Baked Homemade Rabbit treats

Did you know that rabbits have a sweet tooth? They definitely can’t satisfy this with chocolate or candy, but they can have fruit and a small amount of high sugar vegetables as an occasional sweet treat. Many store bought rabbit treats actually contain foods that are not ideal for a rabbit’s digestive system so I prefer to make homemade rabbit treats for my buns.

How to Make Homemade Rabbit Treats

Making baked homemade treats for a pet rabbit and for meat rabbits is a simple process that takes less than an hour from start to finish. This allows you to control the ingredients that go into your rabbits’ food as well as providing healthier treats than mass produced options.

Safe Fruit for Rabbits

Too much fruit can cause diarrhea and stomach upset in rabbits, but they are a great option as occasional healthy treats. Fruits that you can feed your rabbits include:

  • Apricot
  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Berries
  • Cherries
  • Currants
  • Grapes
  • Kiwi
  • Mango 
  • Melon
  • Nectarine
  • Orange (don’t feed the peel)
  • Papaya
  • Peach
  • Pear
  • Pineapple (don’t feed the skin)
  • Plum
  • Starfruit

It is a good idea to remove seeds and pits of fruit before feeding them to your rabbits as some are poisonous.

Read more about feeding rabbits here.

Baked Homemade Rabbit Treat Recipe

Rabbits have a sensitive digestive system so any changes to their diet should be made carefully. These homemade treats incorporate pellet feed that your rabbit is already accustomed to plus a small amount of bananas and carrots. 

I recommend feeding 1-2 of these treats every other day. You can feed them daily, but I prefer to give their tummies a day in between sugary foods.

**Do not use these treats as a substitute for the rabbits’ daily feed ration of pellets, hay, and fresh greens. This should be a supplemental treat to their regular diet.

Homemade rabbits treats in a small mason jar with celery, carrots, and bananas in the background

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cups pelleted feed
  • 2 Bananas
  • 1-2 Carrots (or a small handful of baby carrots)

DIRECTIONS

Step 1: Preheat

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 2: Grind

Grind the rabbit pellets into a powder with a food processor, blender, or coffee grinder.

Step 3: Mash

Mash the ripe bananas in a medium sized mixing bowl or blend them in with the pellets.

**If you can’t tell by the photo, the kids can even help make this simple rabbit treat recipe.

Boy adding bananas into a blender

Step 4: Dice

Dice the carrot into tiny pieces. You can do this with a knife or by placing them in the blender or food processor. You can also use pureed carrots if you prefer.

Step 4: Combine

Combine the pellets with the banana and carrots. If the pellets are having trouble sticking together, you can add a splash of water or a small amount of honey to help bind them. 

Step 5: Roll

Roll the mixture  into balls and place on a baking sheet or on a greased cast iron skillet. You could also use a rolling pin to roll the mixture out then cut into small squares or fun shapes with a cookie cutter. 

Homemade rabbit treats in a cast iron skillet

Step 6: Bake

Bake the homemade rabbit treats at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes. 

Step 7: Cool

Allow the rabbit treats to cool and then add them to an airtight container (like a mason jar) for storage. 

Step 8: Enjoy

The last step is to simply let your rabbits enjoy their homemade treats! Feed 1-2 of these sweet treats to your rabbits every other day. 

If you choose to feed them to your rabbits every day, you should keep an eye out for diarrhea and pull back on feedings if you notice a change in the texture of their droppings.

Rabbit treats in a ball. Carrots, celery, and banana in background.

Storing Homemade Rabbit Treats

I wouldn’t store these treats for more than 2 weeks due to the risk of mold growth. Keep them in an airtight container (like a mason jar) in the refrigerator. If they are kept on the counter, they should be used within a week.

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Baked Homemade Rabbit treats

Baked Homemade Rabbit treats

Ingredients

  • 1 cups pelleted feed
  • 2 Bananas
  • 1-2 Carrots (or a small handful of baby carrots)

Instructions

    Step 1: Preheat

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 2: Grind

Grind the rabbit pellets into a powder with a food processor, blender, or coffee grinder.

Step 3: Mash

Mash the ripe bananas in a medium sized mixing bowl or blend them in with the pellets.

**If you can't tell by the photo, the kids can even help make this simple rabbit treat recipe.

Step 4: Dice

Dice the carrot into tiny pieces. You can do this with a knife or by placing them in the blender or food processor. You can also use pureed carrots if you prefer.

Step 4: Combine

Combine the pellets with the banana and carrots. If the pellets are having trouble sticking together, you can add a splash of water or a small amount of honey to help bind them. 

Step 5: Roll

Roll the mixture  into balls and place on a baking sheet or on a greased cast iron skillet. You could also use a rolling pin to roll the mixture out then cut into small squares or fun shapes with a cookie cutter. 

Step 6: Bake

Bake the homemade rabbit treats at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes. 

Step 7: Cool

Allow the rabbit treats to cool and then add them to an airtight container (like a mason jar) for storage. 

Step 8: Enjoy

The last step is to simply let your rabbits enjoy their homemade treats! Feed 1-2 of these sweet treats to your rabbits every other day. 

If you choose to feed them to your rabbits every day, you should keep an eye out for diarrhea and pull back on feedings if you notice a change in the texture of their droppings.

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