Homemade Horse Treats Recipe – Horse Cake Pops
I LOVE making horse treats for my horses. My kids are grownups now, so if I want to bake treats the only ones to eat them are my husband and I. And since we don’t want to end up weighing 400 pounds, I pour my love of baking into making horse treats.
And I am super grateful to Olivia, from DIY Horse Ownership for her fantastic idea of making cake pops for horses. I think she can say she was the inventor of horse cake pops. This is such a great idea!
When I saw the recipes I was so excited, because I had almost everything needed for the cake pops, less the peppermint sticks. (Note to self, stock up on candy canes after Christmas….) But I did find these adorable little peppermint sticks on Amazon that work perfectly. Thanks Amazon for 2-day shipping!
Horse Cake Pops by Olivia, from DIY Horse Ownership
This recipe is from Olivia at DIY Horse Ownership. You should really go check out her blog, she has a ton of helpful articles for those of us DIY horse owners.
What You Will Need
- 3 cups oat bran (I used Kellogg’s All-Bran Buds)
- 1 cup ground flax seeds
- 1 cup quick oats
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 Tablespoon sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup molasses
- 1 cup applesauce
- 1 cup chopped carrots
- Peppermint candy sticks
- Cake Pops baking pan
Did you know elephants like molasses? I had no idea.
What You Will Do
I preheated my oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit while I was mixing the ingredients together.
Add all the dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl and stir.
Once they are blended, add the molasses, applesauce, and carrots.
Continue to mix the ingredients. If you have a fancy mixer, you could use it, but you don’t need too. I used a plastic spoon and the ingredients mixed up very easily. Continue to stir until you have a sticky dough.
Next, use a cooking spray on your cake pop pan. My cake pop pan only makes 12, and this batter made far more than 12 so I also used a mini muffin pan. I have used this pan in the past when making horse treats and it works really well.
Now scoop the batter into the cake pop pan and fill each cup almost full.
Once you have done this, take one of your peppermint candy sticks and poke a hole into the center of each cup.
Baking The Treats
The baking time may vary depending on your altitude, the pan you are using and your oven. My cake pops were done in about 40 minutes.
The mini muffins were done in about 30 minutes.
Once they are done baking, remove them from the oven.
For the mini muffins, remove them from the muffin pan, and set onto a cookie sheet. Now if you have some starlight mints, you can insert them into the center of your mini muffin, and it will look something like this:
For the cake pops, leave them in the container. Hopefully the holes that you put in before you baked them are still visible. After the pan has been out of the oven for about 10 minutes, insert the peppermint sticks into those holes you made. If you put them in when you just pull them out of the oven they will melt, and you will lose the pony pop effect. So even though it is difficult, resist the temptation to insert the candy stick too early. (Do you really need to ask how I know?)
Horse Approved Taste Test
My horses approved of the treats. And even though my pony pops look more like mushrooms, they didn’t seem to mind.
This is a super easy horse treat recipe that I am sure your horse will love. They bake fast, and they are inexpensive to make with ingredients you most likely already have in your kitchen.
So instead of driving to the tack store and back, save your money and your time and make some horse treats yourself. I promise, your horses will love them, even if they do look like mushrooms!
Until next time, stay passionate, and enjoy your ride!