Birdie {Energy} Bites

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All this snow reminds me of making pine cone bird feeders as a kid. We have plenty of millet and sesame seeds from my Tassajara Bread Book challenge, so why not? ( I should update you on that.) The fat pigeons guarding the sidewalks get plenty of scraps, but I thought this could be a simple project to do with the little dude. Easy enough, spread peanut butter over the cones then roll them in seeds.

Ha! Then common sense kicked in.

Rivers can’t keep anything out of his mouth. My little man is practically a hungry baby bird himself. He will eat an entire adult-sized portion of oatmeal, then turn around, mouth wide, begging for a bite of mine. So why not just cut the pine cone and the birds altogether and just feed the baby? We used similar ingredients and rolled them into balls. They make great travel snacks.

Of course my little birdie can’t get enough! Even his peanut butter crazed dadda sneaks into the container. The method is pretty simple and very flexible as far as ingredient substitutions. Just keep in mind that the pieces will need to be rolled larger if your subbing larger ingredients, such as rice cereal or sunflower seeds.

©fourwoodthinking

Birdie (Energy) Bites
{Vegan, Gluten-free, Sugar-free}
Makes 30-35, 1 teaspoon-size pieces

1/2 cup nut butter
1/4 cup freshly ground flaxseed
1/4 cup ground buckwheat or ground oats, or a combination
2 teaspoons maple syrup or honey
3 Tablespoons millet, divided
3 Tablespoons black sesame seeds, divided
cinnamon to taste, optional

In a medium bowl, mix together nut butter, flaxseed, buckwheat, syrup, 1 Tablespoon of millet and 1 tablespoon sesame seeds. Also mix in cinnamon if using.

In a shallow bowl, toss together the remaining  2 Tablespoons of each, millet and sesame seeds.

Scoop and roll pieces to the size desired. (I roll 1/2 teaspoon for the Smallest’s hands)

Roll or toss each ball in the bowl of seeds until the outside is covered. If the pieces are very sticky or melty, chill for 5-10 minutes. Eat at room temperature or chilled.

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