No-Bake Horse Treats

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No-Bake Peppermint Treats

With COVID-19 putting a damper on horse shows and other fun 4-H horse activities, let’s have some fun making treats for our favorite four-legged horse friends. Horse treats can be costly, but making them at home can be fun and save money. I have made these several times at our Happy Trails 4-H horse camp here in Currituck County. The campers enjoyed making them and the horses loved them too.

Magic, No-Bake Peppermint Treats


  • 6 peppermints
  • ¼ cup of water ( add more if the mixture is still dry)
  • 1 tablespoon of molasses
  • 1 cup of rolled oats


  1. Mix the oats and water until everything is wet. You can add more oats or water depending on the mixture. You don’t want it soggy or puddling, just damp.
  2. Add the molasses to the mixture and stir. Everything should be sticky and you can add more molasses if the mixture is still not clumping.
  3. Take a small handful and roll it into a ball. These can be adjusted to the size you want, but this mixture usually makes 4-6 horse treats. I tend to make mine smaller and get about six treats out of it.
  4. Take the peppermints and press one peppermint into the middle of each ball to make a cookie.
  5. Place on a dish or pan with wax paper (you don’t have to, but it makes it easier) and put them in the fridge until they harden.

Now you have some inexpensive horse treats that your horses will love and you had fun making. Nothing is too much for our equine companions.

For more information about this and other NC 4-H Horse programs and Activities contact Tom Harrell at 252-232-2262 or email