Homemade Sugar-Free Horse Treats: A Healthy Delight for Your Equine Friend

As horse owners, we love to pamper our equine friends with treats, but many store-bought options contain sugar and other additives that aren’t the best for their health. Making your own sugar-free horse treats at home is a wonderful way to ensure your horse gets a tasty snack that is both nutritious and healthy. Here's a simple recipe to get you started!

What You’ll Need

Before diving into the recipe, gather the following kitchen tools and ingredients:

Tools

  • Baking sheet/rack
  • Mixing bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • Cookie shapes (optional

Ingredients

  • 1 lb bag of organic ground flaxseed
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup ExcelEQ (a nutritional oil blend for horses)
  • 2 cups hot water

Instructions

Now, let’s get baking! Follow these steps to make delicious and healthy horse treats:

Step 1: Preheat the Oven

Set your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius) to ensure it’s nice and hot by the time you’re ready to bake.

Step 2: Prepare the Baking Sheet

Spray your baking sheet with non-stick spray or line it with parchment paper to prevent the treats from sticking.

Step 3: Combine Ingredients

  • Mix the dry ingredients first: In your mixing bowl, combine the entire bag of ground flaxseed and 2 tablespoons of cinnamon. Stir well to ensure they are evenly mixed.
  • Add the oil: Pour in 1/4 cup of ExcelEQ and mix it into the dry ingredients.
  • Incorporate the applesauce: Add 1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce to the mixture and stir well.
  • Add water: Finally, pour in 2 cups of hot water and mix thoroughly with the wooden spoon until the ingredients are well combined and form a dough-like consistency.

Step 4: Shape the Treats

Roll the mixture into small balls, about the size of a walnut. Place them on the prepared baking sheet, spacing them about 1/2 inch apart. If you want to get creative, you can use cookie cutters to shape the treats into fun designs.

Step 5: Bake

Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake the treats at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 60-75 minutes. Keep an eye on them to ensure they don’t burn; they should be firm to the touch when done.

Step 6: Cool and Store

Once baked, remove the treats from the oven and allow them to cool completely on a rack. Store the cooled treats in an airtight container to keep them fresh.

Why These Ingredients?

  • Ground Flaxseed: A rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, flaxseed supports your horse’s skin, coat, and overall health.
  • Cinnamon: Not only does it add a delicious flavor, but cinnamon can also aid in digestion and have anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Unsweetened Applesauce: A natural sweetener that adds moisture to the treats without adding sugar.
  • ExcelEQ: This oil blend is packed with nutrients that promote joint health, digestion, and a shiny coat.
  • Hot Water: Helps to bind the ingredients together and creates a dough-like consistency.

Conclusion

Homemade horse treats are a wonderful way to reward your equine friend with something healthy and delicious. By using simple, nutritious ingredients, you can ensure that your horse enjoys a treat that supports their health and well-being. Happy baking!

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