Healthy Bird Bonbons (another variation of the recipe)
I kept seeing these awesome parrot “sweet potato balls” or “treat balls” recipes and had to give it a try. I started with that basic idea, and then went from there changing and adding ingredients as I went along. I call these “Healthy Bird Bonbons”, just because I like the sound of it. Don’t let the bonbons part fool you though, these are a great nutritious snack. First recipe I did of these here https://thehappycockatoo.wordpress.com/2012/06/10/healthy-bird-bonbons/
Ingredients for this batch:
cilantro or parsley
red chili pepper flakes
shredded leafy greens, finely chopped veggies (used carrot and broccoli for this batch)
Start with half cup quinoa; rinsed, soaked in water for five minutes, then rinsed again. Now simmer, covered, in 1 cup of water until liquid is absorbed (about fifteen minutes). For this batch I used cooked buckwheat groats too. Stir in 1 cup of pumpkin puree, I just used plain canned pumpkin. Let the mixture sit and cool a bit. Then mix in some shredded leafy greens, cilantro or parsley. Add some shredded veggies in too, for this batch I used a lot of shredded carrot and broccoli. For some dry ingredients I used sprinklings of millet, chia, sesame, flax and red chili pepper flakes. Then roll spoonfuls up into little balls and bake them at 350 until light golden brown. I only baked them about fifteen minutes, they were still very soft and moist, but it was just enough to set them so they weren’t mushy.