Homemade GORP | 5-Minute Trail Snacks

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Homemade GORP

GORP is just a fancy way of saying delicious trail mix with chocolate in it. There’s nothing that quite says hiking like a reusable bag full of GORP. To me, it brings back memories of Girl Guides. I spent a lot of my youth walking along the Bruce Trail. Caving and scaling through rough terrain was my favourite.

Funny enough, I really haven’t made much GORP since. But lately spending more time outdoors with Mr J, I found myself back at my roots. As I thought about what trail food we should take, the brilliant light bulb went off above my head and I scooted to the cupboard. Sure enough, it was simple, quick and easy.

And you know what else? It was delicious.

And I wasn’t the only one who thought so. The refrain of “nuts mama!” got to be a little much.

Eating my GORP

GORP is pretty much the perfect power food for hiking. It’s easily transportable. You can make as little or as lot as you want. The chocolate provides a quick sugar rush & burst of energy to get you that much closer to the summit. The nuts provide you with a kick of protein that helps fuel your body. When you’re burning up to 530 cal/hour, you have to make sure you’re providing the engine with great fuel and hydration.

My favourite part is customizing the ingredients each time – some batches are better than others. But this is my favourite recipe so far.

Holly’s Homemade GORP

A quick & simple trail snack to keep you fueled to reach the summit!


  • 1 handful of raw almonds
  • 2 handfuls of raw hazelnuts
  • 1 handful of cashews
  • 2 handfuls of Craisins
  • 1/4 cup of goji berries
  • 1/4 cup of raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup of raw pumpkin seeds pepitas
  • 2-3 handfuls of dark chocolate chips


  1. Throw everything into a large bowl or resealable container.
  2. Shake! (This is more entertainment for the kids than anything).

Recipe Notes

Feel free to try different combinations of your favourite nuts & seeds!


  1. Erin

    Looks really yummy! Glad you guys are enjoying the reusable snack pouches! We are also looking forward to lots of outdoor time in the near future if Mother Nature co-operates.

  2. JAX

    Love the use of re-usable bags! Way to go! 🙂

  3. Monica

    This looks delicious Holly, I am definitely making this for our next camping or hiking trip! Thanks for allowing me to add your post to my Camping Round-Up.



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About Me

Hey, I’m Holly. I’m an explorer who followed her deep connection to Nature, and became wild. I’m a writer, photographer, and essence maker who has a background in grassroots community development, digital marketing, website design and authentic brand essence.

When I’m not in my studio, I’m gardening organically on 11 acres of land in Northern Alberta with my family, hiking with my hairy border collie, or off on another adventure in my trusty Escape or canoe.