GORP {a.k.a. the original trail mix

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With a little sweet and salty sweetness in every bite, GORP is a mix of snacks that my family devours every time we do it. Fortunately for me, it's an easy and hassle-free trail mix.

GORP is the classic trail mix you remember from childhood and I am happy to report that it is as tasty as you remember. Whether for a quick road trip, a movie night, or a longer camping trip, GORP has long been a favorite for all of us.

What is the GORP?

GORP is an acronym for "good raisins and old peanuts" which, according to some, was the first trail mix. Chocolate is traditionally included in most GORP recipes. Today, GORP and trail mix are more or less synonymous.

I grew up chewing GORP every time my family was stumbling. Some variation of GORP was always our combination of choice. Usually, my family made their nuts mix with peanuts, raisins, and m & ms or chocolate chips.

I have traveled extensively for the past 6 weeks and constantly need quick, easy, and tasty snacks to enjoy while traveling. There are so many prepackaged snacks available these days, but GORP has continued to be the travel friendly snack that I reach the most.

Trail mix is ​​the sweet and savory snack perfect for long driving days or spending days exploring a new city.

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GORP probably became THE travel food (and hikers took long trails) because it's easy to pack and transport and doesn't spoil. Fortunately, it also happens to be quite nutritious for a convenience meal!

Dried fruit mix for energy and nuts for protein and fat helps keep hunger at bay and keeps you moving throughout the day.

That said, GORP is also one of my favorite snacks for an evening or to have in my bag on a long day of running errands. Easy to distribute in ziploc bags or small serving containers, this nut mix is ​​also ideal for packing at lunch and packing in backpacks.

This practical square snack mix container has a regular place in my motorhome kitchen and we all look for it often. I've probably mixed a batch of GORP at least once, if not twice a week, throughout the summer.

GORP recipe

Over the years, I have done countless trail trail combinations, some have been elegant and others not so much. I always go back to my four favorite basic ingredients: walnuts, raisins, m & ms and honey and walnut cheerios.

Honey walnut cheerios are a must for me. I love the crispy sweet and they help keep it a little lighter. Not that I'm a calorie-counting type of girl, but I don't like feeling lethargic if I ask for a decent-sized bowl.

I also find that the addition of cereal in my GORP, compared to the type of nuts and raisins, makes the variety of textures and flavors more satisfying.

To GORP, simply combine the cheerios, raisins, walnuts, and honey and walnut M&M in a bowl and mix well. Eat right away or keep it in the pantry until your next craving.

If you're not a peanut fanatic or aware of a peanut allergy, feel free to experiment using different types of nuts in this recipe. I like the variety of using a combination of mixed nuts in the snack mix, myself. It would also taste good with all almonds or all cashews.

I store the sandwich mix in an old Costco mixed nut container. I guess I could say a “recycled” or “reused” container and be much more fashionable that way.

But sincerely? I just like Costco's square-faced containers for their space-saving storage and the fact that they're something I already buy and can reuse. I store flours, sugars, nuts, dried fruits and many other pantry items in these handy containers.

This dried fruit mix includes chocolate candies, so be sure to store them in a place that isn't hot enough for the chocolate to melt. That being said, I have brought GORP with me in many hot cars and have been fine. Sure, M&Ms can get a little soft on your hand, but that's part of the fun!

Nuts mix

While GORP is the original, simplest, and truly the most beloved trail mix in my life, I enjoy almost every variety of trail mix you can make. I tried adding chunks of granola to my nut mix and loved the taste and texture of this peanut butter chocolate chip granola.

Speaking of granola, did you know that you can make granola in the clay pot? That was an epiphany for me last year and I may never use the oven again to make granola.

Slow cooker granola is a lifesaver when I want homemade granola in the summer. I no longer have to turn on the oven and subject my family to more heat when it's hot outside. We can have granola and granola trail mix throughout the year.

I'm generally a pretty simple girl when it comes to my trail mix, so GORP continues to rank number one in my heart. Still, I love a classy and indulgent snack every now and then.

This Cherry Chocolate Pistachio Trail Mix looks heavenly and I can't wait to mix a batch for our next family game night. You can never go wrong combining cherry and chocolate flavors.

I'm also intrigued by the inclusion of crispy chickpeas in this roasted chickpea snack mix and have added it to my to-do list for a future road trip.

Cooking tip: I use these measuring cups and these containers (see above) to make this recipe.

How to GORP

  1. Combine the cheerios, raisins, walnuts, and sweets in a large bowl.
  2. Stir well to mix well.
  3. Transfer to airtight container or individual zip-lock bags in portions.


GORP is a mix of sandwiches with a little sweet and salty sweetness in every bite.

American kitchen

Preparation time: 5 minutes.

Total time: 5 minutes

Servings: 14 servings of about 1/2 cup

Calories: 198kcal


  • 3 cups honey walnut cheerios
  • 1 1/2 cups raisins
  • 1 cup mixed nuts or plain peanuts
  • 1 cup plain M&M candy


  • Combine the cheerios, raisins, nuts, and candies in a large bowl. Stir well to mix well. Transfer to airtight container or individual zip-lock bags in portions. Enjoy!


Calories: 198kcal | Carbohydrates: 28 g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 41mg | Potassium: 218 mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 180 IU | Vitamin C: 1.9mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 2.5mg


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