Peanut Butter Cakes

cranberry-raisin-peanut butter cakes (for chickens)

Don’t worry, the chicks haven’t been forgotten in the flurry of holiday baking. In fact, I created some special treats just for the girls: Cranberry-Raisin-Peanut Butter Cakes. The name sounds enticing and yes, they actually look good, but I’ve had to remind everyone they are for the chickens only. While they’re filled with goodies such as raisins, dried cranberries, peanuts and peanut butter, they also contain nutritious (for chickens) scratch feed, cracked dried corn, and mealworms. The girls are loving them and scarfing them up. I got the idea from my friend Andi at General Mills. She created cupcakes for her wild birds and I thought my chicks deserved no less.

½ cup chunky all-natural salt-free peanut butter
½ cup chicken scratch feed or regular chicken feed
6 tablespoons old-fashioned oats
¼ cup dried mealworms
2 tablespoons raisins
2 tablespoons dried cranberries

Microwave peanut butter until soft. Stir in chicken feed, oats, mealworms, raisins and cranberries. Spoon about ¼ cup into 6 cupcake liners. Top with additional cranberries and oats if desired for garnish. Freeze until firm. Remove from cupcake liners and give to chickens. Store covered in the freezer; thaw slightly at room temperature before giving to chicks.

Makes 6 chicken treats

(You can substitute raw pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, dried coarse corn and chopped peanuts for the oats, mealworms, raisins and cranberries.)