Trail Chef: Three Gotta-Try-'Em Gorp Recipes

Trail mix might just be the greatest hiking snack of all time.

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I have a thing about trail mix. It’s the first thing I go for when hunger strikes, and no matter how much I pack, I always run out before the end of the trip. It happened last week, only about three days into a weeklong tour de Canada (I knew we were in trouble when I couldn’t help myself from sampling the stash in the car, right after crossing the Wyoming state line).

The best solution: Just pack even more. And taste bud inertia isn’t even a problem when you mix it up with a few bags of different varieties. Here are three of our favorites (some submitted by you, our dear readers), guaranteed to keep even gorpaholics like me fully satisfied.

Morning Glory

Submitted by Ben Shurman, Shepherdstown, WV

In a gallon-size zip-top, combine equal parts of the following:



Dried cranberries



Banana chips

Sunflower seeds

Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal

Chocolate & peanut butter chips

Fancy Gorp

Adapted from

2 cups salted, roasted peanuts

1 cup salted, roasted almonds

1 cup salted, roasted cashews

1 cup milk chocolate chips

1 cup dried blueberries

1 cup dried cherries

1/2 cup crystallized ginger, finely chopped

1/2 cup unsweetened, flaked coconut

Wafer Gorp

Submitted by Chris Lancaster, Brighton, TN

1.5 ounces raisins

2 tablespoons M&Ms

2 tablespoons salted, dry-roasted peanuts

2 teaspoons sunflower seeds

4 tablespoons Cheerios cereal

2 to 4 dried apples (chopped)

1 tablespoon dried sweet cherries

1 tablespoon dried carrots

4 or 5 vanilla wafers

Mmmm. I’m off on a grocery-store run right now. And if that just got your appetite going, check out even more all-star gorp recipes from our talented readers.

What do you think? Do you have a trail mix recipe that beats all others? Share it below!

—Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan

Image credit: Nickgraywfu

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