As preppers/survivalists, my wife and I are always looking for shelf stable foods to add to our storage and bug out bags, one of the things we have spent our money on are various MetRx, Cliff, and “granola” bars. While the various store bought bars have a variety of flavors and the calories, proteins, carbs, and fats you need in a survival/bug out situation their biggest downfall is their cost.
A few months ago I started experimenting with various recipes and ingredients and came up with a DIY energy bar that is tasty, low cost, and most important shelf stable for at least 6 months.
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 cups honey roasted peanuts or nuts of your choice (chopped or crushed)
14 oz. sweetened condensed milk (1 can)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups peanut butter (I used extra chunky)
2/3 cup water
You will also need two large mixing bowls, measuring cups, measuring spoons, large wooden spoon, and a large kitchen knife.