National Trail Mix Day | Snack Giveaway!

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Did you know that August 31st is Nation Trail Mix Day? Nope, me neither but it’s been around for several years. This holiday is all about enjoying the fun, delicious snack that has been popular with hikers and backpackers for years. If you’ve never had this healthy snack, let August 31st be the day you learn how to make at least one of the many flavor varieties that’s popular.

GORP
Trail mix or GORP (good old raisins and peanuts) is a snack food commonly used by outdoor lovers for activities such as hiking, backpacking, mountaineering and camping. This food mixture is termed scroggin in New Zealand and Australia, and Studentenfutter in German-speaking countries. A mix of only nuts, especially those rich in omega-3 fatty acids, and raisins is also known as student food.

My Home-made GORP

Trail mix usually consists of a mixture of nuts and dried fruits such as raisins or cranberries. Other ingredients such as chocolate chips may also be included. There are other options that outdoor activities work well with. Premium nut mixes combined with dried fruit can replenish energy and are a bit healthier than all the chocolates that can be substituted by quality dried fruits.

While prepackaged commercial variants of trail mix are readily available, mixing up a homemade batch is always a fun alternative. Here is my personal GORP recipe.

CLIF Mojo Trail Bars

One of my favorite ways to get my fill of “trail mix” while outdoors is via CLIF Mojo bars because they’re essentially a trail mix blend that has been formed into a convenient snack bar. They’re the perfect combination of sweet and salty. Mojo bars also have 8-9g of great tasting protein per bar.

CLIF Mojo Bar Giveaway!
To help celebrate this amazingly crunchy national holiday, my good friends at CLIF Bar have agreed to run a fun giveaway for readers of Brian’s Backpacking Blog. There will be three CLIF Mojo Bar prize packs up for grabs to three very lucky winners. To enter all you have to do is to select the options below via the Rafflecopter plugin that work for you. As always, the more of the options you can complete, the more entires you get and the better your chances are of winning – so what are you waiting for?
a Rafflecopter giveaway

In an effort to help encourage others to make their own trail mix (GORP) please feel free to share any recipes or food combinations that you personally like or have tried with success. It will be fun to share and give each other ideas of how to make the perfect trail mix. Have fun and good luck with the Mojo prize packs!

And The Winners Are…

  • Tom Lakner
  • Mike Schwartz
  • Albert Quackenbush

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Disclosure: CLIF Bar provided Brian’s Backpacking Blog with complementary Mojo Bar prize packs for this giveaway. 

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  • barefootwendy

    new to your blog and loving it.

    i like to mix almonds, cashews, dried cherries, dried shredded coconut, and bits of beef jerky. mmmm.

  • http://twitter.com/Rich_Kolb Rich Kolb

    I can’t remember my favorite, but I’ve used M&Ms, dried fruit, I love dried pineapple, beef jerky, dried cranberries. I made some with deluxe chocolate covered nuts before, that was a bit of a mistake.

  • http://twitter.com/willrun4fun Willrun4fun

    No recipe really. Just mix almonds, some dried cranberries or raisins, some of your favorite cereal, and if you like it m&m’s or similar.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06729516870952658426 Audrey

    I like pretzels, dried cranberries, unsalted peanuts, and chocolate chips!

  • http://jimmypautz.com/ Jimmy Pautz

    I really love my honey roasted peanuts and I mix in whatever else I have on hand: raisins, M&Ms, cranberries, etc.

  • Turnstone

    I use a mix of almonds, salted macadamias, dried apricots, dried goji berries, coconut flakes and dark chocolate. Sometimes other dried fruit and nuts.

  • Scott Erwin

    Nuts (all kinds, almonds for sure), raisins, dark chocolate m&m’s!

  • http://www.facebook.com/KenDavis0000 Ken Davis

    I love trail mix.

  • burningbright

    I usually just buy the Odwalla Sweet & Salty Almond bars.

  • Ronda

    Salted Almonds, Shark Bites or Little Pony fruit snacks, dried cranberries, and peanut M&Ms. Yes there is a difference among fruit snacks :-) Balance of sugar to nutrition probably not the best, but a little gives me energy and satisfies hunger quite awhile, gives needed fiber, and best of all makes me happy! The last is most important on a long hiking day :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/jsmeltzer Jeremy Smeltzer

    We just throw together some honey roster nuts and m&ms

  • Rene Yoshi

    I am so glad I found your blog! Just recently found a trail mix at our co-op that has dried barberries. Yum! Looking forward to experimenting.

  • Steven

    There’s nothing like trail mix on the trail. My favorite is Cashews, Cranberries, Pineapple and Almonds. Sometimes I add in some Pistachios, soooo good! Brian- love the blog. Keep up the good work.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nathan.best Nathan Best

    awesome. reminded me when I was little watching my mom and sisters making trail mix for girl scouts.

  • http://twitter.com/SoCalBowhunter Al Quackenbush

    I don’t have a recipe that I use regularly, but I like to add yogurt covered raisins!

  • http://twitter.com/maggiecanady Maggie Canady

    I don’t have a recipe either, but I love it! Especially with chocolate chips. MMM mmm.

  • nik

    I kinda just wing it each time I make it but my favorite ingredients are cashews, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, dried edamame, dried chickpeas, raisins, dried unsweetened blueberries and soynuts. Sometimes with spices, sometimes plain, always good!

  • moonsword

    My favorite mix is Gone Raw’s recipe http://goneraw.com/recipe/trail-mix

  • http://www.facebook.com/Bufford1234 Greg Hill

    I grabbed a Mojo Bar this evening and will enjoy it at a lake off the edge of the PCT in central Oregon this weekend.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michelle.pearson3 Michelle Pearson

    We use almonds, cashews, dried pineapple, golden raisins, dried cranberries, dried coconut shavings!

  • Rob

    I love the Clif family of bars, but after the post about the PROBAR I will bel trying them as well.

  • Shaun

    My buddy and I were in the Bull of the Woods wilderness in Oregon recently discussing how it would be just fine to go backpacking with just a sack full of clif bars for our meals. So many good flavors to choose from.

  • http://twitter.com/BarefootAngieB Angie Bee Hotz

    I would substitute pistachios and sunflower seeds for nuts in my recipe and add some chopped dates. Everyone else in my fam can eat the nuts.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=869385172 Lynn Bee

    I like to get creative with trail mixes and use what ever I have on hand at the moment. I use raw almonds, granola and chocolate pieces are my faves:)

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

    Pistachios and sunflower seeds are da bomb anyway, so I agree with you there anyway. Do you have a nut allergy then?

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

    I love dried coconut shavings! Good call :)

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

    It will taste extra awesome by a lake :)

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

    Thanks Steve! I love dried cranberries in almost anything.

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

    Bits of jerky in with your salty and sweet trail mix? Say it ain’t so..?