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healthy road trip foods

Kid Friendly Healthy Road Trip Foods!

Have you ever been on a road trip with kids before? If you have, then you probably know just how often they will ask for food (you know, when they’re not asking ‘are we there, yet?’). And, if you’re health conscious, then you’ll want to have healthy road trip foods on hand for when your kids insist they are starving and can’t go another minute without eating!

Even if you’ve never been on a road trip with kids before, you’re just anticipating the fact that kids think they need to eat every 5 minutes when it’s the most inconvenient.

For example, both my older girls (ages 3 and 6) just finished up breakfast; so I decided to sit down and write this post. Not even 5 minutes after I sat down, my 6 year old is asking for more food.

So, if you don’t want to spend a fortune feeding your kids food that isn’t good for them, you’ll want to check out the on the go snack recipes below! Get the ingredients (or find them in your cupboard) and start preparing for your road trip. Bonus if you can get your kids to help…without it taking more time!

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The Best Road Trip Snacks

Be sure to check out the recipes below and make some before your next road trip so you’re not tempted to stop for fast food or buy packaged processed food like products!

There are 32 road trip worthy recipes below!

All could be considered snacks, and some could even be considered a meal. And, most are mess-free enough to eat in the car. Unless, of course, you have an issue with their even being a single crumb hit the seats or floors in your vehicle, then you may want to wait and eat them when you stop.

Healthy On-The-Go Breakfast

Oatmeal Raisen Energy Cookie Balls
Photo from ifitbringsyoujoy.com

My girls and I love energy bites (or balls), and they are super healthy for you. This recipe in particular is only sweetened by dates and raisins, but is still delicious. You could probably find most of the ingredients in your kitchen already, I know I can. Go check it out!



Photo from foodal.com

No Bake Peanut Butter Coconut Balls

Photo from delightfuladventures.com


Baked Whole Wheat Methi Puri 

Photo from .lathiskitchen.org


The Best Energy Bites Recipe of All Time

energy bites
Photo from stresslessbehealthy.com

This is my own energy bite recipe that is child approved…..and seems to always have to be made and ready to eat at any given time!


Vegan Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookies

Photo from delightfuladventures.com

These oatmeal cookies make a great snack (or breakfast) for road trips, be sure to check them out!


Food Bliss: Chewy Apple Granola Bars

Photo from urbanblisslife.com

Granola bars are a perfect snack for road trips!


Air Fryer Apple Chips

Photo from recipesfromapantry.com


Crunchy Air Fryer Chickpeas

Photo from recipesfromapantry.com


Almond Date Balls

Photo from pastryandbeyond.com

Be sure to check out these energy balls!


How to Make Dried Bananas – Crispy/Chewy

How to Make Dried Bananas
Photo from pastryandbeyond.com


How to Make Dried Apples Crispy/Chewy vs. Crispy

How to Make Dried Apples
Photo from pastryandbeyond.com


Eggless Whole Wheat Chocolate Cupcakes (With vegan Option)

Eggless Whole Wheat Chocolate Cupcakes (With vegan Option)
Photo from cookwithrenu.com

If you have girls, you may want to make these to bring with you. Just be sure to wait til you get to a stop to eat them outside the car if you don’t want crumbs all over the place!


Homemade 3-Ingredient Gluten-Free Mini Bagels (Vegan, Allergy-Free)

Photo from strengthandsunshine.com

Not only are these adorable, but they are what kids want for breakfast and are perfect for little hands. Check out the recipe and be sure to grab a mini donut pan to make these in!


3-Ingredient Crispy Cocoa Air Fryer Chickpeas (Gluten-Free, Vegan, Allergy-Free)

Photo from strengthandsunshine.com


Homemade Gluten-Free + Vegan Goldfish (Allergy-Free, Grain-Free)

Photo from strengthandsunshine.com

Do your kids love goldfish crackers, but you hate how bad they are for them? Try out this home made recipe so you can both get your way!


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Easy Homemade Baked Falafel (No Canned Beans)

Easy Homemade Baked Falafel (No Canned Beans)
Photo from hcookwithrenu.com


Homemade Gluten-Free + Vegan Cheez-Its (Allergy-Free, Grain-Free)

Photo from strengthandsunshine.com

Do your kids love cheez its, but you hate how bad they are for them? Try out this home made recipe so you can both get your way!

Vegan Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms and a Sweet Crunchy Treat

Vegan Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms | Strength and Sunshine @RebeccaGF666 Gluten-free, vegan entree stuffed with lentils, veggies, and hummus!
Photo from strengthandsunshine.com


Mini Chickpea Flour Vegan Frittata Bites (Gluten-Free, Allergy-Free)

Photo from strengthandsunshine.com

Do your kids crave something a bit more savory on the road? These fritatta bites are perfect for in the car, especially for little ones!



Photo from rhiansrecipes.com

What kid is going to say no to chocolate chip cookies on a road trip? I know mine wouldn’t, plus these are super healthy with only maple syrup as a sweetener.


No Bake Energy Bites – raw, gluten free, vegan

Photo from pinkfortitude.com

Energy bites are great to take on road trips, try out this recipe and the others to have a variety to choose from on the road so your kids don’t get bored!


Savory Muffins with Kale and Chives (Don’t Tell Anyone They’re Vegan)

savory kale muffins in a muffin tin
Photo from attainable-sustainable.net

My girls and I are more into sweet treats on the road, but if your kids prefer savory food you’ll need to check out this recipe! (Also, a great way to get some veggies into them.)


Pita Pockets with Roasted Veggies and Hummus

Photo from happykitchen.rocks

These pita pockets would be great for lunch or dinner for the first day on the road! I’m not sure if they’ll last much longer that. Be sure to click on the image to check out the recipe!


Vegan Sweet Potato Muffins for a Healthy Breakfast

healthy sweet potato muffins on a white plate
Photo from .attainable-sustainable.net

Looking for ways to get some veggies into your kids on the road? These sweet potato muffins are your answer!


Vegan Blueberry Muffins (Dairy Free/Egg Free)

Photo from makeitdairyfree.com

You can’t go wrong with blueberry muffins on a road trip! These make for a great breakfast or snack.


Strawberry Fruit Roll Ups – No Added Sugar!

Photo from servedfromscratch.com

These only have 4 ingredients and are soo much better for your kids than the kind you buy at the store! Just be sure to use maple syrup instead of honey if you need it to be vegan. And, make sure your kids have a way to get them off their teeth when done; maybe have it as a sweet snack before you stop for the night, so they can brush their teeth soon afterwards.


Blackberry Apple Fruit Leather

blackberry apple fruit roll ups
Photo from saltinmycoffee.com

These roll ups are similar to the ones above it, but even less ingredients and less sugar, but just as sweet! Be sure to check out the recipe.


How to Dehydrate Canned Peaches (and why you might want to!)

Photo from saltinmycoffee.com

Be sure to check out this recipe if you have a dehydrator and if your kids love fruity snacks!


Oatmeal Energy Balls (Vegan & no bake recipe + Video)

Photo from flavourstreat.com

Check out this recipe to have even more variety of energy bites for your road trip!


Cranberry Oatmeal Chocolate Bars

Photo from stefseatsandsweets.com

Do your kids have a sweet tooth and need some type of chocolate while on a long road trip? Maybe it’s just because I have girls, but these bars are the perfect healthy chocolate fix for in the car! If you or your kids are vegan, be sure to use maple syrup (or agave or another liquid sweetener) in place of the honey.


Chocolate Date Balls – Double Chocolate Energy Balls Recipe

Photo from everydaysavvy.com

And, just in case that last recipe didn’t have enough chocolate in it to soothe your own your kids sweet tooth, this one is sure to do the trick! So, be sure to check out this recipe.

Healthy Road Trip Snack Ideas and Recipes!

With a little prep work, and using the recipes above, you’ll be well on your way to feeding your kids healthy food on your road trip; whether you ever thought you’d be able to, or not!

Do you have other suggestions? Let me know in the comments what yours or your kids favorite healthy road trip foods are!

Be sure to grab this free printable for more ways to eat healthy on a road trip with kids- before you exit this page!!

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