Emergency Survival Bar

This came from waltonfeed.com a while back, cant find it there anymore…

  • 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.

Vicki Tate


Just for fun, the web page author did a nutritional analysis of the above recipe’s contents using rolled oats and powdered milk fortified with vitamin A. He found this to indeed be a very nutritious bar. 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% (If Vit A fortified powdered milk is used.)
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%
Manganese               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 doubt, nutritionally beat many of the expensive bars you can purchase from the different companies, and properly sealed would probably last as long.

Al


Copyright 1993 by Peggy Layton and Vicki Tate These recipes may be freely used for non-profit purposes as long as the book source and author remain intact. Express permission of the author, Vicki Tate, must be received for commercial profit.

Updated: 28 Nov 96

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