While our small furry friends don't have the opposable thumbs to cook, they can enjoy some fresh homemade treats made by you and your friends. While there are hundreds of DIY small pet treat recipes out there, we zeroed in on three for you to try. Remember though: you know your bunnies best, so check with your vet before embarking on this on this DIY adventure.
DIY rabbit treats we tried and loved.
Recipe #1 - Slow Baked Rabbit Treats
Submitted by Sandi in California to the Food.com blog, we absolutely loved the simplicity of this recipe. With only 5 ingredients and about 40 minutes, you can make some tasty treats for your bunnies in no time.
- 1small carrot, minced
- 1⁄2 banana, mashed
- 1 tablespoon honey (we used organic honey in our first batch)
- 1⁄4 cup rabbit pellets, ground finely
- 1⁄4 cup ground old fashioned oats, ground finely
- Mix pureed carrot, mashed banana and honey in your favorite mixing bowl.
- Add ground pellets and ground oats. Mix until blended.
- Knead for 1-2 minutes using your hands so you can create a sticky mess.
- Place dough on parchment paper and cover with plastic wrap. Roll dough to about 1/8” thickness. Remove plastic wrap.
- Score flattened dough with a pizza cutter in 1-inch cross sections like scrabble tiles. Don't separate, just score them so they break apart easier later.
- Transfer onto cookie sheet and bake at 325°F for about 30-40 minutes, checking to make sure they don’t over-brown.
- Turn off the oven, leaving the cookie sheet in the oven for another hour until the treats dry to crispness.
- Remove from oven and cool completely on cooling rack.
- Break the tiles apart - easy! – and store in a zip lock bag in the fridge.
Watch the DIY Video Here
View original recipe:
Bunneh's Bunny Rabbit Treats Recipe - Food.com
Recipe #2 - Simple Apple ChipsOkay, this is such a simple and delicious treat for you and your bunnies. The key is to remove the seeds and core before slicing.
Ingredients & Tools
- 4 or 5 apples
- Apple corer
- Mandolin or sharp knife
- Dehydrator (ideal)
- Core the apples. Remove seeds and the core. (bunnies shouldn't eat these)
- Turn apple on its side and slice apples into whole 1/8" pieces. (so there is a hole in the middle of your slice, like a doughnut)
- Preheat your oven to 200° Fahrenheit.
- Place apples in oven for an hour; flip and bake for another hour.
- Wait for them to cool before eating one yourself.
- If you have a dehydrator - use that.
View inspired recipe on Pinterest
Recipe #3 - Pinecone Rabbit Treats
If you have ever spent any time raking up the mountains of pinecones that fall from your tree and thought to yourself "there must be a use for these!" only to give up that thought because your back hurts and it's chilly outside, well, we found a solution. Pinecone rabbit treats. All those pinecones DO have a use.
- Mountains of pinecones (from pesticide free resources)
- Warm water in a sink
- An oven set to 200° Fahrenheit
- Collect your pinecones.
- Place pinecones in the sink and add 1 cup of vinegar
- Kinda just stir and push the pinecones around in the sink so they are all wet, removing dirt clumps, sap, etc.
- Remove from water and let air dry for 2 to 3 days
- After binge watching your favorite show, assuming it is 3 days later, set oven to 200° Fahrenheit
- Place pinecones in a single layer on a parchment lined cookie sheet
- Place in oven for ~2 hours
If you try any of these DIY treat recipes, please let us know how it goes.