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Tasty Homemade Hamster Treats For the Holidays

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Cozy sweater? Check! Delicious hot chocolate and marshmallows? Check! Snow glistening on the ground? Check! Christmas tree beautifully lit up? Check! Stockings filled with goodies hung across the fireplace? (Insert gasp!) Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

Surprise your hamster with something delicious this Christmas with vet-reviewed homemade hamster treats perfect for stuffing stockings. Brought to you by Butternut the hamster, the star of the blog Breakfast with Butternut, these treats incorporate lots of wholesome ingredients hammies love.

The first is a fun play on a classic holiday dessert—fruitcake. The second treat could work for any occasion, and just might become a staple in your recipe book.

Butternut’s Fa La La La La Fruitcake

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Ingredients:

  • 4 1-inch cubed pumpkin, sweet potato or butternut squash chunks
  • 1 1/2 oz. of plain non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 handful of toasted rolled oats
  • 1 handful of unsalted, unseasoned walnuts, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 handful of unsalted, unseasoned pumpkin seeds
  • 1 small handful of chopped craisins
  • 1 small handful of Kaytee Fiesta Healthy Toppings Papaya Treats
  • 1 tsp. coconut oil

Supplies:

  • Baking sheet
  • Non-stick parchment paper
  • Mixing spoon
  • Spatula
  • Fork
  • Scooper

Yield: 8 fruitcakes
Suggested Serving Size: ½-1 fruitcake per hamster
Prep Time: 1 hour
Bake Time: Up to 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Bake the cubed pumpkin, sweet potato or butternut squash with the apple and pear chunks in an oven-safe pan for about 30-45 minutes, until soft. If needed, you can add a little water to help them soften.
  3. Mix the yogurt, toasted oats, walnuts and craisins together.
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  5. Once the pumpkin, apple and pear chunks are soft, remove excess water and mash them together.
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  7. Combine the mashed fruit with your yogurt mixture, mixing it all together.
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  9. Set your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  10. Grease baking sheet with coconut oil.
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  12. Shape the cake mixture into little loaves or scoop into small balls with a small ice cream scooper, and place them on the baking sheet about a ½-inch apart from each other.
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  14. Bake the cakes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 15 minutes.
  15. Flip the cakes over and bake for another 5 minutes or until they are hard. (The total baking time may take up to 40 minutes depending on how well you dried the mashed fruits; be sure to cook the cakes long enough until they are no longer mushy or sticky.)
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  17. Let the cakes cool.
  18. Top with Kaytee Fiesta Heathy Topping papaya treats and unseasoned, toasted pumpkin seeds.
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  20. Finish off with a little dollop of non-fat Greek yogurt.
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Butternut’s Banana Treats

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Ingredients:

  • 1/6 of a banana
  • 1 1/2 oz. of plain non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 handful of toasted rolled oats
  • 1 handful of roasted, unsalted, unseasoned pecans, chopped
  • 1 handful of Peter’s Apple Slices
  • 1 small handful of dried raspberries or craisins (optional)
  • 1 tsp. coconut oil

Supplies:

  • Baking sheet
  • Non-stick parchment paper
  • Mixing bowl
  • Spatula
  • Mixing spoon

Yield: 8 banana hamster treats
Suggested Serving Size: ½ – 1 treat per hamster
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the banana, yogurt, toasted oats and chopped roasted pecans together.
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  4. Chop up apple slices and add to mixture.
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  6. Grease baking sheet with coconut oil.
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  8. Shape into small balls and place on baking sheet.
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  10. Bake for 10 minutes or until treats are hard.
  11. Let cool.
  12. Top with craisins.
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These recipes were reviewed by a veterinarian. They are intended as a treat or snack. Treats should only constitute a small percentage of your pet’s daily food. If your pet has any other health issues, or if you have any concerns, consult your pet’s veterinarian before offering this food item.

Special thanks to Butternut the hamster for taste-testing and approving of these recipes.

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