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SmartPak Recipe: Healthy Banana Horse Treats

Posted on: April 15, 2020 by SmartPak

During the quarantine, I’ve been spending a lot of time watching The Great British Baking Show, which in turn has inspired me to get in the kitchen and bake! It seems others are also feeling the inspiration as my social feeds have been filled with pictures of delicious banana bread. This is a favorite baking go-to for me (using my grandma’s recipe) and I thought it would be fun to create a healthy banana-based recipe that my horse could also enjoy. I hope you enjoy making these treats for your horse as much as I did, and that he or she enjoys eating them!

The finished products!


2 cups rolled oats
¾ cups oat flour
2 very ripe bananas
½ cup no sugar added apple sauce
2 tablespoons coconut oil
Ground cinnamon
3 teaspoons chia seeds (optional)
3 teaspoons hemp seed (optional

Everything is ready to go


Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Step 2: Mix the dry ingredients (oats, oat flour, a few dashes of ground cinnamon, a few dashes of salt) together. Also, add your optional ingredients. I added both chia seeds and hemp seeds. Flaxseed, shredded carrots or diced apple would also be great additions!

Dry ingredients ready to mix

Step 3: In a separate bowl mash 2 bananas with a fork, add the apple sauce and mix them together. I would suggest using bananas much riper than mine! Also, if you have a helper (such as my dog Anna), they may require a slice of banana.

Ripe bananas

Quality assurance team working hard!


Step 4: Add banana apple sauce mixture to your dry ingredients and mix.

Wet ingredients ready to mix

Step 5: Add coconut oil to the mixture. My coconut oil was solid, so I warmed it in the microwave until it was liquid.

Step 6: These treats work great in a mini muffin pan or also as a traditional cookie. If using a mini muffin pan, spray the pan with coconut oil before adding the treat mixture. If using a baking tray, line first with parchment paper. Add a scoop of treat mixture and press down with a fork. These cookies will not spread so it is fine to place them close together.

Spray your pan with a thin, even layer for best results

Looking good, just one missing piece

Step 7: Add an optional thin slice of banana to the tops of the treat mixture and press down.

These look ready to bake!

Nice thin slices are easiest to press into the mixture

Step 8: Bake for 30-40 minutes until the treats turn a golden-brown color.

Step 9: Share with your horse. (Keeper, my 4-year old OTTB, tested and approved!)

OTTB tested and approved!

-SmartPaker Emily

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