5 Homemade Rabbit Treats To Make For Your Bunny

Bored of the same old dry pellets and hay? Looking to spoil your bunny with homemade goodies that are both delicious and nutritious? Then hop to it and whip up these 5 tasty and healthy rabbit treat recipes! Packed with fresh fruits, wholesome whole grains, and crunchy vegetables, these snacks provide fun flavors and textures for fussy rabbits to enjoy. Craft cute cookies, nibble natural fruit skewers, or whip up carrot truffles and more. Made with care using rabbit-safe ingredients, these homemade recipes are brimming with age-old family secrets for blending nutrition with yummy flavors. Put down the bag of processed store-bought treats and try your hand at making your own. Just wait until your bunny gets a taste of these goodies – hippity hoppity glee is sure to follow!

When looking for safe treats for rabbits, focus on fruits, vegetables, and herbs that are not high in sugar, fat, or calcium. Some good options include:

  • Bananas – High in potassium and vitamin B6. Feed in moderation due to high sugar content.

  • Apples – A great source of vitamins A, C and fiber. Remove seeds and core first.

  • Carrots – packed with vitamin A. Offer occasionally as treats. Too much can cause digestive upset.

  • Celery – Provides hydration and fiber. Rinse thoroughly and cut into small pieces.

  • Raspberries – Loaded with antioxidants. Feed a few at a time due to sugar content.

  • Blueberries – Full of phytonutrients. Give 1-2 per day.

  • Parsley – Rich in vitamin C and calcium. A favorite herb for bunnies.

  • Cilantro – Contains antioxidants and phytonutrients. Feed sparingly.

  • Bell peppers – Red, green, yellow peppers have vitamin C. Cut into small slices.

  • Broccoli – Has vitamin C, K, fiber. Steam lightly to retain nutrients.

  • Asparagus – High in vitamin K, folate, and antioxidants. Feed raw or lightly cooked.

Avoid treats high in fat, protein, and sugars like nuts, seeds, corn, bread, cereal, crackers, cookies or dairy products. Also do not feed rabbits any products containing lactose, onions, chocolate, caffeine, salt or other seasonings. When in doubt, check with your veterinarian about appropriate treats for your bunny. Overall, focus on a healthy balanced diet with treats limited to no more than 10% of total daily intake.

How many treats should a rabbit have in a day?

When feeding treats to rabbits, moderation is key. Treats should make up no more than 10% of a rabbit's total daily food intake. For an average sized adult rabbit eating about 1/4 cup of pellets per 5 lbs of body weight, this equals around 1-2 tablespoons of treats per day.

Overfeeding treats can lead to gastrointestinal upset, diarrhea, weight gain, and other health issues in rabbits. Their digestive systems are not designed to handle high amounts of sugars, fats, and carbohydrates.

To limit treat intake:

  • Split daily treat allowance into multiple smaller portions to prevent overconsumption at one time

  • Substitute excess treats with healthier alternatives like hay or leafy greens

  • Monitor weight and adjust treats based on activity level and health conditions like obesity or diabetes

  • Avoid free feeding treats – have scheduled treat times to control portions

  • Use part of treat allowance for foraging activities like hiding treats in cardboard tubes

  • Offer a variety of different treats like multiple types of fresh produce to keep things interesting

  • Use very small sized treats that limit intake, like blueberries or carrot coins

  • Reserve some special treats only for bonding sessions or rewards during training

  • Skip treats altogether on some days

Following rabbit treat feeding guidelines will help keep your bunny healthy while still enjoying the occasional yummy snack. Always provide unlimited hay and water along with measured portions of fresh veggies and treats. Check with your vet if you have any concerns about your rabbit's diet.

Other considerations for these recipes

When making homemade treats for rabbits, there are some important considerations to keep in mind:

Ingredients – Only use ingredients that are safe for rabbits. Avoid anything potentially toxic. Check reputable sources for rabbit-safe foods.

Portion size – Recipes often make many servings. Adjust amounts or freeze extras to avoid overfeeding. Give rabbits no more than 2 tablespoons of treats per 5 lbs body weight daily.

Restricted diets – Rabbits with certain health conditions may have dietary restrictions. Consult your vet before giving new foods or treats.

Food hygiene – Always wash hands and prep surfaces thoroughly before preparing rabbit foods. Avoid cross-contamination.

Allergies – While rare, some rabbits may have food allergies. Introduce new ingredients slowly and watch for adverse reactions.

Whole foods – Minimally processed ingredients provide optimal nutrition over refined options like white flour or sugar.

Variety – Rotate different treats to give rabbits diversity in taste, textures, flavors and nutrients.

Boredom breakers – In addition to treats, use activities like foraging, chew toys and puzzles to engage bunnies.

Training rewards – Hand feeding small treat portions can be used to positively reinforce desired behaviors.

Bonding tool – Sessions of giving treats by hand helps strengthen the human-rabbit bond.

Supplement, not replace – Treats should supplement a healthy main diet, not replace it. Always provide unlimited hay and measured pellets/veggies.

Moderation – Treat rabbits occasionally, not daily. Too many treats can lead to health issues.

Ask your vet – If ever unsure about diet, ingredients, portions, or health concerns, consult your rabbit veterinarian.

Following basic food safety and rabbit nutrition guidelines helps ensure homemade treats are healthy, safe, and enjoyable for bunnies without posing risks. Take precautions and treats can be a fun way to show rabbits some extra love and spice up their routine.

1. Raisin wheels


  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup raisins, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. In a bowl, mix together flour, water and olive oil until a soft dough forms. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently just until combined.

  3. Roll dough into a 1/4 inch thick rectangle. Sprinkle raisins evenly over top and gently press them into the dough so they adhere.

  4. Starting on one short side, roll the dough up into a log and pinch the seam closed. Slice log into 1/2 inch thick rounds.

  5. Place wheels on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 18-20 minutes until lightly browned.

  6. Let cool completely before serving to rabbits. Wheels can be stored in an airtight container for 2-3 days.

How to make raisin wheels

Making raisin wheels for rabbits is easy and uses just a few simple ingredients. The whole wheat flour provides fiber, B vitamins, and minerals while the heart healthy olive oil adds beneficial fats. Chopped raisins add a touch of natural sweetness along with antioxidants.

These crunchy baked treats are a healthier alternative to processed crackers or cookies. The dough comes together quickly then is rolled out, filled with raisins, sliced into rounds and baked until crispy. The wheels provide fun interactive chewing activity for bunnies.

Use mini cookie cutters to make different shapes if desired. You can also substitute ingredients like almond flour for wheat flour or dried cranberries for raisins. Adjust water amount to achieve an easy to handle dough consistency. Baked treats should be completely cooled before serving to rabbits and stored properly to avoid spoilage. Offer these tasty raisin wheels as part of your rabbit's measured daily treat allowance.

2. Banana biscuits


  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 1/4 cup quick or rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter (or almond/sunflower seed butter)
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon water as needed


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. In a bowl, mash the banana well until smooth. Mix in oats, peanut butter, and flour until fully combined. Add water 1 tablespoon at a time if dough seems too dry.

  3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead gently just until it comes together. Roll out to 1/4 inch thickness.

  4. Use a small round cookie cutter or upside down glass to cut out dough rounds. Reroll scraps and continue cutting out shapes until all dough is used.

  5. Place biscuits on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 14-18 minutes until lightly browned.

  6. Cool completely on a wire rack before serving to rabbits. Store in an airtight container up to 3 days.

How to make banana biscuits

These tasty banana biscuits are easy to make and provide rabbits with natural sources of energy and nutrition. Mashed ripe banana serves as a binder and adds potassium, vitamin B6, and sweetness. Whole wheat flour provides complex carbohydrates, fiber, and B vitamins. Oats add protein and fiber to help keep bunnies full. Peanut or seed butter provides plant-based protein and healthy fats.

The ingredients are simply mixed together by hand, rolled out, cut into rounds, then baked until crispy on the outside but still chewy inside. Feel free to stamp out fun shapes using tiny cookie cutters. Let the treats cool fully before feeding to prevent any mouth burns. Store in an airtight container for freshness. Offer small portions of these yummy banana biscuits as part of your rabbit's measured daily treat allowance.

3. Raspberry cookies


  • 1 cup spelt or whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup raspberries, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons water


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. In a bowl, mix together the flour, oats, raspberries, olive oil, honey/maple syrup, and water until a soft dough forms. Turn out onto a floured surface.

  3. Knead dough gently just until combined. Roll into a log about 1 1/2 inches thick. Slice log into 1/4 inch rounds and place on prepared baking sheet.

  4. Bake cookies for 12-15 minutes until lightly browned around the edges. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before serving.

  5. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Refrigerate for longer storage.

How to make raspberry cookies

These tasty raspberry cookies provide two of rabbits' favorite foods – oats and berries – in one yummy baked treat. The whole grain spelt or wheat flour adds complex carbohydrates, protein and fiber. Heart healthy olive oil provides beneficial fats. Chopped raspberries add vitamin C, antioxidants, and natural sweetness. Honey or maple syrup contribute additional sweetness as well as minerals like manganese.

This simple dough comes together quickly by hand then is shaped into a log, sliced into rounds, and baked until lightly browned. Feel free to use mini cookie cutters to make fun shapes before baking if desired. Let cookies cool fully before feeding to rabbits to prevent mouth burns. Store in an airtight container for freshness. Offer these delicious raspberry cookies in limited amounts as part of your bunny's total daily treats.

4. Carrot truffles


  • 1 cup peeled, cooked carrots
  • 1/4 cup quick oats or crushed digestive biscuits
  • 2 tablespoons peanut or almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 1 tablespoon honey (optional)
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour


  1. In a food processor, blend together the cooked carrots, oats/biscuits, nut butter, flaxseed, and honey (if using) until smooth.

  2. Transfer mixture to a bowl. Add flour and stir until a dough forms. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

  3. Scoop out rounded tablespoon amounts of dough and roll into balls between your palms.

  4. Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Can be stored refrigerated for 2-3 days.

  5. Bring to room temperature before serving to rabbits.

How to make carrot truffles

These nourishing carrot truffles provide rabbits with the antioxidant-rich vegetables they love in a fun, bite sized form. Cooked carrots are blended smooth then mixed with oats for fiber, plant-based protein from nut butter, omega-3's from flaxseeds, and whole wheat flour to bind it together. The dough is scooped into rounds then chilled to firm up before serving.

You can tweak the ingredients to suit your bunny's preferences. Try substituting pumpkin or sweet potato for the carrots. Almond or sunflower seed butter can replace peanut butter if your rabbit has allergies or sensitivities. For a vegan version, omit the honey. Feel free to roll the balls in crushed oats or herbs for coating before chilling. Offer one or two chilled truffle treats at a time as part of your rabbit's total daily treats. Store any uneaten portions in the refrigerator.

5. No Bake Apple Balls


  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup shredded apple
  • 1/4 cup almond butter or sunflower seed butter
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 1 tablespoon honey (optional)
  • 1/4 cup water as needed


  1. In a food processor, pulse oats into a flour. Transfer to a bowl and stir in shredded apple, nut butter, flaxseed, honey if using, and water as needed to help bind ingredients.

  2. Mix until a sticky dough forms. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

  3. Scoop rounded tablespoon amounts and roll into balls between palms. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet.

  4. Refrigerate for 1 hour to set before serving to rabbits. Store tightly covered for 2-3 days.

How to make apple balls

These tasty no-bake apple balls provide rabbits with flavor and nutrition in a fun finger food form. Oats supply B vitamins, protein, and fiber. Shredded apple adds vitamin C, sweetness, and moisture. Nut butter provides protein and healthy fats. Ground flax lends omega-3's and fiber. A touch of honey adds natural sugar and antioxidants.

The ingredients are simply mixed together by hand then chilled to help the balls firm up before feeding to bunnies. Feel free to roll them in crushed almonds, oats or coconut for added texture and nutrients. Store any uneaten portion refrigerated in an airtight container. Offer an apple ball or two at a time as part of your rabbit's total daily treat allowance for a healthy hand-fed snack.

Bonus: Banana Skewers


  • 1 banana, sliced into coins
  • 10 strawberries, hulled and halved
  • 10 blueberries


  1. On each 6 inch skewer, thread pieces in order: banana coin, strawberry half, blueberry, banana coin, strawberry half.

  2. Repeat sequence until skewer is filled, leaving a small space at pointed tip.

  3. Arrange skewers in a shallow dish and refrigerate until ready to serve. Provide 1 skewer per rabbit.

How to make banana skewers

These fresh fruit skewers provide a fun, interactive treat that allows rabbits to nibble and chew. Bananas offer potassium and vitamin B6. Strawberries provide vitamin C, antioxidants, and sweetness. Blueberries are packed with phytonutrients. Together they create a colorful, nutrient dense treat.

Slice a peeled banana into coins. Hull and halve strawberries. Skewer the pieces in sequence – banana, strawberry, blueberry, repeat. Refrigerate skewers until ready to serve for maximum freshness. Let bunnies nibble the fruits right off the stick or break skewer apart first for easier consumption. Always monitor to ensure rabbits don't ingest inedible skewer parts. Offer one fruit loaded skewer at a time to prevent overindulging on sugary fruit.

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