Planning a summer road trip is a great idea for family bonding and reconnecting. They can be exciting, educational and lots of fun.
Some road trips can be long and tiring, and require lots of energy to stay alert and enjoy the journey. If you are on a gluten-free diet, you must ensure that food and snacks are on hand to prevent purchasing unhealthy options on the road. Make ahead snacks are your best option.
Here are 5 gluten-free options for your trip:
Snack # 1: Gluten free Cookies (Chocolate chip/ Cranberry/ Oat/ Pumpkin/ trail mix)
Basic Recipe: (20-30 Cookies)
1 ½ cups gluten-free rolled oats
½ cup gluten-free oat flour
½ tsp. Baking soda
½ tsp. Baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
¼ + 2 Tbsp. melted coconut oil
¼ cup coconut sugar/date sugar
¼ cup maple syrup
2 flax eggs (2 Tbs. ground flax + 6 Tbsp. water. Mix and let sit for 10 minutes)
1 tsp extract (vanilla or almond, etc.)
(Additional ingredients for the special recipe):
¾ cup gluten-free chocolate chips
¾ cup dried cranberries, chopped
1 cup cooked, mashed pumpkin or squash
¾ cup trail mix
- Preheat oven to 375°F
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or greased foil.
- In a medium bowl, mix dry ingredients (baking soda, baking powder, salt)
- In another bowl, mix the wet ingredients (oil, flax, syrup, flax eggs, vanilla, sugar)
- Add the dry ingredients and mix well until dough becomes sticky and soft.
- Fold in some of the preferred ingredients (chocolate chips, cranberries, etc.)
- Cover the bowl and let the dough sit for 10-15 minutes
- Scoop 2 Tablespoons of dough onto prepared cookie sheet, use a fork to flatten dough into round discs.
- Top cookies with extra fruit, etc.
- Bake 8-12 minutes.
- Remove from heat and remove with a spatula to a cooling rack.
- Store in airtight container until ready to use.
Snack # 2: Gluten-free Energy Bites (20 Bites) Make ahead and freeze.
1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
½ cup cooked quinoa
½ cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
¼ cup sunflower seeds
¼ cup flax meal
2 Tbsps. Chia seeds
1/3 cup maple syrup
½ cup dried apricots
¼ cup raisins
Preheat the oven to 350°
- In a food processor, blend the dry ingredients. Then add the wet ingredients and mix well.
- Add apricots and raisins.
- Spoon the mixture into muffin pans and flatten firmly with your fingers.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes. Let them cool before removing from the pan.
Snack #3: Gluten- free Crisps
Crisps are a family favorite. Make them tasty but healthy by using slices of sweet potato, kale, beets, etc. Simply place slices on a cookie sheet, drizzle with olive or coconut oil and roast them in the oven for about 20 minutes or until crispy.
Snack #4: Oven Roasted Chick Peas
Chickpeas are great for road trips because they help increase satiety (feeling of fullness), boost digestion and help keep the blood sugar stable. They are also packed with protein, vitamins, and minerals.
Toss 2 cups cooked chickpeas on a cookie sheet. Drizzle with olive or coconut oil.
Bake them until crispy. Sprinkle with your favorite herbs (fresh rosemary, lemon zest, paprika, etc.) Keep in a glass container to maintain freshness.
Snack #5: Gluten-free Crackers (35 crackers)
Crackers are another all-time family favorite. Make them ahead, and make them healthy!
½ cup brown rice flour
¾ cups almond or coconut flour
¾ cups 2 Tbsp. ground flax seeds
1 Tbsp. Nutritional yeast
¼ tsp. Garlic powder
½ tsp. Kosher salt
½ tsp. Dried thyme
1 tsp. Dried rosemary
¼ tsp. Baking soda
¼ cup of water
½ tsp. Olive or coconut oil
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a bowl, mix all ingredients well. Add wet ingredients and knead with hands.
- Place the dough on a cookie sheet and roll about 1/8” thick.
- Cut dough evenly into cracker size portions with a pizza cutter or pastry wheel.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown at the top.
- Cool on a sheet and store in an airtight container.
Other pre-packed options include scones, muffins, trail mixes (nuts, seeds, dried fruits) fresh fruit wedges/whole fruits (apples, bananas, oranges, etc.) gluten-free popcorn, granola bars, raw vegetables (carrots, cucumber, bell peppers, celery sticks) and sandwiches.
Plan beforehand to make your road trip as healthy, enjoyable and uneventful as possible.
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