Friday, December 25, 2009

Gelatin-free homemade horse treats

Last year I had to look and look for peppermint horse treats that didn't include candy in the recipe. Aside from the concerns about giving horses candy, peppermints are often made with gelatin, which is an animal product made of ground hooves and bones. Since my horse is by nature a vegetarian, I didn't want to be feeding him that kind of thing.

So I found this recipe for peppermint horse treats that uses peppermint extract instead of crushed candy. The recipe as it was originally written was a bit dry, so I found it worked better with a little extra water to make the balls stick together a bit better.

If you have any time on Christmas Day, make some peppermint horse treats. Your horse will love you for it!

Panama's Preferred Peppermints

1 cup flour
1 cup Grape Nuts cereal
ΒΌ cup light corn syrup (Karo)
½ cup water
2 TBS oil
1 TBS peppermint extract

Combine everything in a bowl and mix well. Shape into balls with your fingers or two spoons and bake 15 to 20 minutes at 350. Treats won't turn brown on the top, but should be slightly crispy when finished.

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