Will you have enough energy to survive in a bad situation? Here’s two energy bar recipes that might help.
by Leon Pantenburg
Food is the fuel your body burns to keep you warm and provide energy. It’s like putting gas in your car: Without fuel, you won’t be able to go far. When your energy “tank” runs dry during an emergency, you will feel weak, cold and not have enough energy
to save yourself. Food, like your survival knife, is one of the Ten Essentials, and should be included, in some form, in your survival kit.
There are essentially two extremes of wilderness cooking. My hard-core foodie friends in the Central Oregon Dutch Oven Society take their Dutch oven related gear, find a beautiful spot outdoors and cook gourmet meals.
At the other extreme is the hunter or backpacker. When I’m doing either of those activities, I want fuel. Taste is secondary to calories.
When it comes to backpacking or survival food, most of us want to be somewhere in the middle. We want high-calorie, good-tasting food that doesn’t weight much. Cost and long shelf life is also a consideration. There are many excellent commercial energy bars, but you can make your own much cheaper. An added benefit is that the recipes can be tweaked to your tastes, and there are no mystery ingredients.
Here are some homemade energy bar recipes that are full of good ingredients. I’ve tweaked and substituted some of the ingredients, because I can’t leave recipes alone.
Wrap the bars individually and make extras for tucking into school backpacks, survival kits and daypacks.
Basic Energy Bars
1/2 cup brown sugar (I use organic cane 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. Replace the M&M’s with carob chips, to cut down on 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.
Emergency Ration Recipe
By: various survival sites
- 2- 1/2 cups nonfat milk powder
- 3 cups rolled oats, barley, or wheat
- 1/2 package Jell-O powder, citrus
- 1 cup sugar (Substitute organic cane sugar)
- 2 tablespoon honey
- 3 tablespoon water
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Heat together water and honey, stir in Jell-O powder. Stir dry ingredients together, stir in Jell-O water, mix well. Then add additional water 1 tablespoon at a time, just until mixture can be formed into two bars. Dry in oven, wrap in foil to store. Each bar is 1000 calories. May be eaten as is, or cooked in a pint of water.
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