How to Make Molasses Horse Treats (for goats too!)

Teenage girl feeding a molasses treat to her paint horse.

Learn how to make horse treats with ingredients you already have in your kitchen. Your horses (and goats) will love these homemade horse treats you've cooked up just for them. 

This horse treats recipe is so easy that children can make them with just a bit of adult help.

Make-at-home molasses horse treats

When our youngest daughter was a 4-H member, she and her best friend wanted to participate in the cooking demonstration at our 4-H speech contests. 

They were both members of our county's horse club, and wanted to demonstrate something in their project area.

Two girls demonstrating how to make molasses horse treats.

But it was hard to come up with a recipe they could demonstrate that had to do with horses. 

After a lot of brainstorming, they decided to make DIY horse treats as their "dish." They demonstrated the recipe at both our county and district speech contests, as well as for our horse club.

A plate of molasses horse treats, arranged in a smiley face.

Make these yummy treats and you'll have happy horses.

This is a super-easy recipe and would be fun to make with children. 

These homemade horse treats are all-natural and contain no preservatives. Refrigerate any uneaten treats so they'll last longer. They can also be frozen, but thaw them on the counter before offering them to your horse.

Our goats like to eat them as much as the horses do, and even our steer Chuck liked them. 

How to make molasses horse treats

Ingredients needed:

1 cup whole-wheat or white flour
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup shredded carrot (about 1 medium carrot)
1/3 cup molasses

The ingredients for these easy molasses horse treats: oats, molasses, flour and carrots.

Our carrots were small so we used two.


Preheat your oven to 375ºF. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray.

In a large bowl mix all of the ingredients together thoroughly. The mixture should stick together but shouldn’t be too wet. Add more flour if needed to get a cookie-dough consistency.

Children enjoy mixing the ingredients with their hands - and it's ok to do that!

Raw dough balls on a cookie sheet, ready to bake for the horses.

Drop teaspoon-sized balls on the cookie sheet about an inch apart. 

Bake about 10 minutes, until hardened. The "balls" won't change color, and they won't spread like cookies do. Their appearance doesn't change when they're done, but they will be hard when touched.

A plate full of easy-to-make four-ingredient horse treats.

Store these treats in an airtight container. 

This horse treat recipe makes approximately 18-24 treats, depending on how big you make the dough balls. I make smaller treats for my goats.

A girl giving a horse treat to her brown and white paint horse. Text: Recipe for homemade horse treats.

Watch your fingers! Your horse will probably want more than one!

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A girl offering a molasses horse treat to her paint horse.