If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you know that I absolutely love hiking. So now that we’re well into hiking season (though honestly I love to hike year-round if I can!), I wanted to share some of my favorite homemade hiking snacks!
From granola bars to nutritious baked goods and no-bake energy bites, these make-ahead snacks are perfect for keeping you fueled up for your outdoor adventures. 🙂
Easy & Healthy Hiking Snacks
Easily portable, protein and carb-rich snacks are the way to go for keeping your energy up while hiking! Nuts, nut butters, and eggs are all great ingredients for adding protein to snacks, and fruit and oats are excellent carbs to have in the mix for some steady energy.
Whether you’re in the mood for something sweet or savory, I’m sharing lots of options to choose from below.
Classic Hiking Snacks: Granola Bars
Granola bars are a hiking staple, but these aren’t your average granola bars – they’re packed with nutrients that will give you some serious staying power!
With protein powder, nuts, seeds, peanut butter, and eggs, they’ve got plenty of protein to keep you going. Dried fruit, shredded coconut, and maple syrup add sweetness, some carbohydrate energy, and more flavor!
Craving something a little different? Make these sweet and savory curry granola bars!
Oats, brown rice cereal, peanut butter, honey, coconut, dried mango, pistachios, cashews, and more come together for a flavorful, nutritious snack. These are an old fave – I need to make them again soon!
These reader favorite easy no-bake granola bars are full of goodness like nuts, seeds, and oats for a classic, protein-packed hiking snack.
They’re really versatile, too. You can easily switch up the ingredients and use your favorite type of seeds, dried fruit, or even a different type of nut butter.
Calling all pizza lovers: these savory, cheesy granola bars are a fun unique granola bar that taste a lot like pizza!
They feature sun-dried tomatoes, parmesan cheese, white cheddar cheese, sunflower & pumpkin seeds, and more in portable bar form. Perfect for on-the-go activities!
Protein Balls & Energy Bites
These little bliss balls are packed with all the good stuff: peanut butter, oats, chia seeds, dried cranberries, and honey for sweetness. (You can easily swap out the cranberries for your favorite dried fruit, if you want.)
They’re healthy, tasty, and just 5 ingredients. Plus, there’s no baking required – you don’t even need a food processor!
Ever had Fig Newtons? These are an easy, homemade, no bake version with less sugar but delicious taste!
Made with dried figs, almonds, walnuts, dried flaxseed, and vanilla extract, they’re super simple and easy to whip up before a hike.
These chocolatey, nutty snack balls will satisfy your sweet tooth – without all the sugar!
They’re sweetened with dates and cocoa powder, with protein from cashews and extra flavor from shredded coconut.
These turmeric ginger energy bites are little nutritious powerhouses! Both turmeric and ginger are known for their anti-inflammatory benefits, which makes them perfect for hiking fuel.
They’re a little sweet and a little spicy, with a whole lot of flavor!
Biting into these cherry almond snack bites is like biting into a piece of tart cherry pie.
Walnuts and almonds give these energy balls that buttery pie crust flavor, and dried tart cherries add sweetness (and hold them together)!
Similar to my chocolate cashew bliss balls, these energy balls are date-sweetened, but they feature almonds instead of cashews! It’s a delicious combination, and a super easy snack to make.
Just throw together a batch, toss them in a bag or container, and bring them along on your hike to munch on!
Muffins & Baked Goods
These tasty muffins are packed with all the good stuff: blueberries, banana, walnuts, oats, ground flax, almond butter, and a hidden veggie (cauliflower – but you won’t even notice it)!
They’re sweetened with maple syrup and ripe bananas, and they’re easy to pack in your hiking backpack. Need I say more? 🙂
If you’re looking for a satisfying, savory snack with plenty of protein to keep you energized, try these herb and cheddar muffins! They’re extra fun because they have a hard-boiled egg hidden inside. 🙂
These do need to be kept chilled, since there’s a hard-boiled egg inside, so be sure to bring an ice pack.
These lemon zucchini muffins are packed with summery flavor, plus they happen to be vegan – so everyone can enjoy them!
They’re made with nutritious ingredients like whole wheat pastry flour, chopped walnuts, and unsweetened applesauce. These muffins were one of the very first recipes I posted on my blog, and have been a reader favorite ever since!
Peanut butter and bananas are a delicious combination, so why not bake them together in a filling, lightly sweet bread? The whole wheat pastry flour and oats provide plenty of whole grains to keep you energized.
These moist muffins are studded with juicy bits of peach for a super summery baked snack!
They’re vegan, dairy free, and gluten free (made with oat flour and almond flour), but you won’t even notice that they’re healthy because they’re so dang tasty. 🙂
Warm spices, walnuts, raisins, carrots, applesauce and more goodness make up these cozy carrot cake-inspired muffins!
They’re plenty sweet – without the need for much added sugar – and are a fabulous snack to bring along with you when you’re on the go.
Here’s another fall-inspired muffin recipe that can be enjoyed any time of year! These pumpkin spice muffins have a lovely soft and moist texture, thanks to the applesauce and Greek yogurt.
You can also easily bake these as a bread instead, if that’s more your thing!
More Savory Hiking Snacks
I didn’t want to leave out one of my favorite savory snacks: kale chips! These are baked in the oven and come out deliciously crispy and full of flavor.
This recipe features four different flavor variations to try, too: lemon garlic, Everything Bagel, spicy nacho, and ranch.
More Sweet Snacks
I absolutely love having these little power cookies on hand!
With protein, fiber, and healthy fats – plus sweetness from maple syrup and raisins – they’re the perfect sweet snack for hiking. Did I mention they happen to be vegan and gluten free?!
If you only have a few minutes to throw together a hiking snack, these peanut butter stuffed dates are perfect! You only need 3 ingredients, and there’s no baking or prep required, especially if you buy pre-pitted dates.
You can use any nut butter you like, too: almond butter, cashew butter, sunbutter – all work great!
Calling all dark chocolate lovers: these baked quinoa bars feature dark chocolate chips for a decadent-tasting – but nutritious – sweet snack!
These bars are gluten free (made with quinoa and chickpea flour), and have the perfect amount of sweetness without going overboard. Plus, you can’t beat that soft and gooey texture. 🙂
However you choose to fuel up, I hope you enjoy these homemade hiking snacks! You might also enjoy these high protein vegetarian snacks.
Do you have a favorite snack to prep for long hikes? Let me know in the comments!