7 Horse Treats Without Molasses [Quick & Important Facts]

By Zunnun Ahmed •  Updated: 08/07/22 •  9 min read

Horses love sweets more than the kids!!!!

I’ve never understood why my horses love anything sweet more than kids. Sure, they get a treat now and then, but it’s nothing like the adoration that kids shower on their favorite candies.

After researching a little bit, I found out a fun fact……… Horses can have a sweet tooth too!!!!

But if your loved one is susceptible to laminitis or insulin-resistant, anything sweet like molasses won’t be a wise food choice as a pet owner for you.

But that doesn’t mean your horse has to sacrifice treats!!!! You can make crunchy and delicious treats without sugar. Here is how to make horse treats without molasses and make your cutie happy.

But first……..why should you avoid molasses in horse feed as an owner?

Yeah, a legit question. And the answer is you want the best for your horse, especially for health. In plain words, Molasses is not so good for your cutie’s health.

First, let me clarify what molasses actually is…….. Molasses is the refined version of sugar. What really matters, it is a high-calorie yet low-nutrient substance

But here is the problem……

It’s not great for horses because it contains high sugar levels and lacks many essential nutrients. Molasses also contains sorbitol, which can cause health problems like digestive problems, and weight gain for horses.

That’s not all…….Horses also may exhibit abnormal behavior such as agitation, aggression, and repetitive movements.

As an owner, you don’t want this, right?

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Ok, so what can I use instead of molasses for horse treats?

The good news is……

There are other options available, such as no molasses horse treats, that can be just as beneficial to your horse. First comes – Honey. Can you use honey instead of molasses for horses?

Yes, that’s the best substitute we came across. Honey is a natural sweetener that can be used as a substitute for molasses in horse feed. Why is honey good for horses?

Honey has a relatively smaller glycemic index than molasses, so it will release insulin gradually, preventing a spike in blood sugar. It is amazingly packed with minerals and vitamins, which will improve the health of horses.

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Here are some of the other options I use to make sweet treats for my horse……

A gentle reminder for you:
It is important to research each ingredient before using it as a horse treat replacement, as some may not be appropriate for horses.

3 No sugar horse treats recipes that your pony will absolutely love

Here is #3 Healthy horse treats recipe to prepare at home.

#1 No-diary horse treats with carrots (cue: its cookies)

Starting with the favorite treat of my horse (mine too!!!). I guess he just likes the carrot flavor. And why do I like it? It’s fun to make and, more importantly, doesn’t have to bake.

carrots for horse

Ingredients and measurement

Oats1 cup
Honey½ cup
Flour1 cup
Carrots1 large one
Cinnamon(Optional)Just a pinch


Isn’t that super simple????

Disclaimer: I used cinnamon as my horse is suffering from laminitis. Cinnamon is a magical spice that has been used to treat a variety of ailments-related issues in horses for decades. A little bit of this spice can help in reducing inflammation, improving gut health, and minimizing pain. 

#2. A crunchy date delight – Homemade treats for insulin-resistant horses

Surprised a little bit?

Yeah, I get it. But the thing is, just like human beings, horses can be insulin-resistant. And that’s why we are going to use dates instead of molasses. Wondering why dates?

Dates are high in carbohydrates, which can supply energy for horses. They are also high in fiber, which boosts their digestive function. In addition, dates are loaded with minerals and antioxidants that work for cell damage. Sounds great? Let’s jump to the procedure straight.

Ingredients and measurement

Dates8 to 10 
BananaA large one
Oat flour½ cup
Rolled oats½ cup
Vanilla extractA quarter teaspoon


  1. Step 1: First, wash the dates in tap water and let them soak in lukewarm water.
  2. Step 2: Drain the water after 15 minutes. You will see the dates get softened totally. And that’s what we are looking for.
  3. Step 3: Chop the dates into small pieces and keep them aside in a clean bowl. Take a large bowl and add all the ingredients and mix well with your hands
  4. Step 4: It’s time for baking!!!! Make tiny chunks; put them in a non-stick tray and leave them on the bake for the next 10 minutes.
  5. Step 5: After 10 minutes, take off the tray and flip the cookies to get the crunchy flavor on both sides. Put it in the oven again. After 5 minutes, the cookies are ready to enjoy.

#3 No-bake peanut butter bites- A perfect treat for a quick energy booster

Horses appreciate a good peanut butter treat just as much as the next horse owner. Here is a 3 simple step bites recipe your horse will love rolling around in the peanut butter goodness!

These easy-to-make treats are perfect for when you have a little bit of time and want to give your horse something special.

  1. Preparation Time: 5 minutes
  2. Cooking Time: 20 minutes in total
  3. Serves: 4-5 servings (will be 10-12 balls)

Ingredients and measurement

Oats1 cup
Smooth peanut butter1/2 cup 
Milk1/4 cup 


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Bonus 4 sugar-free safe treats recipe for your horse

# 1 Apple cookies

apples for horse

You will need:


Preheat the oven to 320 degrees F. Unroll the prepared baking sheet. Mix the butter and maple syrup with the flour, vanilla, and chopped apples in a bowl, then pour the dough onto the middle of the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle oats on the top. Bake for 12 minutes until golden. Let it cool for 5 minutes, and the cookies are ready to fulfill the sweet tooth of your pony.

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#2 Flaxseed horse muffins

You will need:


Grease a 12-hole muffin tray with cooking spray. In a small bowl, combine 2 cups of all-purpose flour with 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder and a pinch of salt. Beat the melted oil or butter until combined.

Whisk the all-purpose flour together with whole wheat flour and white flour in a bowl until just combined. Gradually put the flaxseed with the mixture until well combined. Add the fruits, then slowly pour the batter into the pan. Bake for 20 minutes. 

How to know it’s done? Press a toothpick inserted in the muffin, and it comes out clean. Allow muffins to cool for 5 minutes before serving.

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#3 Gingerbread treats

Gingerbread treats

You will need:


First, turn on the oven to Preheat to 320 degrees F. Take the baking dish and grease. In the meantime, combine honey, water, and oil in a bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together egg and ginger. Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and mix well. Add batter to the baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes until the bread gets fluffy.

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#4 Pop-tart

You will need:


Mix all the ingredients with your hand and squish them to make a dough. Now put the dough on a flour board and roll it into thin slices so you can cut it nicely. Cut the dough on the edge and cut them into pieces (rectangular shape). Place them on the baking sheet and squish them on the edge so we can give them the actual shape of a pop tart. 

Put them in the oven for 10 minutes at 320 degrees. The tarts are ready. To make it more colorful, brush some honey on the top and sprinkle some sprinkles for more fun when the cookies get cold.

Zunnun Ahmed

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