*RECIPE UPDATED* 4/24/20 Tweaked ingredient amounts, order of mixing and added some ground oats (oat flour) to help them hold together better.
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 cilantro 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!
Looking for some other Guinea Pig Treat Recipes? I found these from Small Pet Select (where I buy our pellets & bedding.)
"gnaw, gnaw" Biscuits: Teeth Tamers for Guinea Pigs and Rabbits Recipe
- 1 cup kibble (guinea pig or rabbit)
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 3/4 cup finely shredded carrot
- 3/4 cup old fashioned oats, ground or 3/4 cup oat flour
- 1 cup small pieces of Timothy hay (I used the fine bits from bottom of box)
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Mix together the kibble, applesauce and carrots to hydrate them.
- Stir in the other ingredients. Mixture should be moist enough to hold together when squeezed in your hand. (May need to add 1 tablespoon or so of water as kibble and hay textures can vary.)
- Spread mixture onto prepared baking sheet and pat until about 1/4 - 1/2 - inch thick.
- Bake for 15 minutes.
- Remove from oven and use a pizza wheel or knife to cut into squares (don't separate at this point.)
- Continue baking for another 30 minutes.
- Remove from oven and cut on the same scored lines. Separate them on the baking sheet. Bake another 30 minutes.
- Use a small spatula to turn the squares over. Bake for 45-60 minutes more or until dried to the desired consistency. When they seem just about all dried, I usually turn off the oven and let them cool in the warm oven - helps dry them out even more.
- Store in an airtight container.