GORP, How to Make Good Old Fashioned Raisins and Peanuts Trail Mix for Your Next Hike or Adventure Race

how to make GORP raisins peanuts trail mix

GORP. Also known as Good Ol’ Fashioned Raisins and Peanuts. Or Trail Mix. If you’re wondering how to make GORP for your next hike, adventure race, or outing, you’re about to find out.

It’s so easy.

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I love to make a huge batch (think one of those huge IKEA stainless steel bowls) of GORP when I’m crewing ultramarathons with my children, and divide the batch out into little baggies for 24+ hours of snacking. If you don’t know what I’m talking about you can read about Crewing Ultramarathons here.

The Original Trail Snack

Traditionally, GORP contains salty and sweet flavors, combined with carbs, fats, and healthy elements to create a good snack and source of fuel on the trail.

GORP often comes to mind as an original trail snack. Traditionally, this hiking snack was often made simply with raisins and peanuts. However, many hikers and adventurers over the year have put their own spins on GORP, throwing in favorites, like M&Ms, Lucky Charms/Marshmallows or healthy additions, like seeds and nuts.

You Really Can’t Go Wrong Making GORP

When you make GORP, you can throw just about everything and anything into the mixture, provided it is a dry ingredient, and in any ratio you prefer.

Make it sweet, make it salty. Make it healthy, make it sugary. It’s your call!

My GORP Recipe

Here’s my basic GORP recipe. Again, you can tweak the ingredients or ratios however you’d like. You can’t mess this up!

  • 2 cups of plain peanuts (I like salted, but you can opt for lightly-salted or unsalted)
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup plain M&Ms
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips (milk chocolate, semi-sweet, or dark chocolate. If you want dairy free, go for Enjoy life)
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • Optional additions: almonds, dried fruit

Happy GORP making! Happy Trail adventures!

What do you like to put in your GORP? Drop a comment below and share!

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