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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Homemade, Gluten Free Snack to Eat Anywhere

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Gluten Free Dessert Gorp

    Here is one for your sweet tooth. It's a simple, homemade trail snack you can carry in a pocket or backpack to eat anywhere from the hiking trail to that dreaded middle seat on the airlines. Never be without pocket fuel, no matter where you are. 

10 cups gluten-free square cereal
1 cup brown sugar
1 stick butter
Pinch salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup light corn syrup
3 cups whole roasted almonds

     Put cereal and nuts in a large, buttered or sprayed, microwave-safe dish. Bring sugar, butter and salt to a boil in a saucepan. Boil hard for 3 minutes by the clock.
Remove from heat. Stir in baking soda and corn syrup.   
     Drizzle over cereal and microwave a total of 3 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds. Stir occasionally as it cools. When it’s completely cool,  package by the cupful. Keep cool and dry.  Makes 13 cups. 

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

White as a Snowbank Gorp

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Gorp is a snack you can bank on anywhere, any time. Carry it in a pocket, backpack, glove compartment, carry-on. 

Snowbank Gorp

    Serve this all-white gorp in bowls as a party snack or package it by the cupful for snacking on the ski trail, hike or winter walk. 

4 cups yogurt-dipped small pretzels
4 cups yogurt-dipped raisins
4 cups frosted mini-wheats or frosted round cereal
4 cups miniature marshmallows
2 cups white Jordan almonds or blanched whole almonds
2 cups Brazil nuts
2 cups large white chocolate kisses

    Unwrap the kisses and jostle everything gently in a big bag to mix. It’s done! Makes 22 cups.


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Saturday, December 8, 2018

White on White Homemade Trail Mix

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Polar Bear Poop

    This sweet gorp goes great as a midnight snack or for a walking dessert. Don’t use miniature marshmallows.  The cut surface of large marshmallows is sticky to pick up the coconut and powdered sugar. Keep it all white. It makes good party favors or gifts for carolers, and kids love the gross name.

14-ounce package regular marshmallows
2 cups shredded coconut
1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar
1 package white candy making chocolate (almond bark)
4 cups frosted round oat cereal
4 cups yogurt-coated pretzels
2 cups yogurt-covered raisins

Optional:  Polar bears have a varied diet, so you might add
other white treats such as white M and Ms, white Jordan almonds, white chocolate chips,  frosted cereals.

    Using scissors, cut marshmallows in half and shake in a bag with the coconut and powdered sugar to coat the cut edges. Set aside.
     Melt white chocolate and fold in as much of the cereal as possible. Working quickly, spread on waxed paper and let harden. Chop chocolate mixture and throw into the bag with marshmallows and remaining ingredients. Shake gently to mix well.  Package by the cupful.


Friday, November 16, 2018

Homemade, Healthier Trail Mix to Eat Anywhere, Any time

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Left: Eat my homemade gorp recipes anywhere, any time--at your desk, on a park bench, on the trail, around the campfire or in that dreaded middle seat. 

Thumb Drive Gorp

   This gorp makes a hearty dessert. To add carbs and fiber to make it a complete trail meal, add 4 to 6 cups of unsweetened, bite size shredded wheat. Brazil nuts, big as a thumb drive, are something you can get your teeth into.
    Every time you reach into the packet of gorp, you get a mouthful.

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 regular or extra large marshmallows 

    Put the gelatin mix in a  large, clean bag. Stuff each pitted date with a whole almond. (You may not need all the almonds.)  Place in the bag. Shake gently to coat dates with gelatin.  Add Brazil nuts and marshmallows and shake again.
Discard excess gelatin. Package in snack bags and keep cool and dry. 

If you're a dedicated gorp maker, save money by ordering nuts in bulk. These Texas pecan halves are wild harvested and pesticide free 

Here's place to order almonds, peanuts, and cashews in bulk.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Homemade Trail Mix Makes a Healthier Meal

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String Cheese 
Snack Gorp

    This is a savory gorp that makes a nice lunch at your desk or on the trail. Complete the meal with a crisp apple or some grape tomatoes plus plenty of spring water.

3 cups string cheese pieces
1 tablespoon seasoned salt 
8 cups square cereals (the more variety the better)
2 cups unsalted walnut and pecan halves (or more to taste)

    Cut up  string cheese with scissors. Put cheese pieces in a big bag with 1 tablespoon seasoning and shake gently to coat.  Add cereal, nuts and more seasoning if desired. Shake gently and package by the cupful to make a meal or by the half cup for snacking. Makes 13 cups.

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Monday, October 29, 2018

Himemade Ginger Snacks for Happy Tummy Travel

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Delicious, healthy, soothing, homemade treats to take anywhere, eat any time

Ginger Bits Gorp
    Ginger settles tummies and it’s also a spicy dessert treat. Bake this in one piece, then cut in bite size to package in individual portions of about a half cup. This fiber-rich, not-too-sweet recipe is from the Lake District region of England, a favorite of Peter Rabbit’s creator, Beatrix Potter.
2 cups whole wheat flour
3/4 cup rolled oats 
1 ½ teaspoons cream of tartar
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground Jamaica ginger
2 sticks butter
1/4 cup milk or cream

    Set the oven for 325 degrees. Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. Grease a 9 X 13-inch baking pan. Use a pastry blender to cut butter into dry ingredients until mixture is mealy. Stir in milk or cream. Spread mixture evenly in the pan, using the back of a spoon dipped in flour to pack it in. Bake 25 minutes or until golden. Cool 5 minutes and cut in small squares with a serrated knife. Cool completely before taking squares out of the pan. 

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Hikers, Boaters, Campers Save Money with Homemade Trail Mixes

Sticks and Stones Gorp
Eat anywhere, any time when you have homemade gorp in a pocket or backpack.

Here's an idea. Fill ice cream cones with MMs and pass 'em out at  the campfire or  tailgate party. 

    Packaged potato sticks are very salty, so cut the per-portion sodium content by adding unsalted ingredients. 

4 cups crisp potato sticks
1 cup skin-off, unsalted Brazil nuts
2 cups blanched,  unsalted whole almonds
8 cups plain, unsalted popcorn
1 teaspoon seasoned salt

    Toss everything together in a large bag to mix well and package by the half cup for snacks or by the full cup for meals on the trail.  Makes 15 cups. 

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