I made this wonderful and very simple to make crackers for my two parrots, since they’ve so good lately. You can add or substitute any of the ingredients, it’s that simple to make :)
1/4 cup of flax seeds * (optional)
1 tbs of chia seeds* (optional)
1/2 cup of water* (optional)
1/2 cup of berries ( I used goji berries and blueberries)
1 cup flour ( I used 1/2 cup of spelt flour and 1/2 cup of millet flour, but any will do)
1/2 cup of coconut flakes
1/2 of a banana ( or one smaller banana)
1/2 cup of buckwheat
1 tbs of Pura Vida ( or any herbs you like, for eg. chamomile, hibiscus, etc)
some Cayenne pepper ( or cinnamon or any other parrot friendly spice)
First, you soak chia and flax seeds in water. It doesn’t take that long for both chia and flax to turn into a gooey mix. Once they have gelatinized, put them, coconut and banana into a blender and pulse it until you have a smooth paste. I blend coconut flakes because this way little bits of coconut get evenly distributed in the dough. That being said, you don’t have to do that, you can add it later on.
In your flour add the banana paste and mix it all together, than add the rest of ingredients. Mix them well!!! Don’t be alarmed if your mix is sticky. It’s supposed to be, though. Just spread it onto a baking sheet, place another on top, roll the dough out and put it either in your dehydrator or in the oven.
If you dehydrate them, it will take 12 hours or in the oven for a few hours. If you are going to bake them, than you should bake them at 130 Celsius until firm…cca 30 min.
You can form different shapes, than roll them into seeds if you like it that way more. You could substitute banana for any other fruit, since flax and chia combo are creating a gooey enough mix.
If you don’t have flax or chia seeds, you could make these crackers just with a banana. I’ve made them before with only a banana and dried fruit and it works equally good and to be honest, I think they like it more with only banana and berries in it. I think I’ll make my next batch without flax and chia. If you decide to use a more “watery” fruits like an apple, than just remember to add a bit more flour.
So, you see it’s that easy to make homemade crackers :)
Happy baking everyone!