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Quinoa and Buckwheat Tropimix Bites

November 24, 2015 Blog, Recipes for Birds

Quick ‘n Easy Healthy Snack for Your Parrot

Quinoa (pronounced “keen-nwa”) is a South American grain that is high in protein, calcium, and phosphorus. And buckwheat contains all 8 essential amino acids and a high-quality protein. Quinoa and buckwheat are very nutritious and are excellent foods for parrots.


  • 1 to 2 cups Small or Large Parrot Tropimix (be sure to stir the Tropimix so you get a good variety of ingredients)
  • 1 cup of drained cooked Quinoa
  • 1/3 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tbsp. real maple syrup


Preheat oven to 160°C or 320°F

Line baking sheet with aluminum foil. In a food processor or grinder, pulverize the Tropimix ingredients to a coarse powder consistency. Add cooked quinoa and the buckwheat flour. Mix until well blended. Then add banana and the maple syrup. The mixture will be a bit sticky. Form mixture into 1-1½ inch balls (a bit smaller than a walnut). Place on aluminum covered baking sheet. Bake until Tropimix Bites are firm-usually about 25 minutes. Oven temperatures will vary so be sure to make a note of temperature and time for the next go around. Serve when cooled.

Quinoa and Buckwheat Tropimix Bites for parrots can be frozen in small freezer bags for future treats.

Melanie Allen

About Melanie Allen

Melanie got her start with Parrots in the 1980's with her first parrot, a purchased yellow-naped amazon - who suffered from chronic health issues that stemmed from poor nutrition and inadequate care. Melanie also served as president of Florida Federation of Aviculture, Inc., as a Board Member for National Parrot Rescue & Preservation Foundation, and on the American Federation of Aviculture Nomination Committee. Today, she works closely with aviculturists, retail stores, and companion pet owners, and attends all U.S. “Avi-Industry” conventions, including the American Federation of Aviculture, Avicultural Society of America, and Parrot Festival, on behalf of The Hagen Group.

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