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How to Make Bird Food With Peanut Butter and Seeds

By Debra L Turner ; Updated September 21, 2017

A bird food recipe with peanut butter and seeds can be set out at any time of the year. It can attract chickadees, titmice, woodpeckers and even an occasional warbler. Peanut butter provides some birds with fats and high-energy carbohydrates they need, particularly during harsh winter months. Many other wild birds will flock to the seeds in the mixture. Peanut butter is an excellent alternative to suet in warm weather because it won’t melt and turn rancid in the heat.

Grease a muffin tin liberally with cooking oil or lard.

Cream 1 part peanut butter with 1 part wild birdseed in a medium mixing bowl.

Fold in three parts cornmeal.

Press the peanut butter mixture into the cups in the muffin tin. Fill the cups half to three-quarters full.

Use an unsharpened pencil to poke a hole in the middle of the bird food in each cup. This will give it the appearance of a doughnut.

Put the muffin tin in the freezer until the bird food freezes completely.

Pop the frozen bird food donuts out of the muffin tin. Thread a piece of fishing line through the hole, and hang the food outside.

Store the excess bird food doughnuts in an airtight container and place it in the freezer. Use the doughnuts as you need them.


Things You Will Need

  • Muffin tin
  • Cooking oil or lard
  • Cornmeal
  • Unsharpened pencil
  • Fishing line
  • Airtight container


  • Frozen bird food can be placed in suet feeders or empty mesh net produce bags.

About the Author


A full-time writer since 2007, Axl J. Amistaadt is a DMS 2013 Outstanding Contributor Award recipient. He publishes online articles with major focus on pets, wildlife, gardening and fitness. He also covers parenting, juvenile science experiments, cooking and alternative/home remedies. Amistaadt has written book reviews for Work At Home Truth.