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Rat Recipes

Good basic food recipe as well as some treats.

Veggie Mix

Take any fresh or frozen veggies, I use brocollli, spinach, green beans, carrots, peas corn, etc and I grind it up in the food processor, I freeze part and give them a tablespooon or so at a time. Sometimes I add cooked ground turkey.

 

MY dry food recipe... 
Flat oats(from feed store) or Super Walmart carries a 7 grain cereal that makes a fantastic   addition.1 cup chopped nuts,or peanuts in the shell unsalted,add in about a 1/4 cup of several of the following....  granola  rice crispy cereal  cheerios, or vitamin enriched cereal, mine like fruit loops   2 cups of rat or mouse pellets, or a good quality, low protien dog food, raisins, chopped prunes, dates, apricots, dried cranberries,any dried fruit., etc  whatever dry goods you have around that the rats might like!      You can also add powdered vitamins, or powdered baby formula, about  1/2 cup, mix well.  This is a good mix for dry feeding.   
   If you mix this with some peanut butter,  and add a big scoop.. maybe two tablespoons of the peanut butter,  stir very well, mashing it a bit to blend the peanut butter well and add if you want, some   parrot seed* ( about 1/2 cup) to hold the entire mix together. You will  be able to shape small balls with  the mixture, and it also becomes a treat. Keep the small balls in the fridge.  ************************************************************************************

PEANUT BUTTER CRUNCH: 
  1 cup whole wheat flour       1 T. crunchy reduced-fat peanut butter       1 T. honey       1/3 cup water   Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Grease cookie sheet (or use a spray).   Mix all ingredients with a pastry blender. Shape into 1/2" balls and place on cookie sheet.  These do not spread so can be placed close together.   Bake 45 minutes; leave in oven until oven cools to dry out and be crunchy.  *****************************************************************
 
DRIED FRUIT BALLS:

    1 cup whole wheat flour       3/4 cup yellow cornmeal       2/3 cup dried mixed fruit bits       1 t. oil       1/2 cup fruit juice (use more or less to get desired consistency)      Preheat oven to 250 degrees and grease (or spray) two cookie sheets.   Mix all ingredients with a pastry blender. Shape into 1/2" balls and place on cookie sheet.  These do not spread so can be placed very close together.   Bake 45 minutes; leave in oven until oven cools to dry out and be crunchy.   MAKES APPROXIMATELY 100 1/2" BALLS.   *****************************************************************

SEED CRUNCHIES:
    1 cup whole wheat       3/4 cup yellow cornmeal       1/2 cup rodent seed mix       1 t. oil       2 T. dried parsley       3/4 cup beef (or vegetarian) broth      Preheat oven to 250 degrees and grease (or spray) two cookie sheets.    Mix all ingredients with a pastry blender. Shape into 1/2" balls and place on cookie sheet.  These do not spread so can be placed very close together.   Bake 45 minutes; leave in oven until oven cools to dry out and be crunchy.    MAKES APPROXIMATELY 100 1/2" BALLS.    Diane Newburg  From the Sept/Oct 1996 Rat and Mouse Gazette  *****************************************************************
Hi, I found these recipes on the website for "Two Dog Press"  at
http://www.twodogpress.com/dogfood.html,  and  I bet they don't realize that these will make good treats  for rats as well.
A BIG THANkS TO THEM FOR THE RECIPES!!
USE COOKIE CUTTERS IN AN APPROPIATE SIZE, OR ROLL INTO LITTLE BALLS...you can also add raisins or dried fruit to these recipes  ***************************************************************** 
Peanut Butter Bones

1 package dry yeast 1/2 cup lukewarm water 1 cup mashed potatoes 1 cup milk 1/4 cup molasses 1/2 cup chicken stock 1 cup chunky peanut butter 1 cup whole wheat flour 1/2 cup rye flour 1/2 cup rice flour 1 egg 2 cups all-purpose white flour   Directions: Preheat oven to 325 F (165 C).   In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast in water. In a large saucepan, mix together the potatoes, milk, molasses, stock, and peanut butter. Heat, stirring frequently until boiling. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. Add yeast mixture. Gradually blend in the egg, wheat, rye, and rice flours. Add enough white flour to form a stiff dough.   Transfer to a floured surface and knead until smooth (about 3-5 minutes). Shape the dough into a ball and roll to 1/2-inch (12 mm) thick. Using cookie cutters, cut out biscuits. Place on ungreased baking sheets, spacing them about 1/4-inch (6 mm) apart. Gather up the scraps, roll out again, and cut additional biscuits.   Bake for 45 minutes. Let cool overnight. Makes several dozen bones that freeze well--and have the consistency of pizza crusts, a favorite snack for most spoiled dogs!   *****************************************************************
Apple Cinnamon Drops

1 large apple 1/4 cup honey 1/2 cup of water 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1 cup oatmeal 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour 1/8 cup whole wheat flour   Directions: Preheat oven to 350 F (180 C).   Core, slice and mince the apple (use a food processor if you have one). In a large bowl, combine the minced apple bits, honey, water, cinnamon, and oatmeal. Gradually blend in the wheat flour, adding enough to form a stiff dough.   In a small bowl, add 1/8 cup wheat flour. Spoon the dough by rounded teaspoon onto ungreased baking sheets, spacing about 2 inches (5cm) apart. Using the bottom of a glass dipped in the wheat flour (to prevent sticking), flatten each spoonful of dough into a circle. Adjust the size of the drops based on how big a treat you like to feed your dog.   Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and flip each cookie to brown evenly on both sides. Reduce oven temperature to 325 F (180 C). Return to oven and bake for an additional 30 minutes. Let cool overnight.   Makes about 3 dozen crunchy cookies, depending on how big you make them.  *****************************************************************

Party Cupcakes
 
1 large apple 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour 1/4 cup oatmeal 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 cup plain yogurt 1/2 cup water 1/4 cup vegetable oil 2 tablespoons honey 2 eggs 1 cup grated cheddar cheese   For the Frosting 1 8 oz package Neufchatel Cheese  (lowfat cream cheese) 2 tablespoons plain yogurt 2 tablespoons honey    Directions: Preheat oven to 400 F (200 C). Grease muffin tins.   Core, slice and mince the apple (use a food processor if you have one). Set aside. In a large bowl, mix together flour, oatmeal, baking powder, and baking soda. In a medium bowl, blend together the yogurt, water, oil, honey, and eggs, then stir in the apple and cheese. Add to the flour mixture and stir until mixed.   Spoon into the muffin tins, filling each cup about three-quarters full. Bake for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Let rest in the muffin tins for a few minutes, then remove and set aside to cool.   For the frosting, combine the Neufchatel cheese (at room temperature), honey, and yogurt until smooth. Spread on the pupcakes and you're ready for a doggone good party!   Makes 16-18 pupcakes. If you prefer a single-layer cake, spoon the batter into a sheet pan and bake for an extra 10 minutes. Decorate with raisins for extra special occasions.

Snacks
Teddy grahams, animal crackers, yoggies, baby or toddler treats, fruit, veggies, chicken bones, dog biscuits.

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