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)
- Semi-sweet chocolate chips (dark is even better, I don’t like milk chocolate)
- Pinch of salt (to taste)
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.