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Have you ever wanted to make your own survival ration bars? Like the ones they sell in stores but homemade so you know what’s in them. Well, I got together with a few friends to make some homemade survival ration bars and here’s how it turned out. Make sure to read through the comments when you’re done for some suggestions on making them better!

Apparently, there are a couple of different recipes out there for these bars, we just used one I had been given by a food storage lady. This was really an interesting experiment because there were 6 of us making these survival bread loaves, and of course, they turned out 6 different ways. We’ll discuss what happened as we go through the directions.

Homemade Ration Bars | A Step-By-Step Tutorial

 

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 cups of oats
  • 2 1/2 cups of powdered milk
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 3 TB of honey
  • 1 3-oz package jello (orange or lemon)
  • 3 TB of water

 

Step 1: Mix the Dry Ingredients

Mix the oats, powdered milk, and sugar together in a bowl: A couple of us used regular oats, a couple used quick oats. I really don’t think it matters which you use–whatever you have on hand is fine.

Step 2: Boil Water, Jello, and Honey

In a medium pan mix water, jello, and honey. Bring to a boil. This is just the 3 TB water called for, not the cup of water you’d usually use when making jello. We found that a rolling boil was better than just beginning to boil for the mixing step. The recipe I had specifically called for lemon or orange jello, but we didn’t know why that would be, so we made some with raspberry and watermelon jello also. After we tasted them, we figured the lemon or orange were specified due to the high amount of sugar in this recipe! The loaves made with sweet jello flavors were REALLY sweet when they were done!

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Ration bars are essential in survival situations. When you start to run out of food inside the house or anywhere that lacks access to food, these bars will save your life. Knowing at least one emergency ration bar recipe is a fundamental survival skill. Try this simple recipe and start adding ration bars in your emergency food storage.

Do you have any other ration bars recipe you want to share? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on December 21, 2015, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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  1. PattieJune

    September 9, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    Did anyone try lime jello, and did you use sugar free jello as the 1 cup sugar I think would be to much. I am diabetic.

    • Jed

      January 29, 2018 at 5:01 AM

      You don’t want this recipe if you are diabetic. I would search google for a low sugar bar with something like mini chocolate chips.

  2. Anonymous

    January 28, 2018 at 4:25 PM

    What do you think the storage life of these would be if vacuum sealed?

    • Jed

      January 29, 2018 at 5:06 AM

      If you vacuum pack AND then put them in the freezer, they will last virtually forever. Just vacuum packed and stored in a dark room temperature place, I wouldn’t eat them after a few weeks, as they have powdered milk in them.

  3. Noreen

    January 28, 2018 at 4:27 PM

    Is that an egg I see in the bowl in the photo? I don’t see an egg in the recipe.

    • Zou Yang

      January 28, 2018 at 6:30 PM

      No, it’s a baby chicken

  4. Pat

    January 28, 2018 at 4:33 PM

    And then what? Bake, dehydrate, what? Or just vacuum seal the contents? Image shows an egg in the mix, that should be cooked, but how?
    Not a complete recipe – bummer.

    • Jed

      January 29, 2018 at 5:10 AM

      I wouldn’t put any eggs in my survival bars. Simply for the oats into the jello mix, then put in a bread pan and pack it in. I would use parchment paper in the pan and then just slice.

  5. Kate

    January 28, 2018 at 5:58 PM

    Would you kindly put the remainder of the recipe on the site?

  6. Karen

    January 28, 2018 at 6:17 PM

    NO EGG people, the picture is just a picture, it so obvious do to the ingredients list. And no I am not being mean or even condescending or even a smart butt. Just saying. And they are right. The instructions are incomplete. After boiling and adding the dry ingredients, how so you make the bars? So, you do need to update this web page to stop any further confusions from others.

  7. Robin Duff

    January 28, 2018 at 6:21 PM

    It’s all very well putting part of the recipe on your site but what about putting all of it on so that people can make these survival bars. What about the egg in the pan I think that should be cooked.

  8. Douglas Lobdell

    August 24, 2018 at 6:09 AM

    How does a picture with an egg in it cause so much panic and Drama? Which came first? The Ration Bar or the Egg? I’m just glad that their wasn’t a dog in the picture!

    • Sandi

      November 7, 2018 at 12:03 PM

      Because it is misleading!

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  10. BeckyJo Middlebrooks

    September 26, 2018 at 8:57 PM

    Did the recipe update ever get posted, anywhere ? I’m only curious about how to finish the recipe, and storage etc.

  11. Sandi

    November 7, 2018 at 12:24 PM

    How abut a rewrite kinda like this:

    Homemade Ration Bars | A Step-By-Step Tutorial

    What You’ll Need:
    • 2 cups of oats
    • 2 1/2 cups of powdered milk
    • 1 cup of sugar
    • 3 TB of honey
    • 1 3-oz package jello (orange or lemon)
    • 3 TB of water
     
    Step 1: Mix the Dry Ingredients
    Mix the oats, powdered milk, and sugar together in a bowl: A couple of us used regular oats, a couple used quick oats. I really don’t think it matters which you use–whatever you have on hand is fine.
    Step 2: Boil Water, Jello, and Honey
    In a medium pan mix water, jello, and honey. Bring to a boil. This is just the 3 TB water called for, not the cup of water you’d usually use when making jello. We found that a rolling boil was better than just beginning to boil for the mixing step.
    After boiling and mixing in the dry ingredients pack the mixture into a bread pan lined with parchment paper and slice.

    Note
    The recipe I had specifically called for lemon or orange jello, but we didn’t know why that would be, so we made some with raspberry and watermelon jello also. After we tasted them, we figured the lemon or orange were specified due to the high amount of sugar in this recipe! The loaves made with sweet jello flavors were REALLY sweet when they were done! Diabetics should not use this recipe!

    If you vacuum pack AND then put them in the freezer, they will last virtually forever. DO NOT EAT THEM if just vacuum packed and stored in a dark room temperature place after a few weeks because of the powdered milk in them.

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