Sweet Potato Puffs
1 ) Cook one large sweet potato in the microwave on high for 8 to 10 minutes or until very soft. Split the skin, and scoop out the flesh. Mash it up well in a large bowl.
2) Add 1/3 of a very soft, ripe banana, being sure not to use any part of the banana that has brown spots.
3) Add one jar of any baby fruit and one jar of any baby vegetable. I like to use the ones that are a mixture, like sweet potato and applesauce, etc. Just seems like more flavor than a straight vegetable.
4) Add one cup of frozen peas or corn.
5) Add 1/3 or 1/4 cup of a natural peanut butter.
6) Add a little cinnamon. Since I never measure spices in my own cooking, I can't suggest how much to use.
Mix it up well. It will be a sticky mess at this point, but it will roll up into balls, or you can also use an ice cream scoop.
Pour out some Grape Nuts cereal onto waxed paper, then roll each ball in the cereal until it is well covered. Put them into a container and then into the freezer.
I put three at a time in my microwave, set it on defrost for about 45 seconds to one minute. The time will depend upon how many you defrost at a time, and how "hot" your microwave is. Be sure that they are warm clear through, as sweet potatoes are heavy and take longer to get warm. Also, be VERY sure not to burn your fingers when you are breaking them up into the birds' dishes.
The beauty of this recipe is that you can change it around, add anything that your birds really like. I have at times put in the crumbs of NutriBerries or the small remains of pellets. You can add fresh, finely chopped veggie, or any kind of baby food, or chopped up nuts. Just use your imagination and your birds' favorite treats and they will really go for it! And with the sweet potato being the main ingredient, they are also getting Vitamin A. Experiment and enjoy !
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