How to Make Survival Bars? The Best Guide for 2022

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This article will give you the step-by-step guide to make not just one but three survival bar recipes you’ll ever need to keep you an energy boost and keep your stomach from grumbling.

For those unfamiliar, an emergency survival bar is a type of food meant to keep you alive in a survival situation. Emergency food bars have a lengthy shelf life and, more importantly, are high in calories. 

One bar often contains hundreds of calories, making it excellent for bug-out bags or survival caches.

However, there are a few drawbacks to ration bars. They usually don’t taste great and aren’t particularly healthy. Because the main components are wheat, sugar, and shortening, you might even call them unhealthy. Yes, they will keep you alive, but you will most likely be sick.

Making your survival bars is way better than just buying them in the grocery stores. In this way, you’ll have better control over the ingredients and guarantee that you’re receiving everything your body requires to be healthy if you create them yourself. Plus, you’ll also save cash.

There are a lot of recipes out there, but for this article, we’ll give you three survival bar recipes with unique purposes that help you sustain energy while in the wild.

Let’s dig in!

1. Simple Energy Survival Bars

simple energy survival bars

This survival bar recipe is easy and something you can share with your friends. Also, it is best to consume to alleviate exhaustion effectively.

You can store this in the freezer and take a couple out whenever you need a quick energy booster and a snack in one. If you like, you may use almond butter instead of peanut butter.

Now, you’ll need some ingredients to make this energy bar. It will include 1 cup of rolled oats, ½ cup of miniature semisweet chocolate chips (on Amazon), and ½ cup of ground flax meal (on Amazon). 

You will also need to prepare ½ cup peanut butter, ⅓ cup honey, one teaspoon vanilla extract, and ¼ teaspoon salt.

These components will make at least 24 pieces of survival bars in just around 40 minutes.

This energy bar isn’t called simple for no reason. Just combine the oats, chocolate chips, flax meal, peanut butter, honey, vanilla extract, and salt by starting mixing dishes. And then refrigerate for at least 30 minutes after rolling into 24 balls. And it’s done!

I got you covered if you’re wondering what nutrition this recipe has. Per serving, you’ll have 89 calories, including 10.2 grams of carbohydrate, 5 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of fiber, 2.4 grams of protein, 1.3 grams of saturated fat, 50.4 milligrams of sodium, and 6.4 grams of sugar.

2. High Energy Survival Bars

fruits and seeds survival bars

Although they take some time to prepare, they are excellent “quick” meals when you are out in the woods.

For the ingredients, you need to have 2 pounds of pitted dates, 2 pounds of figs, 2 pounds of raisins, 2 cups of chopped cashews, 2 tablespoons of sesame seeds (on Amazon), and 2 tablespoons of peanut butter.

With this amount of components, you’ll be able to make 60 servings in at least 30 minutes.

Your first step to making this survival bar would be to combine all ingredients except peanut butter in a meat grinder. Next, stir in the peanut butter. And then make 1/2-inch thick sheets out of the dough.

After that, you can start wrapping them carefully after cutting them into bars. Then you’ll end up making 60 pieces of 2 ounces per bar.

Overall, you have 203.4 calories with 9 grams of fat, 1.7 grams of saturated fat, 42.9 milligrams of sodium, 30.5 grams of carbohydrate, 3.4 grams of fiber, 22 grams of sugar, and 4.7 grams of protein.

3. 3000+ Calorie Survival Bars

oatmeal survival bars evenly cut

A whole batch of this survival bar has about 2000 calories, not just one.

A single bar may have a few hundred calories depending on the slice. With this amount of calories, you can compare it with the ration bars from Datrex (on Amazon) or Mainstay (on Amazon).

They’re not awful in terms of flavor. You might be shocked at how excellent they tasted. For the ingredients, start by preparing 2 cups of regular oats, 2 1/2 cups of milk powder. For the milk, you can have a nonfat kind if you prefer.

Next, get 1 pound of sugar, 3 tablespoons of honey, 3 tablespoons of water, and 1 piece or 3 ounces of lemon jello packet. You can use orange flavor for the jello, but you can also choose the flavor you want.

You can start making this fully loaded survival bar by combining the oats, powdered milk, and sugar in a mixing dish. Next, mix the water, jello, and honey in a saucepan. Boil the water and then blend the jello mixture into the oats.

After thoroughly mixing, press into a 9′′x13′′ pan lined with parchment paper. And then, ensure to slice through the dough thoroughly before cutting it into bars.

Next, bake it for 1.5 to 2 hours at 200 degrees Fahrenheit. You need to check and allow it to cool after removing it from the pan. You may also dehydrate them for 4-6 hours at 145 degrees. After the bars have dried and cooled, divide them and store them in a food saver or mylar bag.

Alternatively, you may bake half of the recipe for two hours in the oven. It will also function well. You can dehydrate for roughly six hours with the other half. When you’re through, the bars will have broken in half and will be crisp.

Don’t be concerned if the color of the baked and dehydrated bars varies. The color of the dehydrated bars will be substantially lighter than the color of the oven bars. However, the flavor will remain unchanged.

Overall, if you cut the entire batch equally into 12 bars, you’ll get 260 calories per bar, with more than 3,000 calories for the whole bunch.

Last Words

Any walk or bug out should include refueling your body for the work it has exerted. The more you move and sweat or even stress, the more calories you burn.

We call them survival bars because it’s for you to eat to help your body recover quickly anywhere, especially if you do not have easy access to finding and making your meal.

Keeping a survival bar handy doesn’t necessarily mean compromised flavor. Remember that you can make these bars your own by mixing in some of your favorite ingredients. 

You can add raisins, chocolate, peanuts, sunflower seeds, or dried fruit to enhance the flavor and texture of these bars.

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