How to Make Organic Bunny Treats

I recently discovered a new blog, Winding Road Farm, written by a woman who, along with her fiancée, is working to build a 10-acre farm in Georgia. She posted an article on the care and feeding of bunnies, along with a recipe for bunny food. This reminded me of some homemade bunny treats I purchased at the BUST Holiday Craftacular back in December. Amy Sedaris was there autographing her latest crafty book, and selling people’s homemade crafts. When I mentioned that I had a rabbit (Sedaris is a big rabbit fan), she pointed out a little bag of of “Elliot’s Cilantro Treats,” which she highly recommended.

Even though my rabbit adores these snacks, I still have quite a few left (because they are treats, you can only give one or two to your rabbit per day). But I wanted to try making my own version, just for the fun of it. While doing an internet search on homemade rabbit treats, I came across a recipe posted on Live Journal by Katie, who apparently is the very same person who made the snacks I bought (Katie, it turns out, is also the author of the Amy Sedaris Rocks website).

In the intro to her recipe, Katie explains “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…” I’ve developed a short-cut version that is pretty quick and not very messy. I may try them again in the future with cilantro or parsley.

Here’s what I used:

* 1 cup organic rolled oats, finely ground
* 1/2 cup organic dried alfalfa powder (I bought this from Mountain Rose Herbs)
* 4 ounce jar of baby food organic carrots
* 4 ounce jar of baby food organic banana (I used a banana-apple blend)

Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Grind the oats in a coffee or spice grinder to make a powder. Place the powdered oats in a bowl, then stir in the alfalfa, carrots and bananas until well-blended. Allow to sit for about 10 minutes to allow the dry ingredients to absorb the liquid from the wet ingredients.

The dough should be firm enough to shape into a ball. It looks like something a dung beetle would live in.

Roll the mixture into a ball, then place it between 2 sheets of wax paper. With a rolling pin or large bottle, roll it out to about 1/8″ – 1/4″ thick.

Cut out small circles (I used a 1/2″ diameter circle cutter) and place on the lined 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 to allow them to thoroughly dry. (Katie points out that this is a very important step that prevents the treats from growing mold).

NOTE: Since these are treats, please limit them to 1 or 2 per day for your rabbit.

my rabbit is a bit camera shy

but it didn't take her long to get over her self-consciousness and dig into her treat

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57 thoughts on “How to Make Organic Bunny Treats

  1. I’m so happy that your bunny likes my treats that you bought at the Craftacular! The recipe you found on LiveJournal was my first bunny treat recipe, which is in I Like You. If you ever want to try making the ones you bought (Elliot’s Cilantro Treats), you can find the recipe for those in Simple Times (or on my site, under Simple Times Crafts). :)

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    • Hi Katie! Yes, she loves them. When she hears the bag she comes running :) And thanks for letting me know that the recipe is in Simple Times. I have the book (which I got autographed at the Craftacular), but I haven’t had time to look through it thoroughly!

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  2. Awww! Your Bunny is so cute! I’m going to Have to try this out! My oven finally works and I made cookies the other day, so Im ready to get to baking some more. I’ll bet these would be a great Easter gift for the Bunny Lover out there! Thanks for the link Back and I’m going to check out Katie’s site now.

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  3. Oh boy that DOES look time consuming. I never give treats from the store but I always dry a dark brown sandwich until it is rock-hard. Then I give my bunnies 1 small piece of that every day and they LOVE it! They would die for it I tell you. Actually it is the only way to get them to get into their house at the end of the day.

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    • Actually, my adaptation of the recipe was very easy. It took a bit of time to cut out all the circles, but you can just cut them in squares, which would be super quick. It’s funny. My rabbit is very shy, and very eager to go back in her house. I use the treats to get her to come out of it!

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    • If you make sure they are completely dry, then store them in an airtight container, they should last about 3-4 weeks. That’s about how long it takes my bunny to go through a batch, so I haven’t kept them any longer than that. I imagine you could freeze them and use them as needed. That would definitely keep them fresh longer.

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  8. Thanks for the recipe, as a rabbit breeder for meat rabbits I try to make sure all my rabbits are happy and healthy for as long as I have them. I was feeding them yogurt chips from the store but wanted to take a more healthy treat. I am still continuing to feed alfalfa hay since rabbits are foraging animals and it is not bad for them to eat it all the time.

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  9. ive found that my bun bun LOVES bun biskits.
    What You Need
    1. Small banana mashed
    2. Small carrot purée
    3 1/4 cup of pellets or mix grinder finely
    4. Fruit optional eg. Apple diced or pear diced etc
    5. Rolled oats grinder finely

    Method
    1. Roll “dough” into small to medium sized balls and place onto baking tray
    2. Place in over in temperature of 230C for 30 minutes.
    3. After they’ve hardened a bit place them into fridge then serve as TREAT ONLY as it can cause a sicky tum tum
    enjoy xxx Caz
    p.s checked by rabbit savvy doc

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  10. Hi! I have a question, do you think instead of using alfalfa powder, I could just grind up rabbit food/pellets? Thanks for the super easy recipe! What a great idea using baby food!

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  11. I made these for my bunny today and she goes crazy for them! As soon as I give her one, she runs all over her cage with it in her mouth. Thanks for the recipe!!!

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    • Hi mackenzie, Yes, you can substitute other types of hay. Some hays have higher fiber. Since these are treats, and your bunny should only get one or two a day, it’s not as big an issue as if you were relying on a particular type of hay for their regular diet.

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  12. Flopsy and Skittles adore these. They go crazy for them. And me being me used the rabbit cookie cutter especially for them. Also I’m giving some of these in Christmas themed shapes to my friend for her bunny!! Thanks for the recipe

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  13. Hi! I have a bunny called Floppy, and I couldn’t buy any treats for it!
    So I was searching up ‘Homemade Bunny Treats’ and I found your perfect recipe.
    Thank you so much for the amazing recipe!

    p.s. By the way, how big does the treat has to be? My bunny is only 5 weeks old!

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    • Hi Yuna, Thank you for your kind words! How lucky that you have a baby bunny in your life :) I don’t know the exact age, but you should wait until your bunny is older to give it treats. And then, you should only give it a tiny treat no more than once per day. I would wait until your bunny is at least 12 weeks old to give it any treats. Here is a good feeding guideline http://rabbit.org/faq-diet/

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