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My family went on a road trip a few weeks ago; our trip required some back roads travel, and when we decided we were ready to eat, there were no restaurants for miles. We had no snacks in the car, and everyone was “hangry” (hungry/angry) by the time we found somewhere to eat. We even used our phones (at least we had service) to try to search for restaurants. I made a huge road trip mistake, and I promised myself I wouldn’t make the same mistake again: I wouldn’t forget to keep snacks in the car. We’re preparing for our summer vacation to Georgia’s Golden Isles which is at least an 8 hour drive. I decided to mix up some road trip ready trail mix bars that are loaded with toasted oatmeal, quinoa, nuts, fruit, and honey.
You can’t compare store bought trail mix bars to these fresh-made crunchy and aromatic trail mix bars. The oats and quinoa are lightly toasted in the oven with vanilla. These are easily transported; I just wrap ours in parchment paper, pop them in a sandwich bag, and keep them cool in the top of our cooler. If they get too hot, the honey will become sticky, so I try to keep them cool. If you don’t have the individual ingredients, you can just substitute 1 3/4 cups of your favorite prepackaged trail mix for the nuts, fruit, and seeds.
- 1½ cups oats
- ¼ cup pre-rinsed quinoa
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ¼ cup almonds
- ¼ cup cashews
- ¼ cup dried cranberries
- ¼ cup golden raisins
- ¼ cup dark chocolate chips
- ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
- ¼ cup sunflower seeds
- ¼ cup honey
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- Preheat oven to 275F
- Mix oats, quinoa, and vanilla together.
- Spread out on a baking pan and toast for 30 mins
- In a large bowl combine nuts, fruit, chocolate chips, and seeds.
- Soften coconut oil in microwave
- Pour coconut oil over the contents of the bowl
- Add honey
- Remove oats and quinoa from oven
- Add them to the bowl and mix well
- Press ingredients into the bottom of a 9x9 pan lined with parchment paper
- Refrigerate until set
- Slice into bars
- Best kept refrigerated until ready to eat
My second piece of advice is to keep your electronics charged and make sure that service is available on the route that you’re traveling. Walmart Family Mobile has coverage across most of the U.S., a large selection of cell phones for purchase, and their plans are very affordable. There is no need for an additional navigational device when you have Google Maps preloaded on your phone. Just make sure you don’t forget your $25 Walmart Family Mobile Starter Kit so that you can activate your line.
Plans start at $29.88/month (for the first line) with Unlimited Talk, Text & Data service plan which includes up to 1G of 4G LTE data. You can pay to upgrade to more high speed data only if you need it.
I absolutely love the ZTE ZMAX smartphone. It has a huge 5.7 inch HD touchscreen, a 1.2 GHz quad core processor, and an 8 MP camera. The screen size makes it easy to read maps and surf the internet while we’re traveling.
Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to this link or your local Walmart for current pricing.
These trail mix bars are equally delicious while trip planning; just try not to eat them all before you hit the road.
Do you have a favorite road trip snack? Is Walmart Family Mobile service available in your area? Leave a comment and let me know where you’re going this summer.