How To Take Your Food Allergies on the Road Without Causing Boundless Stress + a recipe for Nut-free Gingersnap Balls

Gingersnap-BallsSummer-friendly, no-bake gingersnap balls with dried fruits and seeds. No nuts  or medjool dates included!

In a few short weeks, I’ll be driving from Calgary to Whistler BC to attend Wanderlust; a 5-day outdoor yoga + music festival in the Canadian Rockies. (Can’t wait to take you along with me!)

I’ll be on the road for over 15 days and have no idea where I’ll be on any given day – a potential nightmare for anyone that has food allergies or a restricted diet.

But there are a bunch of handy tricks I’ve learned along the way that make traveling with food allergies and absolute breeze.

Here are 4 resources for traveling with food allergies or dietary “restrictions”, depending on what you’re up to this summer…

:: What to pack along with you on a road trip

:: Easy ways to incorporate protein

:: Go on a backpacking trip and eat healthy and allergy-free

:: What to pack when you go camping (comes with a printable camping packing list!)

And… enjoy the balls!

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No-bake Nut-free Gingersnap Balls
Recipe type: Vegan, Paleo, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free, Grain-free, Nut-free, Egg-free
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Serves: 24
Summer-friendly, no-bake gingersnap balls with dried fruits and seeds. No nuts or medjool dates included!
  • 1 cup raw shelled pumpkin seeds
  • ⅓ cup finely ground flax seed
  • 2 cups packed unsweetened raisins
  • 12 dried apricots
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground all spice
  1. Add pumpkin seeds to the bowl of your food processor. Pulse on high for 1 minute, or until seeds have broken down to the size of hemp seeds.
  2. Add remaining ingredients.
  3. Set food processor on high for 2-3 minutes, until all dried fruits have broken down and mixture is sticky.
  4. Meanwhile, set aside a silicon baking mat or parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  5. Pinch about 1 ½ tablespoon at a time and roll between palms.
  6. Set completed rolled ball on baking sheet and repeat with remaining mixture.
  7. Place baking sheet in the freezer for 30 minutes to harden. Store in the freezer in an air-tight container for up to 3-months or in the fridge for 2 weeks.

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Gingersnap Balls-6391Where are you going this summer?

What are you tips and tricks for keeping up with your allergy-free lifestyle when traveling?

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  1. I love these balls! Just on here so I can whip up another batch :) You’re travel tips are great too!
    Have fun at Wanderlust…I’m totally jelly. If you ever pass by the Kootenays lemme know :)

  2. Nice to see a version of these without the dates (I love dates, but variety is a good thing, no?).

    • Agreed – totally and completely. Plus, when I have dates in the house… I eat ALL of them!?

  3. These little balks look great!
    I’m actually traveling right now and my top travel tip is to stay in a hotel or apartment with a kitchenette if at all possible. It’s amazing how much cleaner and cheaper you can eat if you can prepare your own food! Besides, it’s fun to navigate grocery shopping in different locales (esp. different countries!) :)

    • Lol- little balls. Not sure what little balks are. :)

    • Balks… it’s a new thing. All the cool kids are doing it! Great tip, Brianne!

  4. Thank you, again. I cannot wait to try these. Is there anything that packs a more nutritious vegan punch than pumpkin seeds?! Since I cannot eat soy these are my go to protein source, usually along with flaxseeds and hemp hearts. I always carry a little with me so when I am only able to order the “house salad” at a restaurant this pumpkin seed-flaxseed-hemp mix boosts the nutrition and the taste. Keep doing what you are doing Leanne! I appreciate you and your work more than I can express.

    • That’s SUCH a great tip. Thank you :) And much thanks for your kind words.

  5. That event sounds great! Julie (PB Fingers) is just back from a Wanderlust in the US and had a ball! So many fun activities! Are you going by yourself?

    • I heard it was awesome! Yep, going by myself :D

  6. Yum, these sound delish Leanne! Love ginger so will definitely be giving these beauties a go.
    And thanks for all the other tips, I always end up eating unsuitable things through lack of preparation so hopefully now I can get my act together!
    Off to Sardinia in a couple of weeks so can’t take too much stuff on the plane but will see how it goes.
    Hope you have a fab trip x

  7. I’ve been writing about and encouraging my patients to eat real food so these are perfect. I’ve been especially down on artificial kid’s snacks (garbage). I’m thinking the kiddos would love these. Thanks for the idea.

  8. You must have known that i have oh idk about 12 apricots left needing a home (cause damn i can over eat those if not used to make something else!)
    Making this, especially cause i am camping in a week!!

  9. YUM! Sorry for the date haters, but I’m a raisin hater (LOL, but true) so I’d have to sub dates for the raisins. ;-) Gingersnaps are one of my very favorite things. Having these treats for travel would sure make it more fun!

    Thanks, Leanne! xo,