Happy Belly Cookies * Dehydrated horse treats
the perfect Treats for horses with sensitive stomachs
When I was creating this dehydrated horse treat recipe I specifically chose to use ingredients that were easy to digest and beneficial to the good bacteria in your horse’s system. Happy Belly Cookies also have no added sugar, which can be very hard on horses with sensitive stomachs.
So what makes them so digestively friendly? Having a base of bananas means they provide potassium, magnesium, B6, and a good source of fiber, which help with soothing the stomach and feeling satiated. Apple cider vinegar is great at cleansing the system. By using sprouted wheat flour* instead of refined white flour we get the added benefits of added enzymes that are released during sprouting and better absorption of calcium and magnesium which are important for horses with sensitive digestive tracts. It’s also great for making homemade muffins (for humans or in my case for humans to share with their horses ;-)). You can find it here.*
Depending on how large your bananas are you may have to add slightly more liquid or slightly more flour to get the batter to mix evenly and stay thick enough to spoon onto the tray. Using real food we get lots of practice improvising and tweaking.
Finished batter should look a lot like banana pancakes. You can also add ginger and cinnamon if your horse likes a little added spice, both help with digestion as long as they are in small doses.
I spooned them onto the ParaFlexx* sheets in small bite sized cookies so I would have more to use for rewards. No need to worry about them spreading you can place them pretty close together. Dehydrator cookies come out pretty close to the same way they went in.
Adding a few pumpkin seeds on top not only looks pretty but they are great for digestion as well. They help horses feel full and they’re high in magnesium and fiber.
Yum! When they are done they smell just like banana bread.
Happy Belly Cookies
Mash the banana first in a mixing bowl then add other ingredients except for pumpkin seeds. Mix till its the texture of pancake batter. Spoon onto drying sheets on your dehydrator trays. It works best to make smaller treats about the size of a quarter. Top with pumpkin seeds. Dehydrate at 115 degrees for five hours then remove them from the drying sheet and dry another 3 hours directly on the tray. *Note drying times may vary based on the type of dehydrator you use and how much stuff you are drying at once so it’s best to check them every few hours. You can feed them right away or the extras can be stored in an airtight container. If they come out a bit soft you can store them in the fridge to be sure they won’t mold since they don’t have preservatives.