Dairy-Free Foods and Snacks for the Road

Whether you make or buy them, these snacks are perfect for road trips

After you've been dairy-free for a while, it's easy to find snacks and simple meals to rely on; you know what your local grocers carry and what recipes your family likes. But what about when you're on the road? Here are some dairy-free recipes for road trips and dairy-free road snacks that you can find almost anywhere.

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    Crackers and Chips

    Healthy crackers
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    Regardless of where you are in the U.S. or Canada, there is a grocery store or gas station nearby that carries a brand of crackers or chips that are dairy-free. They're not always the healthiest snacks, but c'mon, it's a road trip!

    Here are a few favorites:


    • Kellogg's Keebler Toasteds Wheat Crackers
    • Nabisco Ritz Crackers (Original and Whole Wheat)
    • Nabisco Saltines
    • Nabisco Triscuits
    • Nabisco Wheat Thins

    Potato Chips

    • Lays Potato Chips in Plain and Natural Country Barbecue
    • Kettle...MORE Potato Chips in Jalapeno, Sea Salt, Sea Salt and Black Pepper, Sea Salt and Vinegar, and most baked varieties
    • Ruffles Potato Chips in Baked Original, Original and Light Original Varieties
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    Fresh Fruit and Veggies

    Celery and Peanut Butter. © 2011 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    It might sound like a no-brainer, but fruits and veggies make great healthy snacks for the road. Before heading off on your adventure, pack a cooler full of apples, carrots, celery, nectarines, grapes, pears or other favorites and bring along some toppings like peanut butter, dairy-free cream cheese, and hummus to dress them up.

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    Granola Bars and Protein Bars

    Whether you use your own homemade muesli or a store-bought variety, these healthy, easy-to make bars are an excellent snack or quick breakfast treat. © 2008 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Before any road trip, make some homemade granola bars or energy bars to enjoy for the first few days of my travels or pick up several store-bought dairy-free varieties that will last for the duration of the vacation.

    Here are a few favorite dairy-free energy bar treats you can make:

    • Chewy granola bars
    • Dairy-free protein bars
    • Homemade cereal bars
    • Muesli bars
    • Oat and raisin squares
    • Vegan chocolate energy bars

    For you dairy-freers and vegans who'd rather pick up a bundle of bars at the market, here are...MORE some dairy-free granola bars and protein bars:

    • Clif Bars, most varieties
    • Luna Bars, most varieties
    • Nature Valley Granola Bars in Apple Crisp, Maple Brown Sugar, Oats 'N Dark Chocolate, and Peanut Butter
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    Dairy-Free Pretzels

    Soft Pretzel Bites. © 2010 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    It's actually more unusual to find a brand of pretzels that contains dairy than a dairy-free variety, so pretzels are often a safe bet while on the road. Make sure to check ingredient labels for dairy-derived ingredients such as butter, buttermilk, casein, milk solids and whey, and keep your eyes peeled for some of these tasty dairy-free favorites:

    • Rold Gold Classic Style Pretzel Thins
    • Rold Gold Sourdough Pretzels
    • UTZ Pretzels, most varieties

    If you're feeling ambitious, you can also make a...MORE batch of these Soft Pretzels or Soft Pretzel Bites to take along for shorter trips.

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    Organic Snacks

    Dried fruits are staples in many dairy-free dishes, adding moisture, sweetness and depth. © 2007 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    For the health conscious, road trips might seem like nutritional abominations, but they don't have to! It's just a matter of planning. Before you set off, be sure to stock up on fresh fruits and veggies as well as some of these healthier snacks from your local natural foods store:

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    Other Dairy-Free Snack Ideas

    A classic confection gone dairy-free!. © 2009 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Here are a few more yummy ideas for dairy-free snacking on road trips:

    • Bagel chips, either a dairy-free store-bought variety or homemade
    • Dairy-Free Caramel Popcorn
    • Dairy-Free Cheesy Popcorn
    • Eggless Egg Salad
    • Falafel
    • Fruit leather
    • Pasta Salad with Light Lemon-Parsley Vinaigrette or Summer Pasta Salad (must be stored in a cooler)
    • Peanut butter on pretty much anything (veggies, fruits, bread, crackers, pretzels)
    • Pigs in a Blanket
    • Pita with chutney, either store-bought or homemade
    • Pita with hummus, either...MORE store-bought or homemade
    • Summer corn salad (store in cooler)
    • Vegetarian Baked Beans (great for camping!)