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In honor of all the National Food Holidays in our calendar,
this page is dedicated to trail mix.

When is National Trail Mix Day?
August 31 is always National Trail Mix Day.

What is this Holiday for?
This holiday is for enjoying the fun, delicious snack that has been popular with hikers for years. If you've never had this healthy snack, let today be the day you learn how to make at least one of the many flavor varieties that's popular. It's perfect for hikes and it's perfect placed in your lunch. Let todays be the day you celebrate National Trail Mix Day and share it with everyone.

Origin of this Holiday?
Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day.
This holiday is referred to as a "National" day.  However, we did not find any congressional records or presidential proclamations for this day. Even though we didn't, this is still a holiday that is publicized to celebrate. So have fun with it and celebrate it!

What is Trail Mix?
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Trail mix or gorp is a snack food commonly used in outdoor recreational activities such as hiking, backpacking, mountaineering and camping. This food mixture is termed scroggin in New Zealand and Australia, and Studentenfutter in German-speaking countries. A mix of only nuts, especially those rich in omega-3 fatty acids, and raisins is also known as student food.

Trail mix usually consists of a mixture of nuts and dried fruits such as raisins or cranberries. Other ingredients such as chocolate chips may also be included.

There are other options that outdoor activities work well with. Premium nut mixes combined with dried fruit can replenish energy and are a bit healthier than all the chocolates that can be substituted by quality dried fruits.

Common ingredients include:
Nuts, such as peanuts or cashews
Dried fruits such as cranberries or raisins
Dried Bananas (see Banana Trail Mix Recipe)
Seeds, such as sunflower seeds
Chocolate chips or M&M's
Breakfast cereals
Shredded coconut
Carob chips

Trail mix is an ideal snack food on the trail. It is lightweight and easy to store, because all of its ingredients are desiccated. It is also very energy rich, providing quick energy from the carbohydrates in the dried fruit and/or granola, as well as sustained energy from the mostly mono- and polyunsaturated fats in nuts.

Two backronyms for the word gorp, an alternate name for trail mix, are Good Old Raisins and Peanuts and Granola Oats Raisins and Peanuts. Some assume that gorp is an actual acronym for one of those phrases (or alternatively for "Gobs Of Raw Protein"), but it is probably a folk etymology. The Oxford English Dictionary cites a 1913 reference to the verb gorp, meaning "to eat greedily".

While prepackaged commercial variants of trail mix are readily available, mixing up a homemade batch is also an option.

Other Uses for Trail Mix
Trail Mix Cookies
National Cookie Month

Trail Mix Recipe

3 cups of rolled oats
1/2 cup of raisins
1/2 cup of apricots
1 cup wheat bran
1/4 cup of vegetable oil
1 cup powered milk
1 cup of honey
1 cup of chopped walnuts or pecans
1/2 cup of silver almonds
1 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup unsweetened flaked coconut

Preheat your oven to 300 F
Get your large mixing bowl and mix together almonds, oats, coconut, wheat bran, sesame seeds, pecans or walnuts and powdered milk.
Grab another little bowl and stir the honey and oil togheter until well blended, then pour into your large mixing bowl.
Using two spoons toss till ingredients are well combined.
Take ingredients and pour onto a lightly greased baking sheet, spreading out evenly.
Bake until golden brown, stirring every 10 minutes.
Immediately, put into your large mixing bowl and stir in the raisins and apricots.
Let it completely cool.
Place it in a airtight container.
Also can be used for topping your cereal.
Also can be given as a gift-in-a-jar.

More Trail Mix Recipes


Trail Mix makes the perfect gift-in-a-jar for gift giving as a Christmas gift, Thanksgiving gift, Halloween gift or just as a thinking of you gift. Trail mix is very colorful and looks impressive in a decorated jar. visit our Gifts-in-a-jar page for more information & recipes.


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