Horse Treats: No-Bake Dipped Apples for Valentine's Day

We cherish the special bond we share with our horses. This Valentine’s Day, why not express your love with a delightful and homemade treat that is as sweet as it is wholesome? In this equestrian culinary adventure, we’ll explore a simple yet heartwarming recipe for No-Bake Molasses Valentine’s Day Horse Treats. Crafted with love, these treats feature apple slices cut into hearts, dipped in molasses, and topped with crushed peppermint for an extra touch of sweetness. Let’s embark on this delightful journey to create a special treat that will make your equine friend’s heart skip a beat! CLICK HERE to watch our visual representation!

No-Bake Molasses Horse Treats Ingredients:

  • Fresh apples, sliced into hearts with heart shaped cookie cutter

  • Molasses

  • Crushed peppermint

The Health Benefits of Each Ingredient:

  • Fresh Apples:

    • Rich in vitamins and minerals, apples offer a natural sweetness that horses adore. The fiber content supports digestive health, and the vitamins contribute to overall well-being.
  • Molasses:

    • A natural sweetener derived from sugar cane or sugar beets, molasses not only adds a delectable flavor to the treats but also provides a source of energy for horses. It contains essential minerals such as iron and potassium.
  • Crushed Peppermint:

    • Peppermint adds a burst of refreshing flavor and can aid in digestion. It also serves as a delightful aromatic element that horses find appealing.

While peppermint itself is generally considered safe for horses in moderation, candies often contain additives such as sugar, artificial sweeteners, colors, and preservatives that can be problematic for equine health. Excessive sugar intake can lead to conditions such as insulin resistance and obesity in horses, while artificial sweeteners may cause gastrointestinal upset. Click here to read about which peppermints are safe to feed.

Additional horse safe toppings include: Chopped Fruit (berries, bananas, etc), Rolled Oats, Flaxseed, and Chia Seeds.

No-Bake Molasses Horse Treats Recipe:

  • Prepare Ingredients:

    • Slice fresh apples into heart shapes using a cookie cutter. Ensure the apples are free from seeds and core.
  • Dip in Molasses:

    • Gently dip each apple heart into molasses, coating it evenly. The molasses not only acts as a delicious binder but also provides essential nutrients.
  • Top with Crushed Peppermint:

    • Sprinkle crushed peppermint onto the molasses-coated apple hearts. This step adds a festive touch and an extra layer of sweetness that horses will savor.
  • Chill in the Fridge:

    • Place the treats on a tray and let them chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. This brief waiting period allows the molasses to set and the peppermint to adhere, creating a satisfying crunch with every bite.
  • Serve with Love:

    • Once adequately chilled, these heart-shaped molasses treats are ready to be served. Present them to your horse with love and watch as their eyes light up with joy.

The Joy of Homemade Horse Treats:

Creating homemade treats for your horse is not just a culinary endeavor; it’s a way to strengthen the bond between rider and equine companion. These No-Bake Molasses Valentine’s Day Horse Treats are a testament to the care and thoughtfulness you put into your horse’s well-being. As with any treats, remember to offer them in moderation, considering your horse’s dietary needs and overall health. The joy of witnessing your horse enjoy a homemade delight is a reward that goes beyond the kitchen, fostering a connection built on love and trust.

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