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Crunchy Cakes

A fun recipe for a delightful crunchy baked treat.
 1Small Carrot
 1/4 CCreamy peanut butter
 1/4 CHoney
 1 CCommercially prepared pet bird pellets or food mix
 1/2 CSesame seeds
These are fortified with extra calcium, and contain plenty of protein. They are sweetened with honey and flavored with a bit of peanut butter, for a rich, nutty taste. The cakes are then dunked into sesame seeds for extra crunch.

1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Prepare the eggs by adding them, whole (shells and all), to a blender. Blend on the highest speed for several seconds, or until the shells have been reduced to such fine pieces that they are no longer distinguishable within the egg.

2. Add the bird pellets or seed mix to the blender. Blend again for several seconds, until the pellets have been reduced to crumbs, and you have a thick-paste-y mixture.

3. Transfer the egg mixture to a medium-sized mixing bowl. Prepare the carrot by scrubbing it, then grating it into fine pieces. Add the grated carrot to the mixing bowl.

4. Add the peanut butter and honey, then use an electric mixer on a high speed to thoroughly blend all the ingredients together. Beat for several minutes until all the ingredients are completely incorporated and consistent. You should have a sticky, dough-like mixture.

5. Prepare a cookie or baking sheet by greasing it with margarine, oil, or non-stick cooking spray. Then tear of small pieces of the mixture and roll them between your hands to form small marble-sized balls.

6. Pour the sesame seeds into a wide shallow dish, such as a saucer or pie plate. As you form each ball, dip it into the sesame seeds, to coat one side of the ball with seeds.

7. Arrange the coated ball onto the prepared cookie sheet, seed side-up. Then gently flatten with your fingers. Repeat this with the remaining mixture, until you run out of mixture and cannot form any more cakes.

8. Place the cakes into the preheated oven. Bake for about 45 minutes, or until the cakes are firm and golden. Remove from the heat when they are finished cooking.

9. Allow the cakes to cool completely, then serve to your pet. For smaller birds, you may have to break the cakes into pieces, or tie them to the side of the cage somewhere where your pet can nibble on them. Do not leave the uneaten cake in the cage for longer than a week. Keep leftovers in an airtight container and store in a cool, dry place.

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