are both ideal for energizing during a hike. Between the sweetness and the crunch, the kids won’t even know they are eating healthy food! Check out the recipe here.
3. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Energy Bites – Ain’t nobody got time to wait for Fall to enjoy some pumpkin! Seriously though, I love pumpkin all year round. If you are in the same boat and want a homemade hiking snack that’s packing lots of protein, this is your recipe! Click here for the full recipe.
4. Almond Fudge Protein Bars – If you love Reece’s cups this homemade hiking snack is going to be amazing for you! It’s nutty and chocolatey, but also packed with protein which is excellent for your hiking adventures. To make it nut allergy friendly, simply sub almond butter for Sunbutter and your good to go! Get the recipe here.
5. Black Bean Brownies – What better way to encourage a child to keep hiking than with a brownie!? I am well aware that this sounds rather questionable. Don’t knock it until you try it though! This recipe has all the chocolatey goodness you look for in a brownie, but with tons of hidden protein. Check it out here.
3 Ingredient Recipes
1. Nut Date and Dried Fruit Energy Bars – Do I really need to expand here? The name tells you exactly what you will be working with. This homemade hiking snack is basically a knock off Larabar that is way more affordable. Click here for the recipe.
2. Peanut Butter Oat Squares – No bake, minimal ingredients, and super tasty?! Sign me up! This recipe another perfectly portable snack that will be sure to entice those tiny tots to keep pushing forward on your next hiking adventure. Check out the recipe here.
3. Muesli Balls – YAAAAS MORE ENERGY BALLS! In addition to being fun for the whole family to make, these balls are only 3 ingredients so its extra simple to put together. Again, the kids will have fun helping you putting them together AND eating them on the trail. Get the recipe here.
4. No Bake Cookies – This is one of the most versatile recipes on the list. The internet is jam packed with 3 ingredient, no bake cookies! These homemade hiking snacks are not only ridiculously easy to make, but they pack well so they are excellent on the trail. Click here for a list of recipes.
5. Trail Mix – I’m not going to include a link for this one because there are seriously so many options. Shredded coconut, almonds, and goji berries is my personal favorite. The best part is you can score all of those ingredients at Costco and make trail mix that will last seemingly forever! Get creative for this one!
No Time To Make A Homemade Hiking Snack?
I’m gonna be completely candid here, y’all. I fall way more into the “hot mess mom” category than “Pinterest mom”. I’d say about 90% of the time I am not even prepared enough to make a 3 ingredient homemade hiking snack. If you relate to that, these next few snack ideas will be right up your alley.
When we go hiking, our pack is always filled with these snacks. Cutie’s clementines, apples, Belvita biscuits, beef jerky, and fruit snacks. Our daughter has a nut allergy so we don’t bring anything containing nuts, but if that is not an issue for you, packing almonds or really any other kind of nut is an excellent snack.
Whew! Now that I’ve munched on half the kitchen because this post made me hungry, we’re done with homemade hiking snack recipes! If you have a favorite homemade hiking snack that didn’t make the list, let me know in the comments.
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