Friday, March 21, 2014

As you gear up for a road trip this spring break, consider veering from your standard grab-and-go road trip snacks by making your own! We’ve found some delicious recipes to try this spring in lieu of store-bought favorites and thought we’d share them with our culinary-savvy Ruchettes. Whether you’re driving across the country or taking a day trip to a nearby city, these yummy pick-me-ups are perfect to keep in your bag and dole out throughout your big road trip.

Buttered Popcorn Chocolate Chip Cookies: This sweet and salty take on a classic favorite is perfect to munch on during a long car ride. The popcorn also adds filling fiber to the recipe, making these cookies more substantial and energizing than the original.

Orange Spiced Cashews: Instead of opting for typical mixed nuts, try flavoring your cashews and peanuts yourself! These Asian-inspired nuts can be eaten alone, or added to a salad or trail mix for extra crunch.

Homemade Chex Mix: You can always buy Chex Mix if you’re in a rush, but the homemade version is definitely worth the extra effort. Making this classic road trip snack at homes ensures that you can customize the spices and saltiness level to suit your tastes (and you can make as much of it as you want!). 

Puppy Chow: This sweet alternative to homemade Chex Mix is often seen as a holiday snack, but we think it’s delicious all year round. And because this recipe is so simple and quick, you can whip this up for even the most last-minute of road trips.

Crumbly Oat and Apricot Bars: A dessert that’s part cookie, part granola bar is a great option for the trip ahead. It may not be the healthiest snack in the world (it still contains a lot of butter and sugar), but at least you’ll be getting your fill of oats and fruit, right?

Healthy Trail Mix: Curate your own blend of yummy ingredients to keep you full during your drive. Depending on your taste, you can pick sweet ingredients, opt for a savory mix, or find a balance between the two.

Photography: Stephanie Williams

Salted Brown Butter Crispy Treats: Rice Krispie treats are always a fun road trip snack, and this salted brown butter version is an incredible alternative. Make these treats the night before and cut them up into bite-sized pieces for on-the-go munching.

Cheese Straws: This grown-up alternative to the cheese puff or Cheez-It is a great savory item to make at home before a long drive. Bake them in stick form, cut them up into small pieces, or roll them into circular crackers -- whichever shape sounds good to you!

We hope you’ll be able to try some of these recipes in the near future! Even if you’re not heading on a long drive, these snacks are perfect for picnics, parties, and poolside lounging as well. What are your favorite road trip snacks?


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