Red Heart Shaped Horse Treats (with beetroot)
Enjoy Valentine’s Day with heart shaped horse treats. Their rich red color comes from fresh beetroot and a recipe designed to preserve their natural color when baking.
Servings Prep Time
100pieces (about) 20minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
2-3hours 4-8hours (overnight)
Servings Prep Time
100pieces (about) 20minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
2-3hours 4-8hours (overnight)
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Prepare the beet. Slice the beetroot 1/4 inch thick and boil for about 10 minutes in water until softened. Set aside to cool.
  2. Working in batches, grind the oats in a food processor or blender to make a powdery flour. Place the ground oats in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add the flaxseed meal, cinnamon, salt, baking soda and stir into the oat flour.
  4. In a blender or food processor, add the beetroot with the cooking water, lemon juice and ginger and blend until smooth.
  5. Add the beet mixture to the oatmeal mixture. Stir in oil and honey to form a soft dough.
  6. Add the fennel seeds and mix until incorporated.
Form the hearts
  1. Roll pieces of dough into logs about 1/4 inch thick and 2 inches long. Pinch them apart in the middle and lay the pieces side by side. Gently push and roll the pinched ends together to form the bottom of the heart. The free ends will curve out to form a heart-like shape.
  2. Place treats on 2 cookie sheets lined with parchment
  3. Bake at 225-degrees for 40 minutes. Rotate sheets front to back and top to bottom. Bake another 40 minutes. Rotate sheets again and bake another 30-40 minutes.
  4. Test for doneness by taking one treat out to cool. When it becomes firm and almost completely dry when broken after cooling, turn off the heat. Leave the remaining to cool in the oven for 4 hours or overnight.
  5. Store in an airtight container out of sunlight. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

2-inch beetroot A two-inch beet is enough to color dozens of horse treat valentines.