15 Snacks that Taste Better in a Park

May  5, 2015

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Today: Make sure your snacking game is on point at any picnic with these 15 recipes.

Finally! Stepping outdoors doesn't require a coat—and we're even willing to risk being pricked in the leg by wet grass if it means finding a sunny spot to sit. Picnic time begins now. So tuck away the email and head outside with these portable snacks (just don't forget your sunglasses!): 

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Chips and Dips
Picnic food is for sharing, so tug along a tub of homemade dip to start off your afternoon. These dips are easy to make and are super versatile—spread them onto flatbreads or scoop them up with tortilla chips, crackers, or crudités. 

Miso Hummus by mrslarkin

Miso Hummus

Homemade Naan Bread by Carey Nershi

Naan Bread

Peter Reinhart's Crispy Rye and Seed Crackers by Nicholas Day

Rye and Seed Crakers

Smashed Pea Guacamole by thechocolatefig

Smashed Pea Guacamole


Looking for a nibble that’s a little cakey but substantial? Say hello to quickbreads—your picnic crew will thank you.

Brown Butter Banana Bread with Peanut Streusel by Phyllis Grant

Brown Butter Banana Bread with Peanut Streusel

What I Do For Love Bran Muffins by drbabs

What I Do For Love Bran Muffins

Vegan Morning Glory Muffins by Gena Hamshaw

Vegan Morning Glory Muffins


Crunching on crackers and basking in the sun is bound to make anyone crave a cool drink. Before you reach for a soda, quench your thirst with something handmade—a tea-based drink, a sweet smoothie, or some bittersweet chocolate milk. Just pour them into a chilled thermos and make sure you’ve brought enough for everyone!

Tea Thyme Soda by hardlikearmour

Dorie Greenspan's Hot (and Cold) Chocolate by Genius Recipes

Avocado Lassi by PistachioDoughnut

Avocado Lassi

The "Jumpin' Monkey" by fiveandspice

The "Jumpin' Monkey"


Julia Child once said, “A party without cake is just a meeting.” We'd agree—and suggest that a picnic without cookies is just a grouping of people sitting on a blanket in a park.

Great Graham Crackers by Alice Medrich

Great Graham Crackers

Quick Peanut Butter and Chocolate Bars by Selma | Selma's Table

Quick Peanut Butter and Chocolate Squares

Alice Medrich's New Clasic Macaroons by Genius Recipes


Can't choose? Go with something simple yet filling and essential: Bake a batch of brownies.

Alice Medrich's Best Cocoa Brownies by Genius Recipes

Alice Medrich's Best Cocoa Brownies

First photograph by Mark Weinberg; second by Carey Nersh; fifth by Phyllis Grant; tenth by fiveandspice; fourteenth by Food52; all others by James Ransom

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Passionate about cakes, roasted vegetables and anything involving Maldon salt or maple syrup. Izy is a student living in London, UK who spends her spare time blogging and rambling on topwithcinnamon.com