Your horsey bestie is sure to love these delicious homemade horse treats! The recipe calls for simple, common ingredients and does not take too much prep time! Try out these carrot and peppermint heart shaped horse treats for Valentine’s Day (or any old day that you feel like pampering your pony)!
Homemade Horse Treats
Have you ever tried to make homemade horse treats? There are a whole bunch of different recipes out there to choose from! Of course, when it comes to making treats from scratch, you should always consult your veterinarian to make sure that the ingredients are safe for your horse.
A few months ago I shared this simple horse treat recipe. Our horses absolutely LOVED them! They were a bit time consuming to make though. We had to break out the cookie cutters and deal with rolling out dough, etc.
This time around, I wanted to try an easier recipe… preferably one that worked well with a muffin pan. These horse muffins turned out better than I expected!
I was at the dollar store and found an adorable heart muffin tin and knew it would be perfect for a little Valentine’s Day treat for the horses. (If you can’t find a heart shaped muffin tin, a mini muffin tin will also work great! (This silicone heart muffin tin I found online would be another good option.) I actually used both versions. I made some heart muffins first and then used up the rest of my batter in the mini muffin tin.
Heart Shaped Horse Treat Ingredients
Round up these ingredients to make your batch of horse treats:
- 2 Cups grated carrots
- 1 apple, diced into very small cubes
- 1.5 Cups all purpose flour
- 3/4 Cup steel cut oats
- 1/2 Cup molasses
- 2 TBSP vegetable oil
- Starlight Peppermints
- Non-stick cooking spray
Here’s what I used to make these treats:
How to Make Heart Shaped Muffins for Horses
Follow these directions to make up your own batch of these horse treats:
1. Preheat your oven to 350° F.
2. Add all ingredients (except for the cooking spray and Starlight mints) to a large mixing bowl.
3. Use a hand mixer to beat the ingredients until they are well combined.
4. Spray the muffin tin with your non-stick cooking spray and use a cookie scoop to add batter to each compartment.
5. Place tray(s) in oven and bake for 30 minutes.
6. Remove muffin tins from oven and allow to cool. Place a peppermint in the middle of each muffin.
Once they have cooled off completely, they are ready to serve to your favorite 4-legged buddies.
You can store these treats in an airtight container for up to a week. You could also freeze them if desired, pulling them out as needed.
Note: Because these muffins are rather moist, the peppermints will start to sweat/melt after a couple of hours. To avoid this, serve them sooner than later… OR you can wait to add a peppermint until just before serving the muffins. OR you could of course skip the peppermints altogether. It’s up to you!
If you decide to make a batch of these homemade horse treats, let us know how they turned out! Did your horses love them? Ours sure did! If you post a picture of the treats on social media, feel free to tag us. We would love to see them!