The Best Nutri-Berries Recipe for YOUR Bird!

My parrot, Phineas, is a very picky eater. But when I first brought home a bag of Lafeber’s Nutri-Berries three months ago, he went nuts for them! I was delighted and relieved to have found something he was crazy about. However, I quickly learned that keeping a regular supply of Nutri-Berries in the house is pretty expensive. Not only that, but I started wondering if I could create a more natural and personalized (Err, parrotalized?) version of the treats myself. I wasn’t thrilled with some of Lafeber’s ingredients like soy, maltodextrin, propylene glycol, and preservatives. Plus, no one knows my little feathered-bundle-of-joy’s haughty preferences better than I do!

With the recipe below, you can easily whip up some customized, nutritious, Nutri-Berry-like treats for your feathered friend or flock using the ingredients they need and enjoy most. Your pet(s) will love these beautiful homemade creations – and so will your wallet!


  • 1 cup dried fruit (No sugar added!) Rasins, mango, papaya, apples, apricots, bananas, cranberries, blueberries, cherries and dates (or any combination of these) are classic favorites!
  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • Pellets (Your parrot’s favorite daily pellets) This adds extra vitamins essential to your bird’s diet. I use ZuPreem Natural Premium Daily Bird Food in Phineas’ treats.
  • 1/2 cup shelled pumpkin seeds (Not salted!)
  • 1/2 cup crushed/slivered nuts (Not salted!) Almonds, walnuts, pistachios, pecans and hazelnuts are always popular!
  • 1/3 cup flax seeds
  • 1/3 cup quinoa
  • 1/3 cup hulled millet
  • 1/4 cup flaked coconut (Not sweetened!)
  • 3 tbsp sweetener (honey, molasses or agave nectar) For a healthier, less sweet treat, use 2 tbsp of applesauce and 1 tbsp of sweetener instead.

*Optional: 1/4 cup each of shelled sunflower seeds (Not salted!) and sesame seeds can also be added. If you add these, up to an extra tablespoon of sweetener will be needed.

*Peanuts are a controversial part of a parrot’s diet due to a dangerous fungus called “Aspergillus” which can grow in their shells (Learn more at Parrot Parrot). However, if you choose to use them, the safest option is to select unshelled, unsalted, human-grade peanuts (from the grocery store – not the pet store).


Grind or puree (depending on bird size) the dried fruit, rolled oats, pellets, pumpkin seeds and nuts in a blender or food processor. Mix thoroughly with all remaining ingredients. If mixture does not pack together easily, it may be necessary to stir in an additional drizzle of sweetener.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Coat hands in a thin layer of olive oil or coconut oil (or another bird-safe oil) and form mixture into tightly packed 1/2 to 1 inch balls. Place on a baking sheet that is either lightly greased or covered in parchment paper. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden.

Allow the treats to cool completely before removing them from the baking sheet. They harden as they cool and will fall apart if moved while they are still warm! Store in an airtight container.

This recipe should make roughly 100 treats (depending on size, of course).

I hope you and your parrot enjoy these yummy treats as much as Phineas and I did! Bon appetit!


13 thoughts on “The Best Nutri-Berries Recipe for YOUR Bird!

  1. Thank you for the nutri berry recipe. Well received here. Making my second batch right now with applesauce and agave nectar. I noticed my hands getting a little bit fatigued with the last batch so I used a melon baller and seems much easier. I tap the edge of the cookie sheet with melon baller to get the mixture to release. Pack the mixture, but not too firmly.

  2. This recipe is going to be put to great use! How much pelleted food are you adding? I’m having a hell of a time getting my Rio [GCC] to eat his pellets, so I have been experimenting with agave nectar and crushed pellets… thought about DIY pellet and seed nutriberries at home… Then came across your blog! I think my version is slowly working, but I think I need to ball them for trickery. Then I wondered how long these would keep and if anyone else has done this? Any idea of shelf life and do they need to be refrigerated after making? Thanks!!

    • Hi Amanda,
      I added pellets little by little until I thought it looked like a good ratio – maybe 1/2 cup for my parrot, but yours may want them more or less in this snack. In an airtight container, they keep for a pretty long time, although I did not experiment to find the exact time. Also, I never refrigerated them, and they kept just fine! Hope your bird loves them!

  3. Just made my first batch of your Nutri Berry Recipe. Very happy with the way it turned out! My Caiques were thrilled! Had to use more honey to get the mixture to stick but you had forewarned of that possibility. Can’t wait to try different fruits, nuts etc. I have noticed a lot of talk about Agave use. Although this is a natural sweetener, it is hard on the liver. Just thought I would mention this. Thank you for such an awesome recipe!!

    • So happy your Caiques enjoyed your creation, Marian! Thanks for your feedback and the info about agave and the liver. I hadn’t heard/read that about agave before so will definitely look into it! Best of luck with all your future batches trying different fruits and nuts 😀

  4. Im so thrilled to have a nutriberri recipe. I buy them so often and they are very expensive. My Sunnie will eat nothing but them so now I can get creative and do veggie ones and fruity ones. I wonder if Id use dried veggies if I want some veggies in them???

    • I used to buy them frequently too and got tired of the high prices quickly. This recipe is definitely a money-saver! I haven’t tried using veggies in them, but it sounds like a good idea! If you try it, I hope you’ll consider coming back here to tell everyone how it turned out. I’m sure others would be interested in giving it a try if the result is good. Best of luck!

  5. I made half the recipe for my little sun conure. To make very tight balls, I used a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop and divided the scoop on about half. Then I used one piece of plastic wrap (because the batter was falling apart/sticky) to tighten all the little balls. I had the plastic wrap flat in my hand, put the mixture in my palm, and twisted the plastic wrap around the mixture while compressing the ball further with my fingers. This way don’t fall apart even when before they are baked and when they are warm 😉 this would work with bigger nuggets too!

  6. Thanks so much for this recipe! Almot out of Nutriberries and my bratty little Timneh has taken to scooping ALL is Lafeber’s Pellets out of his bowl and onto my floor with his beak when he thinks he has gone too long without nutriberries. Going to get millet , coconut and make these tonight. Will use the applesauce to make them less sweet/ healthier.

  7. My Nutriberries are cooled and in bags. My B&G Macaw and Timneh Grey LOVE these! I put lots extra in, dried bananas, a dried veggie chip mix and raisins. So they got both fruit and veggies, thought it would be healthier. MUCH cheaper than buying Nutriberries, those are $ 28.00 for a two pound bag, got more than that weight in this recipe for a fraction of the cost.

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