What is GORP exactly? Some people say it stands for “good old raisins and peanuts,” and some say it’s just a funny word for a combination of crunchy, salty, chewy, and sweet things. GORP can include a huge range of flavors and textures, as long as the sweet and salty are kept in balance. Combine your favorite dried fruits and nuts, and then add crunchy ingredients like toasted corn, unsweetened cereal, and pretzels. Make these in quantity to keep stashed in your lunchbox and backpack.

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Hands-on time: 5   |    Total time: 5   |    Makes: 7 Servings


Measuring cup
Medium bowl
7 snack-size zipper-lock bags


1⁄2 cup roasted, lightly salted whole almonds (or whatever nuts you like best)
1⁄2 cup raisins or dried currants
1⁄4 cup dried cranberries or chopped dried apricots (or whatever dried fruit you like best)
1⁄4 cup corn or wheat squares cereal (or toasted corn snacks or pretzels)
1⁄4 cup toasted pumpkin seeds (these are also called pepitas)


Wash your hands with soap and water, then gather all your equipment and ingredients and put them on a counter.

  1. Put all the ingredients in the bowl and, using your clean hands, toss until well mixed.
  2. Put a cup of the mixture in each bag and keep at room temperature up to 1 week.