Bugout Cooking: Bannock

by Erich

This is the first in a series of articles on foods that can be prepared while bugging out or just plain off the grid. If you’re on the go, with minimal gear, you’ll be glad you know that you can still prepare delicious foods that will both warm your body and improve moral.

In a bug-out situation or in many cases when off the grid, you won’t have all the amenities you’d normally have. But even without an oven or microwave there are plenty of things you can eat, and bread is no exception.

This recipe is one of my favorites when I’m out in the bush. It’s simple to make, delicious and doesn’t require an oven — just a pan, a flat rock, or even a stick, and a heat source. This versatile, oven-less bread is what the Scottish call Bannock. Here’s a video on how it’s done (using the pan method):

How to Make Bannock Video

Here’s a video I made on how to make bannock (Here’s the link for my email subscribers: bannock):


How to Make Bannock Instructions

Step 1: Mix dry ingredients listed in one of the recipes below. This can be stored in a plastic or mylar bag until you need it.
Step 2: Add water until you reach the consistency somewhere between pancake batter and pizza dough. At this point you can also optionally add any other ingredients you see fit (ie raisins, nuts, sausage etc).
Step 3: Flatten dough onto a pan until it’s about a half an inch thick.
Step 4: Cook on a greased pan (or non-stick cast iron pan) until medium brown underneath, flip over, cook, and repeat. Each side takes about 8-10 minutes depending on the heat of the heat source.


Just as there are multiple ways of making bannock, there are equally multiple recipes and variations. Here are my two favorites:

Recipe 1 (breakfast bread) for Single Serving

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup powdered milk
  • 1/3 cup powdered egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Mix all together and store in a plastic or mylar bag. Pack away in your bug-out bag or just take it with you when you’re camping!

Recipe 2 (dinner bread) for Single Serving

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons powdered milk
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Same as other recipe; mix all together and store in a plastic or mylar bag. Add water and cook over a fire!

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Comment by DaveyBoy
2011-03-03 14:10:37

I was wondering if you have any equivalencies for “normal”/fresh ingredients. I’d like to try our the recipe in phases, first by cooking normally, then a test with some freeze dried, but don’t want to open a #10 can of eggs just yet. Thanks in advance!

Comment by Tactical Intelligence .NET
2011-03-06 22:58:52

Hey DaveyBoy,

Unfortunately the reconstituted ingredients will not have a 1 to 1 equivalencey to a fresh-ingredient recipe (since the powdered egg and milk are also acting as a thickener and binder in this case) so I can’t provide that info. However, there are quite a few online recipes for bannock with fresh ingredients that you can take a look at. Here a couple as an example:


Comment by Kenny
2011-03-13 17:22:21

Great web site.
Thanks for the discount on the rocket stove. On recipe #2 how long do you think it will store if vacuumed sealed in a bag ? Kind of a plain taste but I like it.


Comment by Tactical Intelligence .NET
2011-03-13 18:15:53


As long as it’s free from moisture and oxygen, it will store easily for 5+ years. It’s the baking powder that is most sensitive to moisture so if you can protect it from that (via a mylar bag for example) you’re good to go.

Thanks for visiting!

Comment by Sue
2011-11-23 11:47:19

I thought I might add, that 1 Tbl of ground flaxseed + 1/4 T water , mixed well and let set to thicken for 10-15 minutes is the equivalent of using one egg……. we have a Vegan eater in the house.
I’ve loved your website and have taken copious notes. Will be buying the Versa stove soon. So glad that my tiny purchase can do such good! Kudos to you and your linked friends!
Thanks again,

Comment by Kenny
2012-01-07 22:36:29

A little bit of twist.I just used some home ground wheat using a blender to grind it. Okay I had to swift it to get a fine flour. I used 1 cup whole milk instead of the powered milk.
I had to add another 1/2 cup of my home made wheat flour.

I liked it. Kind of like a biscuit. Only a little bit softer. I might try adding some sugar .

Comment by Hasten
2012-03-21 14:46:21

Good information. It’s “morale”, not “moral”, though.

Comment by bill
2014-01-25 00:58:23

mix it in the bag!

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