From vacation road trips to afternoons at the pool, snacks are of the essence. Here are over 20 that can take the summer heat.
Summer is all about outdoor adventures, dips in the water, and making the most of the warm weather while it’s here. However, with these rising temperatures come some snack-specific challenges. Whether you’re planning to lounge ocean-side for the day, take a road trip somewhere far away, or spread out in the park for an afternoon, chances are you won’t want to stress over a cooler full of food that could expire at any moment.
Luckily, there are tons of delicious homemade, non-perishable snacks that are able to withstand the elements without you needing to worry. These snacks will keep well anywhere between a few sweltering hours at the beach to a few days tucked away in a tent.
Homemade Granola – It’s difficult to name a more classic—or satisfying—portable morning snack than homemade granola, especially when the recipe is packed with grains, nuts, and dried fruits, and sweetened naturally with honey.
Muffins – For a packable breakfast that will stay good for a few days, make a batch of homemade muffins ahead of time to dole out when hunger strikes. Go with a classic like Banana Nut, or try something slightly fancier, like this Pistachio-Chai recipe.
Energy Bars – Rather than spending a big chunk of your grocery budget on pre-packaged protein bars, make your own homemade version, which will not only cut costs but also guarantee you know exactly what you’re putting in your body.
Crispy Apple Chips – Though fruit is a great on-the-go snack, the risk of rotting is always a factor. Instead of packing a heavy bushel of apples, load up on some of these easy baked chips instead.
Upgraded Grocery Store Classics
Homemade Cheddar Crackers – Your friends and family will be seriously impressed when you unveil this upgraded version of your average store-bought cheese crackers.
DIY Fruit Leather - Avoid overspending on sugar-packed fruit snacks from the store by learning how to make your own fruit leather from scratch. Once you’ve got the technique down, customized flavors like Peach-Strawberry will be crowd pleasers all weekend long.
Peanut Butter Crispy Rice Bars – Everyone—and we mean everyone—loves the nostalgic taste of a Rice Crispy bar. Instead of picking up a pack of blue foil-covered bars from the store, make this craveable peanut butter packed version instead.
Smoky Oven-Baked Potato Chips - For a healthier and fancier-feeling take on a basic bag of potato chips, try this lighter baked take with a smoky paprika coating.
The Best Chex Mix – Another classic snack, Chex Mix is a must-make for your beach party or road trip. For a funky twist, try this Asian Party Mix version, complete with sesame rice crackers and wasabi peas.
Parmesan Rosemary Flatbread Crackers – This flavorful cracker recipe will immediately make your park picnic feel like a more sophisticated affair. Bonus points if you top yours with a fancy jam or slices of salami.
Trail Mix – Whether you’re hiking through the woods or just lying around on a lawn chair, a classic trail mix makes the perfect sweet and salty snack for any outdoor occasion.
Sliced Beef Jerky - When you need a bit of protein in your non-perishable picnic, beef jerky is the ultimate solution. Plus, you’ll be shocked at how easy it is to make at home.
Crispy Roasted Chickpeas - Trust us: You’ll be reaching for this addictive healthy snack all day long. While crispy chickpeas make a great salad topper, they’re also totally delicious on their own when eaten right out of the bag.
Maple Chile Popcorn - The only downside of this spicy-sweet popcorn recipe is the fights that will inevitably break out over who gets to hold the bag on their lap during your road trip.
Soy and Sesame Kale Chips - Even those who aren’t typically big kale fans will love this savory snack. These chips are easy to make at home and will stay good for up to a week in an airtight container, so you won’t have to fret when bringing them along on an extended trip.
Two-Tone Puff Straws - These crunchy, flavorful breadsticks can be customized with whatever ingredients you and your family love, from a cheesy tomato basil mixture to a cinnamon and nut creation.
Snackable Seeds – Seeds make for the perfect healthy and satisfying snack, especially when coated in a mixture of chili powder, sugar, cumin, and honey. For another winner, try this recipe for Caramelized Pumpkin Seeds.
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Gluten-Free S’More Bars - When you’re craving this sweet summer classic but there’s no fire in sight, stock up on these homemade s’more bars. You’ll never have to worry about hunting down a heat source again.
Crunchy-Chewy Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies - Though there are countless cookie recipes to consider when prepping for your weekend in the woods or on the beach, a classic like this chocolate chunk recipe is sure to please anyone and everyone.
Birthday Cake Puppy Chow - This sprinkles-coated take on a classic is perfect for special occasions and celebrations… and pretty much any other day of the week, as well.
Neapolitan Brownies - Though carrying around a carton of Neapolitan ice cream is pretty much out of the picture, these tri-colored brownies will give you a taste of the classic dessert without the need for a freezer.
Chocolate-Drenched, Chipotle-Roasted Nuts - This crunchy snack will give you a little extra energy to continue on with your day, but not totally knock you out with an impending sugar crash. Plus, the addition of chipotle pepper gives this recipe a unique kick.
Popcorn Balls - These sticky, marshmallow-lined snacks offer a little bit of sweet and savory in every bite, and are guaranteed to be requested by just about everyone at your next outdoor hangout, and the one after that.