I posted my Nutriberrie/Avicake recipe that I created without any liquid sweeteners. I was very pleased with results even though it is only a treat.
One thing I wasn’t happy about (and part of the reason my nutriberries are only a treat around here) was that I had to use dates. Dates ARE healthy, BUT also loaded with sugar. So, even though I did take molasses and corn syrup out of the equation, I was still left with quite sugary dates. I wanted to make something similar, since they seemed to love them so much, but make it less treat – like and more day-to-day type of a snack.
That got me thinking, if it would be possible to make homemade Avicakes without dates. It turns out it is. Only thing you should keep in mind is that you really should be mindful about amounts of water in the mixture. For eg. if you are using fresh veggies, be sure to dry them as much as possible, since apricots are not as sugary as dates and will not “hold” everything together as well as dates. That being said, once dry, my Avicakes are solid.
Let’s get baking!!
Base of my Avicake recipe was:
1/4 cup of flax seed (soaked overnight in 1/2 cup of water)
1/3 cup dried apricots
Blend all of the above ingredients in a blender until it makes a consistent mix. Don’t add any additional water!
Add ins were:
1 1/2 cup of Chop (or any vegetables you have at home)
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup of various seeds and grains
Extras added were crushed chili pepper, Pura Vida, chamomile flowers and ginger.
After you mix everything very thoroughly grease a pan with parrot friendly oil (I used coconut oil) and either dehydrate it (that’s what I did) or bake in the oven at a lower temperature until firm. After it’s done, cut it into squares.
I would like to clarify one thing-you could use both chia seeds and/or flax seeds. Why I used flax and not chia? Simply because they get chia seeds in their diet and I like to offer as much as diversity as possible, offering them a lot more this way. Second reason would be that flax seeds get a lot more gooey, hence is a better “glue” for this mixture.
They smelled amazing!! I love how they turned out, I really do.
Happy baking everyone!!
This looks awesome – your last ones were such a treat to my guys so I’m sure they will like these too!
I hope they do!
Your soaked flax seed idea is stellar! Can’t wait to try this!
I hope your flock likes it!
Is there something else you can use instead of flax seeds? I think I have all the ingredients at home except for the flax seeds… It seems to be a great recipe though! 🙂
You could use molasses or honey, to help “glue” everything together, so once dried your cookies don’t fall apart. I didn’t want to use any sweeteners, so I used flax seed, because once they have been soaked in water, just like chia seeds, they gelatinise. If you don’t have either flax or chia seeds, I think you could do it with a banana. Banana is sticky enough to make everything come together. I haven’t tried this myself, so I don’t know will this work, though. I hope this helps 🙂