Whether you're heading out on vacation, a road trip, a day out of the house, or a playdate at the park, these 25 ideas will help keep your toddler full and happy. I've included a nice mix of homemade recipes, store-bought items, and a few assembly-only ideas to give you a range of options for portable foods. These are the foods that we turn to when we travel, so I thought it was time to share them with you. Many of these will have to be packed in a container—we adore Replay Recycled's Snack Stack—but they all travel well and taste great on the go. Happy travels!
- Banana Cocoa Mini Muffins
These little muffins are big on flavor and they store really well either chilled or at room temperature. They also have a balanced mix of ingredients—protein, whole grains, fat, and fruit—so they are an all around great snack.
- Carrot Cake Bliss Balls
With natural sweetness and the flavors of a favorite dessert, these healthy little bites are sure to be a hit with the whole family.
- Blueberry Date Snack Cake Bars
Moist, flavorful, and super yummy, these gluten-free snack bars are a nice on-the-go option. Just wrap each bar individually in plastic wrap or tuck into a compartment of a lunchbox.
- Granola Cookies
These have so many of our favorite ingredients—and they provide a nice, long-lasting energy too.
- Banana Snack Cake
Plain, with raisins or blueberries stirred in, squares of this snack cake are one of our favorite snacks to pack. They hold up well, especially with an ice pack in your bag, and they offer a balanced snack with whole grains, protein, and fruit all in one convenient package.
- Oven-Dried Strawberries
Like store-bought freeze-dried fruit, only less expensive, think of these strawberries as a sweet and super healthy chip.
- Simple Quinoa Breakfast Bars
Loaded with whole grains including oats and quinoa, these bars would make a lovely morning or afternoon snack (in addition to a great breakfast!).
- Copycat Cashew Cookie Larabars
We love that flavor of Larabar, so I know that these would be a hit in my house! (You can also make it easier by purchasing Mini Larabars, or other favorite bars including Nature's Bakery Fig Bars, or these bars from Love Child Organics.)
- Pumpkin Almond Butter Muffins
Sure, it's not pumpkin season, but it's always a great time of year to make a batch of these cinnamon-y muffins. They pack lots of Vitamin A and protein.
- 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Bars
Super simple and super yummy, these bars pair well with milk (or coffee for the adults!).
- My Super Foods Granola Bites
Now that these are available at Target, we pick up a box whenever we stop in for other staples. They are soft, just sweet enough, and packed with wholesome ingredients.
- Cheesy Oat Crackers
A batch of these crackers never lasts long in our house—and they would make for a really yummy treat to take on the road.
- Ella's Nibbly Bars
These remain a favorite of ours because they are toddler-sized, are easy to eat, and don't contain much added sugar.
- Dry cereal
Breakfast cereals with low added sugars are always a nice option for toddler snack-time (and they can be a little more economical and nutritious than puffs). We like plain Cheerios, Kix, puffed whole grains, and unsweetened Shredded Mini Wheats.
- Fruited Oatmeal Cookies
With a sippy cup of milk, these cookies would be a hit on a road trip or just a day at the park.
- Whole grain crackers
Paired with cheese or chopped nuts and fresh fruit, whole grain crackers are one of the top toddler-approved snacks.
- Annie's Bunny Crackers
These crackers are one of our special occasion purchases that we take on planes and trips that deserve a more fun snack option!
- Cheese sticks
These require an ice pack and an insulated container, but you can't beat their compact size and portion-control!
- Mini Banana Muffins
Skip the frosting in this recipe and pack these little banana muffins for a day on the go.
- Fresh fruit
Small apples, pears, and bananas, grapes, blueberries, strawberries, and cubed melon are a few of our favorite fruits to take on the go.
Puffs, while not being all that filling, are a great toddler snack while on the go. They are very portable, not very messy, and little ones tend to adore them. (They also take a while to eat, so they can be a nice activity for a toddler!)
- Zucchini Muffins
Chock full of wholesome ingredients, these nutritious muffins—just skip the frosting called for in the recipe—are a convenient and yummy way to snack on the go.
- Fresh veggies
Snap peas, thin carrot sticks, sliced cucumber, sliced zucchini, cherry tomatoes, and thawed frozen peas are great options for packable veggies.
- Strawberry Chia Fruit Leather
With intense berry flavor and a bit of chia seeds for protein and fiber, this fruit leather is one of our favorites.
- Half sandwiches
Whether your little one likes nut butter and jam, cream cheese and apple butter, cheese, or lunch meat, a simple half (or quarter) sandwich is easy to pack and really satisfying for little bellies.