Homemade Rabbit Treats

Posted on 06/26/2008 by craftybeaver
Smack Snacks

I'd never even thought of posting this here until I saw the entry for homemade dog treats. I figured this would be worth posting because with over 8,000 members, certainly someone must have a pet rabbit. :)

This is my recipe for homemade rabbit treats. It's a bit time-consuming and makes a big mess, but it's worth it because it's so much healthier than treats sold in stores (which are usually the rabbit equivalent of donuts and candy bars). My three bunnies go CRAZY for these snacks, and Amy Sedaris' rabbit, Dusty, goes so bonkers for these that Amy put the recipe in her hospitality cookbook, I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence. So if you have a pet rabbit (or have a friend who does), you might want to give these a shot.

Katie's Smack Snacks for Rabbits

You will need:

* 1 c. rolled oats, finely ground (coffee grinder works best)
* 1/4 c. rabbit pellets, finely ground
* 2 medium-sized bunches of parsley
* 1/2 of a carrot
* 1/2 of a banana
* 1/4 c. + 1 tbsp. water

Preheat oven to 325 degrees and line a baking sheet or stone with wax paper (baking stones actually work best). Grind pellets and oats down to a powder and set aside. Puree parsley, carrot, banana and water. This should become fairly liquefied, so you can add more or less water depending on the consistency. In a bowl, mix puree and dry ingredients. Knead until a stiff dough is formed. Dough will be somewhat sticky. Place ball of dough between 2 sheets of wax paper and roll to about 1/8 – 1/4 of an inch thick. Cut into small squares and place on baking sheet. Bake for about 30 minutes (don't let them get too brown), then turn off the heat and let them sit in the warm oven for at least an hour. (The last step is really important because letting them sit in a warm oven is what dries them out so they'll keep for a really long time and not grow mold!)

Fat Rabbit's Dream

The final product:

Smack Snacks for Rabbits

Smack Snacks for Rabbits

Elliot trying to break into the snack canister. (See? They go bananas!)
Smack snack break-in attempt

Pockets gets tired of waiting for me to hand her one, gets grabby, helps herself.
Pockets gets tired of waiting, helps herself
chainedinbeads 27th-Jun-2008 02:01 am (UTC)
Oh god, thank you for posting this. My poor buns gets very few treats of this type because I refuse to buy him the store junk.

Now he can have healthy snacks. And maybe I'll be allowed to use my basil plants for cooking, instead of as a bunny buffet. *G*

I can't imagine having three bunnies. One is enough for me. Okay, not really but Riley is 4 months old and getting into everything so I wouldn't have time for any more. *G*

My Riley is in my icon.
craftybeaver 27th-Jun-2008 01:35 pm (UTC)
Awwww, Riley is adorable! Having 3 rabbits can be a handful at times, but mine are all older (6-7 yrs.), so they've mellowed quite a bit. If Riley likes basil, you could even add some of that to the recipe.
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