Healthy Bird Bonbons (with quinoa and veggie chop)

This is my third time making a batch of these, they are a fun, nutritious treat and the parrots just love them. I vary it each time depending on what healthy ingredients I have in the house that day.

1 cup quinoa
1 cup finely chopped veggies, leafy greens, and peppers (* I used a fresh batch of Chop)
a spoonful of chopped raw unsweetened coconut
a few chopped goji berries
sprinkle of chia, flax, sesame on tops

Rinse and drain one cup of quinoa, then simmer in two cups of water until water is absorbed and let it cool. Mix one cup of plain pumpkin puree into 2 tbs. of whole grain flour ( I used spelt flour for this). Now stir the pumpkin mixture into the quinoa, then add the cup of finely chopped vegetables, leafy greens, and peppers. *Extra ingredients used in the Chop are listen below. (I used a food processor to mince the veggies for this.) I added a few chopped goji berries as a treat for this batch, and a spoonful of raw coconut shreds.

Gently form the mixture into spoonful sized little balls and place in a baking dish. You can use food prep disposable gloves for this part if you don’t like getting your hands all dirty. I then sprinkled a little chia, flax, sesame on the tops. Bake about 20 minutes on 350. I just wanted them to set a little in their shape, but still be moist and soft. Cool and serve, then freeze the extras.

My previous two recipes making these are here.

https://thehappycockatoo.wordpress.com/2012/06/10/healthy-bird-bonbons/

https://thehappycockatoo.wordpress.com/2012/07/14/healthy-bird-bonbons-another-variation-of-the-recipe/

A previous batch with carrots, broccoli and buckwheat groats.

The original batch with cooked quinoa, parsley and raw millet added.

* I have made this recipe before as simple as just adding a cup of chopped broccoli and carrots, so don’t feel overwhelmed by the ingredients list I used for this batch today. I had just made a big batch of fresh Chop so I used that for my cup of veggies to add this time.

dandelions
kale
dill
cilantro
celery
winter squash
poblano pepper
sweet peppers
collard greens
carrots with green tops
beet greens (just the tops)
red chili pepper flakes
cooked lentils
cooked millet
cooked wheat berries
cooked buckwheat groats


Pictured are the ingredients in this Chop batch.

More about what Chop is and how to make it.
http://parrotnation.com/2010/08/08/chop-shot-by-shot/

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3 responses

  1. Maybe a variation of these cookies with sprouts would be great, too? I didn’t know parrots can eat winter squash! Are all squashes safe for them?

    August 1, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    • Yes, all of the different kinds of squash are great. 🙂

      March 16, 2014 at 2:19 pm

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