Monday, March 4, 2013

Make It Monday: Road Trip Snacks

As most of you know we just home from a road trip! When traveling to a race it is super important to have foods that fuel you so that you aren't tempted to stop and get fast food! Plus, eating every two to three hours keeps your metabolism in check and keeps you from overeating at meal time.

Some of our favorite things to take along are bananas, oranges, fruit and nut trail mix, pretzels, craisins, almonds, fig newtons, energy balls, granola and pumpkin muffins.

We make the energy balls, granola and muffins ourselves and we thought we would share the recipes with you today.

1. Energy Bite Recipe

2. Homemade Peanut Butter Granola recipe I got from one of my dearest runner friends Karyn.

2 T creamy peanut butter
2 T honey
¼ tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup oats

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray and set aside (I used parchment paper). Combine PB and honey in a bowl and microwave until PB melts. Stir.

Stir cinnamon and vanilla into PB and honey mixture. Add oats and stir until oats are completely covered in peanut butter mixture. Spread out oat mixture onto prepared cookie sheet and bake for 7 -8 minutes until granola is slightly browned. Let cool until granola is crunchy.

3. The Pumpkin Muffin Recipe came from (what appropirate website) can be found here.

1½ cups whole spelt flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill brand)
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice blend (can use cinnamon, if you can’t find pumpkin pie spice)
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
2 eggs
½ cup 100% pure raw honey (local, if possible)
⅓ cup melted coconut oil (butter works too) (applesauce may work, but I haven’t tried it and it will probably change the texture of the muffin)
1 cup pure pumpkin puree (organic, if possible)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin pan with liners and set aside.
Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
Combine all wet ingredients in a medium bowl.
Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Don’t overmix.
Scoop large spoonfuls of batter into muffin pan so it’s evenly distributed. Bake for 20 minutes and until tops are golden brown. Store at room temperature for 2-3 days or refrigerate for a week or freeze for longer.

Hope you enjoy these yummy snacks!

What are some of your race fuel foods?


  1. I always have a whole grain waffle with peanut butter before a run - I heart peanut butter!

    1. Me too! Have you tiried the PB2? I'm trying to love it and it's good but there's just sometimes you gotta have peanut butter!

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  3. I just got back from a road trip, and we enjoyed peanut butter filled pretzels!!! YUM!!!

    1. oh great idea! I love those! Thank you

  4. Great ideas! I always carry raw almonds or mixed nuts with me. On a road trip, I pack protein shakes, carrots, and fruits as well.

    1. Raw almonds are a staple at my house and now they've come out with super fun new ones like the dark chocolate ones... Yum!