GORP – My Preferred Recipe

My Home-made GORP

GORP (good old raisins and peanuts) and trail mixes in general are typically a combination of dried fruit, grains, nuts, and sometimes chocolate, all thrown together as a snack food that is easy to take on hikes or backpacking. For many of us (myself included) GORP is considered an ideal snack food for hiking, because it is tasty, lightweight, easy to store, and nutritious, providing a quick boost from the carbohydrates in the dried fruit and/or granola, and sustained energy from the mono- and polyunsaturated fats in the nuts.

There are all kinds of recipes and variations for making your own GORP, but this one is my favorite. There’s not a lot of skill involved, just throw all the ingredients in a small tupperware tub or ziplock bag and give it a shake to mix. The real science, if you can call it that, is choosing exactly which ingredients to use. Thats what sets the different recipes apart and in the end comes down to personal preference – after all you’re the one that is going to have to eat it. Here’s my favorite (equal parts of each, except the salt):

  • Roasted Cashews (mixture or unslated and lightly salted)
  • Walnut Pieces (I prefer pieces to wholes)
  • Golden raisins (Sultanas for my UK friends)
  • Craisins
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips (dark is even better, I don’t like milk chocolate)
  • Pinch of salt (to taste)

My Home-made GORP

This is a home-made recipe so I don’t have any packaging details to provide you with precise nutritional information. Using an online tool, my wife came up with the following nutritional breakdown based on the specific ingredients we used.

Nutritional Information (approximate)
Serving size = 1/2 cup (86g)

  • Calories 333
  • Fat 22g
  • Carbs 33g
  • Fibre 4g
  • Sugar 22g
  • Protein 5g

How does my version of GORP differ from yours? Feel free to share your GORP recipes so that others can try them.

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  • Aawwff

    Another benefit to GORP is that it’s a good source of salt which the body looses very quickly through sweat. Even if you stay hydrated if you loose salt you can begin to suffer from hyponatremia. I learned that the hard way hiking down and back up the grand canyon in one day, in July (Not a smart idea btw).

    • http://www.briangreen.net Brian Green

      For that very reason I like to add a pinch of salt to my mix just to make sure.

  • Aawwff

    Another benefit to GORP is that it’s a good source of salt which the body looses very quickly through sweat. Even if you stay hydrated if you loose salt you can begin to suffer from hyponatremia. I learned that the hard way hiking down and back up the grand canyon in one day, in July (Not a smart idea btw).

  • JJ_Mathes

    you can always tell when someone has a trip coming up…the gorp recipes start appearing  :)

    my favorite…nuts, nuts and nuts light salt. I don’t like sweet gorp, no candy added, I like crunchy over chewy, in colder month I will add dried fruit…over all simple stuff.

    • http://www.briangreen.net Brian Green

      JJ, it’s a dead giveaway I know. But mine is the best recipe out there so I thought I’d share it. (grin)

      • JJ_Mathes

        hahahaha…okay then  

  • JERMM

    you can always tell when someone has a trip coming up…the gorp recipes start appearing  :)

    my favorite…nuts, nuts and nuts light salt. I don’t like sweet gorp, no candy added, I like crunchy over chewy, in colder month I will add dried fruit…over all simple stuff.

  • http://www.briangreen.net/ Brian Green

    For that very reason I like to add a pinch of salt to my mix just to make sure.

  • http://www.briangreen.net/ Brian Green

    JJ, it’s a dead giveaway I know. But mine is the best recipe out there so I thought I’d share it. (grin)

  • JERMM

    hahahaha…okay then  

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06167761824127022068 baby giraffe

    My gorp ends up being a little of everything applicable in my snack drawer with some dark chocolate and salt thrown in. I eat nuts and dried fruit for snacks all the time. My new favorite addition is dried pomegranate…. yuuuuumy

  • Carl Fisher

    My GORP is peanut M&M’s, cashews, raisins, some sort of pretzel with salt.

    • http://www.briangreen.net Brian Green

      I like the addition of pretzels, sounds just right. Do you mix equal amounts? I found that my chocolate chips melted in the high heat and made the whole mix a bit nasty – candy covered chocolate may be the better way to go!

  • Carl Fisher

    My GORP is peanut M&M’s, cashews, raisins, some sort of pretzel with salt.

  • http://www.briangreen.net/ Brian Green

    I like the addition of pretzls, sounds just right. Do you mix equal amounts? I found that my chocolate chips melted in the high heat and made the whole mix a bit nasty – candy covered chocolate may be the better way to go!

  • Chris Martin

    Being allergic to Peanuts and the close relative Mr. Soy bean, I call mine GORC (good old raisins and cashews).  I do like to add corn-nuts to take care of the salty part and add in chopped pineapple, apricots, chewy banana slices.  

    • http://www.briangreen.net Brian Green

      I like the sound of some of those ingredients. I’m surprised that being allergic to peanuts you can still eat cashews, that’s something I never knew. I’m going to have to change up my preferred GORP mix after the Whitney hike, I ate so much of it I was sick of the taste by the second day – apricots and banana slices sound perfect, thanks!

      • Brian

        It’s not all that surprising given that peanuts are legumes and cashews are nuts.

  • Chris Martin

    Being allergic to Peanuts and the close relative Mr. Soy bean, I call mine GORC (good old raisins and cashews).  I do like to add corn-nuts to take care of the salty part and add in chopped pineapple, apricots, chewy banana slices.  

  • http://www.briangreen.net/ Brian Green

    I like the sound of some of those ingredients. I’m surprised that being allergic to peanuts you can still eat cashews, that’s something I never knew. I’m going to have to change up my preferred GORP mix after the Whitney hike, I ate so much of it I was sick of the taste by the second day – apricots and banana slices sound perfect, thanks!

  • Brian

    It’s not all that surprising given that peanuts are legumes and cashews are nuts.

  • KevinATurner

    Yeah you can get pretty sick of GORP quickly on a longer backpacker trip. I find I solve this problem by bringing different GORP recipies with me. One day I might just have raisens and peanuts, another a fruit melody from the tropics, and the third something spicy with a flavor of mexico.  Keeps my tastebuds from becoming bored.

  • KevinATurner

    Yeah you can get pretty sick of GORP quickly on a longer backpacker trip. I find I solve this problem by bringing different GORP recipies with me. One day I might just have raisens and peanuts, another a fruit melody from the tropics, and the third something spicy with a flavor of mexico.  Keeps my tastebuds from becoming bored.

  • David Mackenzie

    Just purchased some GORP items to try my hand at this. I could have used some on my last backpacking trip. Purchased: Golden raisins,
    Craisins, M&M peanut, M&M plain, almonds, salted peanuts, granola.
    I think I have a good start.

  • David Mackenzie

    Just purchased some GORP items to try my hand at this. I could have used some on my last backpacking trip. Purchased: Golden raisins,
    Craisins, M&M peanut, M&M plain, almonds, salted peanuts, granola.
    I think I have a good start.