Chances are you have eaten Gorp and Scroggin even if you don’t recognize the names as trail mix. In New Zealand trail mix is called Scroggin. Gorp is an acronym (good old peanuts and raisins or granola, oats, raisin, and peanuts) often used by hikers in North America. It is also a verb meaning to eat greedily (see article here). I am definitely guilty of gorping trail mix, especially if it contains chocolate!
Native Americans consumed a type of trail mix that contains dried buffalo meat. I know my kids won’t go for that addition! Modern versions of trail mix have been credited to Horace Kephart, who included it in his 1910 camping guide. The sweet, savory combination has also been attributed to California surfers in 1968 (see article here). Trail mix is so popular today; it even has its own national holiday on August 31st.
Trail mix is a great snack for hiking or endurance running. The carbohydrates from dried fruit give you a quick energy boost and the healthy fats from the nuts keep you full.
Lately, my girls have been on a trail mix frenzy. They love creating new mixtures of nuts, dried fruit, and of course chocolate chips! I have a feeling a lot of extra chocolate chips are being sampled during this process. I started to wonder if I could turn this into a healthier option for breakfast by incorporating whole grains. Trail mix for breakfast turned out to be a beautiful, easy, quick, breakfast that children and safely prepare.
Essential Components of Gorp and Scroggin
- Whole Grains: uncooked oats, cooked farro or wheat berries.
- Nuts or nut butter: peanuts, almonds, walnuts, pecans, pistachios, cashews, or hazelnuts.
- Dried fruits: strawberries, raisins, blueberries, cherries, dates, figs, or cranberries
- Chocolate: chocolate chips or cocoa powder.
- Milk: any non-dairy milk of choice.
- Optional: granola and additional sweetener if using cocoa powder.
One of our favorite combinations is listed below. The possibilities are endless; get creative and use what speaks to you!
Gorp and Scroggin: Trail Mix Oatmeal Breakfast Cups
- 1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1 tbsp chocolate chips
- 2 tbsp peanuts chopped
- 2 tbsp dried strawberries chopped
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- Measure oats, chocolate chips, peanuts, and dried strawberries into a glass jar.
- When ready to cook, pour contents of glass jar into a microwave safe bowl.
- Add almond milk and microwave for 1 minute 30 seconds. Stir and enjoy!