Easy Homemade Carrot Horse Treats

Make your favorite horse happy with this easy to make homemade 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.


  1. 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.)

  2. 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. 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. 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. 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.

  5. 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. 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!

    1. 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.

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

  7. 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. 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.

  8. 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 :)

  9. 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!

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  11. 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

  12. 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 ?

  13. 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.

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

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

  16. 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.

  17. I just read this. I am going to make these treats for my friend’s horse Coco. It is a lot cheaper to make them than to purchase them in the store. Coco is kind of a picky horse but I think she will like them. Thanks for the post.

    Atlas Biomechanics

  18. I love this recipe. I added chopped up apples, some brown sugar and cinnamon. They definitely need more molasses and they are so moist. I baked them in mini muffin tins, iced 2 spoon method. Worked great. The horses loved them, so did the trainer ?????

  19. I just made these treats for our two horses today. I cannot wait to let them try it! The recipe was so easy. Thank you for sharing.

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