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Friday, September 12, 2014

Homemade and Healthful, Vegan Snacks Everyone Loves

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Vegan Jerky Gorp
    If your local markets don’t carry vegetarian jerky or vegan jerky, order it online.This is a stick-to-the-ribs jerky for high-energy outdoor sports.

6 ounces teriyaki flavor vegetarian jerky
4 cups bite-size shredded wheat
1 teaspoon powdered vegetable bouillon
4 cups square corn cereal (read labels if you’re vegan)
2 cups broken cashews, unsalted
2 cups dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, pineapple bits, etc.) 

    Snip jerky into small bites and combine in a big bag with remaining ingredients. Close
bag and shake gently to mix thoroughly. Package by the cupful in individual, sealed bags. Makes 12 one-cup servings. 

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Granola Plus Makes Good Trail Mix

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Granola Gorp
    Commercial granola is high in price and may also be loaded with calories, saturated fats, salt and sugar. It’s too delicious to ignore but we can cut the cost by using it as an ingredient.

2 cups granola cereal
8 cups popcorn, preferably air-popped without salt and fat (I use Orville Redenbacher)
½ cup coarse sugar (such as Sugar in the Raw)
2 cups raw or roasted, unsalted almonds
2 cups cut-up dried apricots
2 cups raisins or other dried fruit
    Put everything in a clean bag and shake gently to mix. Measure into snack bags by the
cupful for the trail or serve in big bowls. Makes 16 cups.

Gorp Tip: If your only choice is to make microwave popcorn loaded with salt and oil, put one or two clean paper towels in the bag after popping. Shake the bag gently while towels absorb oil. Discard towels. You won’t notice the difference in taste.
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Friday, August 15, 2014

Hit the Road with Homemade Trail Mix

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 With a little packet of healthful, homemade snacks in your pocket, you can stay Out There longer and enjoy it more.

 Spicy Walnuts Gorp
    I have tried this recipe with regular sugar, granular sugar substitute and coarse brown
sugar (e.g. Sugar in the Raw), all with great results.

1 egg white
½ teaspoon orange extract
1/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons apple pie spice or pumpkin pie spice
4 cups walnut halves

    Set the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking pan with parchment or nonstick foil. Whisk
egg white with orange extract until light. Whisk in sugar and spice. Fold in walnuts. Spread on baking pan in a single layer and bake 10 minutes. Stir and bake 12 to 15 minutes more or until nuts are dry and toasty. Cool completely. Keep in a cool, dry place. Makes 12 servings of 1/3 cup each. 

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Healthful Snack Recipes for Indoors, Outdoors, Lunchbox

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Pocket fuel saves money and provides a proper, homemade lunch or snack anywhere. 

  Hockey Pucks
    Bake them today and have a week's supply of healthful snacks to grab for a hike,  camping, boating, fishing, fitness run, commute or breakfast on the go. 

3 egg whites
1/4 cup honey
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cups finely chopped nuts
½ cup sunflower seeds
1 1/2 cups raisins or snipped apricots

    Set the oven to 325 degrees and line 24 cupcake cups with cupcake papers. In a large
bowl whisk the egg whites until frothy, gradually whisking in honey and cinnamon. Thoroughly fold in nuts, seeds and raisins or apricots.  Divide mixtureamong the cupcake papers and bake 15-20 minutes or until set and lightly browned. 
    Cool completely and wrap individually in waxed paper. If you won’t use them within 5
days, refrigerate up to 14 days or freeze up to 90 days. Makes 24. Eat one for a snack, two  or more with spring water to make a meal.

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Sophisticated Homemade Snacks for Grownups

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 Whether you're hiking, biking, mushing or just lazing on a beach, homemade snacks add to your fun

 Espresso Lover’s Gorp
    This is a sweet, rich dessert gorp for grown-ups. Package it in portions of ½ cup  for a stroll after supper. All these ingredients are available on Amazon and most orders $35 and over ship free.
3 cups espresso malted milk balls
1 cup chocolate-coated coffee beans
4 cups chocolate cereal such as chocolate Cheerios
4 cups chocolate-covered raisins
    Put everything in a large bag, mix gently and package in snack bags. Don’t leave them in a hot car in summer. This gorp needs to be kept at “room” temperature. Makes 24 servings of ½ cup each.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Healthier Snacks are Homemade Snacks

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When traveling with kids, have plenty of healthful snacks on hand

Scroll down for more gorp recipes, many requiring little or no cooking 

Ginger Bits Gorp
    Ginger settles tummies so this gorp is a great snack to carry on boats, planes and in cars. It's also a spicy dessert treat. Bake this fiber-rich snack in one piece, then cut in bite size to package in individual portions of about a half cup each.

2 cups flour (preferably
whole wheat) 
3/4 cup rolled oats
1 ½ teaspoons cream of tartar
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground Jamaica ginger
2 sticks butter
1/4 cup milk or cream

    Set the oven for 325 degrees. Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. Grease a 9 X 13-inch
baking pan. Use a pastry blender to cut butter into dry ingredients until mixture is mealy. Stir in milk or cream.  Dough will be thick. Spread it evenly in the pan, using flour-dipped fingers or the back of a spoon dipped in flour to pack it in. Bake 25 minutes or until golden. Cool 5 minutes and cut in small squares with a sawtooth knife.  Cool completely before taking squares out of the pan.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Homemade, Healthful Snacks for the Lunchbox, Camping, Boating, Fishing

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 Save money, add nutrition by making your own snacks for trips, the lunchbox, after school, the office, hiking.

Elsa and Olaf Gorp
This sweet, snow white gorp goes great as a midnight snack or for dessert. Don’t use colored marshmallows. The gorp should be frosty white. 

4 cups miniature  marshmallows
1/3 cup powdered French vanilla coffee creamer 
1 package white candy melts (about 2 cups)
2 cups cup shredded coconut
2 cups puffed rice or plain popcorn
4 cups frosted round oat cereal
4 cups frosted bite-size whole wheat

    Using an extra-large plastic bag (such as 2-gallon zip-top), gently shake marshmallows
and powdered creamer. Spread  coconut, puffed rice or popcorn  and cereals in a pile on waxed paper or a clean kitchen towel. Drizzle with melted candy melts. Let cool completely, break up and add to the bag. Shake gently and measure into snack bags by the cup or half cup.

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