best diy hiking snacks

Best DIY Hiking Snacks

By on June 14, 2017

Outdoor Snack Time

When you’re backpacking in the wilderness or just on a day hike, it’s important to keep your body fueled.  If you’re not getting enough calories throughout the day, you’re not going to enjoy the adventure as much!  On day hikes, how you feed your body can be the difference between having fun and struggling so much you want to quit.  On a backpacking trip, the monotony of some days (especially less scenic days) can start to get long and wearing on your mind and body.

> Don’t care to DIY?  Find a long list of ideas here!<

I’m not going to make recommendations for what kinds of foods you eat and don’t, since different approaches work for different people.  But, I know it’s easy to reach for something easy like the same old pack of trail mix or boring candy bar if you don’t plan ahead.  With some planning you can create your own snacks and give yourself more variety!  Also, there are a lot of foodies out there (you know who you are) that like having more of a contribution towards their daily calories.  It can be a fun family activity to work together creating some new and exciting snacks for the trail.  Here are some delicious DIY hiking snacks!


DIY Hiking Snacks

#1: DIY Trail Mix

There are many different combinations of salty and sweet candies and snacks that can be combined into a delicious trail mix.  On our last trip we made our own trail mix and enjoyed the results because we got to create the proportions (salty: sweet) that we liked best and be creative (i.e. we used Mega M&M’s instead of standard size).  Pinterest has a lot of great ideas for mix and match trail mix (one of my favorite pins is featured here).




#2: Homemade KIND Bars

Kind Bars are amazing (this flavor especially!), there’s no doubt about that.  But, you can easily make your own at home with a recipe from The Yummy Life.  Choose your favorite from 8 different flavors such as Blueberry Pecan and Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate.

  • Calories: From 135 – 220
  • Savings: At about $0.44/bar this is a huge savings compared to the cheapest I’ve found them at about $1.25/bar (35% of the store-bought cost).


#3: Other Snack Bars

diy hiking snacks ideassource: My Whole Food Life


#4: Snack Bites


#5: Dried Fruit

You don’t need to worry about buying a dehydrator to prepare your own dried fruit; all you need is your oven!  The process takes from 6-12 hours depending on the fruit you select.  Here is the entire set of instructions that coincides with the pin below.  I haven’t tried this yet but I would bet it makes dried blueberries just like my favorite ones…


#6: Dehydrated Foods

I love this post, 15 Tasty Treats to Make in Your Food Dehydrator.  It gives me a lot of ideas and inspiration for hiking snacks and even just snacks around the house.  You can make buffalo cauliflower popcorn and get your servings of vegetables in a super undercover way.  Chips and vegetables may not be the best snacks for hiking since vegetables are low calorie and chips will get smashed, but sriracha chickpeas are great for the trail!

Now there’s one other food you probably think of when you imagine owning a dehydrator…..JERKY!  You may shy away from purchasing beef jerky (or other meats) in the store because of their steep price and long list of additives in the ingredient list.  Get your own dehydrator for hiking and backpacking and make your own jerky: follow instructions for The BEST Beef Jerky.  Jerky is a really great outdoor snack since it keeps well, is lightweight, and has a lot of protein and calories without taking up much packing space.



Bonus snack: Peanut Butter Filled Protein Muffins – Much Hiking

diy hiking snacks

Do you ever make your own snacks?  Share your ideas and recipes!

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    June 14, 2017

    These hiking snack recommendations are great! Trail mix is definitely my go-to for hiking, and I definitely want to try the homemade Kind Bar recipe! Thanks for sharing!

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      June 14, 2017

      Let me know if it’s any good!

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I am Rachel, an early 30's Midwestern girl residing in NYC with my husband and dog. I have learned to appreciate the city but am also a huge adventure girl. Follow along with my outdoor adventures as well as my city adventures and fitness journey. I'm an advocate of empowering other petite women not to be limited by our size!


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