How to Make Homemade Rabbit Treats (Fenugreek & Banana)

Homemade Rabbit Treats – Fenugreek & Banana

My mum and I did some baking yesterday, but not cakes… we made bunny treats! My mum was tidying up her herbs & spices draw awhile back and found a packet of fenugreek, and I said ‘rabbits like that’ (everyone’s heard of fenugreek crunchies, right?), so she said lets make him some. After thoroughly researching online recipes we decided to go for the make it up as you go along approach.

Quite a few recipes called for honey, to stick it together, but we weren’t really convinced that’s a great option for bunnies. Instead we went for banana, and crossed our fingers it wouldn’t turn into crumble.

Ingredients

2 small bananas

1 tbl spoon fenugreek

2 handfuls rolled porridge oats

1 handful dry rabbit food (pellets)

a splash of water

Instructions

1. Add fenugreek, porridge oats and banana to a mixing bowl.

2. Collect dust from bottom of rabbit food bag/tub, decide there isn’t quite enough and smush some pellets up to make more.

3. Mix together, adding a splash of water if necessary until it binds together.

4. Put some grease proof paper on a baking tray (the dabs of oil at the corners are underneath to stop the paper rolling up).

(You don’t need a pic of that do you?)

5. Break off sections of the mix and roll it between your palms to make a ball.

6. Place the balls on the baking tray and flatten.

7. Place the baking tray in the oven, we tried using the left over heat after cooking a meal but it needed a little longer to dry out completely, so a low heat e.g. 150 oC for 30-60 minutes and just keep an eye should do it.

8. Artfully arrange them on a plate with a sprig of basil.

Testing

Of course, no baking is complete without testing. These smelt so good I was almost tempted myself, but I thought it best to let Scamp have that honour.

Scamp gave them a resounding paws up – very tasty!

Obviously, these are treats, so will be portioned out gradually to avoid porkyness. Easy and cheap to make though and much less of the processed odds and ends that you get in many store brought treats.

I’m already wondering about flavour variations… I wonder how well apple n grass would stick together…

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13 Responses to “Homemade Rabbit Treats – Fenugreek & Banana”

  1. Everything but the fenugreek (which I’ve heard of but I don’t think I’ve seen around here) is on Mr. Mick’s “things I will eat” list. I wonder what would happen if I just made it without the fenugreek–hmmm, I’ll have to try it.

    • Tamsin says:

      I think it would be fine to leave out, we just happened to have it to hand. You could just skip it or substitute something like basil instead (if he likes that).

  2. What a brilliant idea! And I love that picture of scamp! He looks very happy to get the products of your baking skills.

    • Tamsin says:

      He was very happy! They are quite crunchie so he was content to let you hold them but was making sure you didn’t sneak off with it.

  3. Gus & Maddie says:

    Gus also, (Going along with Jade’s comment.) Isn’t fond of many things. He has more sweet teeth then other. Scamp looks like he is thanking you very much. =-)

  4. Lisa says:

    I’m not sure what fenugreek is, but those look delicious and Scamp looks so happy to have them! He looks like such a sweet little bun.

  5. Manuela says:

    I probably will try this as a treat. My bunny likes treats, and I think he might LOVE this!
    Tamsin, thanks so much for giving people such great ideas on not only toys, but treats too!
    Thanks a lot again! I hope Scamp is as happy as ever!!!

  6. Zoe Taylor says:

    Hi,

    I haven’t made these, but have an alternative…and Yes Honey is safe for bunnies….(obviously in moderation – In treats Only)

    1 Small/medium carrot (pureed)
    1 large Apple ( pureed)
    1/4 Pellets / Mixed pellets (ground into powder)
    1/4 Porridge Oats (ground into powder)
    Honey

    Pre-Heat oven to 150* Fan-Forced
    Mix carrot and apple together (large bowl or food processor) add dry ingredients.
    The mix should still be slightly wet, but also “Tacky”

    Lay a sheet of Cling Wrap on bench, tip out the mix onto Cling wrap in a clump in the middle, lay a sheet of cling wrap on the top of same size as bottom sheet.
    roll it out flat (about a mil thick) get out a cookie cutter of chosen size –
    (small ones work best….you get more out of the mix, and better for the bunny)
    Put the shapes onto a sheet of Grease proof paper or cooking paper (whatever you wish to call it) Now you can put them close together as they won’t get any bigger than you made the shape.
    Depending on size of cutter this mix will make over 30. – These also keep really well.

    Once all mix has been used, put in oven for 1/2 hour, after being in the oven for approx 5mins, bring them out and put a small amount of Honey on each cookie – place back in oven for remaining time.
    Once 1/2 hour is up, press lightly with a cooking needle, they should be slightly firm, but still soft. If so, turn off oven and leave them to stay in for another hour.

    Bring them out, Leave to fully cool…Yes they will be sticky, but Bunnies will Love them…
    Put in a screw lid container…(Ants will find a way in if not a screw tight container).

    I have kept these for a few Months, and they keep well, the original recipe said to put a Tablespoon of Honey in the mix, however i didn’t find it to work as well, and my Bunny approved of them this way, due to my mistake of forgetting to put the honey in them, However it worked!

    Happy Baking!…

    • Tamsin says:

      Thanks Zoe, we’ll give that ago for our next batch. He’s had a few variations now, they all seem to go down well. I was surprised how well they kept too.

  7. Claire says:

    Just gave these a go with ground fenugreek, so mine will be yellow rather than greeny brown. Fingers crossed my bun likes them!

  8. Sienna says:

    I tried making yours Zoe and my rabbit loves them I also gave her a bit of uncooked biscuit but my guinea pig I don’t think likes them. Thanks

  9. Sienna says:

    I also put honey in and it still worked

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