Traveling is stressful. Plain and simple.
And for most people, deciding what to eat is one of the most stressful parts of traveling! To help alleviate some of that stress, I compiled a list of 20 vegan snack recipes to take on your next trip. All these snacks are portable, vegan, and super yummy.
The first 11 are sweet and the last 9 are salty, so pick your poison! (Not literally— these snacks are actually quite healthy!)
Here’s a preview of the list:
- Double Chocolate Banana Muffins
- Raw Vegan Thin Mints
- Maple-Spiced Almonds
- Naturally Sweetened Baked Donut Holes
- Heck Ya Bars
- Chocolate Chia Protein Pudding
- No-Bake Vegan Protein Bars
- Prune and Chocolate Fudge Brownies
- Buckwheat Graham Crackers
- Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas
- Fruit Leather
- Matcha Pistachio Protein Balls
- High Protein Trail Mix
- Salt and Vinegar Squash Chips
- Fruit and Nut Trail Mix
- Crispy Chili Lime Chickpeas
- Baked Ranch Kale Chips
- Crunchy Spicy Lentil Snack
- Low-Carb Cauliflower Crackers
- Spicy Pan-Roasted Almonds
Gluten-free: 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
These muffins are perfect for chocolate lovers! Mashed banana replaces the oil you’d find in a typical recipe, and the chocolate does a decent job at masking the banana flavor. It’s a win-win! The recipe makes 12 muffins, which you can throw in a sealable container and take with you anywhere!
You don’t even need an oven for these! The recipe makes about 20 peppermint cookies that are a healthier, vegan version of the famous “Thin Mint” Girl Scout Cookies. And the best part? You can make them days in advance, store them in the freezer, and grab them when you’re headed out the door!
These easy maple almonds require only 5 ingredients: almonds, pure maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. That’s it! They’re perfect to munch on while you’re waiting in an airport or driving on a road trip. Nuts are an awesome addition to any vegan diet because they provide unsaturated fat and protein!
What beats donuts? Donut holes! This recipe uses dates as a sweetener and an air fryer (or oven) to get that yummy crunch. After the donut holes are cooked, a cashew butter icing acts as the finishing touch! You can store these in the fridge for up to 3-5 days before your vacation, although there might not be any left by the time you leave!
5. Heck Ya Bars
Granola bars minus the granola. These bars are made with sunflower seeds, coconut, rice cereal, and dates, making them addictive for kids and adults alike. Cut them into whatever shape you want and keep them in the fridge until you’re ready to go.
This pudding has to be kept cold, but it’s too delicious not to include! Plus, you can always bring a thermos or little cooler in your car to keep it in. The sky’s the limit with toppings: cacao nibs, hemp seeds, coconut flakes, dried berries, fresh fruit, chopped walnuts. Whatever you’re in the mood for!
Why buy expensive protein bars when you can make your own at home? These bars feature amaranth, a plant the Aztecs ate frequently in popped form. This recipe gives detailed instructions on how to pop the amaranth, so don’t be worried about messing it up! Once the amaranth is popped, mix in your favorite nut butter, maple syrup, and vegan protein powder for the perfect protein bars! (Melted dark vegan chocolate can also be drizzled on top.)
Homemade brownies while on vacation? Yes! This recipe makes 16 decadent fudgy brownies that could bring you to tears. Feel free to hand them out to any chocolate lover you’re traveling with!
Buckwheat flour might be unfamiliar to you, but never fear! This recipe serves as a great introduction to this gluten-free flour. You can spread whatever you want on top of these crackers, or just eat them plain—you really can’t go wrong!
Need something crunchy on the road? Try these cinnamon chickpeas! All you need is garbanzo beans, cinnamon, brown or dark sugar, olive oil, and salt. You can make this in advance, but the longer you store them, the less crunchy they’ll be, so try not to make them too early.
11. Fruit Leather
Raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, oh my! This recipe uses a food dehydrator to create homemade fruit roll-ups. Using a conventional oven is another option (see comments below the recipe). Blend fresh fruit, sugar, and lemon juice together, spread the mixture across the fruit dehydrator tray, wait 8 hours, and then share. This is the perfect car ride snack for all ages!
If you’re not much of a cook, these protein balls for you! Blending is the only skill required. Protein balls are great for snacking on-the-go, and these matcha flavored ones are unique and delicious!
Trail mix is a staple when traveling, but store-bought brands often have chocolate pieces that aren’t vegan. This recipe contains dark chocolate clusters made from oats and vegan chocolate chips, so you still get that chocolatey taste! Combined with the pumpkin seeds and edamame, this trail mix gives you 5 grams of protein per serving!
You’ll need a dehydrator for this one! Vegetables are being made into all sorts of straws, chips, and fries, but this recipe skips the frying and opts for dehydrating instead. Prep work includes slicing the squash, coating it with vinegar, oil, and salt, and dehydrating for 12 hours. That’s it! Pack up your chips and get on the road!
This is the perfect mixture of sweet and salty. Dried fruits provide the sweet and nuts and seeds provide the salty. You can make this the morning of your trip or as far in advance as you want! Simply mix the ingredients together, throw a lid on the bowl, and you’ll have a healthy snack to eat for hours.
If you aren’t into sugary chickpeas, this spicy chili lime recipe is for you. Chili powder, chipotle powder, cumin, lime juice, and salt combine to make a mouth-watering lime snack—and the best part is the crunch!
Running out of ideas for kale? Check out these ranch chips! The ranch coating includes cashews, dill, parsley, and vegan Worcestershire. Once the kale is coated, spread it on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes each side. These chips have a much betting nutrient profile than any bag you’d pick up at a gas station.
Ever munched on lentils? If not, now’s your chance! You’ll boil the lentils and then dry them out in a large skillet. Add some curry powder, red chili flakes, onion powder, and sea salt, and you’ve got a savory snack to munch on as you travel!
Cauliflower rice is all the rage, but who would’ve thought to make cauliflower into crackers? Not only do they taste amazing, but one serving contains only 1 gram of carbohydrates. The recipe is a bit time-intensive, so give yourself plenty of time to prepare it. If you want to speed up the process, you can buy frozen cauliflower rice (see the notes at the bottom of the recipe).
If traveling increases your salt craving, these almonds are perfect for you! They only take 10 minutes to roast, and you can eat them hot out of the pan or cold for up to a week later. The oregano, garlic, and cayenne pepper add a nice spicy flavor that will make you want to gobble them up as fast as possible!
Hopefully, you found at least one new snack to take with you on your next trip! As with any big event, preparing ahead of time will make your vacation less stressful and leave more room for fun.
However, sometimes even if you plan ahead, things will go haywire, and that’s okay. If the highway is closed or your flight gets delayed, that doesn’t mean your vacation is doomed.
Just pull out your yummy snacks, take a deep breath, and embrace any bumps in the road as part of the adventure!
Wondering what to eat when you're stuck at the house? Check out our Guide to Cooking Vegan At Home!