Cook-in-Progress: Gorp Balls


Trail mix with a twist.

The time of year is finally approaching when people are ready to shed the winter blues and pursue more outdoor endeavors. Trail mix is a staple of outside activities, because it provides the perfect blend of sweet and salty goodness while also providing a natural energy boost.

“Gorp” is an acronym used for trail mix, which stands for “Good old raisins and peanuts.” Gorp balls are a different take on this snack-attack favorite.

( Daily Iowan video feature )

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What you’ll need:
1/2 C peanut butter
1/3 C honey
1 C chocolate chips

These ingredients, when mixed well, will act as the “glue” and hold everything together.

Next, combine (separate of the “glue”) the dry ingredients. Trail mix is a matter of personal preference, so for this recipe, chef Eric Ernst — featured in the video — used:

2 C peanuts
1/2 C banana chips
1/2 C walnuts
1/3 C raisins

Finally, combine the trail mix batch with the “glue,” and shape into balls approximately 2 inches in diameter. Refrigerate to set.


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