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13 Mouthwatering Homemade Hiking Snacks That Will Put You Off Bars for Good

Tasty enough for food bloggers, but portable enough for the trail: These homemade hiking snacks will quickly replace any pre-packaged bars from the store.

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Most people won’t admit it, but hiking snacks might just be the best part of hiking. There’s nothing like chowing down beside a pristine alpine lake or on a bald summit—but fueling your body properly can be a challenge, and store-bought bars don’t always get high marks. Up your snacking game with these nutritious, easy-to-prepare, and oh-so-delicious recipes.

Espresso Date Balls

Espresso Date Balls
Healthy homemade sweets on a wooden cutting board. (: ALEKSEI BEZRUKOV/ iStock / Getty Images Plus via Getty Images)

These protein-packed snacks will give you the boost you need for long days on the trail. Get the recipe

Everything Spiced Nuts

everything bagel nuts
Photo: Zoe Gates

Tastes like a bagel, fuels you like nuts. Make this recipe

Flavor-Packed Breakfast Bars

"breakfast bars"
Photo: Nick Cote

Skip the trip to the store: These delectable treats blow Clif bars out of the water. Make this recipe

Aloha Trail Mix

Turn your hike into a tropical vacation with these island flavors. Make this recipe

Apple Pie Energy Bites

These dessert-inspired morsels provide slow-burning energy to keep you going. Make this recipe

Don’t Knock it ‘Til Ya Try it Trail Mix

It’s what you love about the classics, but with tailored to fuel your body for hard hiking. Mix up your snacking with this nutritious concoction. Make this recipe

Chipotle Lime Banana Chips

Photo: Rameshng

Enjoy this savory, smoky twist on a classic trail mix ingredient. Make this recipe

MiddView Granola Bars


This legendary recipe has earned a reputation in one college hiking program. Try it for yourself. Make this recipe

Savory Nut Bars

"NUTS bar"
Photo: Ben Fullerton

Enough with sweet trail snacks, already. These savory bars are a welcome change for the tastebuds. Make this recipe

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Bars

"oatmeal peanut butter"
Photo: Ben Fullerton

Packed with protein and all the classic flavors you love, this trail snack is sure to become a staple. Make this recipe.

Spicy Garlic Popcorn

"spicy garlic popcorn"

Trail popcorn? ‘Nuff said. Make this recipe

Cinnamon Cocoa Almonds and Paleo Crunch

"Crunch, Almonds, Bars image by Carmel Zucker"

You’ll want to eat these easy recipes by the handful. And what’s stopping you? Makes the recipe for cinnamon cocoa almonds and paleo crunch

Last updated January 2022

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