Homemade Suet with Nuts

Pileated Woodpecker at suet feeder Photo by 4cpus 4me on Unsplash.

Today, we’re grateful to share Dianna Valadez Castillo’s homemade suet recipe. Dianna’s recipe has nuts, pecans in this case, and is great for attracting nut-eating birds. Woodpeckers, chickadees and nuthatches all love eating nuts! 

When asked about making suet, Dianna said, “Prefer making my own, the birds LOVE my homemade suet cakes, any time I ever bought them they stayed there or they ate them very slowly.”

“My homemade suet cakes don’t last more than a day or two,” she added. 

While this suet recipe may increase your chances of seeing woodpeckers and other nut-eating birds in your yard, the birds you’ll attract varies depending on where you live. You may adjust the recipe to suit the preferences of the birds in your area.

Here’s her suet recipe. “I don’t use exact measurements,” said Dianna, “but here is how I make it.”

How to Make Dianna’s Homemade Suet with Nuts


  • 64 ounces Peanut Butter, creamy or crunchy
  • Sunflower Seeds, unsalted
  • Whole Sunflower Seeds, unsalted
  • Wild Bird Seed
  • Raw Pumpkin Seeds, chopped
  • Raw Pecans, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Flour
  • Roasted Mealworms
  • 4 cups of Cornmeal, as needed


Warm the peanut butter in an old frying pan on the stove on low to medium low heat until it’s very soft. Add all of the ingredients. I’m going to say add up to 4 cups of cornmeal, and everything else. Just add it all until the mixture looks very packed, you can continue adding cornmeal until it gets extremely thick to where it’s hard to stir. Put it into an old glass baking pan, it should be about an inch to an inch and a half thick. Let it cool completely and set. Cut it into blocks to fit your suet cages and let them have at it.

“My birds love it,” said Dianna. “I never did use an exact recipe, I wish now that I had. But anyway, that is what I put in it, it’s very easy to make and good for your birds.” Thank you for sharing your homemade suet recipe with us, Dianna.

Have you made this recipe at home? Let us know on our Facebook page and share the birds you’ve seen.


Featured photo above is a Pileated Woodpecker at a suet feeder. Photo by 4cpus 4me on Unsplash.

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