Hungry on the trail? Be sure to keep these Hiking Snacks close at hand.
G.O.R.P., historically is the go-to hiking snack of backpackers everywhere. The name is an acronym, standing for either “Good Old Raisins and Peanuts,” or “Granola, Oats, Raisins, and Peanuts,” depending on who you ask. Fortunately, as the years have progressed GORP is now considered more than just raisins and peanuts, people have expanded the recipe a bit. To make GORP combine equal parts raisins, peanuts, Cheerios, and peanut M&M’s in a container and stir. The combination produces a snack that has a combination of fast and slow burning sugars, protein and carbs. It makes for a quick pick-me-up mid trail.
I mean, it’s Jerky. It the backpacking version of Bacon. There are 1,000 recipes online that you can use, you just have to spend some time practicing. This is one of the most enjoyable snacks and is much more versatile than people expect. Try rehydrating it and putting it in your Mac n’ Cheese, or soaking it overnight to add to some breakfast potatoes. It’s great! If you’re curious, Heres My Favorite Recipe, however, I use a dehydrator rather than the oven.
Fruit Leather is another awesome source of quick energy. It’s super compact, inexpensive and provides valuable nutrients that often goes missing. I usually just buy my fruit leather at the grocery store (just look for the fancy, natural / organic kind) but you can also make your own. If you have a dehydrator, its super easy to do and you can make some interesting combinations! One of my personal favorites? Apple Banana, or Cherry Salsa. Yes, protip – you can make salsa leather too.
I just recently had Dehydrated Humous on the trail and absolutely fell in love. I’ve never made this personally but was so impressed with how well it carried and how easy it was to eat. Once dehydrated, it literally turns into an easy-to-carry powder that can be rehydrated by adding cold, clean water. Then combine it with crackers and some nuts and you’ve got an instant and enjoyable trail snack.
Hard Candy – Jolly Ranchers, Werther’s, Etc.
I’m a huge proponent of hard candy on the trail. Normal chewing candy goes down quick, burns quick, and runs out quick, but a good hard candy will last for 10 min or so and give you a decent stream of quick sugar. I find these are absolute lifesavers after 4 hours of cold, rainy, frustrating hiking or long, long days.