Whether you're starting your day with a sunrise hike or trekking for a full weekend, you'll need a few supplies: water, hiking boots, and hiking snacks! The right food keeps you energized and going strong for a mile or ten, and it makes your time on the trail so much more enjoyable.
The best snacks for hiking are easy to prepare, pack, and eat on the go. You want them to be full of carbs, fats, and protein to keep you energized and feeling satisfied. And you want them to be tasty of course! Get started on your journey with our top trail-worthy recipes.
Homemade Energy Bites and Bars
With 22 grams of carbs, these No-Bake Energy Balls will keep you moving! They're easy to make, and you probably have most of the ingredients on hand already, including oatmeal, peanut butter, and chocolate chips. Give them a boost of antioxidants and fiver with some flaxseed or wheat germ!
If you prefer bars to bites and you have a little time for baking, you can make your own Chocolate Peanut Butter Breakfast Bars. Yum. The ingredients list is similar (you'll need some flour and Egg Beaters® original, too).
Peanut allergy? No problem. Substitute your favorite nut butter in the recipe, or go with the already-peanut-free Maple Energy Bites instead. Simply toss the ingredients in the food processor, roll into balls, and go!
Hummus and Vegetables or Crackers
Hummus has it all! Carbs, fat, and protein satisfy your hunger and give you the energy to trek on. This Zesty Tomato Hummus is easy to make with a container of prepared hummus (but you can always make your own!), a few spices, and a can of Ro*tel® original. Serve it on the trail with fresh carrots, celery sticks, and cucumber slices, which offer a little hydration boost.
No time to chop? Not all that into veggies? Hummus has lots of potential companions! Keep it simple with a box of Glutino® gluten free multigrain crackers instead.
If you're going on an especially long or hot hike, you may want to pack this in a small insulated bag to keep it fresh and cool. Or just eat it early on! It would be hard to resist it for long, anyway.
Peanut Butter Banana Roll-Ups
Bananas are a go-to for many recreational and professional athletes as a source of healthy energy, not to mention potassium to help you avoid cramps and soreness. To make our Peanut Butter Banana Roll-Ups, spread some Peter Pan® Natural Just Peanuts creamy peanut butter (or your favorite almond, cashew, or sunflower butter) on a tortilla, drizzle with honey and granola, and place a banana on top. Wrap it like a burrito and you're ready to go!
Well, almost ready. Since bananas are easily smushed, make sure you put these in a reusable hard plastic container to keep them fresh, delicious, and well-protected until snack time.
Crackers, Pretzels, and Other Fast Snacks
Sometimes you just need a quick bite. Crackers, popcorn, pretzels, snack mix, and snack sticks are perfect for nibbling as you go.
Slim Jim® premium smoked sticks and turkey sticks are easy to stash in the nooks and crannies of your backpack. You could enjoy your smoked sticks with Earth Balance® vegan aged white cheddar puffs, or add a cheese stick and you've got an enviable hike-friendly charcuterie!
For a sweet snack, try our Maple Breakfast Snack Mix. The recipe calls for granola, and you can either make your own Peanut Butter Granola or pick up a bag of Udi's® granola. Toss it with cereal, dried fruit, and nuts, and bake it for 20 minutes. For a grab-and-go option, try Angie's® BOOMCHICKAPOP® popcorn (in sweet, salty, and even spicy flavors!), Earth Balance® vegan cheddar flavor squares or Glutino® gluten free pretzel twists.
Wherever the trails take you, make sure you keep your body fueled with delicious, easy-to-pack hiking snacks!