This is a general recipe that I make every 2-3 days. It is full of fiber, healthy fats (think Omega-3s), and protein. My reasoning for making the Bird Seed is to cut out any other bad food that I would eat if i didn’t have this trusty snack around. It is very nutrient-dense and it fills you up so fast that you don’t even remember that you were hungry.
Choose any RAW nuts you want
-Almonds, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, Brazil nuts, pistachios, pine nuts (walnuts and pecans tend to have a very strong flavor)
Use a combination of RAW unroasted/unsalted seeds
-Sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds + the big 3 (Chia, Flax, and Hemp)
Choose any binding agent
-Banana, prune, banana+prune, coconut oil, honey, agave
Throw in any additional ingredients
-Vanilla extract, coconut flakes, banana chips, raw cacao powder, lucuma powder, açaí powder, etc.
How to make it:
- Grind all of the seeds, nuts, and any dry add-ins together in your high-speed blender/ food processor until they are sand-like consistency. Transfer combination into a large bowl.
- Process anything that could become liquid next (prunes/bananas, if desired). Once puréed, transfer to the bowl with the ground up Bird Seed. If using coconut oil or honey, just add it directly to the bowl.
- Using a spoon, or your utensil of choice, mix it all together. Mashing downward and in a circular pattern is the quickest way to do it.
- Try your Bird Seed!
Getting the best proportion of ingredients is the trick here, but in general, I use ½ nuts ½ seeds in the entire recipe.
As far as seeds, I’ll use 3:2:1 ratio of flax seeds, chia seeds, and all other seeds. For instance, 3 handfuls of flax seeds, 2 handfuls of chia seeds, one handful of sesame seed, one handful of pumpkin seeds, one handful of sunflower seeds, etc.
Try not to use too much honey/agave or banana (1 max), as these foods break down into sugar almost as soon as you eat them.
Make sure to use all raw ingredients. As with any type of food, the more you cook it, the fewer nutrients it has. We’re going for 100% nutrition.
Store in the fridge for up to 5 days.