Easy Horse Treats Recipe
Well I have been so busy with writing and posting articles, making videos, Christmas gifts and decorating that I have been a bad horse mom, and haven’t bought treats for my poor deprived ponies! Ok, they aren’t deprived at all, but I still haven’t remembered to buy horse treats for them when I am at the feed store, or Dover’s.
And honestly, the fancy horse treats are really expensive!
So since I have been busy making people treats, I decided to gather what I had to make some horse treats too. And the great thing is you an make horse treats with common things that you probably already have in your kitchen. And you really don’t have to be too precise when it comes to measuring either. If the batter is too runny, add some more oats or flax seed, or both.
If the batter is too thick, add some more water. Easy peasy.
And to make really nice bite size treats, I like to use a mini muffin pan. It works great, and you can make 24 to 48 treats at one time. A real time saver! And with the money you will save by making your own treats, it is well worth the investment, in my opinion.
And these turned out so well, I think I am going to make another batch for my friend Lynda, for her horses for Christmas. So Lynda, if you’re reading this….Merry Christmas!
Easy Horse Treats Recipe
- Ground flax seed
- Quick oats (oatmeal)
- Unsweetened applesauce
- Brown sugar
- Pink Himalayan rock salt
- Starlight mints (optional)
What You Will Do
Start with the dry ingredients. I started with about 2 cups of ground flax seed and added in 2 cups of quick oats. Then I added some brown sugar, and molasses. Again, I didn’t really measure any of this, I just added everything in a big bowl.
Then I added some water, and remembered I had a brand new container of unsweetened applesauce, bonus. You can use any type of applesauce you have. I just happened to have the unsweetened kind.
I added some water, and then some more flax seed, and some more oatmeal and applesauce until I had a fairly large batch of horse treat batter. Next I added in the pink salt and cinnamon. And let me tell you, it smells really good!
Once everything was mixed well, and the batter was a little sticky, I greased a mini muffin pan and filled each cup with the mixture. After filling the muffin pan, I baked the treats at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 45 minutes.
After I pulled them out of the oven, I pressed a starlight mint into each treat and after a few minutes pulled the warm treats out and allowed them to fully cool on a piece of parchment paper.
Some of the mints I pushed into the treats, while with another set, I placed it the way they are in the fancy minty muffins. I keep trying to make mine as dark as the minty muffins, but I haven’t figured out their recipe, yet.
When they were cooled, I filled up my horse treat container out in the barn.
Better Than Store Bought Treats
I haven’t done this in so long. But I need to do it more often. I like knowing what my horses are eating, and they seem to love the homemade treats just as much as they love the expensive store bought ones.
These treats remind me of the German Minty Muffins. You know, the ones you can find online for around $20.00 a bag. I don’t know about you, but I can find a lot of other horse stuff to buy that I can get a lot of use from rather than expensive horse treats.
So give this a try, and see what your horses think!