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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Oatmeal Treat Balls


As I was getting out the ingredients to make my favorite oatmeal cookies the other day in preparation for my father-in-law's weekend visit, I thought - the chickens really would like these.  Oats, walnuts, raisins...some of their favorite treats.  But of course some of the other ingredients aren't so good for them, so after baking up a batch of my signature Blueberry White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies, I set about creating a  healthy version for the chickens.

I substituted honey (which has great health benefits) for the sugars, omitted the salt, and substituted a combination of wheat flour, wheat germ and cornmeal for the white flour.


The result baked up nicely and actually tasted pretty good ! But the real test came when I served up the girls a batch.  However, as usual, they are forgiving critics and as you can see, they loved them !

So next time you bake oatmeal cookies, why not whip up a batch for your chickens !

Oatmeal Treat Balls
(makes 14 generously-sized balls)

Ingredients:
1/2 Cup suet, olive oil or coconut oil
1/4 Cup honey
2 Eggs 
1/2 Cup whole wheat flour
1/2 Cup wheat germ
1/2 Cup cornmeal
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 Cups old-fashioned oats
1 Cup raisins
1/2 Cup chopped walnuts

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  In bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter and honey until creamy.

Add eggs, one at a time.  Combine flour, wheat germ, cornmeal, baking soda and cinnamon and add slowly on low speed until incorporated.
Add oats, raisins and walnuts, mix until blended.

Drop dough onto ungreased cookie sheet using an ice cream scoop.

Bake for 10 minutes or until light golden brown.  Cool on cookie sheet for a minute or two and then remove to wire rack to cool completely.

Serve immediately as an occasional treat.

These will freeze wonderfully also, so put any extras in the freezer for later.



15 comments:

  1. Hmm...Look great! Do you suppose a little non-fat dry milk could be added for a boost of calcium?

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  2. Bookmarked for future use! :o)

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  3. Hi -I think these are great and I can not wait to make them.Thank you for sharing, Anna

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  4. I think this sounds great. I might add some coconut to it, maybe VCO instead of butter too. Yum!

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    1. Good thought Becky. I just revised the recipe - you could substitute in some suet also.

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  5. I definately will be making these, as I love to give my girls treats!

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  6. Aww! I love making my chickens treats! What a cute idea. Definitely going to see how the girls like these.

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  7. I do not have wheat germ handy. Can I eliminate that ingredient and still make the treats or should I substitute another ingredient for the wheat germ ?
    Karen Doll Mamabirdy55@aol.com

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    1. Sure just substitute in an equal amount of whole wheat flour or the cornmeal. It will be fine.

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  8. Thanks for this recipe what a wonderful treat for the girls love anything oatmeal.The blueberry white chocolate looks good to,usually use craisins will definitely try! Made some suet this weekend for the wild birds with bacon grease,wheat flour,seeds, peanut butter and worms is that ok for the chickens?

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  9. Thanks for sharing this. We made them today & we added dried cranberries, blueberries & raisins. They loved it!! It was funny to watch them. They would grab a bite of the fruit & chase each other for it. Thanks again

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