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
spanishpeaches 26th-Jun-2008 09:04 pm (UTC)
Aw cute! I need to come up with some hammy ones. My hamster called Eliot too (one L though, after the poet!)
craftybeaver 26th-Jun-2008 09:12 pm (UTC)
Awww, cute! My Elliot is a shelter bunny and that was the name his previous owner (a child) had given him. The name suits him perfectly, so I kept it.
spanishpeaches 26th-Jun-2008 09:20 pm (UTC)
A shelter bunny, how sad :( But hooray for being rescued by someone lovely enough to make him home made treats! My Eliot was in a similar kinda situation, nobody wanted her at a pet store as she was fully grown so she was sat on her own, not being cuddled or anything for months, till I found her and couldnt resist her!
craftybeaver 26th-Jun-2008 09:23 pm (UTC)
Awwww, that was really nice that you took her in. A lot of people seem to want baby/young animals. All 3 of my rabbits came from the shelter.
spanishpeaches 27th-Jun-2008 06:03 am (UTC)
I think it's because of the 'aw cute its a fluffy baby' factor, also a lot of kids dont want just a dog, they want a puppy etc. Thats why my hamster was left, none of the kids wanted a big one and because nobody was picking her up etc she was really vicious and used to make these horrible little screaming noises, shes all good now though! I would love to have a rabbit though, I've never had one and they seems like such lovely pets.

I always think it's great when people dont mind and take in an animal that really needs a home :)

This is her! Little Ham.
eclectic_joy 27th-Jun-2008 11:10 am (UTC)
She's so cute. Hahaha
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