super easy survival bread

Super Easy Survival Bread

Make Super Easy Survival Bread (SESB) that keeps almost forever. Make it at home in the oven or on an open campfire with minimum ingredients.

Like all things survival you need to LIVE IT day to day, not just stick it in a closet and hope you never have to use it! If you’re storing wheat and all hell breaks loose….what do you do? Bake bread of course! But do you know how?

If you are new to baking your own bread it can seem like a daunting task but it really isn’t.  You don’t need yeast, sugar, baking soda, or really anything but flour and water.

Everything else is optional. Here’s a basic recipe to get you started.

Super Easy Survival Bread (SESB)

The only required ingredients to make Super Easy Survival bread (SESB) is flour and water. The other meager ingredients, oil and salt, give the bread some softness and flavor and without them SESB is a lot like hardtack, the classic staple survival food of sailors.

You will need these ingredients to make Super Easy Survival Bread (SESB)

  • 1 cup of fine whole wheat flour (buy from store or grind your own)
  • 2 tbsp. of olive oil (optional, also regular vegetable oil works too)
  • 1 tsp. salt (optional, add more or less to taste)
  • 1/2 cup of water

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and scoop it togther into a ball. Lightly dust a cookie sheet, rock, or other flat surface with flour. Pour the dough ball out and knead for 5 mins. Roll out to about 1/8″ thin and bake at 350F for 20 mins.

Powers out? No oven? Put it in a dutch oven instead and cook it over a fire. No dutch oven? Throw it on a heated flat rock – or even in the ashes if you don’t mind some grit and charcoal flavoring – and flip it a couple of times till lightly brown and firm.

This will serve about 3-4 people if eaten as a side with a meal, or make about 3 sandwiches. The below nutritional info is for the entire loaf.

Nutritional info without olive oil

Calories 407 Fat 2.24g Carbs 87.08g Protein 16.44g

Nutritional info with olive oil

Calories 645 Fat 15.74g Carbs 87.08g Protein 16.44g

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  1. For those in the Southwest we have a great resource for making flour from the mesquite tree that grows here wild. The flour is made from roasted or dried pods and is sweet and smoky.

    1. That’s right, mesquite seed pods can be ground into a flour, a 5-gallon bucket of pods yields about 1 pound of flour.

      They make the best tasting pancakes and waffles (IMHO)!

  2. Thanks for posting this recipe–I have linked to it on my blog! It looks like it fits its name and is super easy, and I appreciate the inclusion of alternative cooking methods.

    1. I’m glad to help and thanks for sharing it! We’re always looking for good recipes for the campfire or wood stove and this bread is just wonderful.

  3. i really want to try this with no yeast or baking powder, and no rising time? incredible!

    1. It’s super easy (heh), but don’t expect a whole lot of rise unless you pack self-rising flour (or yeast or baking powder). This recipe is a great base and it’s very flexible. The final product will vary depending on your personalization.

      I usually bring self-rising with me because it makes a better texture, without it the texture is a softer version of hardtack.

      1. What about a small amount of honey to act as a preservative?

  4. I saw a video and tried it where the guy carried ziplock baggies of premeasured mixs, ie bannock, and others. Add the water and oil and mix the stuff in the bag and knead it, if the right mix of water and flour it doesnt stick in the bag or hardly any. can even use the bag to A. roll /pat it out on or b. put on top and pat/roll it out.

    1. I’ve learned the hard way that carrying oil in ziplock baggies isn’t a good idea, but premixing all the dry ingredients for your meals is a great tip.

  5. Can you use white flour instead of whole wheat flour????

    1. Yep, use 1 cup of white flour instead of 1 cup of the whole wheat. Just remember that white flour is missing most of the fiber.

  6. Wonder if this recipe can be done using a GF blend? May try soon and will report my results.

    1. It can, use 1 cup of good gluten-free flour (I like King Arthur Flour myself) instead of the whole wheat flour. Works like a charm.

  7. Load up on chives, garlic, leeks, onions, scallions and shallots.

  8. Kinda looks like naan bread with or without yeast

  9. Do you have a gluten-free version?

    1. Actually yes, just replace the flour with gluten-free flour. King Arthur Flour makes a good gluten-free alternative to whole wheat flour.

  10. I’ll let you know in 20 minutes. I’m using the all purpose white flour. We’ll see how it turns out.

  11. You didn’t make this an easy recipe to print. I had to copy eight pages to get it. You need to add a print recipe only button.

    1. Thank you for the feedback! I had the whole website optimized for printing to fix this. Now printing any page on will only print the article itself.

  12. There is no way this can have 16 gms of protein in it using only wheat and water. Whey or milk would have to be used.

    1. Actually 1 cup of whole wheat flour has 16g of protein all by itself according to the USDA. Crazy I know, but that stuff is loaded with protein.

      Check it out –

  13. you could triple the protein intake and add a significant source of fiber if you used amaranth flour instead of wheat.

    1. Thanks for the tip, if I ever get a chance to use amaranth flour I will give it a shot!

  14. Can you make this and store it or will it go bad?

    1. The version with oil will last a few days in the air and a few weeks in a fridge, but the non-oil version stores about like hardtac. Sailors would carry barrels of hardtac across the sea for months. It was the original survival food.

  15. Great site, and I love your hat!

  16. Go online and look up the recipe for Logan Bread. It’s a great survival food, and is good to pack for camping trips.

  17. A tablespoon of Honey, per cup of flour, really makes it taste good.

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