Raw Almond Butter Date Bars (And Other Healthy Travel Snacks)

It's comforting to have something from home along for the ride while you're traveling. At home, I try to prepare most of the food I eat because I love the entire process — from grocery shopping to spending time in the kitchen listening to some good tunes and hopefully enjoying my final creation with a good friend or my family. So I like when I can translate this comforting ritual to my travels.

As I prepare to head out for a week-long trip to Europe, I'm excited to prepare and take with me, some of my own wholesome snacks, a little piece of home. Below are two of my favorite go-to recipes and a list of other ideas for other healthy snacks that'll go the distance with you on your next adventure. 

Raw Coconut & Date Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw almond or walnuts
  • 1/3 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/4 C raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 C coconut flakes
  • 3/4 C pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup dates
  • 1/2 C almond butter
  • 1-2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • cinnamon
  • vanilla
  • pinch of Himalayan salt

Directions

  • Blend all ingredients (except pumpkin seeds and coconut flakes) in a food processor. Take some pauses throughout the process to scrap down the sides. 
  • Once mixture is blended, scrap into a bowl and fold in pumpkin seeds and coconut flakes.
  • Portion out raw batter into muffin cups and keep in fridge for 2-3 weeks. Or, smooth mixture into 8x11 baking dish and allow to set in fridge for 10-15 minutes and then cut into squares. I typically store my bars in the fridge for a few weeks but if you're traveling, keep the cut squares in plastic baggies or small containers. Enjoy! 

Other Healthy Snacks that Travel Well

  • Bananas, Plums, Dates
  • Dried, unsweetened fruits: apricots, tart cherries, cranberries
  • Goji berries
  • Pre-cut veggies like carrots, peppers, and celery can last for several hours 
  • Good-quality protein powder (great for on the go; simply mix with water)
  • Tea bags (mix with hot water)
  • Water bottle (Stay hydrated!)
  • Raw nuts (almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds)
  • Go Raw products are good options too when you are short on time to make your own snacks

Homemade Trail Mix

  • Mix together your favorite raw nuts with dried, unsweetened fruits (see ideas in list above) and other good-for-you ingredients like unsweetened coconut flakes and dark chocolate nibs.
  • The variety I recently made for my Europe trip (shown in baggies) includes sprouted almonds, raw cacao nibs, goji berries, and unsweetened coconut flakes.