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Thursday, September 12, 2019

High Energy Brazil Nut Gorp

    Often overlooked in this nutty world are tasty,  nutrition-packed Brazil nuts. They’re loaded with polyunsaturated fats and precious trace minerals including, per serving, 98.8% of the RDI for selenium.     (See for more nutritional information.)   
    Pack ‘em into this delicious, no-bake cookie gorp. You can use any nut butter in this recipe but Brazil nut butter is best. Find it online at and stone ground organic at

Brazil Nut Gorp
No-Bake Cookies

2 cups sugar
½ cup milk
1 stick butter
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups minute oats
½ cup Brazil nut butter
½ cup chopped Brazil nuts
Powdered sugar (optional)

    Bring sugar, milk and butter to a hard boil for one full minute. Remove from heat and stir in cocoa powder, vanilla and  nut butter. When nut butter melts, stir in oats and chopped nuts.
    When mixture is firming up and cool enough to handle, use a small cookie scoop or buttered hands to make walnut-size balls. Arrange on wax paper to dry. Sprinkle with sifted powdered sugar if you wish.
    Wrap individually in twists of waxed paper and keep cool and dry.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

You're in Control with Homemade Trail Mix

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When you make your own trail mix, you can fine-tune it to salt-free, sugar-free, gluten-free, extra protein, hold the hot pepper, whatever. You’re in charge of ingredients and portions.

Calypso Lime Gorp
    Tangy and refreshing, a little lime perks up the perfect trail mix to make a balanced snack or meal. If you use sugar-free lime gelatin mix, which does not have the bulk of added sugar, reduce it to two teaspoons. 

10 cups square cereals (the more variety, the better)
2 cups round oat cereal
1 cup finely cut up spearmint jelly candies
2 tablespoons dry lime gelatin dessert mix
2 cups each almonds and  miniature pretzels
1 cup each shredded coconut and broken cashews
1/2 teaspoon each onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder
2 cups string cheese cut in small bites

    Put cereals in a large clean bag with the jellies and lime powder. Shake gently to mix. This coats the sticky edges of the candies with lime for better distribution throughout the gorp.

    In a small container, mix spices. Put everything else in the bag and shake gently to mix well. Package by the cupful. Makes 21 portions of one cup each. Add an apple and drinking water and you have a meal anywhere.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Malted Milk Makes Yummy Trail Mix

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Malted Milk Gorp

6 granola bars with fruit and nuts
2 frosted brown sugar Pop Tarts
1/4 cup chocolate malt powder
6 cups Golden Grahams cereal
2 cups each raisins and pecan halves
    Using a sharp knife and a cutting board, cut bars and Pop Tarts  into bites. In a clean bag, toss with malt powder to seal sticky edges. Add cereal, raisins and nuts and toss again. Package by the cupful. Makes about 14 cups.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Homemade Trail Mix Needs Cheese

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This space-saving powder sounds like a GO for people on the go who love iced coffee.  It’s high in protein and only 100 calories a serving. Scoop some into cold water, shake up and pour over ice.  (Cut and paste link)

Crispy Cheese Gorp
    Cooks usually bake this dough in little balls for cocktail parties but it’s easier to bake it in one piece, then cut and wrap for the trail, commuting, camping or boating. 

2 sticks butter, softened at room temperature
8-ounce package of grated sharp Cheddar cheese
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon garlic salt
2 cups crisp rice cereal


    Grease a 9 X 13-inch baking pan and set the oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter and cheese together and work in flour and garlic salt. When everything is well combined, fold in rice cereal. 

Smooth dough into an even layer in the pan, pressing with the back of a slightly wet spoon. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until it’s lightly brown. Let cool, then cut. If you cut in large portions, wrap each separately. Bite-size pieces can be packaged in snack bags.
    This snack provides fat and carbs for a vigorous hike. It’s low in sugar and it’s substantial enough to make a filling main dish on the trail if you add an apple and a bottle of water.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

A Trail Mix Recipe to Get Your Teeth Into

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Shoe Leather Gorp

This is a toothsome,  satisfying, chewy  dessert or snack gorp to give your jaws a workout. As always, have plenty of fresh water on hand for gorp, especially for this one.

2 cups dried apple rings, snipped in bite size
2 cups snipped fruit leather, any flavors 

2 cups diced, dried mango or pineapple
1 cup cut up dried, pitted dates
2 cups jumbo raisins
1 cup snipped Twizzlers

1 cup Haribos
1/4 cup coarse sugar such as Sugar in the Raw

    Put everything in a large, clean bag and shake to coat with sugar. Package by the half cup. Keep cool and dry. Makes 22 portions of 1/2 cup each.

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Farley  is a 50-ish widow who lived on a sailboat with her husband in the Caribbean until he was killed in a fall from the top of the mast. Now stuck in a retirement community in Florida to care for her husband's elderly, alcoholic mentor, Farley and her readers live the seagoing life vicariously thanks to her online business booking yacht charters. Laugh and cry as this feisty widow deals with her sadness, laughs at her wacky friends, sighs over her caregiving duties, and tidies up a murder or two.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Homemade Trail Mix Makes a Hiking Dessert

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White Chocolate Dessert Gorp

 It’s sinfully dellicious, ideal for a walking dessert. Push away from the table. Pass out individual bags of this treat and hoof it briskly around the block, beach or birding trail.

2 cups graham cereal such as Golden Grahams
2 cups square cinnamon cereal
2 cups square rice cereal
2 cups square corn cereal
2 cups frosted bite-size shredded wheat
4 cups tiny pretzels
2 cups sllivered almonds
2 cups dried pineapple pieces

2 cups raisins or Craisins

    Mix ingredients on two in rimmed sheet pans lined with parchment or nonstick foil (for easier cleanup). 

16-ounce package of white baking chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup evaporated milk or heavy cream
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
½ teaspoon each almond and vanilla extract

    In a heavy saucepan over low-medium heat, stir white chocolate with the milk and corn syrup. When it’s smooth stir in almond and vanilla. Drizzle in thin streams over pans. Let stand until it’s completely cool. Break up and package by the cupful.  Makes 20 cups. 

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Crispy Chickpeas Make Great Trail Mix

Crispy Chickpea Gorp

 This starchy gorp is a great energizer on the trail, bicycle ride or jog. You control the salt and herbs. You might, for example, omit salt or add some cayenne pepper for heat or a teaspoon of sugar for sweetness.


For the beans:
2 cans, 15 ounces each, garbanzo beans
1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon each dried thyme, garlic powder, oregano

    Set the oven for 375 degrees. Drain and rinse beans, then arrange on paper toweling to air dry. The more moisture you remove now, the less time it will take to make them crispy in the oven. Line a baking pan with nonstick foil. Spread beans in the pan in a single layer.
Drizzle with olive oil. Mix thyme, garlic powder and oregano and sprinkle over beans. Stir and bake, checking and stirring every 15 minutes until beans are crunchy. 

For the gorp:
Prepared beans (you’ll have about 2 ½ to 3 cups)
2 cups square wheat cereal
2 cups square corn cereal
2 cups square rice cereal
1 tablespoon coarse salt
Whole almonds or pecans to taste

    Put everything in a large, clean bag and shake gently to mix. Makes about 9 cups. To package for travel, package by the half cup for snacks or full cup to make a meal. 

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