Easy Homemade Carrot Horse Treats

Homemade Horse Treat Recipe | Sarah Hearts

Consider me a crazy pet owner, but I love to make special treats for my 4-legged friends. I usually like to whip up carrot cupcakes for Justin’s birthday or make some bacon treats for Darcy’s birthday. This week I made some “just because” treats for Justin. They were incredibly easy to make and they used pantry staples. They smelled so good that when Kevin walked in the kitchen, he thought I was making cookies for us!

Justin, and the other horses at the barn, gobbled these up! If you have a favorite horse or pony, you can bake these treats for them in about 30 minutes!

Homemade Horse Treat Recipe | Sarah Hearts

Homemade Horse Treat Recipe | Sarah Hearts

Carrot Horse Treat Recipe

–  2 cups grated carrots (about 4 large carrots)
– 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
– 1/4 cup molasses
– 1 teaspoon salt
– 1 cup oats
– 1 cup flour
– optional: 1/2 cup of your horses’s feed or a sweet feed

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl mix together the carrots, oil, and molasses until combined. I used my stand mixer to mix everything. Add the salt, oats, flour and optional feed and stir until it’s combined. It will be a sticky, dough-like consistency. Form into small 1″ size balls with your hands, or use a small metal scoop like I did. Place them on a parchment or sil-pat lined baking sheet and bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until they are golden.

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  1. Chris Reply

    I decided to make these, but added bran and flax seed to them. Teaspoon size dollop, flatten, and baked for 20 minutes. They turned out awesome. Can’t wait to give on to my horse! (I added a bit more molasses and some water to add more moisture.)

    • Good idea! I will try adding some bran and flax the next time I make them. I hope your horse loves them as much as mine does!

  2. lucie vallee Reply

    can these be frozen? i’m asking as we are baking some for the barn’s xmas presents… if i could get a head start on them that would be great lol

    my other question is how long do they stay fresh?

    • I haven’t tried, but I’m sure they would hold up from fine in the freezer. Once baked, they keep for about 4-5 days in an air tight container in the refrigerator. I hope your horses love them as much as mine!

  3. Robynne Catheron Reply

    I love making my own horse treats, and these look great! Our horses don’t get fed any added sugar, but maybe I can replace the molasses with a bit of unsweetened applesauce and an egg. I can also replace the flour with oat flour that I grind in the blender from whole oats, and I can use non-GMO, organic soy oil instead of vegetable oil. I also like to add chia seed to their homemade treats, and sometimes pumpkin seeds, sunflower kernels, raisins, or freshly grated ginger, I found that whenever I peel carrots for us, I can freeze the peelings in a freezer bag, and chop them up for making treats later.
    Thank you for this recipe, I think I’ll make these today!

  4. dayna Reply

    i don’t have horses but i’m sure evrett the horse i ride will love them

  5. Hi Sarah,
    This recipe is fantastic! I’m the graphic designer for a kids magazine called Trot4Kids. Would it be alright to showcase your recipe there? I would provide you with a credit and link to your blog.

    • Hi Andrea, yes, of course! I was a horse crazy kid and loved baking treats for my horse then as much as I do now!

  6. heather Reply

    I have an old gelding and my boys love to feed him treats after they ride him but he needs soft treats. I was wondering if these could not be cooked and just refrigerated?

    • Heather, when these bake up they are very soft and are more like muffins than typical hard horse treats. You could definitely give them to your gelding unbaked, but it may be rather messy. My 22 year old gelding love them!

  7. mOON cHILD wILD Reply

    I would substitute bran for the flour.

  8. Emma Reply

    hey I can’t wait to make these but is there any other way to make them fresh for a long time

    • You can freeze them after you bake them! They’ll keep for a couple months that way. Just let them defrost to room temperature before giving them to your horse.

  9. Francesca Reply

    Thanks for the recipe. I substituted with whole wheat flour and added some brown sugar too. My horses and dogs love them!

    • Great idea! Glad your horses AND dogs loved them!

  10. Hannah Reply

    I have a 29 year old saddlebred who I rescued 12 years ago and he absolutely loves them

  11. Debbi Reply

    About how many does this make? I use a feed through fly supplement and have been looking to make treats with the supplement added to make it easier to feed. I would just need to make sure I add a scoop for each treat. (roughly)

    • Great idea to put supplements in them! It makes a little over 2 dozen when you use a small cookie dough scoop or a heaping tablespoon for each one.

  12. Can I use honey instead of molasses?

    • Yes! Definitely! I’m sure your horse will love them!

  13. Hey, Sarah!

    We are a group of spanish horse bloggers and we have fallen in love with your recipe! <3
    Can we use your recipe in our blog? we will mention you and link it to your post 🙂

    • Absolutely! I hope your horses love it as much as mine does!

  14. Hannah Reply

    This sounds so yummy my horse would love these.

  15. Maria Hamilton Reply

    Going to bake some Carrot treats for my friend’s Horses!
    One of her Horses Monty loves jammy Doughnuts so he likes anything sweet!
    Hope mine turn out as good as the one’s made 🙂
    Thanks Maz 🙂

  16. mikayla swallow Reply

    so great this is

  17. Kathryn Reply

    What can I use as a substitute for molasses? Or can I just completely skip that step? I was thinking peanut butter but I’m unsure!

    • I’d recommend using honey in place of the molasses since it’s a similar consistency and horses love it too!

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  19. Paula Reply

    Mmm 350°C or 350F?? I’m from Spain so we use °C but we don’t have ovens that can reach such a high temperature

  20. Paula Reply

    Amazing!! You should do more horse treats recipes
    I added one and a half tablespoons of peanut butter to make it a little bit thicker and my horses loved it ?? I’m looking forward to your next recipe ?

    • Yum! Happy to hear your horses love them! I’ll add a new recipe for the holiday season!