Our trail mix (aka gorp) recipe was created and modified over years of backpacking trips in the Grand Canyon. We needed something that would energize us- complex carbs, sugars, proteins, and fat… and taste good enough that we would be willing to eat it day-after-day on the trail. We often modify it to fit what we have on hand and the preferences of the people who will be eating that batch.
This combination includes two forms of chocolate – M&Ms and chocolate chips that soften in the heat to form tasty clusters. There are also two sources of nuts for protein – mixed nuts and peanut M&Ms; a dried fruit – we like dried blueberries better than raisins, and a base of cheerios. We tried plain cheerios one year and decided it was too bland so we have settled on Honey Nut Cheerios but there are many variations on sweetened oats to choose from these days. Take what you like… make it your own!
Trail Mix (Gorp)
- 1 cup peanut M & Ms
- 1 cup raisins or other dried fruit (we like blueberries)
- 1 cup each chocolate and peanut butter chips
- 1 – 2 cups Honey Nut Cheerios
- 1 1/2 – 2 cups mixed nuts (or whichever you like)
Mix and put into day-sized pouches