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31 Best Beach Snacks to Pack This Summer

Planning a beach day? Take these best beach snacks on your next beach trip and enjoy your new favorite snacks on a hot summer day.

Picture this: the sun is shining, sand between your toes, and the ocean waves permeate the air around you. What do you want, more than anything, at that moment?

A great beach snack, of course! There’s nothing better than enjoying some tasty food and healthy snacks on the beach. The key to a successful beach day is plenty of snacks in your cooler bag.

beach snacks

When we think of beach food, we typically think of cooling and refreshing things in your beach bag. After all, isn’t that what you want when the sun beats down on you?

The key is to opt for easily portable healthy beach snacks that are still light and refreshing. Easy snacks like chips, fruit, protein bars, and sandwiches are ideal because you don’t need cutlery.

Best Beach Snacks to Take

Are you planning a beach trip shortly? Check out thirty-one of the tastiest, refreshing, easy beach snacks for your beach picnic.

1. Cinnamon Apple Chips

cinnamon apple snacks


Combine the tastes of fresh apple and warm cinnamon into one unforgettable package. These cinnamon apple chips are crunchy, warming, and perfect for a day at the beach next time.

My favorite part about this great option is how easy they take with you in little plastic bags. Check out these other easy Whole30 snacks if you enjoyed these apple snacks!

2. Slow Cooker Parmesan Ranch Snack Mix

parmesan ranch snack mix


Speaking of delicious snack mixes, here’s a slow cooker version of your favorite parmesan ranch mix in a great way.

Packed with little crunchy bits to make your tastebuds sing, this mix is to die for and a great choice for the beach.

3. Cranberry Almond Energy Bites

cranberry almond energy bites


Just something about the combination of cranberries and almonds promises greatness and a great snack.

This no-bake recipe yields a ton of healthy, filling, nutritious energy bites to keep you going with no added sugar. These almond butter energy balls are also sure to impress if you love almond flavor!

4. Tropical Summer Party Fruit Salad

troical summer party fruit salad


This fruit salad recipe is for you if you sit down for a beach picnic with friends or family. Set up at a picnic table with this incredibly refreshing fruit salad container in the hot sun.

Every bite is packed with natural sweetness! This is best enjoyed as cold as possible, but it will still be tasty if you leave it until later in the day. Make it the night before for optimal flavor!

5. Chocolate Covered Pecans

chocolate covered pecans


Chocolate-covered nuts are on a whole other level when it comes to snacks. They’re just perfectly balanced. The sweet, creamy chocolate only rivals the crunch and saltiness of the nuts.

For a fun day on the beach, there’s nothing better than this. This is a delicious recipe if you have kids and want to keep them from storming the ice cream truck with a healthy alternative.

funfetti cookie bars


Funfetti. Cookie. Bars. Need I say more? These delicious snacks are bursting with color and life. They’re the ideal snack for a birthday at the beach.

While you might not be able to bring candles along, everyone can still enjoy the taste of a good birthday with these cookie bars in tow.

7. Peanut Butter Energy Balls

peanut butter energy balls


Here’s another take on energy balls reminiscent of Reese’s peanut butter cups. If you’re a chocolate and peanut butter fan, you might get addicted to these.

They’re chewy, light, and packed with flavor. Best of all, the protein from the peanut butter will keep you fuller for longer, so you don’t have to lug as many snacks around with you.

8. Vegan Chocolate Muffins

vegan chocolate muffins


There’s a general misconception that vegan baking is worse than non-vegan, but that’s not true. These vegan chocolate muffins are insanely light, moist, and delicious.

Every bite is like sinking your teeth into the world’s best chocolate cake. There’s nothing better for a calm, cozy day of reading at the beach.

9. 5-Ingredient No-Bake Granola Bars

no bake energy bars


Keep the kids going with these super simple five-ingredient granola bars. There’s no need to get an oven involved, either! Whip together the mixture and refrigerate before slicing into bars.

You can easily customize this recipe to suit your needs. Pack the bars with dried fruit, add your favorite seeds or dip them in chocolate for a signature take on a granola bar.

You might also enjoy these 5-ingredient cashew energy bites!

10. Cheezy Dehydrator Kale Chips

cheesy dehydrated kale chips


I’m telling you, kale chips don’t get the love they deserve. They’re so light and crispy, with a habit of dissolving into pure flavor three seconds after you take a bite.

Imagine that paired with the cheesy dust you know and love! This recipe gives it to you. Enjoy a healthy take on cheese chips thanks to a healthy dose of nutritional yeast.

11. Zucchini Apple Carrot Muffins

zucchini apple carrot muffins


Whether you need a road trip-friendly breakfast or a snack for the beach, this recipe has you covered. These healthy muffins are super moist and packed with a whole serving of vegetables.

They don’t taste like it, however! Every bite is sweet, comforting, and ideally suited to a warm day at the beach. You can also make a big batch to last you the whole week!

12. Watermelon Skewers with Feta and Mint Pesto

watermelon skewers with feta and pesto


Fresh fruit for lunch, anybody? Everything with tastebuds enjoys watermelon, so this snack recipe will satisfy everyone having fun in the sun.

Paired with a healthy serving of feta and pesto, this is technically a savory dish. The sweet watermelon and creamy feta are a match made in heaven. The pesto adds a lovely vibrant twist.

13. Fresh Vegan Spring Rolls

fresh vegan spring rolls


Eating a hot lunch on the beach doesn’t sound like much fun. But how do you make sure everyone’s still getting their five-a-day? Spring rolls, that’s how!

This super simple spring roll recipe is easy to prepare the night before your beach trip. Pack the rolls with your favorite fresh vegetables to enjoy in a crunchy, tasty, vibrant package the next day.

14. Cheddar Cheese Popcorn

cheddar cheese popcorn


We found it, everybody. The only thing that can make popcorn better… is cheese! Specifically, this incredibly simple concoction of cheddar cheese powder, salt, and butter.

This is like a healthier version of Cheetos. Once again, this snack would be easy to prepare the night before your big day out. It’s an ideal beach snack you can take while walking.

15. Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls

chocolate peanut butter energy balls


Add a ‘pick-me-up’ to your day at the beach with these rich, dark peanut butter energy balls. They’re dead simple to make! Plus, they keep for a long time so that you can enjoy them for your entire trip.

This is the ideal snack for a busy family. The bites are easy to eat while on the move, whether you’re enjoying a beach day, hiking, or hitting the road.

16. Chili Lime Flavored Roasted Chickpeas

chilli lime flavored chickpeas


Speaking of snacks that are easy to eat, our next recipe also fits the bill. Roasted chickpeas are underrated as a snack, but this recipe is here to fix that.

The delicious chili lime coating on these roasted chickpeas helps balance the peas’ earthiness. Trust me, a bag of these will disappear in no time, so make a ton!

17. Popcorn with Butterscotch

popcorn with butterscotch


This butterscotch popcorn might give the cheddar powder from the earlier recipe a run for its money. If you’re after something sweet, this super simple butterscotch popcorn recipe is for you.

Every bite is laden with chewy caramel. The saltiness of the popcorn helps pull it back, so you can keep enjoying handful after handful without getting tired of the taste.

18. Ranch Pretzels

ranch pretzels


Take a bag of basic pretzel sticks and crank it up a notch with this super easy recipe. Ranch lovers will adore the notes of garlic, dill, and ranch seasoning coating these crunchy delights.

This pretzel bites recipe won’t steer you wrong if you’re in a rush and need something simple to take with you.

19. Plantain Chips


Are you searching for something on the healthier side? Try plantain chips! These crispy, slightly sweet chips are out of this world. Plus, they’re straightforward to make.

These are best enjoyed when plantains are in season, so make sure you head to your local market to pick these up. You can make a savory or sweet version, so experiment with your coatings!

20. Candied Pecans

candied pecans


Bring a little holiday cheer with you to the beach, thanks to these candied pecans! Every sticky bite is packed with an addictive earthiness.

As a side note, these are also great as holiday gifts. Tie a jar of candied pecans with a ribbon and place it in your loved ones’ stockings for a delicious treat on Christmas morning!

21. Sweet Potato Chips

sweet potato chips


Cast aside the plain old potato chip in favor of these sweet potato chips! They’re crunchy, and you can tweak the seasoning to suit your unique tastes!

Making these for the first time can be finicky, so make sure to give yourself ample time. However, once you get the technique, you’ll never return to bagged chips again.

Try these brussels sprouts chips for another crunchy snack!

22. Kid Kabobs

kid kabobs


Make a healthy snack and have a ton of fun with these delicious kid kabobs. I love this recipe because it’s super easy to portion out the cheese, cucumber, and tomato using the kabob sticks.

Plus, your little ones can carry them around without the risk of dousing their snacks in the sand. It’s a win-win for busy beach parents everywhere!

23. Sweet and Salty Snack Mix

sweet and salty mix


Take five minutes before your beach trip to throw together this tasty sweet, and salty snack mix. Featuring pretzels, Gems, and other assorted goodies, this is one everybody in the family will love.

Tailor the snack mix to suit your unique needs. Maybe you’d like more chocolate and a little less fruit (I know I would). You can even get the kids involved in making it with you.

24. Chili Lime Cashews

chilli lime cashews


Remember how I said that chili and lime are a delicious combination on chickpeas? Well, that holds for cashews as well! The chewy cashews are a perfect host for this tart and spicy flavor combo.

These are super easy to make. You only need to give them a quick spell in the oven to allow the coating to dry onto the nuts. Enjoy them hot, or package them up for a day at the beach.

25. Pita Chips

pita chips


Pita chips can be even better than potato chips. That’s right, I said it! When done right, homemade pita chips are ridiculously crunchy. They’re also healthier than potato chips!

This recipe only uses Italian seasoning for the chips, but you can go nuts with your specialty blend! Try a garlic herb combo, a sweet and spicy mix, or even a ranch powder seasoning.

26. No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookies

peanut butter cookies


With just three ingredients and no oven time, it’s a wonder these peanut butter cookies haven’t swept the world with their excellence.

If you dip them in chocolate, they’re just like Reese’s. Make these the night before your trip for a high-protein and delicious snack your kids will be clamoring for!

27. Beachy Sweet and Salty Snack Mix

sweet and salty snack mix


Take your snack mix one step further with this delightful recipe. Each element is adorably beach or water themed, making this the ultimate beach day snack mix.

Even adults will love this mix thanks to the perfect balance of sweetness and saltiness. Portion the snacks into individual bags, dole them out at the beach, and let the little ones run wild.

28. Peanut Butter Apple Dip

peanut butter apple dip


The full powers of peanut butter are yet to be understood, but one thing is clear: it’s the perfect snack. With tons of protein and great flavor, this dip has no downside.

It’s also ridiculously easy to make! Cart this peanut butter dip along to the beach in a simple container, and bring a host of little snacks to dip into it.

If you loved this apple dip, these healthy apple nachos are sure to impress!

29. Charcuterie Cups

charcuterie cups


Heading to the beach with friends? Pair your vino with personalized charcuterie cups to suit the vibe!

These cups are so cute, with a ton of different ingredients so everyone can graze at their leisure. The cups also help to keep the sand away from your valuable snacks, so that’s a huge plus.

30. Ham and Cheese Roll Ups

ham and cheese roll ups


Need something simple, functional, and delicious? Look no further! These ham and cheese roll ups allow you to indulge in a classic flavor without the hassle of making sandwiches near the beach.

After all, the world ‘sand’ may appear in sandwiches, but we don’t really want to crunch down on any unfortunate grains. These rolls are super portable and delicious, so they’re ideal for a beach day.

31. Vegan Funfetti Protein Bites

funfetti protein bites


We’re concluding our list with an example of vegan genius! These funfetti protein bites basically look like miniature birthday cakes.

But they’re actually plant-based protein balls with a ton of health benefits. They taste amazing (thank you, sprinkles), and the oodles of protein will keep everyone going until the sun sets.

So, where are you planning on going for your day in the sun? Let me know your favorite beach day snack recipes in the comments below!