5 Fun snacks to take on a hike (that aren’t granola bars)

trail mix

Hikes can be a lot of fun, but that enjoyment will be short-lived without the right supplies, including snacks. Even on the shortest trails, it helps to have a snack on hand to fuel you. Granola is a great snack option for almost any type of exercise, whether in bar or loose form. At the same time, it can get a little boring. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of five granola alternatives that will help you finish your hike strong.

  1. Jerky. Dried meat is perhaps the best way to get your protein fix while on the trails. Not only will it help you fuel your muscles to get through an active day, it can last a long time in any temperature. With so many different meats in jerky form available on the market right now, and with so many different seasonings, there’s a flavor for just about everybody. If you’re willing to go DIY, you can even make some at home, which gives you even more control over the amount of sodium and fat you consume.
  1. Nuts and seeds. Another protein-filled snack, these can provide you with the energy you need with a crunchy texture. Opt for ones that are shelled, or those where the shell is edible, because this will keep the hassle at a minimum.
  1. Trail mix. Those who like a little bit of everything should opt for this snack. Sure, there are plenty of pre-made mixes available on grocery store shelves, but making your own can be more fun. With homemade trail mix, you get to control the overall flavor profile. Have a sweet tooth? Throw in some dark chocolate chips and M&M’s. Need a spicy kick? Hot peanuts will do the trick. Keep in mind that the contents of your mix will affect how stable it is in your backpack while on the trail, so plan your snack according to the temperature.
  1. Roasted chickpeas. Another crunchy protein snack, these can be easily made at home. Season them to taste, and don’t be afraid to get a little creative with the flavor. Sweet works just as well as savory, so experiment with different amounts of each to find a balance that suits your taste. Without any seasoning, a nutty, somewhat starchy flavor comes to the fore. This can be tasty in and of itself, but can start to get a little bland after a while. The last thing you want is to not eat your snack just because it doesn’t taste great, so definitely top them with something palatable!
  1. Fruit leather. No, we’re not talking about the lunchbox staples from your childhood. This fruit roll-up is made with the real fruit of your choice, and can be made in your own home, with the help of your trusty oven. Pack it with parchment paper and store it in a plastic bag, and you’ll have the sweet treat you need to power through.


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