Prep time: 10 minutes
Want to skip the sandwich altogether? A gorp-stuffed apple bowl is a great substitute. Recipe from the Associated Press.
1/2 cup gorp (recipe follows)
1/4 cup peanut butter, almond butter or soy nut butter
2 large tart apples, such as Granny Smith or Pink Lady
Place the gorp in a food processor and pulse for 3 to 5 seconds, or until lightly chopped. Transfer to a small bowl and mix in the peanut butter. Set aside.
To make the apple bowls, carefully slice each apple in half down the center. Use a melon baller to hollow out each of the 4 apple halves, leaving about 1/2 inch of apple flesh to form the bowls. Brush the apples with lemon juice to prevent browning.
Spoon a quarter of the peanut butter mixture into each apple half. Serve immediately or wrap to pack for lunch. To wrap, press 2 of the apple halves together, then wrap in plastic.
Per serving: 490 calories; 250 calories from fat (51 percent of total calories); 28 g fat (8 g sat.; 0 g trans fats); 0 mg cholesterol; 55 g carb.; 13 g protein; 9 g fiber; 170 mg sodium.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Makes about 4 3/4 cups
Gorp is easily customized. Substitute soy nuts for the peanuts if nut allergies are a concern.
1/2 cup toasted coconut flakes
1/2 cup roasted, unsalted cashews
1/2 cup roasted, unsalted almonds
1/2 cup roasted, salted peanuts or soy nuts
1/2 cup banana chips, lightly crushed
1/2 cup M&M's
1/2 cup peanut M&M's
1/4 cup toasted pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds)
1/4 cup dried cherries
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup diced dried apricots
1/4 cup finely diced crystallized ginger
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and gently mix well. Store in an airtight container.
Per 1/4 cup serving: 190 calories; 100 calories from fat (53 percent of total calories); 12 g fat (4 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 0 mg cholesterol; 18 g carbohydrate; 5 g protein; 2 g fiber; 25 mg sodium.