If you’re like us, trail mix is something you skip over in favor of chips or chocolate while stopping at convenience stores on long drives. But you can make it right at home! Snacking works best when it helps your body, and we here at Rip Van have our own spin on classic trail mix to share with you.
Pulling from a hodgepodge of food groups, trail mix is the ultimate melting pot of snackage. Its history is as varied as its contents. Native Americans have eaten trail mix for thousands of years. Original recipes even featured buffalo meat! In Denmark, a yummy snack appeared in 1833 called studenterhavre, meaning: “student oats.” If you venture to Australia or New Zealand they call it scroggin… which makes sense when you think how good it is for the old noggin. A less appetizing name for trail mix is GORP which in addition to being an acronym for Good Old Raisins and Peanuts also means “to eat greedily.” And it’s true: trail mix is one of the only snacks where it is polite to take large handfuls.
Outdoorsman Horace Kephart recommended Trail Mix it in his popular camping guide from the 1910's.
Two California surfers get credit for inventing trail mix as we know it today. Back in 1968 they skipped the buffalo meat, choosing instead to combine peanuts and raisins for an energy snack. And that’s what it’s all about: finding delicious food options that help your body.
Today, it’s time to bring in Rip Van Wafels to put a new twist on trail mix!
• 1 pieced Honey & Oats Wafel
• 1 serving Choc Zero Sugar Free Chocolate Chips (14g)
• 1/2 cup almonds
• 2 tbs unsweetened shredded coconut
Instructions:1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2) Place the almonds on a baking sheet and toast for 5-7 minutes
3) While the almonds cool, break the Honey & Oats Wafels into pieces
4) Add the wafels pieces, coconut, and chocolate chips to the baking sheet
5) Mix together
One serving of our recipe has less sugar than other popular options out there. As you can see below, Kar’s Sweet ’n Salty has has a whopping 20g of sugar per serving!
Whether you call it GORP or studenterhavre, we believe trail mix can be improved and enhanced with the help of our wafels. And with six unique flavors, the trail mix combinations are endless.