Healthy and Nutritious Birdie Bread for Parrots

Come closer, my friends, and let me share a recipe with you that will make everyone squawk with delight. As a baker and lover of all living creatures, I am excited to introduce you to my Wholesome Birdie Bread for Parrots Recipe. This is not just any ordinary bread, but one packed with nutritious ingredients that will give your feathered friend the energy needed to make it through their busy day.

I believe that our winged companions deserve nothing but the best. That is why I have put together this recipe using only healthy ingredients that will provide all the necessary vitamins and minerals needed for a healthy meal. This homemade bread mix will replace any store-bought pellets or treats and serve as an appetizer, easy dinner or even as parrot toys during training sessions.

What’s even more exciting about the Wholesome Birdie Bread is that it’s not just delicious for our birdy buddies alone. The combination of vegetables, cheese, tahini, peanut butter wheat germ, applesauce, oatmeal and baking powder yields a food com healthy meal-equivalent that we humans can devour too! In creating this recipe, my aim was to come up with something tasty yet beneficial to our avian companions and it turns out to be equally palatable to us.

So what are you waiting for? Gather your ingredients and get ready to satisfy your bird’s taste buds, while giving them the best possible nutrition in one fell swoop. Your parrot will thank you with every majestic flap of its wings!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Wholesome Birdie Bread for Parrots
Wholesome Birdie Bread for Parrots

I’m going to level with you, friends. There are a lot of birdie bread recipes out there, but this wholesome birdie bread recipe is one that your parrot will absolutely adore. Not only is it packed with healthy ingredients like broccoli florets, carrots, tahini, and wheat germ, but it’s also incredibly simple to make.

If you’re anything like me, then you know that finding healthy and delicious recipes for your feathered friend can sometimes feel like a daunting task. But I assure you that this recipe will make your life so much easier. Plus, there’s something incredibly satisfying about making a homemade treat for your bird that you know will nourish their body and soul.

But the best part? This birdie bread recipe is not just good for your bird- it’s also good for you! With ingredients like peanut butter, oatmeal, and eggs, this recipe is a healthy meal option for humans as well. So go ahead and indulge in a slice of this wholesome birdie bread while bonding with your beloved parrot.

Trust me, once you try this recipe, it will become a staple in your household. It’s the perfect appetizer for a dinner party or a simple yet fulfilling dinner for you and your feathered companion. Give your bird a healthy meal by adding this tasty treat to their food bowl daily portions and watch them thrive!

So what are you waiting for? Give this recipe a try for yourself and see why it’s sure to become one of your new favorite healthy birdie bread recipes.

Ingredient List

“Say hello to your birdie’s new favorite treat”

Here are the healthy ingredients that you will need to create birdie bread for your feathered friends:

Dry Ingredients ###

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup yellow corn meal
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Wet Ingredients ###

  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 2 eggs (shells included)
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter

Mix-ins ###

  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 1 cup broccoli florets, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese (parrots love cheddar and gouda)

Don’t worry if you don’t have all of these ingredients on hand, we’ll discuss substitutions and variations later in the article. But keep in mind that parrots require a healthy meal to thrive, so do try to include as many of these ingredients as possible.

The Recipe How-To

“A slice of heaven in every bite”

Now that you have gathered all the ingredients, it’s time to start making your Wholesome Birdie Bread for Parrots.

Step 1: Preheat the Oven

Preheat your oven at 350°F.

Step 2: Prepare the Dry Ingredients

In a bowl, mix 1 cup flour, 1 cup whole wheat flour, 1 cup yellow cornmeal, 1 tsp baking powder, and ½ tsp salt until thoroughly combined.

Step 3: Prepare the Wet Ingredients

In another bowl, whisk together 2 eggs with shells, three broccoli florets, and three grated carrots. Once blended, add in one box of jiffy corn muffin mix (dry), 1 ½ cups oatmeal, 1 tbs wheat germ, and mix it well.

Step 4: Combine Dry and Wet Ingredients

Slowly pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredient mixture. Add in 1 cup applesauce, ¾ cup creamy peanut butter, and blend together.

Step 5: Bake

Pour the batter into two greased loaf pans or one muffin tin.

  • If making muffins bake for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean after inserting it into the center of a muffin.
  • If you are using loaf pans, bake them for about 60 to 70 minutes. Check if they are done by sticking a knife in the middle of the bread—if it comes out clean, your bread is ready.

Step 6: Cooling Time

Remove from oven and let cool on wire racks before you serve them to your feathered friends.

Congratulations! By following these six easy steps, you have made a wonderful healthy meal that your parrots will love. This recipe makes about two loaves or approximately twenty-four muffins which you can keep in freezer bags. To ensure that your parrots get their daily portions of Wholesome Birdie Bread provide cut daily portions from homemade bird treats as an appetizer or easy simple dinner for them to enjoy alongside their favorite kaytee supreme African Grey bird food or other pellets.

Substitutions and Variations

“Perfectly baked and packed with wholesome ingredients”

Now that we have talked about the basic recipe for wholesome birdie bread, let’s explore some substitutions and variations to add some pizzazz to your feathered friend’s mealtime.

Firstly, instead of using broccoli florets and carrots, you can substitute them with other veggies. Any type of leafy greens or root vegetables like sweet potatoes or onions can be a great addition to the bread. You can also throw in some fruits like apples or bananas for added nutrition and flavor.

In terms of the binding agent, you can use tahini in place of peanut butter. Not only does it give a unique nutty taste, but it is also a healthier option than peanut butter. Alternatively, you can use cheese or applesauce as well.

For added texture and nutrients, wheat germ can be substituted with oat bran or flax seeds. Additionally, for those who prefer a gluten-free option, swap all-purpose flour for coconut flour as it adds more flavor and is perfect for those following a grain-free diet.

As far as meats go, you can mix in your parrot’s favorite meat like cooked chicken or turkey. Adding some bird-safe herbs like basil or thyme will give the bread an aromatic taste which birds love.

Lastly, top the bread with different types of nuts or seeds such as sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds. It adds an extra layer of crunchiness and has essential vitamins and minerals.

Remember to watch out for any food items that can be harmful to birds such as avocados, chocolate, caffeine products or alcohol.

These substitutions and variations will surely make your next batch of wholesome birdie bread a hit among your feathered friends!

Serving and Pairing

“A colorful and nutritious snack for your feathered friend”

Once you’ve baked this delicious and wholesome birdie bread, it’s time to serve it up in style! This bread is great on its own and will remind your feathered friends of the joys of eating out in the wild! However, if you want to serve it up as an appetizer or part of a larger meal, we have some pairing suggestions for you.

Firstly, you can serve it alongside some fresh fruits such as blueberries or strawberries for a bit of color and variety. The sweetness and juiciness of the fruits complement the graininess of the birdie bread perfectly.

If you’re feeling like something savory, try serving it with some fresh-cut veggies such as bell peppers or broccoli florets. The natural crunch and earthy flavor of these veggies provide a satisfying contrast to the soft and fluffy bread.

As this recipe already contains cheese, carrots, applesauce, peanut butter and tahini which provides a complete and healthy meal, portion size is key. Cut daily portions or depending on your parrots’ appetite, freeze some batches and defrost at room temperature before consumption.

In addition to serving suggestions, we also recommend pairing this wholesome birdie bread with Kaytee Supreme African Grey Bird Food or other high-quality parrot food such as homemade pellets or treats to ensure that your feathered friends are getting a balanced and nutritious meal.

So whether it’s just an appetizer or part of a homemade dinner for your birds, wholesome birdie bread is sure to be a hit when paired with the right foods!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

“Bake a batch of love for your parrot”

I know how important it is to have convenient and healthy meals for your feathered friend, and that’s why I’ve ensured that this wholesome birdie bread recipe can be made ahead of time and stored for later use. Plus, I’ve got some tips for reheating so you can keep it fresh and tasty for days to come.

To make ahead: Bake a batch of bread the day before you need it, let it cool completely, then slice it into daily portions. You can store these portions in an airtight container or zip-lock bag in the refrigerator for up to a week.

To freeze: After cutting the bread into portions, wrap each piece tightly with plastic wrap and then put them in a large freezer-safe zip-lock bag. Label with the date and store in the freezer for up to 6 months.

When ready to serve: To reheat frozen bread, take out the desired number of slices and thaw on the counter overnight or in the fridge for a few hours. Then warm it up in the oven at 350F (177C) or microwave on high for 15-30 seconds until heated through.

It’s important to note that eggs should be removed from the shells before freezing (you can scramble them and include them in each portion). Also, never reheat birdie bread with avocado as it will turn bad quickly.

With this simple make-ahead trick, you’ll have healthy meal options ready whenever your birdie needs one. Whether as part of their daily meal portions or as a special treat, your birds will love indulging in this delicious homemade birdie bread.

Tips for Perfect Results

“Fuel your bird’s day with this wholesome bread”

We all want our birdie bread to come out perfect, with a texture that is neither too dry nor too moist, and a flavor that attracts even the pickiest of parrots. Luckily for you, I have some tips that will help you achieve just that.

Firstly, make sure to measure your ingredients accurately. Wholesome birdie bread depends on the right balance of wet and dry ingredients, so it is important not to throw off this balance by adding too much or too little of an ingredient. Use measuring cups and spoons for the best accuracy.

Another tip is to be careful when mixing the dough. Overmixing can result in a tough bread, while undermixing can lead to uneven baking. Mix the dough until the ingredients are just combined and evenly distributed.

While baking birdie bread, keep an eye on it in the oven. The baking time may vary depending on your oven and altitude. To ensure it does not overbake, use a toothpick or cake tester to check if it comes out clean from the center of the bread.

When removing your birdie bread from the oven, let it cool down before slicing it. A warm loaf can crumble easily and does not hold its shape well.

Lastly, experiment with different add-ins and variations of wholesome birdie bread recipe to keep your parrot interested in their diet. Try adding millet or pumpkin seeds for some crunch, or shredded sweet potato for a dose of vitamins.

By applying these tips and always aiming for quality ingredients, you will create a wholesome treat that your parrot will look forward to enjoying every day.

Bottom Line


In conclusion, making wholesome birdie bread for your feathered friend is not only a fun activity but also a great way to show them you care. This parrots recipe is packed with healthy ingredients like broccoli floret, carrots, eggs, oatmeal, wheat germ and many more which provide necessary nutrients for a balanced diet.

The substitutions and variations section can give you ideas on how to give this bird bread some diversity and make it their new favorite treat. I urge you to experiment with different ingredients to see what your feathered friend likes best.

Additionally, serving and pairing suggestions can help you introduce birdie bread as an appetizer or simple dinner dish. Don’t forget the tips for perfect results and FAQ section that will clear out any doubts about making this bread recipe.

Finally, it’s essential to store the bread correctly to keep it fresh and nutritious. The make-ahead, storing, and reheating section will guide you on how best to do this.

As a persuasive conclusion, I must say that making wholesome birdie bread should be a part of every parrot owner’s routine. It’s homemade, healthy, delicious and makes an excellent addition to your pet bird’s diet. So don’t hesitate; try out this recipe today for your African Grey or budgie or any other bird you have at home!

Wholesome Birdie Bread for Parrots

Wholesome Birdie Bread for Parrots Recipe

This is a healthy meal in itself--for parrots. I cut this up into daily portions and freeze them. Then each day, I just microwave a portion and feed it to our feathered friends. All I see from the birds is tails in the air when they have birdie bread in their bowls!
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Course: Appetizer or Snack
Cuisine: Bird Food
Keyword: < 60 Mins, For Large Groups
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Calories: 171kcal


  • 2 (8 1/2 ounce) boxes Jiffy corn muffin mix (dry)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups oatmeal
  • 4 eggs (with shells)
  • 3 (6 ounce) jars vegetable baby food (sweet potato, carrots, potatoes, etc)
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons wheat germ
  • 2/3 cup tahini or 2/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup cheese, grated
  • 3 carrots, grated
  • 1/2 cup broccoli floret, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup seeds (or pellets)


  • Pre-Heat oven to 400.
  • Place muffin mix, oatmeal, and baking powder in large bowl and set aside.
  • Wash whole eggs thoroughly and place in blender (shells and all.) Add baby food, applesauce, and wheat germ, and puree.
  • Pour blended puree into your bowl of dry ingredients and stir with a large spoon. Stir in Tahini, cheese, grated carrots, and broccoli (if you have a fussy bird, you can puree these items in the blender in step 3.).
  • Spread mixture in a lightly greased 9 x 13" pan and sprinkle the seed (or pellets) over the top.
  • Bake for approximately 30-40 minutes. (Time may vary.) Let cool and cut into squares that are the size of a daily portion for your bird and freeze accordingly.
  • Defrost daily portions in the microwave before feeding. Depending on your bird, either crumble the birdie bread into their bowl (especially smaller birds) or give them talon size chunks (bigger birds).
  • Don't be afraid to experiment with the ingredients. The recipe is very forgiving. Instead of baby food, I sometimes substitute frozen mixed vegetables, a can of pumpkin, mashed bananas, or mashed sweet potatoes.
  • Instead of oatmeal, I often use cooked brown rice, baby rice cereal, or wholegrain Cheerios. Other things I've experimented with include chopped nuts, raisins, cooked lentils, chopped kale, pureed chickpeas, or pasta.
  • Tahini (sesame seed paste) is preferable to peanut butter, if you can find it. It's very high in protein and calcium.

Your Own Notes


Serving: 58g | Calories: 171kcal | Carbohydrates: 21.7g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 7.5g | Saturated Fat: 1.8g | Cholesterol: 32.9mg | Sodium: 256.8mg | Fiber: 2.8g | Sugar: 4.5g

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