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    Default Ingredient tips for homemade blocks...flavor suggestions

    So I know there are tonsssss of posts regarding making your own blocks and I have looked through the cookbook thread several times trying to decide which route I should take but I am still a little overwhelmed haha. I know a lot of it will be trial and error but just thought getting some feedback from those that have tried different recipes and flavors would be helpful My Wilbur loves the Henry's blocks but I love to cook and ultimately I think it might save some cash. Any of you that make your own blocks think its economical and worth the trouble? I have already ordered the vitamins and protein from Henry's so I am awaiting their arrival. I know I won't attempt to do the vitamins from anywhere else but is there any other protein besides the NOW brand that you all use or recommend? For the recipe that uses baby food did you have better luck with one flavor over another? Wilbur is super super picky so I thought this route might be better to use the baby food and get some extra nutrients and good stuff in there. Any advice is very much appreciated!

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    Default Re: Ingredient tips for homemade blocks...flavor suggestions

    Well decided to go with the plain HHB recipe and Wilbur won't eat it. So upset that I wasted all of those ingredients 😭

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    Can anyone use these? I would be happy to donate them to someone and ship them to you! I just can't stand to Waste!

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    Default Re: Ingredient tips for homemade blocks...flavor suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by Rose0815 View Post
    Can anyone use these? I would be happy to donate them to someone and ship them to you! I just can't stand to Waste!
    So sorry that this didn't work out for you ... I wrote you a private message!

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    Default Re: Ingredient tips for homemade blocks...flavor suggestions

    I use HT 2018 blocks, almonds (say 1 cup block, 1/4 or less nuts), unsweetened apple sauce (or baby food of your choice, a little coconut oil, and I add whatever powdered formula I have on hand and mix it all together. I use however much applesauce I need to get the right consistency. Sometimes I bake them and sometimes I just freeze them. They also like them refrigerated as well. Iíve used other flavor applesauces and they ate them but didnít love them. They like them made with banana baby food too but thatís the only baby food Iíve tried so far. HTH!

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    Default Re: Ingredient tips for homemade blocks...flavor suggestions

    Try adding genuine almond extract (it is strong - a little goes a long way) to any of the blocks that you bake (which evaporates the alcohol). It adds flavor AND smell and I think they like both.

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    Default Re: Ingredient tips for homemade blocks...flavor suggestions

    Ok I may try doing that next time! I used the hazelnut extract in this recipe but he literally turned his nose up to them 😂 Haha

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    Default Re: Ingredient tips for homemade blocks...flavor suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by Jen413 View Post
    I use HT 2018 blocks, almonds (say 1 cup block, 1/4 or less nuts), unsweetened apple sauce (or baby food of your choice, a little coconut oil, and I add whatever powdered formula I have on hand and mix it all together. I use however much applesauce I need to get the right consistency. Sometimes I bake them and sometimes I just freeze them. They also like them refrigerated as well. Iíve used other flavor applesauces and they ate them but didnít love them. They like them made with banana baby food too but thatís the only baby food Iíve tried so far. HTH!

    My recipe is similar but I always used different flavored baby foods. I buy the pouches with a combo of flavors (apple/broccoli) and make a couple mini batches at the same time with different flavors so they wouldn't become bored. I noticed they prefer almonds v. walnut or pecans in their boo balls. Dunno why.

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    Default Re: Ingredient tips for homemade blocks...flavor suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by cava View Post
    My recipe is similar but I always used different flavored baby foods. I buy the pouches with a combo of flavors (apple/broccoli) and make a couple mini batches at the same time with different flavors so they wouldn't become bored. I noticed they prefer almonds v. walnut or pecans in their boo balls. Dunno why.

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    OMG I bought the exact same baby food and flavors haha! I think I am going to try the boo balls recipe next

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    Default Re: Ingredient tips for homemade blocks...flavor suggestions

    I roll them into block sized balls and bake them on a cookie sheet at 350-400 for 15 minutes moving them around every 5 minutes.

    But save some for the freezer and fridge (uncooked) so you can see what he prefers.

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    Default Re: Ingredient tips for homemade blocks...flavor suggestions

    I've been making blocks for a number of years.
    I never use any kind of extract
    Had to throw out the batch I made with hazelnut
    extract years ago even my wilds wouldn't
    touch them
    Learned to keep it simple and all my squirrels eat
    them

    whey protein
    vitamins
    baking powder
    eggs (an extra egg makes them a little taller and softer
    for my teeth challenged kids)
    nuts (I use chopped pecans and sliced almonds)
    water
    Scurry Central
    living and loving squirrel

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