Firstly, why I said Nutri-berries/Avicake is because I experimented with shapes of the dough to see how it works. If you look at the ingredients list of Nutri-berries and Avicakes, you’ll notice that they are pretty much the same. What I wasn’t happy about were the corn syrup, peanuts, soy,…
I wanted to make an organic, much more healthier version of them. I used to feed them, but quickly stopped once I’ve read what they were made of. Never the less, my IRN LOOOVVVEEDD them. So, I set on a mission to make them as good as they get.
Before I start explaining the recipe, I would like to stress that this was a test batch, just to see would it be possible to make them without any honey or molasses and how would they be formed into various shapes. It turned out, my dough is pretty amazing. Ready to get baking?
Base of my Nutri-berries recipe is made of:
1 apple (or a small jar of apple sauce)
1/2 cup of flax seed
a little bit of water
You’ll need a blender to blend, all of the before mention ingredients, together. Add a little bit of water to make it all come together in a sticky mixture. I forgot to measure how much water I’ve put in, but will do it next time. Promise. Making the base is the crucial part! Blend everything together very well! It has to form a consistent mix.
Next step is adding extras to make our Nutri-berries that more appealing and nutritious :
1 carrot, grated
1/2 cup each of millet and rolled oats
1/4 cup each of sunflower seeds and sesame seeds
1/4 cup of coconut flakes (I used a blender to crumble them up)
1/3 cup of raisins
As I mentioned before, this was a test batch, so I used all the stuff I know they like. So, these will be more a treat than a regular thing. I have a few ideas how to make them more healthier and less treat-like, though. You could use sprouts, if you have a dehydrator, instead of seeds I used in this batch. You could make quinoa clusters and use them, too. Adding nuts is also a good idea. More healthy greens, like watercress or kale.
I’ve also added : 1 tbs of each Pura Vida (A wonderful product by Avian Organics) and chamomile flowers and some nettle leaves, too. I added Avian Organics apple powder, also. Final thing that went in was a 1 tbs of chili flakes.
I suggest you mix thoroughly each time you add a new ingredient, so everything is evenly distributed.
Next step is to grease your hands with a parrot friendly oil and get to making balls or any other shape you want. I used coconut oil.
If you bake them there are 2 options. One is to bake the for a few hours at the lowest temp your oven works at. They are done when they get nice and firm. Other option is to bake them at 130 celsius for 30 min.
Second option is to dehydrate them for 10 hours. This way and baking them at the lowest temp. helps you conserve valuable nutrients as much as possible.
Happy baking everyone!
This is awesome! Healthy homemade birdie treats. I love seeing people checking the ingredients list and trying to make better foods for their birds.
I’ve ordered them once and than read their ingredients list. I don’t have them available in my local stores. I think everyone could tweak this recipe to their own liking.
I won’t buy store bought treats at all. Homemade is the way to go. Not only fresh, healthy and without questionable ingredients, but also no chemicals and preservatives either.
Very healthy treat indeed. Going to have to try this.
Continuously searching for ideas for the best bird food for my parrots and can’t wait wait to give this healthy treat a try!
Glad you like it, hope your parrot do to,
Hey I just came acroos your blog today and love it!! I’m definitly trying out ediable flowers this summer! I never even thought of that. My bf is planning a garden on the balcony and I’m gonna add plants to the list lol I’m wondering how long these treats (and others on your blog) would last and how you store them? Thank you!
Depends on if you bake them or dehydrate them. If dehydrated they can store for a long time (few months for sure), if you bake them, than I would suggest setting aside what you plan to give within a week and to freeze the rest.
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