Matthew Mead / Associated Press

Gorp-stuffed apple bowls

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 2D

Prep time: 10 minutes

Serves 2

Want to skip the sandwich altogether? A gorp-stuffed apple bowl is a great substitute. Recipe from the Associated Press.

INGREDIENTS

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

Lemon juice

INSTRUCTIONS

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.


Gorp

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.

INGREDIENTS

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

INSTRUCTIONS

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.

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