DIY Rabbit Treats: Recipes That Will Dazzle Your Rabbit's Taste Buds
Written by The Rabbit Hole Hay Team
Making your little bun a treat might not be the first thing that you think of when researching how to reward your rabbit or what treats to give them. But making treats can help you save money and also ensure that you know what ingredients are being fed to your rabbit.
When you are making homemade treats it is important to remember not to put in any ingredients that your rabbit shouldn’t eat. Do your research beforehand to ensure you are not feeding your rabbit any fruits or vegetables that they shouldn’t be eating or that your rabbit specifically doesn’t like to eat. We know that your little bun can be picky with their DIY rabbit treats so have fun and play around with some recipes! Keep reading for recipes that work as treats for your rabbits.
Add fenugreek, porridge oats and banana to a mixing bowl.
Collect dust from bottom of rabbit food bag/tub, if you decide there isn’t quite enough, mush some pellets up to make more.
Mix together, adding a splash of water if necessary until it binds together.
Put some grease proof paper on a baking tray (the dabs of oil at the corners are underneath to stop the paper rolling up).
Break off sections of the mix and roll it between your palms to make a ball.
Place the balls on the baking tray and flatten.
Place the baking tray in the oven. We tried using the leftover heat after cooking a meal but it needed a little longer to dry out completely, so a low heat of about 150 C (302 F) for 30-60 minutes and just keeping an eye out, should do it.
When you are trying any new DIY rabbit treat recipe with your rabbit, be mindful of how much sugar is in each treat. Even though you aren’t adding any sugar like you would when you make yourself chocolate chip cookies, there is still a lot of sugar for a rabbit that comes from fruit. That's why it's to only give your rabbit 1-2 treats per day.
Treats are a fun way to spoil our little ones, just like giving ice cream as a dessert for children! It gives you a way to either reward them for doing something good or as a fun way to change up their routine.
Just make sure that your rabbit's diet is made up of 80% grass hay. This most closely resembles the natural feeding habits of rabbits in the wild and promotes proper digestion and dental health. Bonus: the constant foraging and grazing encouraged by hay helps to keep them physically active and mentally stimulated!
You can also download our Hay is for Rabbits eBook to know all about the different types of hay, the best ones to feed your rabbit based on their age, and more!