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Hamsters can’t have chocolate, so we have to find a different way of giving them a sweet treat! This is a hamster-friendly version of a “chocolate chip” cookie, with chia seeds pretending to be the chocolate bits! Add on a little “frosting” and you’re sure to have a spoiled hamster!
Serving size is 1-2 cookies
Makes 8 – 12 small cookies
Use within 2 weeks
1 Tbsp flour
½ tsp ground flax seed
¼ tsp whole chia seed
1 – 2 tsp water
- Mix all ingredients in a small bowl. Aim for the consistency of playing dough, adding a little bit extra water if the mix is too dry or more flour if the mix is too wet.
- Divide mix into eight to twelve parts and shape each part into a small heart shape (thickness is matter of preference).
- Place cookies onto a piece of foil and bake 14-16 minutes, flipping over halfway through baking.
- Cool the cookies before decorating.
Mix together 1 tsp plain yogurt and 1 minced (finely cut) strawberry for a tasty cookie frosting.
Frosted cookies should be stored in the fridge.
- You may be able to use a “baking mix” instead of an all purpose or single-source flour, just watch out for extra sugar or ingredients that are less safe for hamsters to consume.
- Using ground flax and chia seeds helps hold the cookies together, but some flour mixes will do just fine if you skip the flax or use a different type of seed.
- The plain yogurt can be regular or greek, but the latter seems to usually contain less sugar, which is especially important with diabetes-prone hamster species.
- This recipe was created with only hamsters in mind. Please check carefully of what ingredients are okay for other animals before sharing your hamster’s cookies!
Tip: If you need an excuse for using the oven on a small batch of hamster cookies, consider making some cookies just for the humans in the family at the same time.