4 Homemade Suet Recipes for Feeding Birds

Readers share their best suet recipes for feeding backyard birds. Save money and attract more birds by making your own homemade suet mixture!

Suet attracts many insect-eating birds, such as woodpeckers. But nuthatches, juncos, chickadees and jays will also stop at backyard feeders for a high-fat treat. True suet, and especially the kind made with animal fat, provides a good source of energy for many feeder birds. Try these homemade suet recipes in your own backyard and see which suet recipe your backyard birds like the most! Check out the 4 best foods for attracting woodpeckers.

Pseudo Suet Recipe

Linda Popejoy, Concord, North Carolina, says, “I work at a Wild Birds Unlimited store, and I’m always encouraging my customers to make their own recipes filled with fat (rather than sugars and grains) to best benefit the birds. Here’s my simple method for making suet-type food.”

  • 2 cups shelled, unsalted peanuts
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons cornmeal

Process peanuts in a food processor until they’re the consistency of peanut butter. Then add the raisins and process for another minute. Add the cornmeal and process again. Press this mixture into a mold of your choice. This recipe will have the greatest nutritional value for your feathered friends.

Spreadable Suet Recipe

“I like to spread my suet on tree limbs so more birds can get to it at one time. Here’s a recipe I’ve put together for homemade spreadable suet. The birds can’t get enough of it, even the juncos,” says Naomi Manalo, Middleton, Delaware.

  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup flour
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup lard
  • 1 cup raisins

In a medium bowl, mix the dry ingredients. Then add the water, and mix. Put peanut butter and lard in a small bowl and microwave for 2 minutes. Add to the cornmeal mixture along with the raisins. Refrigerate for about two hours.

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Tropical Treat Suet Recipe

“Attract woodpeckers, as well as chickadees and nuthatches, with this homemade suet recipe made with coconut. The best part is this suet mix won’t melt when it’s warm outside,” says Rebecca Beiler, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

  • 1 cup lard
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup coconut
  • 2 ½ cups oats
  • 2 ½ cups cornmeal
  • Raisins, nuts or birdseed, optional

Melt lard and peanut butter. Stir in coconut, oats and cornmeal. Add optional ingredients. Pour the mixture into a pan and chill in refrigerator over-night. Cut into squares and wrap in plastic for easy storage and removal.

Recipe for Homemade Suet Cakes

“Make this suet cake treat and hang it from trees or bird feeders in mesh bags,” says Mary Hochstetler, Milford, Indiana. Check out the best suet feeders for winter birds.

  • 1 cup lard
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 cup honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup oats

Mix all ingredients and pour into a greased 9-inch square pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.