Joslyn’s Kroger GORP Special

So for my first MYOG, I am making my own GORP.  Some people may not think of food as gear, but I think it’s probably the most important thing in my pack next to my insulation items.  Food is hard for me since I am an extremely picky eater and don’t usually like any of the pre-made foods that one can buy freeze dried.  I absolutely HATE all the store made trail mix/GORP choices out there, specifically the flavor powder and the types of nuts available.  I originally went to the store in an effort to find some cheap backpacking food for our trip that I could buy in store since most of the dried food items I can buy are things I’m going to have to order online.  It was on a whim that I started grabbing things for some homemade GORP.  Part of my reason for putting this mix up here in it’s current state is because everything I put in it is easily attainable at Kroger.  That is something that makes a big difference to people who don’t have a whole foods on every corner.

To start these are the things in their packaging that I put in my mix.

Now Kroger did have some very nice granola options in their organic section and they looked quite tasty if you liked the things in them, but I went with a Kashi cereal base for several reasons

1. Price, this was much cheaper than the all natural granola options

2. I did not like the options at all mostly due to I dislike cranberries and didn’t want blueberries in the mix though there was a strawberry one I think I’ll try soon.

3. The Kashi was already baked with honey and had a good variety of grains I like as well as just the right amount of almonds already mixed in.

4. And this was a big factor for me, Calories.  The Kashi has 200 Calories per cup!  I got 14 cups out of one box.

I started with the Cereal.  For mixing and recording a specific mixture I put two cups in a mixing bowl.

Then in went 8 Apricot slices.  When I do this again I will probably slice these in half or quarters even.  Apricots, though very sweet and wonderful and a little tough and chewy once dried and when whole like this not really great for just popping in your mouth.  I am slightly concerned that slicing them will expose the inside, which is juicier than the exterior, could mean they lose some days worth of shelf life, but I will probably experiment with that.

Next I threw in 4-5 dehydrated apple slices.  I’ve broken these up into bite size bits.  I have a feeling even if I had not done that, being in my pack would have done it for me anyway.

Then in went 1/3 cup of banana chips.  The apple and banana are probably my favorite part! 🙂

I added 1/3 Cup of the R part of the GORP next and…

finished up with one serving size of my favorite M&M’s, Pretzel M&M’s.

This is what it looks like all mixed together.  I have left out the P part of GORP in this mix.  I tried it and it just didn’t work for me this mix.

This is one bowl worth of mix and I got 7 baggies out of the box of cereal with left overs of everything else.  But my favorite part about this mix is not it’s sweet flavor and cruncy texture or the fact that it is made up of some of my favorite snacks but that after adding up the calories from the serving sizes, each bag averages 500 calories each!

I would love to try a lot of different things with my GORP including chocolate covered raisins, vanilla yogurt bites strawberries, blackberries and more, but I was surprised at how hard some of those things are to find at Kroger without being one step away from a diabetic coma in a bag.

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