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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.




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





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.