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Favorite Cinnamon Crackers

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This was a big hit with our birds! While no two batches of birdfood have ever been exactly the same, we keep coming back to this recipe to make something similar since the birds liked it so much. Having dehydrated food on hand can make for an occasional easy meal replacement.

 

1/2 – 1/3 cup dry whole sesame seeds

1/4 – 1/2 cup virgin coconut oil

1/8 – 1/4 cup dry flax seed

1 large or 2 small heads kale

1 pint blackberries

1 pound strawberries

1 large zucchini with skin

1 medium beet

2 small pieces of ginger root

6 cinnamon sticks

2-4 tsp ground whole (green) stevia

7 cups soaked sprouts (grains, seeds, lentils & mung beans). Start with about 4 cups of dry sprouts and soak overnight to get the 7 cups for this recipe.

 

Of the first three ingredients use the lower amount for birds who need less fat in their diet. Reserve 1/4 cup or so of sprouts to stir in whole to make the food look more appealing. Grind all other ingredients in the food processor. Mix everything together and stir in the reserved whole sprouts and stevia.

Spread onto dehydrator sheets at about 1/4 – 1/3 inch thick. Scoring the food will help it dry more thoroughly. Dehydrate for up to 24 hours, flipping the food after about 8 hours. This recipe will fill the 5 tray excalibur dehydrator.

Quick and Easy

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Our greys loved the Spicy Indian Crackers we made, but my umbrella cockatoo didn’t care for them. This was the first time he’d ever turned up his beak at something I had dehydrated! They must have a bit too much heat for his taste.

So I found myself needing a simple recipe that I could whip up after work one evening. This is certainly not the most complete or nutritious of meals, but it is quick and easy. Since it’s whole foods, it’s healthier than other convenience diets while still being just as convenient to serve as an occasional meal.

 

 

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8 oz nutritious greens of your choice

10 oz package of frozen mixed berries

2 inch piece of ginger root

1 medium zucchini

1/2 cup buckwheat groats

1/2 cup sesame seeds

1/4 cup chia and/or flax seeds

2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

2 tsp green stevia

 

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Grind the buckwheat, sesame, flax and/or chia seeds (I use the chopper attachment on a hand blender, but you can also use a coffee grinder that’s never been used for coffee).

Run all the other ingredients through the food processor.

Mix everything together and spread approximately 1/8 inch thick onto parchment paper lined dehydrator trays. Scoring will help it dehydrate faster.

Dehydrate for 2 hours at 155 degrees, then reduce the temp to 110 degrees and continue to dehydrate for up to another 22 hours. Flip after the first 8-12 hours of dehydrating and remove the parchment paper to help it dry more thoroughly.

 

Makes approx 2.5 sq feet of dehydrated food or enough to serve my umbrella cockatoo about 20 individual meals.

 

 

Spicy Indian Crackers

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We felt like we needed to serve something totally different than our usual greens based crackers. We were inspired by Brad’s Raw Indian Crackers though we changed up the ingredients some so they would be better suited for birds. These crackers can occasionally be fed as a single meal in place of a bird’s regular diet.


1 pound carrots

1 large cauliflower

2 medium zucchini

2 cups soaked buckwheat groats

2 jalapeno peppers, deseeded

1 cup ground flax seed

1/2 cup sesame seeds

1/4 cup melted coconut oil

3 inch piece of ginger

1 garlic clove

Optional: Curry, cumin, turmeric, or cayenne pepper to taste

 

Grind the flax and sesame seeds in a hand-blender chopper attachment or coffee grinder. Put all other ingredients in the food processor. Mix everything together in a bowl.  For visual appeal we added a small amount of whole flax and a couple handfuls of shredded carrot. Spread onto parchment paper lined dehydrator trays at about 1/4 – 1/3 inch thick. Score the food to help it dry more evenly. Dehydrate for up to 24 hours, flipping the food after about 8 hours. This recipe will fill the 5 tray Excalibur dehydrator.

 



Please note: The Spicy Indian Crackers were liked by all 3 greys and my blue crown conure. However, my umbrella cockatoo doesn’t care for them. This is the first time one of our birds hasn’t enjoyed what we’ve made. We’ve made other recipes with jalapeno and the above spices, but I think we made this batch overall a bit too hot and spicy for his taste. Go easy on the above spices if you’re not sure how well your birds like them.

Super Spiced Carrot Crackers

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This is one of the first recipes we made and is fairly simple. It’s a great recipe for birds who won’t eat whole carrots or kale! My birds love all the spices. This recipe can be used as a treat or as an occasional meal.

 

3 pounds carrot

2 zucchini

1 large bunch kale

3-4 cups fresh ground flax

5 inch piece of fresh ginger

1 cup hulled millet soaked overnight

3 tbsp pumpkin pie spice

1 tbsp cinnamon

1tsp nutmeg

1 tsp ginger powder

1 tbsp stevia

 

Run everything through the food processor. The millet will likely stay whole and this is fine as it makes the food more visually appealing. Spread the mixture 1/4 inch thin onto parchment paper lined dehydrator trays. This recipe will fill a 5 tray Excalibur dehydrator. Dehydrate at 155 for 1-2 hours, then at 110 for up to another 22 hours.