For Us Humans Too!
To start off our new Healthy & Yummy section, here’s a recipe I came across a while back that looked and sounded like such a scrumptious organic horse treat for a special occasion (birthday), the holidays or any day you want to let your horse know you love him or her. I just had to make a batch over the weekend again. As it turns out, they are pretty good people treats too!
I couldn’t wait to share this recipe with you – they are really good, and as a bonus more healthy!
I’ve got to say these delicious cookies garnered multiple 4 hoof, 4 paws and 4-hands up! We hope you try them and put your own spin on them.
IMPORTANT: Omit the raisins if you’re going to share this treat with your dogs since raisins should not be fed to our canine companions. Like grapes, feeding raisins to dogs can be extremely harmful (possibly fatal) to their health.
Hope you enjoy this recipe – have lots more coming in the months ahead for every busy equestrian and more!
Have a wonderful week! If you make these treats at your house, please feel free to share your thoughts. We’d love to get your feedback.
P.S. If you’ve got a horse that may be insulin-resistant, please exercise caution as the NSC % may be be higher than desired.
Here is the basic ingredient list:
2 cups organic barley (or alternate grain/grain-free ingredient)
6 organic, pitted dates
1 cup organic, unsulfured blackstrap molasses (organic coconut sugar might work as an alternative; haven’t tried it yet)
3 tbls. organic coconut butter
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 cup grated organic yams
1/4 cup grated organic carrots
1/4 cup chopped organic walnuts
1/4 cup chopped almonds
1/4 cup organic dried cranberries
1/4 cup organic raisins
- Add your 2 cups of organic barley to 6-7 cups water
- Bring to a boil for 15 -20 minutes; simmer until ready
- Over cook the barley (or other grain/non-grain) just a tad so it is very tender (al dente); then cool
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees
- Place the barley, dates, coconut butter and baking powder in a food processor and blend until it has a thick dough substance
- Place your barley dough in a large bowl and add the blackstrap molasses; grated yam; grated carrot; chopped walnut; chopped almonds; dried cranberry and raisins
- Blend these ingredients thoroughly
- Apply coconut butter to your hands and using a tablespoon, scoop the dough, place in your hands and roll evenly
- Pat the dough down lightly with your hands to shape the cookie, then and place on cookie sheet (FYI: The cookies will bake in the same shape they are placed onto the sheet and should not melt into shape like a chocolate chip cookie)
- Bake cookies for about 20 minutes or until golden brown
- Let them cool; place in a container and keep refrigerated for freshness. They should stay fresh for about 3 weeks provided they are refrigerated
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