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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Homemade Snacks for Hiking, Camping, Commuting

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Hot Brownie Popper Gorp
This is a rich, energizing snack or dessert gorp with a gotcha. Cut it in small blocks and be sure to warn the family that it’s peppery. Like brownies,  they are moist and fudgey, easy to wrap, carry in a pocket and eat on the go.  

3 sticks of butter
3 cups sugar
6 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 ½ cups each flour and unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
½ teaspoon each salt,  cayenne pepper
Grease a 9 X 13-inch baking pan. Line the bottom with parchment if you want to turn brownies out on a cutting board. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Using an electric  mixer beat butter, sugar and eggs until light. Beat in vanilla and dry ingredients. 
Put batter in the pan and bake 35 to 40 minutes or until springy to the touch and pulling slightly away from edges of the pan. Cut in squares and package for the trail or lunchbox. 

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Chex This Snack Recipe

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Classic Chex Cereal Snack

In case you haven’t tried it lately, the Chex snack craze began with a simple recipe like this one. It’s even more popular now that so many square cereals are gluten free.
This makes a high-carb snack for the trail. To make it a meal add an apple and a string cheese.

10 cups mixed square cereals, the more different kinds the better
2 cups mixed nuts
2 cups popped corn or small pretzel sticks (gluten free if necessary)
2/3 stick butter
1 teaspoon garlic salt
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce.

Put dry ingredients in a large container. Melt butter with garlic salt and Worcestershire. Drizzle slowly over ingredients, tossing lightly to mix well. Measure by the cupful into snack bags or serve in a bowl. Makes 14 cups. 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Healthy Snacks for the Trail

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Thumbelina  Gorp
To add carbs and fiber to make this gorp a more complete trail meal, add 4 to 6 cups of regular or sweetened bite size shredded wheat. 

1 packet fruit flavored gelatin dessert, regular or sugar-free
I pound whole, pitted dates 
1 pound whole, unsalted almonds
1 pound shelled, whole Brazil nuts
1 bag of marshmallows 

Put the gelatin mix in a  large, clean bag. Stuff each pitted date with a whole almond. Place in the bag. Shake gently to coat dates with gelatin mixture. Add Brazil nuts and marshmallows and shake again. 
         Package gorp by the cup or half cup in snack bags and keep it cool and dry.

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Pocket Snacks Go Anywhere to Eat Anywhere

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Asian Occasion Gorp
These knock-out bars are an addictive mixture of spice, salt and sweetness. Most microwave popcorn bags hold four cups. Use one bag for this recipe. 

4 cups popped corn (preferably popped without salt or oil)
2 cups chow mein noodles
1 cup hot ‘n spicy roasted peanuts
1 cup white corn syrup such as Karo
1 tablespoon sesame oil

Butter a 9 X 13-inch pan. Put popcorn, chow mein noodles and peanuts on a large, buttered bowl. In a saucepan, bring corn syrup to a boil for 3 minutes, then stir in sesame oil. Quickly drizzle over popcorn mixture and use a sprayed silicone spatula to mix well. Press mixture into the pan and smooth it flat. Cool thoroughly and cut in bars. Wrap bars individually and they’re good to go.  Makes 12 to 16 portions. 
Note: An easy way to press a mixture like this one into a pan is to place a piece of nonstick foil over the warm surface and press evenly with the flat bottom of a plate or jar. 

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Homemade, Healthier Pocket Snacks to Eat Anywhere

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Shoe Leather Gorp
Do your teeth cry out for a chewy workout? Here is a gorp for you It’s great for snacking in the car, on the trail, after school, at your desk. Most microwave popcorn makes 4 cups, so this recipe calls for two packages of 4 cups each.

8 cups popcorn 
1 package dry gelatin dessert mix, any flavor, regular or sugar free 
3 cups dried apple slices, cut up
2 cups cup dried apricots, cut up
1 cup each dried cherries and golden raisins
1 cup Gummi Bears or gum drops
2 cups large, whole, unsalted Virginia peanuts
2 cups whole almonds, roasted or raw

Put everything in a large, clean bag and shake to mix well. Package by the cup or  half cup and keep cool and dry. Makes 19 one-cup servings. 
Suggestion: Seal each portion in a zip-top sandwich bag and add a packaged hand wipe. 

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Homemade Snack for Movie Night at Home

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Movie Theater Popcorn Gorp

This gorp brings that “movie theater” thrill to your Netflix nights at home. By adding nutritious, unsalted ingredients to microwave popcorn, you get less sodium per fistful yet the theater taste is still there.
2 packets your favorite movie-style microwave popcorn (8 cups)
1 cup roasted, unsalted whole almonds
1 cup large, whole, unsalted peanuts
1 cup your favorite movie theater candy (e.g. Dots, Good ‘n Plenty, nonpareils, Jujubes, etc.)
    Pop corn and cool it completely. Put in a big bag with nuts and candy, shake gently to mix and scoop out by the cupful. Serve in a bigi bowl or package it for the trail in  individual snack or sandwich bags. Make 11 cups.

    Smart tip: by packaging gorp in individual portions of ½ to 1 cup, you keep each portion fresher and you control portions. Putting it in a big bowl invites you to binge. 

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Homemade, Healthier Rice Rich Trail Mix

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Rice is Nice Gorp 

4 cups puffed rice cereal 
4 cups crispy rice cereal
4 cups square rice cereal
1 packet instant French vanilla pudding mix
4 cups crisp rice cookie bars (e.g. Rice Crispy Bars) , diced
2 cups miniature marshmallows
2 cups yogurt-covered raisins

Combine cereals, diced cookie bars and pudding mix in a large bag and shake gently to mix. Add marshmallows and raisins and shake again to combine. Pack by the cupful in snack bags. Keep cool and dry for up to two weeks. Makes  20 one-cup portions. 

To add protein, slip 1/4 cup roasted whole almonds into each snack bag. 

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