I've created dog and cat treat recipes, but no guinea pig recipes - and - seeing that we don't have a dog or a cat, but we do have two adorable piggies!! (Peanut Butter (PB) and Cinnamon (Min-min) I was feeling a little guilty.... So, I created a recipe using their kibble, applesauce, shredded carrots and the fine hay bits from the bottom of their hay box. They were not a huge hit at first nibble - their treat of choice is fresh parsley or berries...but I offered them several more times and they did enjoy gnawing on them. Guinea Pigs and rabbits have teeth that continually grow, so they need to gnaw a lot to keep their teeth from getting too long - these are perfect for that! ...and they use up the kibble and hay bits from the bottom of the bins - bonus!
"Gnaw, Gnaw" Biscuits Recipe: Teeth Tamers for Guinea Pigs and Rabbits
Tina Verrelli - epicuricloud.com
1 cup kibble (guinea pig or rabbit)
3/4 cup water
1/2 - 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce - depending upon how dry your kibble/hay is, see note below
3/4 cup finely shredded carrot
1 cup small pieces of Timothy hay (I used the fine bits from bottom of box)
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix together the kibble and water to hydrate them. Stir in the other ingredients. Spread mixture onto prepared baking sheet and pat until about 1/4 inch thick. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and use a pizza wheel to cut into squares (don't separate at this point.) Continue baking for another 15 minutes. Remove from oven and cut on the same scored lines, use a small spatula to turn the squares over and separate them on the baking sheet. Bake for 15 minute more or until dried to the desired consistency. Store in an airtight container.
Note: This recipe can vary a bit depending upon the texture/ingredients/dryness of your kibble and hay. When I switched from one kibble to another I had an issue with these falling apart. I added an extra 1/4 cup applesauce and baked them for a little longer.