How To Make Your Own Emergency Survival Bars

Emergency Survival Bar
Emergency Survival Bar


  • 3 C. cereal (oatmeal, cornmeal, or wheat flakes)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3 T. honey
  • 2 1/2 C. powdered milk
  • 1 C. sugar
  • 1/2 C. Jello (optional)
  • 1/4 C. water
  • add raisons if you like


Place all dry ingredients except Jello in a bowl. Bring water, honey, and Jello to a boil. Add to dry ingredients. Mix well. Add water a little at a time until mixture is just moist enough to mold. Place in a small square dish and dry in the oven under very low heat. Wrap and store. This will make 2 bars, each containing approx. 1000 calories or enough food for one day. These will store for a long time if they are cooked until quite dry, and are excellent for emergency packs, etc. Eat dry, or cooked in about 3/4 C. water.

One bar contains only half of the nutrients of the whole recipe and therefore you may wish to set aside two bars per day to get the following:

NUTRIENT                               PERCENT RDA

Food energy 74%
Protein 135%
Total lipid (fat) 12%
Carbohydrate, by diff. 93%
Total saturated fat 8%
Cholesterol 10%
Sodium 441%
Total dietary fiber 60%
Vitamin A 121%
Ascorbic Acid 16%
Thiamin 154%
Riboflavin 191%
Niacin 16%
Vitamin B6 38%
Folacin 113%
Vitamin B12 114%
Potassium 177%
Calcium 218%
Phosphorus 308%
Magnesium 116%
Iron 80%
Zinc 90%
Pantothenic Acid 75%
Copper 55%
Maganese 212%
Linoleic Acid (18:2/n6) 122%
Linolenic acid (18:3/n3) 9%
Histidine 234%
Isoleucine 491%
Leucine 615%
Lysine 610%
Methionine + Cystine 396%
Phenylalanine + Tyrosine 630%
Threonine 563%
Tryptophan 503%
Valine 488%

Probably the biggest problem is the low vitamin C. However, in a pinch, a person could live a long time off these bars alone. They are also a bit short in the calorie department, but are excellent in protein, over half of the B vitamins, and excellent in the minerals category. These bars, no last as long.

Al doubt, nutritionally beat many of the expensive bars you can purchase from the different companies, and properly sealed would probably

High Energy Survival Bars
High Energy Survival Bars


  • 2 lbs pitted dates
  • 2 lbs figs
  • 2 lbs raisins
  • 2 cups cashew pieces
  • 2 cups sesame seeds
  • 2 cups peanut butter


1. Mix all ingredients except for peanut butter through a meat grinder.
2. Add peanut butter and mix well.
3. Roll out into 1/2 inch thick sheets.
4. Cut into bars and wrap well.

Makes 60 2 ounce bars

Homemade Survival Energy Bars

This homemade energy bar recipe is chock full of goodies and will sustain even the most exhausted trekker through the trip home. Wrap them individually and make extras for tucking into BOB (Bug Out Bags) or GHB (Get Home Bags) backpacks.
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • l tsp. vanilla extract
  • l cup granola
  • 1/2 cup raisins (or any chopped dried fruit)
  • 1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts (or your favorite nut)
  • 1 1.69 oz. pkg. M&M’s chocolate candies (or you can substitute carob chips)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Generously butter or oil an 8 x 8 inch square pan (preferably nonstick). Crack the egg into a medium sized bowl. Add the sugar and vanilla extract and mix thoroughly. Stir in the granola, raisins, hazelnuts and M&M’s and mix until combined. The M&M’s can be replaced with carob chips,which will cut down on the sugar content.Transfer to the pan and distribute evenly over the bottom, pressing firmly with your hands. Bake for 25 minutes. Cool and cut into bars or squares. Serves 8 to 12.
The trick here is to let the homemade energy bar cool!

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One Response to “How To Make Your Own Emergency Survival Bars”

  1. Sandi says:

    Why not add powdered Vitamin C to the mix. It is easy to make your own with lemon or orange peels by cutting them up into small pieces and drying in a dehydrator and then grinding them up with a coffee grinder.

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