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Gorp

Spring 2004, The EatingWell Diabetes Cookbook (2005), The Essential EatingWell Cookbook (2004)

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Try customizing this basic recipe with your favorite dried fruits and nuts.



READER'S COMMENT:
"I am going to the store right now, I have been buying this prepacked but it is $3.00 for a small bag. I can buy a whole bag of akmonds, cranberries, peanuts, and chocolate chips from Dollar General for less than $5.00. Thanks for the...

4 Reviews for Gorp

08/02/2011
Tiny serving size?

I don't have a food scale, and so I estimated the volume I'd need of each ingredient.

To make *one* serving, I used 1 1/2 tbsp almonds, 1tbsp large Virginia peanuts, and 1 tbsp dried cranberries along with the 1/2 tbsp dates and 3/4 tsp chocolate.

This snack was perfectly satisfying, but I was worried that I had overestimated the volumes. It turns out, I had.

1 1/2 tbsp almonds is about 1/2 an oz. 1 tbsp peanuts is about 2/3 of an oz, and 1 tbsp of dried cranberries is about 1/3 of an oz.

The nutritional content of what I ate comes to:
170 calories, 11g carbs, 12g fat, 6g protein.

What the recipe calls for (1 serving):

1/4 oz almonds = 2 tsp
1/8 oz peanuts = 1 tsp
1/8 oz cranberries = 1 tsp
1/2 tbsp dates
3/4 tsp chocolate chips

Has anyone eaten one serving according to the recipe? Was it satisfying? It works out to being about two tbsp of gorp which seems like a small amount to me.

What are your thoughts?

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09/28/2010
Anonymous

I am going to the store right now, I have been buying this prepacked but it is $3.00 for a small bag. I can buy a whole bag of akmonds, cranberries, peanuts, and chocolate chips from Dollar General for less than $5.00. Thanks for the ingriedients

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09/01/2009
Anonymous

Almonds are a good inclusion I think, because I've read that they have certain nutrients/mineral that are beneficial that peanuts alone don't have. I've read cranberries and berries in general are rich in antioxidants and lower in carbohydrates and have a lower glycaemic index than many other kinds of fruits, and when you taste cranberries, they're not very sweet, and rather tart. Cranberries are also good for fighting infections I've read. Dates seem to me to be quite sweet. I imagine they have a higher sugar content, but I believe they have some good nutrients, minerals etc. I suppose you could sub dried red grapes (raisins) to give sweetness to the mix. Choose red grapes because they have more antioxidants than white grapes. I'd also go for higher content cacao chocolate, because the darker the chocolate, the more antioxidants in it. You could also add or sub pistachios for peanuts or almonds, or pecan pieces. Most nuts have a lot of healthy fat, but remember that it IS fat, and high in calories. On the other hand, eating fat seems to satisfy cravings better.

CC, Sydney, Au

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09/01/2009
Anonymous

I grew up with GORP standing for "good ol' raisins and peanuts". We've updated it a bit with the chocolate chips, but what is your thought about just peanuts, raisins and chocolate chips for a balanced snack idea? Do you think it's necessary to have the dates and almonds too? Thanks, Ruth

Ruth, Washington, DC

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