Easy Homemade Carrot Horse Treats

August 29, 2013Sarah Khandjian

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.


  • Chris

    October 25, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    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.)

    1. Sarah

      October 27, 2013 at 4:49 pm

      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!

  • lucie vallee

    November 20, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    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?

    1. Sarah

      November 20, 2013 at 3:28 pm

      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!

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    March 21, 2014 at 2:18 pm

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  • Robynne Catheron

    March 25, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    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!

  • dayna

    March 26, 2014 at 9:26 pm

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

  • Andrea Bertucci

    May 12, 2014 at 11:40 am

    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.

    1. Sarah

      May 12, 2014 at 9:16 pm

      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!

  • heather

    July 31, 2014 at 2:45 am

    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?

    1. Sarah

      July 31, 2014 at 7:37 pm

      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!


    September 28, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    I would substitute bran for the flour.

  • Emma

    November 24, 2014 at 10:54 pm

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

    1. Sarah

      November 24, 2014 at 11:47 pm

      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.

  • Francesca

    June 12, 2015 at 8:15 am

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

    1. Sarah

      June 12, 2015 at 2:37 pm

      Great idea! Glad your horses AND dogs loved them!

  • Hannah

    July 11, 2015 at 10:32 pm

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

    1. Sarah

      July 13, 2015 at 11:49 am

      That’s so great to hear!

  • Debbi

    July 16, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    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)

    1. Sarah

      July 16, 2015 at 1:50 pm

      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.

  • Silvia

    July 29, 2015 at 11:21 am

    Can I use honey instead of molasses?

    1. Sarah

      July 29, 2015 at 6:14 pm

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

  • Elles à Cheval

    September 15, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    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 :)

    1. Sarah

      September 16, 2015 at 11:49 pm

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

  • Hannah

    September 29, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    This sounds so yummy my horse would love these.

  • Maria Hamilton

    December 17, 2015 at 12:06 am

    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 :)

  • mikayla swallow

    May 4, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    so great this is

  • Kathryn

    May 27, 2016 at 11:29 am

    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!

    1. Sarah

      May 27, 2016 at 6:16 pm

      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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  • Paula

    September 8, 2017 at 3:35 am

    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

    1. Sarah

      September 8, 2017 at 2:32 pm

      350° F!

  • Paula

    September 13, 2017 at 9:32 am

    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 ?

    1. Sarah

      September 13, 2017 at 11:38 am

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

  • Debbie/Marcelline/Ellis Titus

    January 5, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    Debra/Marcelline/Ellis had a snow day from school and we decided to make horse treats we were very lucky to find this recipe. We substituted cow feed of ground corn and oats for oats it worked great can’t wait to feed them.

  • Maria Hamilton

    January 6, 2018 at 2:33 am

    I’ve made these treats for my friends horses quite few times now,
    very easy to make, and the Horses love them!

  • Destiny

    June 2, 2018 at 6:22 am

    Do you use quick oats for this? I’m having a party tomorrow and everybody loves giving treats to the horses ??

    1. Sarah Khandjian

      June 4, 2018 at 10:07 am

      I used regular oats but you can definitely use quick oats. Horses love those too!

  • Dani

    December 9, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    I made these for the horses at my friends barn! One of the mares had a goal this last year and needed to put on weight. Would take raw carrots or apples to get extra calories so I made these treats. Cheaper than store and she loves them!

    I also usually add extra molasses which could be why all the ponies love me.

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