Monday, March 1, 2010

Not Just "For the Birds..."

My friend Kathleen is amazing! We have been doing a fun little joyschool group with our kids. We switch off teaching, and on Kathleen's day, they made fun little bird feeders, and she sent the kids home with these yummy little snacks. I thought they were pretty tasty, so of coarse I have to post them! :) I also included her trips for the little bird feeders!

Seed Snacks

½ cup plus 1 Tablespoon brown rice flour

¼ cup oat bran

½ teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder

½ cup raw organic sunflower seeds

¼ cup raw organic sesame seeds

¼ cup raw organic pumpkin seeds

¼ cup organic currants (or raisins cut in half)

3 Tablespoons Sunspire Grain Sweetened Chocolate Chips (or mini chips)

¼ teaspoon sea salt


2 Tablespoons flax meal

¼ cup pure maple syrup

2 Tablespoons Almond Milk or Rice Milk

1.5 teaspoons blackstrap molasses

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

2 Tablespoons plain olive oil (not extra virgin)

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Stir first 10 ingredients together in a bowl.
  3. In another bowl stir together flax meal, maple syrup, and milk. Then add molasses, vanilla and ilk and stir together until combined.
  4. Mix wet ingredients with the dry and stir until combined.
  5. Drop by small cookie scoops of batter onto baking sheet with a Silpat mat of parchment paper. Lightly flatten each scoop with the backside of the cookie scoop.
  6. Bake 13-14 minutes, cool slightly and transfer to cookie rack to cool completely.

Yield: 10-12 cookies

I usually make a double batch; they freeze very well. These are so healthy you can eat them for breakfast!

Pine-cone Bird Feeders:

Use a 50/50 mixture of creamy peanut butter and another fat (suet/margarine/Crisco) and spread on a pine cone. Straight peanut butter can be fatal to birds. Roll in wild birdseed and place outside for some very lucky birdies to enjoy!
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