Hiking for just over a week across the French, Italian, and Swiss Alps, Andrew and I were not only diligent about planning our route, but the snacks we kept handy to nourish along the way. Minimally processed, calorie dense, and delicious, traveling halfway across the globe to our destination meant a heavy reliance on prepackaged options, namely favorite granola and meal replacement bars as well as individual packages of unsweetened almond butter (detailed below!). For our more casual outdoor adventures, day trips just outside the city, we tend to keep our packs better stocked – filling them with dried fruits, raw nuts, and portable breakfast picnics to dig into along the way. Below you’ll find a collection of our top six must-pack snacks for your next outdoor adventure, from grain-free cinnamon raisin bagels to high protein lemon quinoa granola. All portable and just as delicious sans refrigeration, what snacks do you always keep handy?
One of our very favorite treats on-the-go, Andrew and I are suckers for nut butter on toast. Always keeping individual packets of almond butter handy, to munch on solo or have ready to spread onto a procured loaf, there’s nothing quite as rejuvenating as that bready, fatty bite. Grain and gluten free, these cinnamon raisin bagels are our ideal option, packed to the brim with almond flour, flaxseed meal, and coconut and keeping for up to a week without refrigeration. We serve ours schmeared with either dairy-free cream cheese and honey or a favorite nut butter. [RECIPE]
A plant based and portable pop of good fats, fiber, and vegetables – think almond flour, rolled oats, chia seeds, and butternut squash – these warmly spiced muffins are that perfect bite to keep you going strong. Andrew and I love to keep these handy to dig into before we set off, slowly savoring alongside a piping coffee. These gems can be kept unrefrigerated for up to one week and are wonderfully divine as is, or rewarmed with a dollop of dairy free cream cheese. [RECIPE]
These no bake and nonperishable donut holes come together fast and get you that much needed energy faster. Made with almond butter, medjool dates, rolled oats, and coconut, they’re filled with healthful fats, including mono- and poly-unsaturated fatty acids, plant based fiber and protein, and a wonderfully natural sweetness. Think minimal effort, maximum reward. [RECIPE]
Not your hippie grandmother’s granola, this high protein recipe celebrates quinoa flakes and hemp seeds, toasty walnuts and lemon, making it the perfect golden addition to any adventure. Light, bright, and just the right amount of crunchy, Andrew and I love serving ours over unsweetened yogurt when we’re home, or by the handful when we’re on the go. [RECIPE]
Perfect for popping on the go, these two bite balls, like my No Bake Cinnamon Sugar Donut Holes, come together fast and get you that much needed energy faster. Made with almond butter, rich cacao, rolled oats, and pure maple, Andrew and I dig into these bad boys mid-hike, supplying that highly coveted natural sweetness without any additional effort. [RECIPE]
Throughout our Tour Du Mont Blanc hike, Andrew and I supplemented with calorie dense and minimally processed snack and meal replacements, namely granola bars and almond butter. These provided that ease we needed, being so far from home, and also allowed us the opportunity to throw together simple nut butter sandwiches on the fly. Our very favorite bars for Poe (our 10 month old baby with 0 teeth) were Larabar’s blueberry bar and Perfect Bar’s vegan almond coconut option, both on the ‘softer side’ and naturally sweetened with dates. It’s important to note that Perfect Bar can only be kept unrefrigerated for 7 days. Andrew and I munched our way through Perfect Bar’s peanut butter coconut bars and Larabar’s peanut butter chocolate chip bars for unprocessed and quick energy, finding Pro Bar to be the best option when we were on the ‘very hungry’ side – each one nearly 400 calories. In retrospect, we both agreed having packets of a favorite protein powder would have been a great addition – nonperishable energy we could shake into water should we need. [GEAR LIST]