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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Homemade Snacks, Trail Mix for Biking, Hiking, Camping

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Scroll down to see a variety of pocket snack ideas, some of them substantial enough to make a meal at the wheel, on the trail or in an airline seat. 

Caramel, Squaramel Dessert Gorp
    Like many cereal-based gorp snacks, this one can be made with different cereals each time for variety or to suit a special diet such as no gluten, low sugar, salt free or high fiber.
16 cups square crisp cereals
1 stick butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup light corn syrup
½ teaspoon each salt and baking soda

     Spread cereal on two jelly roll pans. (Line pans with parchment or nonstick foil for easier clean-up.)  In a saucepan melt butter and stir in sugar, corn syrup and salt. Cook until it comes to a full boil. Boil 2 minutes.  Carefully drizzle over the cereal.  Bake 20-30 minutes at 300 degrees, watching carefully for hotspots. Cool without stirring.
    When it’s completely cool, turn over lightly with a pancake turner to mix well.  Package by the cup or  half-cupful in snack bags.
    Take a brisk walk while enjoying this satisfying dessert and stroll away the calories.

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Save Money with Homemade Trail Mix

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Big Game Night Gorp, Sweet or Savory
    This is a super bowl-ful for watching the big game or package it pocket size for hiking, camping, backpacking, boating, commuting. It saves a ton of money and also saves lots of sugar, fat, salt and other stuff you don’t need. To make it gluten-free use only gluten-free cereal squares and watch the labels for other ingredients.
     Here are two versions, one sweet and one savory. Make one of each.

8 cups “lite” popcorn (3 one-quart microwave packets) OR

8 cups air-popped popcorn with no fat or oil
8 cups your favorite square cereals (two to four different varieties)
2 cups roasted whole almonds (salted or unsalted)
2 cups roasted whole pecan halves (salted or unsalted)
½ cup Jane’s Crazy Mixed Up Salt  OR
½ cup cinnamon sugar (1 teaspoon sugar to ½ cup sugar)
    Combine everything in a big, clean bag and shake gently to mix. Package by the cupful for travel or trail or serve it in big bowls for game day. Makes 20 cups. 

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Homemade Snack Recipes for Hiking, Camping

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Love the outdoors, hiking, camping, nature walks? Homemade gorp carries in a poclet,  keeps you fed while you're Out There.

Spicy Peanut Gorp
    These nutrition-packed bars have a sweet, spicy Thai tang like no other. Wash them down with a hot or cold beverage to make a meal on the trail or a midnight snack around the campfire.
3/4 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup chopped,  roasted peanuts
1 2/3 cup whole wheat flour
2 eggs
2 tablespoons each molasses and water
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup Thai peanut sauce
1/3 cup smooth peanut butter 

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Combine sugar, peanuts and flour in a plastic bag to mix well. In a bowl whisk the whole egg, one egg yolk, molasses, water, baking soda and peanut sauce. Mix in peanut butter, then dump in dry ingredients. Mix well. Dough will be very stiff.

Pat dough into a log and flatten it. Place on lightly greased baking pan. Whisk egg white and 1 teaspoon water until frothy and brush on top of the roll. Bake at 350° until toasty brown and firm to the touch. While the log is still warm, cut it up. When it’s completely cool, package it for the trail. Makes four trail meals when served with a beverage, or cut in smaller pieces to carry as a snack.

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Homemade Snack Recipes Rock

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Take a big batch of homemade gorp on your camping trip for campfire evenings.

A portable ice maker makes a great Father's Day gift for Dad's camper, boat, man cave or cabin in the woods. Take it anywhere and just plug in and fill with water when and where it's needed.
PS If you have  loved ones in an overseas hotspot, send one there too.

Kicky Corny Gorp
To make this gluten free check labels to make sure all ingredients including candy and herbs are gluten free.
4 cups plain popcorn (popped with little or no salt or oil)
2 cups corn chips such as Fritos
2 cups corn puffs cereal
2 cups square corn cereal 
2 cups candy corn
1 stick butter
1 teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon each garlic salt, ground cumin, onion salt and celery salt

    Put popcorn, cereal and candy corn in a large, clean container (such as a large cooking pot or  clean dishpan).  Melt butter and stir in herbs and spices. Cool 10 minutes. Slowly drizzle butter mixture over popcorn mixture, mixing thoroughly but gently.  Keep in a cool, dry place for up to one week. Makes 12 cups.
      To make this gorp a complete meal for hiking add almonds for protein and bring a crisp apple. As always, bring plenty of fresh, clean water.

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Homemade Trail Mix Recipes for Better Health, Lower Cost

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French Toast Crunch Gorp

    This is a sweet and satisfying breakfast for commuters who eat on the go, for boaters at the tiller, for hikers on the trail. French Toast Crunch cereal comes in several flavors. Mix or match. 

8 cups French toast cereal (one or more flavors)
2 cups miniature marshmallows
2 cups snipped dried apricots
2 cups diced dried pineapple
½ cup French vanilla coffee creamer powder
2 cups Jordan almonds
2 cups plain, roasted almonds
    Put cereal, fruit and marshmallows in a large bag with coffee creamer and shake gently  to coat well. Add almonds and shake again. Package by the cup for a meal or half cup for a snack. Makes 18 one-cup portions.

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