7 Make-and-Take Snacks for Summer Road Trips

By: Julie Hines

You’re driving along, enjoying the scenery passing you by or, more realistically, sitting in traffic on your way to the beach, when you heard the words most dreaded by seasoned road trippers, “Are we there yet?!”

Extra bathroom and snack breaks make a long trip even longer, so how do you keep everyone in the car happy? Snacks. And lots of them.

Keep a variety of snacks – sweet, salty, crunchy and creamy – in your arsenal to avoid hangry passengers. Fruits and vegetables are a great way to start; carrot sticks, apple slices and zip-top bags full of berries are fantastic mess-free snacks. But if that doesn’t quell the crankiness? We’ve got some make-and-take snacks that will rock your summer road trips.

This is not your average snack mix. Homemade ranch seasoning and fresh herbs boost the flavor levels on this crunchy, addictive snack.

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Get the whole family involved in making these super simple cereal bars. They’ll want to test out their handiwork during the drive!

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Eggless cookie dough is the answer to everyone’s favorite part of making cookies – sneaking a bite before you bake them. Pack these chocolate-covered treats in a cooler bag so they don’t melt!

Marcela Valladolid's Cheesy Cereal Crackers, Sunny Anderson Chocolate Cereal No Bake Cookies and Jeff Mauro's Honey Cereal Bars Food Network's The Kitchen, Season 7.

Photo by: Jason DeCrow ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Jason DeCrow, 2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Turn rice cereal squares into cheesy, crunchy snacks that you can make in just about 30 minutes. Kids and adults alike will thank you for these homemade crackers.

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Leave room in that cooler bag for these sweet treats. Gelatin holds these no-bake cheesecake bites together so you can have the sweet taste of cheesecake without the fuss of baking.

Roasted chickpeas are a guilt-free snack that you won’t feel bad about bingeing on. Split one batch of chickpeas into three different seasonings – taco, vinegar-lime and onion-garlic – for a crunchy snack that won’t bore your taste buds (or your passengers!).

Pull these muffins straight from the freezer and pop them into that cooler bag to use as ice packs for the rest of your snacks. Once they thaw, you can dig in!

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