Birthday Gorp

Sorry we are so behind on posting! After vacation, I attended a conference and then as soon as I got back into town my sister came to stay with us for two weeks.  She and I have been BUSY for the last two weeks: watched four chick flicks, went to see Eclipse, made friendship bracelets, went shopping at the outlet malls, tie-dyed shirts, baked cookies, baked muffins, had a spa day complete with pedicures and haircuts, and ate at all Jenna’s favorite Tally establishments (Chick-fil-A, Moe’s, Coldstone, and TCBY). Whew! Pretty much the best sister visit ever. No wonder I haven’t made it to the computer for a while! But enough with my excuses – on to the recipe!

Last week, my friend Elizabeth turned the big 3-0. Happy Birthday, Elizabeth!  She loves gorp (aka trail mix) so there was no question as to what she was getting for her birthday. I love that trail mix is endlessly customizable.  Here is my favorite recipe, which I used for Elizabeth’s birthday gorp.

Note: I never use exact measurements when I’m making gorp, so the amounts in the recipe below are approximations.

  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1 cup unsalted peanuts
  • 1 bag of M&M’s
  • 1/2 bag of the new Pretzel M&M’s (not pictured – last minute addition!)
  • 3/4 box of Kashi Heart to Heart cereal (my favorite – also mentioned here)
  • 1 lb. bag of mini pretzels
  • Generous sprinkle of sunflower seeds
  • 6 ounces dried cranberries

Place all the ingredients in a large bowl and stir gently to combine.  At this point you want to eyeball the mixture and make sure it looks good to you.  I always end up with more trail mix than I intend to make because I just keep adding ingredients until the mixture looks right to me.  But that’s okay because trail mix is a good snack to share with friends 🙂

When you are satisfied with the mix, pour the mixture into a large plastic bag or container or portion into individual snack bags.

Like I said above, trail mix is endlessly customizable.  I like to make the mix above (minus the chocolate because chocolate makes my tummy hurt) and keep some in my desk at work or in my gym bag for a quick afternoon snack or pre-workout fuel.

This is how Elizabeth’s finished birthday gorp looked:

Yes, I broke down and did it up right for her with Gator colors.  Happy Birthday, Elizabeth!

Leave a comment and let me know: what is your favorite trail mix combo?