Healthy Cookie or Breadstick Treats

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Our birds have almost finished up the first batch of these. For the next batch I will be adding a small amount of beets or blueberries to add some color. The birds didn’t seem to notice that these breadsticks look a bit plain, but a little color would help jazz them up a bit.

 

2.5 cups raw buckwheat groats

1 cup raw in hull sesame seed

1/2 cup raw chia seeds

1.5 tbsp raw green stevia herb

2 tsp cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice or ginger or curry (or whatever flavors your bird prefers)

 

Rinse and soak buckwheat and sesame for 30 minutes, drain. Put all ingredients except chia in a food processor until a dough or very thick batter forms. You can add very small amounts of water if needed to process. Stir in the chia seeds whole and allow the mixture to thicken until it’s the consistency of dough.

  • For breadsticks: Use your palms to roll out a portion of dough (like making a snake with play dough – cooking can be fun!). Lay these “snakes” on the parchment paper lined dehydrator trays and smoosh them flat with your fingers. You want them to be about 1/4 to 1/3 inch thick.
  • For cookies: Use your palms to roll a tablespoon portion of dough into a ball, then flatten the balls onto the parchment paper lined dehydrator trays until they are about 1/4 to 1/3 inch thick.

Dehydrate for 8-12 hours, then flip and dehydrate up to a full 24 hours total.

You can make just about any flavor with this recipe. This can also be a good recipe for experimenting with different flavors to see what your bird enjoys most. You can even add small seeds on top of the breadsticks or a piece of almond on top of the cookies.

These treats are far from being nutritionally complete, but they are certainly healthy enough that your bird can have a small amount each day. The chia seeds are full of antioxidants and omega-3. The in-hull sesame seeds add extra calcium.