Emergency food bars are a great way to get the calories and nutrients that you need from a single food item. While many may not see a use for these bars outside of an emergency, it’s good practice to know exactly how to make them and to have a batch ready-to-go for when a disaster strikes.
- Mixing bowl
- 9”x13” pan lined with parchment paper
- 2 cups of oats
- 2 ½ cups of powdered milk
- 1 cup of sugar
- 3 tbsp. of water
- 1 3-oz. package of lemon (or orange) Jell-O (It should say “Gelatin” on it.)
- 3tbsp of honey
How it’s made:
- Mix the two cups of oats with the two ½ cups of powdered milk and one cup of sugar in your mixing bowl.
- Mix the three tablespoons of water with Jell-O and honey in a saucepan. Heat the mixture to a boil. Wait until the boiling water cannot be interrupted by stirring the mixture; this is also known as a rolling boil.
- Add the Jell-O mixture to the oats mixture and blend well.
- After mixing completely, press the mixture into your 9”x13” pan that’s lined with parchment paper.
- Cut the dough into bars and make sure they’ve been cut through completely.
- Bake the bars at 200°F for 1½-2 hrs. Remove the pan and allow it to cool.
- After the bars have dried and cooled, separate them and package them into a foodsaver or mylar bag.
The resulting batch of emergency food bars will provide around 3,000 calories, or about 260 calories per bar. They are good to keep and because there’s no oil or fat to go rancid, and because of the Jello, they don’t dry out and they taste fruity!
TIP: Print this recipe out in case of a wide-reaching emergency, such as power grid failure.
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