Have kids help you make homemade trail mix, also known among backpackers as gorp. Here’s how to make a variety of trail mix known as gorp balls (warning: peanuts or a peanut byproduct are ingredients in this recipe).
g Ingredients – 1/3 cup each raisins, apple chips, dried apricots, dates and coconut, 1/2 cup sesame seeds, 1/3 cup walnuts, 2 cups peanuts, 1 cup chocolate chips, 1/3 cup honey, 1/2 cup peanut butter
g Preparation – In a large bowl, mix all ingredients, except for chocolate chips, honey and peanut butter. In another bowl, melt chocolate chips, honey and peanut butter for a minute in microwave. Mix the two bowls of ingredients. Shape mixture into balls. Refrigerate to harden.
Read more about day hiking with children in my guidebook Hikes with Tykes.