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Sweet Potato Bird Balls

Sweet Potato Bird Balls

  • Prep

    20 m
  • Cook

    5 m
  • Ready In

    40 m
Sandi

Sandi

These are an excellent staple to have; when you need a quick treat, just defrost a few of these balls. Aside from softening the sweet potato in the microwave, this recipe does not require you to do any cooking at all. It's a relatively simple recipe you can make that will provide with a big batch of treats that freeze well. The fresh fruits and/or vegetables are especially nutritious for your bird, and the cereal give the balls a pleasant crunch.

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Directions

  1. Pierce the skin of the sweet potato several times with a paring knife or skewer. Place into the microwave, and cook on High power until the potato is tender, 5 to 9 minutes, turning the potato over halfway through cooking. When done, allow to cool until cool enough to handle.
  2. Peel the potato and place into a large mixing bowl. Add the vegetables, banana, raisins, apples, and oatmeal. Mix using an electric mixer on high speed until the vegetables have been reduced to tiny pieces and the mixture is thoroughly combined. If the mixture is too dry, add a little water until soft enough to roll into balls.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment or waxed paper. Roll the mixture into marble-sized balls and place onto baking sheet. Feed Polly a couple now, then place the baking sheet into the freezer, and freeze solid. Once frozen, remove treats from parchment paper and store in a resealable plastic bag. Defrost treats before serving.
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mis7up
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mis7up

11/3/2013

This is one of those recipes I feel very stupid for making and reviewing before seeing what I was making it other then for a photo. SO laugh all you want because I am. SO, I did not clue in....this was a recipe for a bird. Yes, I didn't pay attention to the bird word in the recipe title. AND yes I did try it, on a personal note, it wasn't bad, it wasn't great either, it was okay. Then I'm sitting here wondering, why, am I doing this...this way?! And that's when I read, what this recipe was why it was....my husband has laughed at me all evening. And it's okay, I'm laughing too. Because I don't have a bird. So as a friend suggested, I'll freeze these and break them in pieces for the birdies that visit my property over the winter. I'm sure they will love it....and I added millet seed to some of them they were easy to hold shape. But great recipe for birds...I tell you ;-)

GRANDMADEB
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GRANDMADEB

10/31/2011

My macaw loves these! I used mixed tropical fruit bits instead of just raisins and added some chopped walnuts - he ate 3 of them while I was still rolling them and declared them to be "gooooood yum!" - his highest compliment. These will be a staple in his diet. Thanks for a great recipe.

Deselle
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Deselle

3/7/2011

My cockatoo loves these and I love that I can customize them with whatever bird friendly food I've got on hand. I've made them with corn, peas, applesauce, granola, you name it! It makes a lot and is so much cheaper than nutriberries, plus I like knowing what is in it and that there's no preservatives. I microwave a ball for 10 seconds just to take the chill of the refrigerator off of it and my bird grabs for it as soon as it hits his cage.

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