I love words. I majored in English with an emphasis in writing, I adore puns, and I’m always up for a rousing game of Scrabble. I play Words with Friends almost daily, but sometimes, if my letters or the board are particularly bad, I hand the phone off to Husband, who can usually help me out. One day he played the word gorp. I’d never heard it before, and looked it up even after his explanation. Dictionary.com defines it as “a mixture of nuts, raisins, dried fruits, seeds, or the like eaten as a high-energy snack, as by hikers and climbers.” The urban dictionary adds that it may be an acronym for “good old raisins and peanuts.” Since the sticky homemade granola I made a couple of weeks ago was a rousing success with Husband (he’s been eating it by the handful), when I came across this recipe from Prevention, July 2013, it was a natural second attempt to find another desirable low sugar snack (or breakfast).
Good Morning Gorp
Makes 3½ cups
Put 1½ cups old-fashioned rolled oats in large skillet over medium heat. Toast, shaking pan frequently. Transfer to bowl. Add 1 cup dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, blueberries, papaya, or mango, chopped as needed); ½ cup nuts (such as peanuts, cashews, almonds, or pistachios), salted or not; ¼ cup pumpkin seed kernels; and ¼ cup unsweetened dried coconut flakes. Season with salt. Eat from a cup or store in an airtight container.
NUTRITION (per 1/2 cup) 233 cal, 6 g pro, 31 g carb, 5 g fiber, 12 g sugars, 10.5 g fat, 3 g sat fat, 75 mg sodium
So I told you recently that it’s clean out/use up stuff time around here. This recipe was very handy for substitutions in that regard. I used up the last of a bag of dried cherries and the last of a Ziploc bag of nuts and dried fruit/seed trail mix from a party (peanuts, raisins, cranberries, pineapple, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, and almonds). I added a handful of cocoa dusted almonds, the toasted oats, and the coconut.
This mixture is a little heavy on the oats, and I found myself missing the stickiness of the agave nectar in the previous granola. It isn’t bad, but it is very dry, making it a little difficult to eat by the handful. I would definitely put it in yogurt for a hearty breakfast, but personally, I prefer the texture of the other recipe. I’ve eaten this one a couple of times in a bowl with milk, like a regular cereal, and it’s better that way. I love the bursts of flavor from the cherries and raisins. Even the dried pineapple, which I find much too sweet when eating trail mix, sort of disappears and becomes more palatable here. Verdict: as a cereal, a keeper; as a trail mix, passable, but better options available.