The festive season doesn’t have to be about overindulgence – here is a recipe your horses will love, and it’s good for them, too!
The seasons are changing. Thoughts are turning to holiday fun with family and friends, and that includes preparing something extra special for your horse. Take a look at the ingredient list for this holiday treat recipe. Not only are these goodies tasty, but the ingredients were chosen for their “wellness” profile. This recipe mixes up in a flash, and can be prepared as a biscuit or truffle, but beware — everyone is going to be dipping into the cookie jar!
4 cups rolled oats
1 cup raw almond flour
1 teaspoon Himalayan crystal salt or a sea salt of your choice
2 teaspoons Saigon cinnamon
1 tablespoon coconut sugar or other sweetener (optional)
1 cup apples, grated
1 cup apple butter or apple sauce
1 cup carrots, grated
1 teaspoon vanilla bean extract, in glycerin
1 tablespoon camelina oil
- Choose organic ingredients whenever possible.
- Cover a cookie sheet to the edges with parchment paper.
- Preheat oven to 350°F (176°C) on the convection setting.
- Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
- Press into cookie sheet, right to the edges, and pat down with the back of a mixing spoon or fork.
- Lightly score before baking.
- Bake for 30 minutes. (The time remains the same if the convection setting is not available.)
- Turn down oven to 275°F (135°C) on the convection setting, and bake for 30 more minutes. If the convection setting is not available, bake for 45 minutes.
- Turn the oven off and allow the biscuits to cool completely before removing from the oven.
- Biscuits can be stored in an open container, or packaged for gift giving.
If you would like a biscuit with extra crunch, turn down oven to 200°F (93°C) following the second baking, bake biscuits for another hour, and allow to completely cool in the oven, even overnight, before storing.
This recipe can also be prepared as truffles. Simply take small pieces of mix, roll into small balls, and place on the parchment-covered cookie sheet. Bake for 15 minutes in preheated 350°F (176°C) oven. Allow to cool completely before storing.
The human members of your family may also want to eat these nutrient power-packed treats!
Info on ingredients
Fairly new to the scene is Camelina sativa, whose seeds are similar to flax in appearance and properties. Camelina is often referred to as “Gold of Pleasure”. It’s an ancient oilseed crop, a member of the Brassicaceae family that’s native to Northern Europe and Central Asia. Its oil has a very long shelf life and is not prone to rancidity thanks to its naturally high levels of vitamin E. It is a rich source of Omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids.
Camelina seeds are high in phytosterols, including campesterol, which helps prevent inflammation to cartilage, and stigmasterol, a potent antioxidant that helps reduce cholesterol and blood glucose levels. It is interesting to note that camelina oil has a high smoke point of 475F (246°C) degrees, which makes it great for baking.
Oats are a strength-giving cereal. They support the digestive tract, including the cleansing of impurities from the intestines, and are also good for the nervous system. Oats are low in starch and high in minerals, especially potassium and phosphorus. They contain calcium, magnesium, are rich in B vitamins, and are a very good source of iron.
Himalayan crystal salt
Himalayan crystal salt has been called the purest salt on earth. It is sundried, with no heat processing. The salt itself is 250 million years old, and is completely uncontaminated by toxins and pollutants. It contains 84 naturally-occurring trace minerals and elements.
Almonds contain the entire vitamin E family, the B vitamins, copper, manganese, magnesium and zinc, and are a rich source of bioflavonoids. The magnesium found in almonds helps support our horses’ immune systems by producing “happy” chemicals in the brain. As a result, horses become more resilient during stressful times, because their nerves and muscles are more relaxed. Almonds are a great choice for metabolic horses, because they are low on the glycemic index.
Cinnamon is one of the world’s most important spices. Its history can be traced back to ancient Egypt. Ancient Chinese herbal references cite cinnamon’s use as early as 2700 BC, when it was recommended for the treatment of nausea, fever and diarrhea. Native Americans used cinnamon for a variety of ailments, and to freshen breath. Cinnamon is recognized as an energizing herb, and is good for kidney problems and even lung conditions. It is also a carminative and used as a digestive tonic.
Carrots are one of the kingpins of the vegetable patch. They are powerhouses of nutrition, and contain pro-vitamin A, beta carotene, vitamins B, C, D, E and K, riboflavin, niacin, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, sodium, iron, magnesium, manganese, sulfur, copper and iodine. The old axiom that carrots are good for the eyes is not a myth. They contain lycopene and lutein, protective phytonutrients that protect the eye from UVB radiation and damage from free radicals. Carrots also support the immune system and aid digestion, and are recognized as a glandular tonic.
Red apples are a rich source of antioxidants. They are heart smart, and a diet rich in red apples may help in our battle against cancer by inhibiting the growth of cancer cells. Red apples are a rich source of vitamin C, calcium, chlorine, fluorine, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, silicon, sodium and sulfur. They also contain trace minerals and are a valuable source of phytochemicals, lycopene and anthocyanins.