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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Homemade Snack is a Hearty Wheat Treat

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For a party snack, serve with frosty wheat beer. For the trail, bring plenty of drinking water.

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Wheat Treat Gorp

    With so many people on gluten-free diets these days, the goodness of wheat is taking a back seat. Yet for many, wheat is still the staff of life. Celebrate this wholesome grain by making a big batch of this trail mix. It’s a complete meal. 
4 cups square wheat cereal
4 cups puffed wheat cereal
4 cups low sodium Wheat Thins
2 cups Wheat Nuts
2 cups unsalted roasted whole almonds
2 cups large, unsalted  roasted peanuts
2 cups dried apricot halves
2 cups golden raisins
2 cups sliced almonds
1 packet dry ranch dressing mix

    Put everything in a large, clean paper or plastic bag, sprinkling in the dressing mix as you go.  Close bag and tip gently to mix well. Serve it in a big bowl in front of the TV or package in portions for the hiking trail, fitness run or school lunchbox. Makes 24 one-cup portions. It’s good with spring water or wheat beer. 

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Eat Homemade Snack Recipes Any Time, Anywhere

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Rice to the Occasion Gorp
    Crisp rice cereals are tasty, affordable and available in gluten-free versions. Try this recipe for a homemade snack mix. For fruit punch I use a single sleeve of Crystal Lite. .
2 cups cut-up crisp rice snack bars (such as Rice Krispies bars)
2 cups puffed rice cereal
1 sleeve (one serving) dry fruit punch drink mix
2 cups square rice cereal
2 cups cut up caramel popcorn rice cakes

    Using a sharp  knife and a cutting board, cut Rice Krispies bars into  bite-size blocks. Put everything in a bag with the drink mix and shake gently to coat. Package by the cupful. Makes 8 one-cup servings.


Thursday, August 11, 2016

Homemade Trail Mix to Eat Anywhere

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Faux Peanut Brittle Gorp
    This sweet gorp is ideal for an afternoon pick-me-up or for a walking dessert in the twilight.

16 cups cereal flakes such as corn flakes.
2 cups sugar
2 cups light corn syrup
2 cups (16-ounce jar) crunchy peanut butter

    Butter two 9 X 13-inch baking pans. Spread flakes in an even layer in each pan. Bring corn syrup and sugar just to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Turn off heat and stir in peanut butter. Drizzle over cornflakes. Let cool to luke warm and cut in squares. Wrap each in waxed paper.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Homemade Snacks for Pockets and Packs

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Camel Drive Gorp
    This sweet gorp makes a good walking dessert or a high-energy booster on a tough trail.

2 cups cut-up seedless dates
2 cups cut-up dried figs
1 teaspoon crumbled culinary lavender
2 cups unsalted whole walnuts
2 cups honey roasted peanuts
2 cups Jordan almonds
2 cups square rice cereal
2 cups square corn cereal
2 cups sweet, cluster type cereal
    Put fruit in a bag with the lavender and shake gently. Add remaining ingredients, shake to combine and package in one- or two-cup lots. Makes 16 cups.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Homemade Trail Mix for Pocket Fuel

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Kicky Corny Gorp
    This recipe is easy to double or quadruple to serve in big bowls at the party or around the campfire,  and it’s a perfect pick-me-up to carry in a pocket for the trail, commute or flight. 

4 cups plain popcorn
2 cups corn chips such as Fritos
2 cups corn puffs cereal
2 cups square corn cereal 
1 stick butter
1 teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon each garlic salt, ground cumin, onion salt and celery salt
2 cups candy corn

    Put popcorn and cereals in a large, clean container (such as a large cooking pot or  clean dishpan).  Melt butter and stir in herbs and spices. Slowly drizzle butter mixture over popcorn mixture, mixing gently.  When it’s completely cool, stir in candy corn.  Keep in a cool, dry place for up to one week. Makes 12 cups.

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Homemade Trail Mix for Hiking, Camping, Car Travel, Lunchbox

 Snack Recipes You Make at Home to Eat Anywhere

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Crunchy Cracker Gorp
    Make this recipe with almost any crackers in your pantry such as bite-size shredded wheat, Wheat Thins, original Goldfish or oyster crackers.
Be patient, allowing the oil and flavors to soak in.

2 boxes, about one pound each, bite-size crackers.
1 packet dry Ranch dressing mix
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon dried dillweed
½ cup canola or corn oil

    Put crackers in a large, clean plastic bag. Add dry ingredients and shake gently to mix. Drizzle lightly with some oil, shake gently, drizzle again, shake again. Continue until all oil is used. Then jostle the bag every 5 minutes for about 30 minutes. Excess oil will be absorbed and crackers or cereal will be deliciously coated with flavor.
    Serve in a bowl or package it
by the cupful for travel . Makes 8 to 10 cups.  

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Friday, July 8, 2016

Hurray for Homemade Snacks

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    Start with tubs and tubs of economical, healthful popcorn, then use your imagination to turn them into gourmet snacks for parties or the trail. Here’s how:
8 cups popped corn

Spray lightly with butter flavor spray. This is important to make dry ingredients stick to the popcorn. Then put in a clean bag and shake gently with additional ingredients such as:

Apple Pie Gorp, add 1/3 cup brown sugar, pinch of salt and 1 teaspoon apple pie spice

Butterscotch Gorp: toss popcorn with 1 packet dry butterscotch pudding mix, 1 cup butterscotch chips and 1 cup pecan halves

Cheesy Corn Gorp: mix popcorn half and half with corn curls to get all the taste with half the salt and chemicals

Chocolate Lover’s Gorp: add 1/4 cup dry chocolate fudge pudding mix and 1 cup large chocolate chips. Toss and serve. 

Coco Loco Gorp: add ½ cup sweetened shredded coconut and 1 cup dried pineapple bits    

Hot ‘n Spicy Gorp: 1 cup wasabi peas, 1 teaspoon each ground ginger, garlic salt, onion salt

Mexipalooza Gorp: 1 tablespoon salt, 1 teaspoon smoked paprika, 1 teaspoon each dried cilantro and cumin

Peanuttiest Gorp: add 2 cups dry-toasted peanuts and 1 cup cut-up Reese’s peanut butter cups 

Range Rider Ranch Gorp: toss with 3 tablespoons dry ranch dressing mix

Sweet Lemon Gorp: toss popcorn with 1 package dry lemon gelatin dessert mix and ½ cup sifted powdered sugar

Vanilla Vampire Gorp: Toss popcorn with 1/4 cup dry instant French vanilla pudding mix,  1 cup white chocolate chips and ½ cup cinnamon redhots candies

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