Have you been inspired by the return of The Great British Bake Off? Forget treating your friends, family and work colleagues with a lemon drizzle or triple chocolate brownies. Why not treat your horse instead?

Here is a straight-forward, no-fuss horse treat recipe based on the humble flapjack. We’re sure Mary Berry would say ‘it’s a classic’.

Ingredients

2 large carrots (grated)
1 apple (grated)
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 regular feed
Optional: polo mints

Method

Preheat the oven to 180°C
In a large bowl mix together the carrots, apple, oil, and molasses until combined.
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.
Place them on a tray lined with a baking sheet and bake for about 20-25 mins until golden brown.
Note: if you’re going for a ‘show-stopper,’ you can reveal your artistic side and decorate the treats with mints too.
Allow to cool.
Give your horse a homemade treat!

Create your own horse treat recipe

Or maybe you’re up for the technical challenge? It can be a lot of fun to experiment in the kitchen and produce ‘the unknown.’ So why not try to create your own horse treat recipe. Then you can tailor it to your horse by using his favourite ingredients.

Suggested home-made horse treat ingredients

  • Rolled Oats
  • Whole Oats
  • Whole Wheat Flour
  • Molasses
  • Apples
  • Carrots
  • Apple Sauce
  • Brown Sugar
  • Sugar
  • Crushed Peppermints
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt

Just to be on the safe side, here are some ingredients that are NOT recommended as they could be toxic to horses:

  • Chocolate
  • Milk
  • Maple Syrup
  • Cherries
  • Rhubarb
  • Peaches

Perhaps you’ve made some horse treat recipes before that have turned out well? Or do you have any photos of your horse-treat-creations? Send them to olivia.mulligan@timeinc.com – I’d love to see them.