Road Trip Snack Ideas by Jill Patel

We are so excited to introduce you guys to Jill Patel. She loves food and cooking, eating, and trying new cuisines. Besides food, she also loves traveling and explore new places, but especially trying local foods. She is an engineer by profession and got married to her college sweetheart. She also has 2 little kids, who completely run her life now! Jill is so obsessed with food which inspired her to start food blog. She shares her road trip snack ideas with us so let’s make some tasty treats with us.

Jill Patel Mom and a Blogger

She shares her love of food, adventure, travels through her blog, Sugar Spice & Everything Life

I started this blog to show how my husband and I fuse different styles of cuisines in our home.  We both grew up eating Indian food with a slight integration of American foods.  Growing up,  every pasta night, pizza night, or taco night was always spiced up! So we both got used to experimenting with different spices and making up our own recipes! Now I’m sharing those recipes and creating new ones!

Today Jill is sharing some spiced travel snack ideas for road trips. It is easy to prep, Indian spiced snacks that the whole family will be fighting over! Whether you’ve got a sweet tooth, always looking for more heat or somewhere right in between, these spicy snacks will satisfy everyone!  

Road Trip Snack Ideas

Jill shares her obsession for food and says 

Snacks for road trip

I have to admit I am pretty obsessive when it comes to trips. I start making so many lists, from what to pack, to where we’re eating and what we’re doing (sometimes on an hourly schedule!)  And I guess (I hope) that was all ok before kids, but with kids I have learned that they don’t care about your schedule! So I’ve had to compromise! I still make my lists and schedules, but with a ton more flexibility built in. 

She admit this planning goes for the snack too! She never really thought much about snacks for a trip before. Earlier she use to just grab some bottles of water and a bag of chips or cookies and head out. Well that doesn’t really work with little ones.

I mean just the sugar high that you’d be dealing with while trapped in a car for even a short while is enough to regret the trip before you get anywhere! So now I have to take into consideration the mess factor, ease of eating, nutrition value, and most of all appeal before packing anything! Believe me, packing for kids is not easy!

So here are some recipes for road trip snacks. These are easy-to-make, healthy yet spicy travel snack that will make any trip more enjoyable! 

Coco-Nutty Energy Ladoo


  • 1 cup cashews
  • ½ cup almonds Coconut Ladoo
  • ¼ cup pistachios
  • 4 dates, pitted
  • ¼ cup shredded coconut, sweetened or unsweetened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon cardamom powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

For Coating (Optional)

  • ¼ cup shredded coconut, sweetened or unsweetened
  • ¼ cup pistachios, finely ground


  1. In a food processor, pulse cashews, almonds, and pistachios until ground.
  2. Add remaining ladoo ingredients to the food processor and grind for about 4-6 minutes until mixture is coarsely ground. You can also test to see if it easily stays in a ball when squeezed together.
  3. Pour the mixture out into a small bowl. Take 1½ tablespoons (or medium cookie scoop) of the mixture and squeeze into a ball. Repeat this step for all of the mixture.
  4. If coating the ladoos, roll them around in the shredded coconut or ground pistachios.
  5. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Chaat Masala Mixed Nuts


  • 1 cup almonds Chaat masala mixed nuts
  • ½ cup cashews
  • ½ cup peanuts
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chaat masala
  • 1 teaspoon salt optional


  1. Pre-heat oven to 300°F, prep a baking sheet by lining with aluminum foil.
  2. Add almonds, cashews, peanuts, pumpkin seeds to a small bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle the chaat masala over the mixed nuts. Stir to distribute the oil and seasoning. Spread the mixed nuts on the baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 10 minutes. Stir and bake for an additional 10 minutes. Stir again and check for doneness. Nuts should be slightly browned. Once lightly browned, remove from the oven. Set aside and cool for 10 minutes.
  4. Taste for salt, add additional salt only if needed. Transfer cooled mixture to a jar. 


Kashmiri Chili & Cheese Popcorn


  • 1 3.0 oz bag popcorn popped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon cheddar cheese powder
  • 1 teaspoon Kashmiri chili powder


  1. As your popcorn is popping in the microwave, melt butter in a small saucepan. Once butter melts, add Kashmiri chili powder to the butter. Stir and remove from heat.
  2. Once the popcorn is popped, transfer warm popcorn into a large bowl, drizzle Kashmiri chili seasoned butter over the popcorn and toss to distribute. Sprinkle the cheese powder immediately so they stick to the popcorn.


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