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Wing It With Bird Waffles

Love waffles? Share some with your bird by using this bird-friendly waffle recipe.

Patricia Sund

As popular as waffles are with people, why not make them for parrots? By simply substituting a few ingredients and adding healthy toppings or fillings, you can add waffles to your menu repertoire to change up your flock’s meals.

They can be frozen of course, which makes meal time as easy as defrosting one of these delicious and healthy treats!

When purchasing a waffle iron, ensure that the cooking surfaces are not coated with Teflon and employ a PFOA-free nonstick coating. If you can’t find one that does not have a Teflon coating, simply cook them outside or in a place that isn’t near your flock.

Bird Waffle
Courtesy Patricia Sund
This bird waffle is topped with coconut oil, flax seed and apples.

Basic Birdie Waffle Recipe

1 1/2 cups buckwheat flour.
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
A pinch of cinnamon
2 eggs
1 cup almond milk
1/4 cup of water

Mix dry ingredients together well. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs. Mix everything together.

Heat your waffle iron. Grease well with coconut oil. Add the batter and cook until done.

Want a step-by-step guide to making waffles? Check out our "5 Steps To Bird Waffles" guide here.

Waffle Batter Alternatives
Pick and choose what you would like to add to the batter or use as a topping:

Flax seed
Hemp Seed
Blueberries or other healthy fruit
Any healthy chopped vegetables

Waffle Toppings
Almond butter
Yogurt
Fresh fruit
Fresh vegetables or Chop
Cooked beans

African grey with bird waffle
Courtesy Patricia Sund
A great way to introduce vegetables to your bird is to disguse them in another food, such as a waffle.

The History Of Waffles
Waffles have a long history. All the way back to ancient Greece, what distinguishes the waffle from the pancake is the use of two metal discs to cook both sides of the batter simultaneously rather than cooking one side of the cake and then flipping it to cook the other side. Ancient Greeks began to cook flat cakes called oblelios, which were cooked between two flat metal plates.

Some time during the Middle Ages, someone came up with the idea of carving designs and patterns into the discs which allowed faster and more even cooking. By this time, the discs had been hinged and mounted on handles so you could hold the closed discs over a fire. The original waffles were a simple affair and didn’t contain the customary eggs, butter or dairy products we use to make them now. They were unsweetened and unleavened and typically made of a coarse barley or oat flour. It wasn’t until they became popular with the upper classes that the rich ingredients added to make them much tastier and, of course, far more popular.

bird waffle with blueberries
Courtesy Patricia Sund
This bird waffle is topped with blueberries, almonds and almond butter.

Waffles began to be widely sold by street vendors and became quite popular in Holland where they were brought to the New World by the Pilgrims. The Dutch word Wafel and the Frankish word Walfre come from the root word walfa, which means honeycomb or cake, which of course describes the dimpled texture of the waffle.

In time, the waffle spread across Europe. Thomas Jefferson enjoyed waffles during a visit to France and brought a waffle iron back to the United States with him. He served them in the White House where they were both a sweet and savory dish. In addition to the traditional maple syrup, kidney stew was served atop unsweetened waffles.

The Belgian waffle was introduced to America during the New York World’s Fair in 1964. Belgian waffles are a thicker, leavened waffle with deeper pockets and a crispy texture. They are often served with fruit and whipped cream.


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Posted: March 24, 2014, 11:45 a.m. PDT

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My senior DYH Amazon loves it when we have waffles for Sunday breakfast. I haven't thought of adding toppings to his. Great idea I am going to make some waffles this Sunday!
Leslie, Pinellas Park, FL
Posted: 5/14/2014 6:04:16 PM
Oooooh! This looks great, and not that much different than what I make for us humans. Might have to try these this weekend for all.
JJ, Mineral, VA
Posted: 5/14/2014 11:24:04 AM
I was going to make a fresh batch of bird bread, but now I think I'm doing waffles. Great idea, Patricia!
Corinne, Timonium, MD
Posted: 5/14/2014 6:14:43 AM
Patricia, love the way you are always coming up with new, healthy ideas for keeping our parrots interested in eating well AND enjoying themselves.
Rebecca, Port Charlotte, FL
Posted: 5/14/2014 6:08:59 AM
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