GORP: the ultimate childhood snack

Mango Chocolate Chunk Nut GORP

Gorp or as I learned “good old raisins and peanuts” is the ultimate childhood snack in my book. Gorp is also an old verb meaning to eat greedily. It brings back memories of a short lived Brownie Troop at the local elementary school.  The smell of cafeteria lunches (for some reason I think of spaghetti O’s) comes vividly back with the thought of attending Brownies in the multipurpose room.  Gorp was one of those afternoon snacks brought by the troop leaders or helpful moms for all of us little girls to snack on while learning a what to do for our next badge.


Both meanings of gorp are right in my book as it was peanuts and raisins that I wanted to eat greedily. It was also and thrilling to eat chocolate chip or M&Ms as a snack.  I love the salty and sweet combination of this mix.  Salty and sweet together is still one of my favorite combinations.  When considering on the go snack mixes I have come back to the idea of gorp many times recently.  I’m always in search of the perfect combination of toasted nuts (not peanuts these days), rich chocolate, and some not too sweet dried fruit. This recipe with the rich pecans and walnuts, tart dried mango slivers, sweet chocolate chunks, and comes close.  Can I tell you how much I love Enjoy Life brand of chocolate chunks and chips? Not only are they gluten free but they are also dairy and soy free. But most importantly they taste delicious. You certainly have to hunt to find dried fruit that isn’t covered in sugar.  Steve’s PaleoGoods saved the day for me with their dried mango pieces. Their dried strawberries were very tempting too. I think I’ll use those in another snack mix maybe with almonds in the future.

Mango Chocolate Chunk GORP

I like to keep my gorp in accessible jar so it’s easy to grab a quick handful on the way out the door.  It’s a fulfilling treat that satisfies me until dinner. A little jar might be the perfect treat in your purse for a long day on the go.

GORP: the ultimate childhood snack


  • 1 1/2 cups assorted nuts (I like to use broken nut pieces)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life Mega Chunks)
  • 1/3 cup dried fruit (try to find unsugared fruit like mangos or berries)
  • 1/4 cup coconut pieces (toasted unsweetened would be best)
  • 1 tsp sea salt


  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Lay nuts out on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper, toast in oven for approx 8-10 mins, stirring occasionally.
  3. After pulling toasted nuts in oven sprinkle them with sea salt.
  4. Let nuts cool completely.
  5. Mix nuts with other ingredients and store in an airtight container.

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