My friends will spend this summer going to their lake houses and making the most out of the short time we have left together. However, just six days after graduation I will be heading to Granby, Colorado to work as a camp counselor. Although it’s not exactly the best paying job, it’s been my dream job since I was eight years old. When I was little, it seemed as if I would spend 50 weeks out of the year just waiting for those two glorious weeks I’d get to spend tie-dying, camping out and eating GORP to my heart’s content.
For those of you who don’t know what GORP is, it’s basically a fancy acronym given to trail-mix by hikers, meaning “Good Old Raisins and Peanuts.” With camp food being rather sub-par, GORP has definitely become one of my camp diet staples. One of the things I’ve learned over the past ten years of attending summer camp is that crafting a batch of GORP with the perfect peanut/pretzel/m&m ratio is something that only a true trail-mix master can create. And, I mean, I don’t want to get ahead of myself when I say this, but… I’m pretty dang close to the master title. After many combinations tried, here are some of my all time favorite GORP recipes.
Funky Monkey- Peanuts, Almonds, Banana Chips, Dark Chocolate Chips, Pretzels
Brain Power- Pistachios, Walnuts, Sunflower Seeds, Dried Cherries, Dark Chocolate Chips
The Classic- Raisins, Peanuts, M&M’s, Popcorn
Tropical- Dried Mango, Cashews, Almonds, Coconut flakes
Power Mix- Goji berries, Pistachios, Dried Blueberries, Flax Seeds, Dark Chocolate Chips.
Breakfast of Champions: Cheerios, Granola, Peanuts, Banana Chips, Peanut Butter Chips, Raisins
So whether you’re hiking through the Rocky Mountains or spending your days at the lake, here are some tasty combinations to fuel your summer adventures. Store your mix in an airtight container in a cool, dry location to prevent spoilage, and you’re good to go! Try to keep serving sizes around to ¼ cup to keep this yummy snack from falling into the unhealthy category.
Well I can’t believe I’m saying this but, that’s a wrap! Thank you to everyone who has followed along and read my blog throughout the year! For more plant-based recipes, be sure to follow my blog at carolfromkansas.com! Thanks again and have a wonderful summer!