I made you this great, big bowl of G.O.R.P. today! Nice, huh? I’d love to tell you that it took forever, and that I made it just so you and I could celebrate National Trail Mix Day together. But, really, I threw a ton of snack foods into a large mixing bowl and then promptly began munching away. I’m pretty sure it took longer to decide which ingredients I wanted to include in this trail mix than it did to actually make.
But that’s the beauty of G.O.R.P, right? It’s supposed to fuel our bodies for hiking and biking and road trips. Give us the energy for day camp and nature walks and chanting all of those lame Girl Scout retreat songs. Provide a quick pick-me-up snack between lunch and dinner. So really, how counterproductive and hypocritical would it be if this recipe took actual energy to prepare?
By the way, are you still trying to figure out why it’s named G.O.R.P. ? Because up until recently, I mistakenly thought that everyone knew trail mix had an alias. It stands for ”good, old-fashioned, raisins and peanuts”. Although, when have you ever come across a trail mix with just two lackluster ingredients? Everyone knows that you need peanut butter and chocolate to make trail mix a trail mix worth eating.
So, that’s just what I added. Ever since those Peanut Butter Lover cookies, I have been dreaming of more ways to continue on my peanut butter lover binge. And, this trail mix definitely fits the bill. It’s a peanut buttery triple threat of salted peanuts, chocolate-y Reese’s pieces, and Peanut Butter Cheerios. And what’s peanut butter without jelly? I had to add some dried cherries and raisins to complement the salty ingredients with some sweet ones. I’ll be honest, this trail mix would have been great if I had stopped right there. But, when it comes to trail mix, the more ingredients the better! Dried banana chips proved to be that perfect, final ingredient to round out the sweet and salty flavors, plus provide one last crunchy component. G.O.R.P.PB.J.B.C – that’s what it should be nicknamed.
If you thought peanut butter, banana, and jelly sandwiches was the quickest snack around, think again! This recipe doesn’t even require a utensil. But, be careful! This snack is so addicting that it requires conscious eating. As in, don’t sit down to write a blog post with the entire bowl at your side, unless you’re attempting to eat your weight in salty snack mix. Happy National Trail Mix Day!
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