Gorp is the hiker’s snack. Whether or not you see yourself as a serious outdoorsy type, I assure you that these gorp muffins are for you. Gorp muffins are for mom and/or dad out with the scout troop, a short day hike with friends, a stroll around a city sculpture park on your lunch break, the trip to the parking garage, or even the perilous trek across the kitchen to open the oven.
Gorp (for those who haven’t encountered the term) is another word for trail mix. I’ve always heard that it stands for “good old raisins and peanuts.” However, according to Wikipedia, others say that it stands for “granola, oats, raisins, and peanuts,” “grapes, oranges, raisins and peanuts,” or “gobs of raw protein.”
These gorp muffins are packed with peanuts, raisins, oats, and chocolate chips – you can’t take a bite that doesn’t have at least two of the four. The muffins taste exactly like the beloved trail mix!
Gorp Muffin Recipe
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 cup half and half
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup roasted peanuts
- 1/2 cup raisins
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl, mix butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.
- Mix in eggs, one at a time.
- Mix in vanilla.
- In a small bowl, mix flour, salt, and baking soda.
- Add flour mixture to butter mixture a little bit at a time until just combined.
- Mix in half and half until fully integrated.
- Stir in oats, chocolate chips, peanuts, and raisins.
- Fill muffin cups all the way to the top with batter (they won't rise).
- Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out dry.
If you like muffins, try my banana oatmeal chocolate chip muffins.