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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Delicious, Healthy Homemade Snacks for Trail or Lunchbox

Janet Groene’s
Fruity Oat Crunch

1 1/2 cups flour
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons fruit flavor gelatin dessert mix*
Pinch salt
1 cup minute oats
1 stick butter 

    Grease a 9 X 13-inch baking pan and set the oven to 350 degrees. Mix dry ingredients and cut in butter until mealy. Press mixture into the pan, using te flat bottom of a glass to tamp it down. Bake 15-20 minutes or until it’s golden and crusty. Cool completely and break up into bite-size pieces. Package in snack bags. 

*If using sugar-free mix use only 1 teaspoon

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Homemade Trail Mix for Camping, Hiking, Lunch al Desko

Crunchy Cracker Gorp

 Make this recipe your very own. Use crackers or cereals suitable to your diet or allergies, such as salt-free, sugar-free, gluten-free, low fat. It’s delicious when made Wheat Thins or with traditional Yankee oyster crackers. It's extra healthful when made with bite-size shredded wheat or other salt- and sugar-free cereals. 

2 boxes or bags, 16 ounces each, cereal or small crackers or a mixture
½ cup canola or corn oil
1 package dry Ranch dressing mix
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon dried dillweed

 Put crackers or cereal in a large container. Drizzle lightly with some oil, mix  gently, drizzle again, mix again. Sprinkle with dry ingredients. Mix again after 15 minutes and  30 minutes, giving time for oil to be absorbed and flavors to mix.
 For parties, serve it in a bowl. For travel package it in snack bags by the cup or half cup. 

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Homemade Snacks for Trail or Lunchbox

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Glacier Gorp

Make it all snow white to eat around the campfire, on the trail or park bench, in a treetop hammock, while riding the subway and when stuck in that dreaded middle seat.
     Eat it anywhere, any time.
16-ounce package miniature marshmallows
12-ounce package white chocolate chips
2 cups cup shredded coconut (from a can or package, not frozen)
2 cups puffed rice or plain popcorn
4 cups frosted round oat cereal
4 cups frosted bite-size whole wheat
2 cups white Jordan almonds or white yogurt-covered raisins or both

    Put everything in a large, clean bag and jostle it around to mix well. Scoop out by the cupful and place in snack bags. Keep cool and dry for up to a month. Makes 20-24 cups.

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Sunday, June 3, 2018

Hike, Energize with Homemade Seafood Trail Mix

Wakame Gorp

The salty sea taste of wakame seaweed flakes compliments the tuna jerky while rice squares add carbs. A burst of sweetness from the pineapple adds a tangy contrast. 

       Ahi tuna jerky and wakame seaweed flakes are sold in Asian grocery stores, or use the links to order by mail from Amazon. 

8-ounce package of Hawaiian style ahi tuna jerky
2-ounce package wakame flakes
8 cups square rice 
2 cups diced dried pineapple

Cut jerky into bite size and combine everything in a big bag or bowl. Mix well. Seal in snack bags and keep in a cool, dry place. Makes 8 to 10 gorp servings.  A cupful makes a meal. Just add a bottle of spring water or Japanese beer. 

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Dark Chocolate Makes a Great Trail Mix

Dark Secrets Chocolate Gorp
This gorp is sweet enough for dessert but has nutritional staying power to get you through a skipped meal when you’re on the go.

2 cups dark chocolate, chopped in bite size chunks
2 cups salted broken cashews
2 cups dried fruit such as Craisins
1 cup coconut chips
2 cups miniature salted pretzels
4 cups small crackers such as Wheat Thins
2 cups square corn, rice or wheat cereal

Toss everything lightly in a large bag and measure by the cupful into snack bags. Makes 15 portions of one cup each. 

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Friday, May 4, 2018

Healthy, Homemade Snacks to Eat Anywhere

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Never be without a healthy, homemade, money saving pocket meal or snack you can carry anywhere, eat anywhere.

White on Rice Gorp

8 cups square rice cereal 
1 tablespoon white sugar mixed with 1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups miniature marshmallows
2 cups white chocolate chips
2 cups slivered almonds

Put everything in a large bag and jostle gently to mix well. Package by the cupful in snack bags. Makes 14 servings of one cup each. 

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Homemade, Healthier Pocket Snack Recipes to Eat Anywhere

Apple Pie ‘n Cheese Gorp

This nut-free gorp is an anytime snack or pepper-upper. It’s also a satisfying, easy-to-eat walking dessert. Make a big batch on Sunday night and have enough lunchbox treats and after-school snacks to last all week. 

4 cups small white cheddar cheese crackers
2 cups Cheddar Cheese Goldfish
8 cups “lite” popcorn (two microwave bags)
2 cups cut up dried apples
2 cups Apple Jacks cereal 

Toss everything together lightly and package by the cupful in zip-top snack bags. Makes 20 servings of one cup each. 

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