Homemade, Organic “Nutri-Berry”-Type Recipe (2024)

I have been wanting to create an organic and healthier version of the Nutri-Berry for a long while now. They look very tasty and fun for birds to eat, but the ingredient list contains a few things I’d rather not feed, so I’ve always stayed away from them. I did some searches online for some recipes and have tried some in the past that required egg whites and baking, but those recipes never seemed to work very well as they don’t yield the softer texture that seems so appealing about the actual Nutri-Berry to so many parrots. I finally found a very unique one that used molasses and no baking, and was intrigued. I gathered all of my ingredients this weekend and finally got to work! The molasses content isn’t overwhelming but it does make them pretty sweet; these snacks will be used as treats only among my flock, but they look pretty delectable if I may say so myself! I threw together the ingredients at random so feel free to add, subtract, or substitute as you please. I didn’t measure anything but used varying amounts… there are probably equal amounts of each puffed grain, but not quite as much in the way of sunflower seeds or cranberries as there are other ingredients.

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The dry ingredients, minus the pellets

Ingredients (All Organic):

  • Puffed Brown Rice
  • Puffed Buckwheat
  • Puffed Barley
  • Puffed Triticale
  • Flax Seed
  • Sesame Seed
  • Sunflower Seed (shelled)
  • Pumpkin Seed (shelled)
  • Unsweetened Cranberries
  • Unsweetened Papaya
  • Unsweetened Mango
  • Walnuts
  • Almonds
  • Totally Organics Pellets (Crumplet Size)
  • Molasses
  • Coconut Oil


First I took any of the larger ingredients– papaya, mango, walnuts, almonds, pumpkin seed– and chopped them in the food processor until they were uniform in size, and nice and small for the treats. I left the rest in tact, but they can also be run through the food processor for smaller birds. I then combined all ingredients except for the molasses and coconut oil in a large, non-reactive mixing bowl– see the photograph above. (The first time around I forgot to add the pellets, but they were added shortly after I added the molasses.)

Next I poured some molasses into a small saucepan. I’m not sure of exactly how much I used, but it was probably around 1/3 of a cup (there was also plenty of molasses left in the saucepan when I was done). I put it on the stove over medium heat waiting for it to bubble. In the mean time, I lined a few trays with waxed paper, and lightly coated a spatula with coconut oil to use for mixing. When the molasses began to bubble, I quickly poured it over the dry ingredients and vigorously mixed them until there was just enough molasses to cat all of the ingredients and make them just sticky enough to form.

I then lightly coated my own hands with coconut oil and began to form them into little balls. It took a few rounds to get it down correctly. Too much oil and the balls don’t hold together, but not enough and the ingredients just stick to your hands. You also have to re-coat your hands after every few treats (I ended up re-coating after every third treat). As I’m sure you can guess… this is a very messy endeavor! Be prepared to be coated in lots of oil and molasses and stickiness by the time you are done.

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The finished product!

Some of them aren’t quite as nicely shaped as others, but I think they came out quite well! My recipe made nearly three trays of treats. Lola had just eaten and wasn’t hungry when I offered her one so unfortunately I have no idea if they’re any good or not just yet, but hopefully they will be a big hit. I tasted one and it was quite good, kind of like a sticky trail mix treat.

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§ 14 Responses to Homemade, Organic “Nutri-Berry”-Type Recipe

  • Homemade, Organic “Nutri-Berry”-Type Recipe (3)Kritter Krazy says:

    June 30, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Yummy! These look so perfect. Do you think these would be okay for budgies, or just larger parrots? I’ll definitely use this recipe in the future! Thanks for posting it, hopefully it will be a big hit with Lola. 🙂


  • Homemade, Organic “Nutri-Berry”-Type Recipe (6)Caitlin says:

    July 9, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Great idea! I used to buy nutriberries but they are expensive. We use a recipe like this at work for seed bars, and we actually keep a bowl of water for our hands to prevent sticking. It works pretty well.


    • Homemade, Organic “Nutri-Berry”-Type Recipe (7)Coco's Flock says:

      July 11, 2011 at 12:10 pm

      Interesting! I will have to try that next time. What do you use to hold together your seed bars– is it also molasses?


  • Homemade, Organic “Nutri-Berry”-Type Recipe (8)Shasta says:

    September 6, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    How should I store them and how long do they last.


    • Homemade, Organic “Nutri-Berry”-Type Recipe (9)Coco's Flock says:

      September 6, 2014 at 9:11 pm

      I kept only about 3 days’ worth in the fridge, and froze the rest. I probably wouldn’t keep them for longer than a month or so in the freezer. Hope this helps!


  • Homemade, Organic “Nutri-Berry”-Type Recipe (10)Kristine says:

    February 21, 2015 at 9:53 am

    Can’t wait to make some for my co*ckatoo , he was a original rescue then his owner got sick and past away so I wanted to be his forever home! I want to make a happy home and life for him!!!!!!


    • Homemade, Organic “Nutri-Berry”-Type Recipe (11)Coco's Flock says:

      February 28, 2015 at 12:48 pm

      Thank you for giving him a good home! 🙂


  • June 17, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    Sounds great. Is the fruit dried, canned or fresh?


    • Homemade, Organic “Nutri-Berry”-Type Recipe (13)Coco's Flock says:

      February 13, 2018 at 1:45 pm

      Hi Lyn, I used dried fruit in this recipe.


  • Homemade, Organic “Nutri-Berry”-Type Recipe (14)Hibiscus says:

    October 30, 2019 at 10:57 pm

    Smart, You care about your parrot so do I and I will never buy nutriberrys. They contain sulfates and there not organic it has always bothered me. I would like to try your recipe. Did you freeze them or store them in the freezer?


    • Homemade, Organic “Nutri-Berry”-Type Recipe (15)Coco's Flock says:

      January 3, 2020 at 3:35 pm

      Yes, I did store these in the freezer. I’d thaw them in the fridge before serving.


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Homemade, Organic “Nutri-Berry”-Type Recipe (2024)


What are the ingredients in Nutri-Berries? ›

Nutri-Berries contain hulled canary millet, cracked corn, and safflower blended with peanut and other natural ingredients rolled to form a “berry” shape. Nuggets are coated with vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.

What food is irresistible to parakeets? ›

This enticing daily diet is loaded with a medley of delicacies such as fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds and grains your companion pet will find simply irresistible. The colorful shapes and textures add variety to help make mealtime fun and a source of activity to help reduce cage boredom.

How do you feed Nutri-Berries? ›

Sometimes you need to start by crumbling the Nutri-Berries until he is eating them, and then start including some whole Berries until he learns to eat them whole. With Nutri-Berries, he should learn to eat most of each berrie without wasting too much.

Are Nutri-Berries good for birds? ›

Nutriberries and Avicakes are both products produced by Lafeber's Bird Food Company that are recommended by many veterinarians as a seed source.

What are the ingredients in fruit berries? ›

Ingredients: sugars (glucose syrup, sugar, grape juice concentrate), water, gelatin, citric acid, artificial flavours, coconut oil, carnauba wax, allura red, vegetable carbon.

What is a parakeets favorite human food? ›

Whenever possible, it is great to supplement your favorite small bird's meals with fresh human food sources: fresh fruits, vegetables, and nuts. Fruits are rich in vitamins and usually a hit with parakeets; most fruits are safe for birds to eat, including basics like bananas, oranges, berries, apples, and grapes.

Do parakeets like peanut butter? ›

Peanut butter is a good high-protein food for birds, and they can eat any of the same types humans do. If you're buying it specifically for birds, look for natural or organic types with the fewest additives. Try offering crunchy peanut butter for an extra nutty treat.

What food do budgies love the most? ›

Grass-derived seeds and grains are the budgie's staple food in the wild, and should make up 50% of your pet bird's intake. Our common corn crops of wheat, barley, rye and oats are all derived originally from wild members of the grass family.

Are Nutri-Berries healthy? ›

You can feed any of these foods alone or combined. So yes, the Nutri-Berries are nutritionally balanced and can be fed instead of pellets. They have the same nutrition as pellets, but they are not ground up.

Are Nutri-Berries as good as pellets? ›

While companion bird owners and/or some veterinarians believe that pellets are the only approach to providing balanced nutrition, NutriBerries can provide that balance as well.

Are Nutri-Berries a complete diet? ›

- Senior Bird Nutri-Berries: Like Classic Nutri-Berries, Senior Bird Nutri-Berries could be fed daily as a complete diet for older birds (reaching half of its expected lifespan).

What is the best fruit to feed birds? ›

Berries and small fruits, including blueberries, raspberries, currants, blackberries, mulberries, beautyberries, serviceberries, sumac, holly, juniper, and viburnum are especially popular with many birds. Birds also enjoy other fruits such as oranges, plums, apples, grapes, cherries, crabapples, and prickly pear.

How many Nutri-Berries for conure? ›

Eventually, each of your birds will need as few as 6 to as many as 10 berries per day. If your Umbrella is really large, he might need more.

Can I give my bird frozen fruit? ›

Frozen or thawed fruits and vegetables are acceptable to feed, but fresh fruits and vegetables are the most nutritious. Cooking, however, can deplete some foods of their nutritive value. Canned fruits and vegetables may be packed in large amounts of salt or sugar, so they are not recommended for birds.

What are parakeets attracted to? ›

Nuts – Parrots and parakeets are especially fond of nuts, such as almonds and peanuts, especially if they are still in their shell. Fruits – They love to feast on fresh foods. Favorite fruits for these birds include bananas, berries, nectarines, apples and figs.

What's a parakeet's favorite treat? ›

Examples of parakeet and parrot fruits treats include: apples, grapes, mango, banana, passion fruit, papaya and peaches. In some cases, dried or dehydrated fruits can also be offered to your birds, but like nuts, they should not contain added salt, sugar, or preservatives.

What do parakeets need to thrive? ›

Parakeets enjoy a range of foods, including pelleted food, seed, vegetables, fruits, and the occasional treat. Parakeets should always have access to fresh, clean water. Pet parents should never share food from their mouths or plates with their parakeet.

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