Pampering pets including rabbits has become a multi-billion dollar industry. From clothing, jewelry, beds and even gourmet foods, some pets live and eat better than many humans. However, just because these gourmet treats come with a designer price tag, doesn't mean they are healthy for your pet.
Any treat that you prepare for your rabbit should only include foods that are safe for your rabbit to consume. This may seem obvious to most but I felt it should be mentioned. Rabbits can eat many different varieties of fruits and vegetables, herbs and even oats. After you have learned what foods are safe for your rabbit to eat, then you are only limited by your imagination as to what treats you can make.
You can prepare rabbit biscuits and cookies the same way you would for yourself, in the oven. You will need finely mashed fruits and/or vegetables combined with a binder to hold the cookie or biscuit together. You will find many recipes for rabbit treats that use honey as a binder. While honey in small quantities won't kill your rabbit, honey is not a great choice to give rabbits. There are also many commercial treats for rabbits that contain honey. However, I cannot in good conscious recommend giving a rabbit honey even though they will probably enjoy it.
Fruits and vegetables give off juices that can bind your treats together. Mashed bananas can be added to oats and baked into a cookie treat that your rabbit will enjoy. Carrots also produce juice when shredded and I haven't met a rabbit yet that will reject a carrot. Carrot pancakes (much like potato pancakes) can be made with shredded carrots, a little carrot juice and oats. Place by the spoonful on a baking sheet and bake in the oven until crispy.
This can also be done with shredded apples and cucumbers. These cookies will hold together better with some mashed banana added to the mixture. I cover my cookies with foil for the first 10 minutes of baking time and then bake another 10 minutes uncovered. Your homemade recipe can also be poured out onto a cookie sheet and baked. After they have cooked and cooled, the treats can be cut into squares.
Simple Cookie Recipe:
1 mashed banana
1/2 of a large carrot, shredded
2-3 Tbs oats
Bake for about 15-20 minutes at 375 degrees.
If you are feeling adventurous, get out the cookie cutters and make some old-fashioned oatmeal cookies for your rabbit using oats and vegetables cut into fun shapes. Commercial pelleted rabbit food can also be grinded and added to your rabbit treats which is a great alternative if you find a recipe that calls for flour. Because your homemade goodies do not contain any preservatives, they will need stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.
Just like any other pet, rabbits enjoy treats and owners enjoy giving them to their rabbits. Treats should always be given sparingly to your pet rabbit. Excessive treats can cause your rabbit to become overweight and they may start to turn their nose up at their regular food in hopes of getting the good stuff. By preparing your own rabbit treats, you will know exactly what ingredients are going into your rabbit's body and you will spend less money than if you purchased the high-priced "gourmet" products at the store.