I'm pretty sure that these are my horse's favorite treats. They are simple to make and take only a few ingredients. Even better - they work nicely as pill pockets. Break one in half, squish the pill into it, then squish the two halves back together. Two chews and the pill is swallowed!
- 1/2 cup oats (steel-cut or quick oats)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/2 cup grated carrot (about 1 carrot)
- 1/2 cup flour
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix all 4 ingredients in a medium bowl.
- Using a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat, make balls out of the dough and place on the sheet. I usually do the balls a bit smaller than a golf ball and slightly flatten them once on the baking sheet.
- Bake in oven for 18-20 minutes until set.
- Let cool on a wire rack.
- The cookies will last 5-7 days in the refrigerator and 3 or 4 days out of it. They will go moldy! Solution - just feed more at a time to your pony!
- Okay, the other solution - they freeze well. Make up a big batch and freeze a bunch.
- The freezing option is great if you are using them as pill pockets and just need one per day.
- I've added flax seed to the cookies with no issues. Probably best to reduce some of the oats if you are adding flax seed.
- The recipe doubles easily. I usually make it with 1 cup of everything.
- If I'm feeling lazy I'll mix it all up in the food processor. Start with the carrot, and drain out the excess carrot juice before adding the other ingredients.
- The dough will be sticky! I put on a pair of disposable gloves before shaping the balls.
- You could also try to form the dough into other shapes - it holds it's form while baking.
- Makes a great activity for horse camps or 4H!