Nutty road

Whether you’re off on an adventure with the kids or looking for something a little gourmet to boost everyone’s energy in the afternoon, try this simple and delicious recipe idea.

Nutty Road

One of my fondest camp memories is of trail mix or scroggin – a combo of nuts, seeds, chocolate, dried fruit and lollies. It never seems like a big deal when you’re making it up at home before camp, but when you’re up to your third night of sleeping in a tent with a stick poking in your shoulder, and your socks are soggy, and you are smelly, it’s seriously the best camp thing ever.


  • 150g ready-made trail mix from the shops (or MYO with your fave nut and seed combo)
  • 10–15 marshmallows, chopped up
    with scissors
  • 50g chopped dried fruit (such as dates, apricots, bananas, mango)
  • 20g black licorice, chopped (optional)
  • 40g desiccated coconut
  • 2 blocks of dark chocolate, crushed into small pieces


  1. Put trail mix, marshmallows, dried fruit, licorice, and coconut in a large heatproof bowl.
  2. Bring half a pot of water to the boil in a saucepan, and find a metal bowl that fits into the saucepan without touching the water. This is called a double boiler. Put chocolate in the bowl.
  3. Once the chocolate has melted, get a grown-up to help you pour it over the trail mix and then lay it out on baking paper to dry. Leave it to harden overnight. (Kinda like everything in your camping bag by the end of the trip.)
  4. Break into pieces and share. (Or take to camp and hide it in your daypack – but don’t forget it’s there, lest it melts!)

Text © 2015 Alice Zaslavsky. Illustrations © 2015 Kat Chadwick. Reproduced with permission of Walker Books Australia

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