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Recipe: Homemade Carrot and Oat Treats

It has been such a cold and snowy winter here in Massachusetts for the past few months. I look for any excuse to fire up my oven. Prior to visiting my horse Bug last weekend I decided to make her a batch of fresh horse treats to snack on, in hopes of lessening the winter blues for her and warm my house up a bit! These were so easy and fun to make!

Ingredients:

1 cup Oatmeal
1 cup whole wheat flour
½ cup Molasses
1 cup of chopped carrots
3 tsp flax seed oil
¼ cup brown Sugar
½ cup warm water

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Directions:

  1. First Pre-Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
    Gather all of you necessary ingredients.
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  2. Begin by chopping carrots into small pieces. (The horses don’t mind if they’re not perfect!)
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  3. Next mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
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  4. Add the wet ingredients and mix well. The mixture should be sticky and able to form into balls.
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  5. Use a scoop or spoon to place on a lined cookie sheet. The treats will not expand but it is important that they do not touch or they will bake together.
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  6. Bake for 30-35 mins. If you would like softer treats bake for 30 mins, for crunchier treats bake for 35 mins.
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  7. Ta-Da! You just made your pony homemade cookies!
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8 comments on “Recipe: Homemade Carrot and Oat Treats
  1. Kay King says:

    I had a horse when I was youn at my Grandparents in Kentucky ! There is beautiful horses there

  2. Nuri says:

    Can I change flax seed oil for another type of oil? Which one could be? Thanks

    • Linda H says:

      I would say no – flax and flax oil are a really good thing to have in your horse’s diet. Good for their skin and coat.

    • Cla2090 says:

      Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Rice Bran Oil, or you can use ground flax seed at a three to one ration. When I substitute ground flax for the oil, I like to add applesauce or some other source of additional liquid.

  3. Lara says:

    I made these today and they turned out great! I used vegetable oil instead of flax seed, and it was fine (the volume of oil to the other ingredients is small).

    Tip I figured out after putting the first tray in- wet your hands to form the cookies and they won’t stick to your hands. I was better able to roll and shape the rest of the cookies with wet hands (molasses is sticky!).

    Thanks for sharing this easy recipie- so much less expensive than the horse cookies sold at the tack store, and fun to make and customize (peppermints, gummy bears, etc).

  4. GP says:

    I modified this a bit and put the carrots in the salad shooter and shredded them, and instard of making balls i spread the mixture in a sheet pan to bake. then just cut into equal size squares. Ps I also ate them not bad for humans either.

  5. Linda says:

    Do these treats come out hard or soft? Have a horse with not many teeth left and think he would enjoy soft ones.

    • Cla2090 says:

      Definitely put the carrots into a blender or food processor to break it down for your horse. No point in risking a choke (even if the oven softens them up, better not to take a chance :-).

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