How to Make Survival Food

How to Make Survival FoodSurvival food meant to sustain hikers or campers during emergencies needs to be high in calories to allow for the extra energy exerted when traveling in the wilderness. Survival food items should also be easy to store and carry and resistant to rotting or spoiling in hot weather. The Preventative Search and Rescue Rangers at the Grand Canyon National Park encourage visitors to pack high-calorie and salty foods to keep energy levels high and replace electrolytes lost from sweating.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • 6 cups Grape-Nuts cereal
  • 1 cup dried fruit
  • 1 cup salted peanuts
  • Large mixing bowl
  • 2 cups peanut butter
  • 2 cups light corn syrup
  • 2 cups sugar
  • Microwave-safe bowl
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • Knife
  • Ziploc bag


Step 1
Measure six cups Grape-Nuts cereal, one cup chopped dried fruit and one cup salted peanuts into a large mixing bowl or a stock pot.
Step 2
Mix two cups peanut butter, two cups corn syrup and two cups sugar together in a large microwave-safe bowl.
Step 3
Microwave the peanut butter and sugar mixture on high for one minute. Stir the mixture well, and continue to heat on high for one minute intervals until the peanut butter has melted and the mixture is bubbly.
Step 4
Pour the melted peanut butter mixture over the cereal in the large mixing bowl.
Step 5
Stir everything together until all of the cereal has been coated with the peanut butter mixture.
Step 6
Press the mixture firmly into a 13 x 9-inch pan sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
Step 7
Let the mixture cool completely at room temperature. This should take approximately two hours.
Step 8
Cut the mixture into bars with a sharp knife, and store the bars in two large Ziploc freezer bags.

Tips & Warnings

Old fashioned oats can be used to replace the Grape-Nuts cereal, but oats contain fewer calories than Grape-Nuts.
Substitute any type of nut butter for the peanut butter, including almond butter, cashew butter, hazelnut butter or macadamia butter.
Use full-fat nut butters to keep calories high, as you will need extra calories in a survival situation.
One batch of these bars supplies approximately 9,936 calories.

Article Written By Kittie McCoy

Kittie McCoy has been a freelance writer since 2008. She is also a part-time personal trainer and licensed entertainer in Las Vegas. She enjoys sharing her love of physical fitness and experience in the entertainment industry via her writing.

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