by Chef Kendall Huff
Native Foods Cafe
We have all enjoyed this treat one time or another. As an afternoon snack, while camping or backpacking, whatever the case may be. And I’m sure we all have our favorites or recipes for success. But did you know, in New Zealand (pictured below) and Australia, they call this energy booster scroggin or schmogle? It’s true.
And Girl Scouts and hikers call trail mix “gorp," which originally was an acronym for "Good Old Raisins & Peanuts"...
Here are a few of my favorite gorps.
Better Than Roasted Island Magic Mix is raw, organic, Non- GMO, vegan, gluten free and kosher. What more could you ask for? Oh. Delicious and nutritious…DONE! The Island Magic consists of whole, raw Brazil nuts, cashews, mangos, papaya and pineapple.
Enjoy Life already makes my favorite chocolate chips so I’m a fan from the get go, but check out these 2 different kinds of trail mixes. The Beach blast consists of sunflower seeds, pineapples, pumpkin seeds, cranberries and apricots. And the Mountain Mambo is made with sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, raisins, dried apples, chocolate chips and cranberries, for those sweet tooth’s out there. It is camping season here in the Midwest. I suggest they be packed first!
Nativas Trail Mix is an antioxidant super food that can be found at your local health food store. One flavor consists of Gobi berries, mulberries, and golden berry. And the other has all that plus cashews and cacao nibs.
Or friends, make your own. If you’re like me and want to be in total control of your sugars, oils and salts, make your own trail mix. All you have to do is pick out your goodies and mix them together.
Some suggested ingredients:
Nuts (peanuts, almonds, pistachios, cashews)
Baked Soy Beans
Dried Fruits (tart cherries, apricots, apples, pineapples, dried blueberries)
Seeds (pumpkin, sesame, sunflower)
This is my scroggin recipe. Please give it a whirl.
Pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, tart dry cherries (no oil or added sugar), sunflower seeds, raw almonds and pecans. And sometimes, I toss in some fresh blueberries. Hey, why not!