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5000 Year Old Energy Bar

An experiment recreating ancient foods
Servings 3 servings
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 20 mins


  • Mixing bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • Ice cream Scoop or measuring cup


  • 1 cup Powdered or finely shredded dried beef machaca is preferred
  • 1/3 cup Dried Blueberries
  • 2 Tablespoons Lard


  • NOTE:  Do not use butter or shortening. It will not work as expected.
  • Using a food processor, add ½ cup of the beef together with the dried blueberries. Pulse to roughly chop the blueberries.
  • Once chopped, remove to a bowl and combine with the remaining beef. 
  • Melt the lard in the microwave for 25 - 30 seconds. Blend into the beef and berry mixture.
  • Using a spoon or ice cream scoop, press and form the mixture into desired size portions.
  • Chill in the refrigerator until firm (2 hours). Enjoy!


Course: Snack
Keyword: ancient foods, blueberries, dried fruit, energy bar, jerky, lard, machaca, pemmican