Of the many possible fears related to traveling, I have only one. Fear of flying? Nope, I’m often asleep before takeoff. Fear of getting lost? Nah, smartphone apps make that a near impossibility. Fear of forgetting something at home? No, I pretty much have packing down to a science. But being hungry or not being able to find a healthy snack? Panic inducing!
Perhaps it has something to do with never growing out of the childlike quality that translates hunger into crankiness, but I don’t want to waste a bit of my trip or overlook any of the simple pleasures of traveling because my stomach is growling! My solution? Pack snacks and lots of them.
I prefer individually wrapped snacks that I can throw in my day pack and are easy to eat on the run. (Though there was the time I visited the Inquiring Chef and her husband and carted travel-sized packets of hummus all over Bangkok and Hong Kong.) Tomorrow, I’m departing for a trip to Cuba and won’t be leaving the U.S. without the protein-packed and Paleo-friendly snacks you see pictured above.
Whether you’re traveling near or far, these Almond Butter Bites take minutes to make and provide wholesome protein and sweetness better than anything you’ll find at the airport. Are snacks on your packing list? Leave your favorite portable travel treat in the comments!
- 1 cup quick oats
- 1/3 cup lightly toasted coconut
- 1/3 cup dried cranberries, roughly chopped
- 1/3 cup dates, chopped
- 4 tablespoons ground flaxseed
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 10 ounces almond butter
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl, mixing until well-combined.
- Using a cookie scoop, take a small portion in your hands and gently roll it into a ball. Drop onto a parchment paper-lined cooking sheet.
- Refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
- Store refrigerated in an airtight container for 1-2 weeks or in freezer.
This recipe was adapted from the Cilantropist and yields 12 bites.