Is it just us, or are there a ton of amazing camping food days in the month of August? August 31st celebrates Thousand Trails’ favorite snack: trail mix! Trail mix, or gorp (said to stand for good old raisins and peanuts), is thought to be the best snack for camping and hiking. The snack is light weight, portable, and packs a lot of energy into a little snack. Trail mix has changed since it was first made in the mid 1900s; then, it was strictly raisins and peanuts. Now there are a variety of delicious options, so this National Trail Mix Day, grab a bag and hit the trails. These delicious trail mix options will leave you wanting more, and they are perfect for any snack time.
Spicy Honey Mustard Trail Mix
2 cups spicy peanuts
2 cups salted soy nuts
1 cup raw almonds
2 cups grape nuts or other firm cereal
1 cup peanut roasted chickpeas
2 cups pretzel nugget pieces (honey mustard & onion flavor)
1 1/2 cups chopped dates
Place all ingredients in a plastic bag and shake well until mixed. Grape nuts tend to sink to the bottom, so shake well before eating.
Make sure to pace yourself, measure out a small bowl or napkin or you may end up eating this addictive snack in one sitting!
Teddy Graham Trail Mix
1 box Peanut Butter Multi Grain Cheerios
1 box Chocolate Teddy Grahams
2 cups mini pretzels
1 bag M&M’s
1 1/2 cups yogurt covered raisins
1 box Raisinets
Mix ingredients in a large bowl and store in an air tight container.
Healthy Trail Mix
1 cup almonds
1 cup cashew nuts
1 cup pistachio nuts
½ cup sunflower seeds
½ cup dried goji berries
Mix all ingredients in a bowl and store in the fridge. Divide into servings.
This tasty trail mix is surprisingly good for you, and will cause you to swap a bag of chips for a few handfuls.
If you love the trail mix taste, but want to try something new, check out this new spin on traditional trail mix!
Trail Mix Cookies
2/3 cup butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 tbsp vanilla1- 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2 TBSP shredded unsweetened coconut flakes
1 cup add ins – ex: 1/2 cup raisins, 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips, 1/4 cup peanut M&M’s
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Then, beat in egg and vanilla until incorporated.
3. In a separate bowl, mix together the dry ingredients; oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, coconut, and add ins.
4. Stir the dry ingredients into the butter mixture in 4 additions until blended. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
5. Shape dough using a heaping tablespoon into balls (about 24) placing them at least 2 inches apart on the baking sheets. Bake in top and bottom thirds of the oven, switching them halfway through the baking time which is 12-15 minutes total. Cookies should be golden, with crisp edges and soft centers
6. Transfer to racks, and let cool.
Trail mix can be prepared in your favorite way, so if none of these recipes tickle your fancy, mix together your favorite nuts, dried fruits, candy bits, and pretzels, and celebrate National Trail Mix Day on August 31st.