Wednesday, 12 August 2015
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{RECIPE} Puppuccino Style Doggy Hot 'Chocolate'

It is wintertime in our part of the world, and sometimes you just need a little extra indulgence to start the day off on the right paw. For our dogs, the sound of the coffee machine signals the potential to plead (cue puppy dog eyes) for a little bit of froth or perhaps some warm milk. If you feel like spoiling your pup, then perhaps a puppuccino style hot 'chocolate' is the perfect quick treat for a chilly morning, birthday breakfast, or just because! Bonus love if you pair it with a doggy croissant or other delicious dog treat.

Homemade dog-friendly carob hot 'chocolate'  puppuccino drinks

Carob is often used as a dog-friendly version of chocolate. Arguably, ready-made carob drops/chips (which can also be great for dog-friendly special treats - like these indulgent Easter dogolates) are rather similar, but for actual carob and cocoa powders the taste and nutrition profiles are quote different. In terms of dog-friendly cooking, carob is hands-down the way to go!  Chocolate contains a compound called theobromine which is toxic to dogs, and can also contain other doggy no-nos like caffeine, sugars, sweeteners, etc. Holidays, such as Christmas, Easter, and Halloween when there are lots of human goodies can be very dangerous times for dogs, so always keep human goodies out of reach! Carob is naturally sweet and flavoursome  - it smells a lot like chocolate, but I find it tastes a little different with a slightly nutty spicy zing. Pure carob powder is high in fibre and anti-oxidants, low-fat, low-calorie, and free from gluten, lactose, and caffeine. Pawesome!


Puppuccino Style Carob Dog-Friendly Hot 'Chocolate'


🥄 Treat Ingredients:

Milk
Water (optional)
Carob powder

Volumes can be whatever you wish, vary based upon your dog(s) and personal preferences.

🥄 Making the Treats: 

Heat and (optional) froth the milk.  Pour the majority of the milk into single serving bowls retaining some of your froth, add cool water to dilute and adjust temperature (serve warm, but not hot).

Stir in a small amount of carob powder, top with remaining froth, sprinkle with a dash of extra carob powder (optional) and serve. 


Tips and Tricks:
  • Froth, froth, froth. It is our dogs' favourite part. They often have these puppuccinos sans carob.
  • A little carob powder goes a long way! A tiny dash is enough to add a great hint of carob to the drinks.  If you can't get carob powder, you can melt and mix carob drops for a similar effect.
  • We use low-fat lactose free milk for our dogs; however, if your dog is sensitive to dairy including lactose free options, unsweetened coconut milk or straight water may be alternatives. 
  • This can also be made and served cool if it is too warm for hot 'chocolate', or even as made a smoothie-style slushy on an extra hot day.
  • Different carob products may be stronger/weaker in smell and flavour. My go-to carob powder is quite potent.  Not sure about yours?  You can probably get a very good sense from the smell, but don't be shy to try a little taste taste. It's pretty delicious...you might even get hooked!  Adjust quantities if/as needed to suit your supply and tastes.
  • Not into carob? Try a simple fluffy puppuccino for dogs instead.

    🦴 Hungry for more tasty treats?  You can explore from our treat navigation page, hop straight into our homemade dog treat ideas in the blog archives, search the blog from our sidebar, or use the labels below this post to find other recipes that might be of interest. Remember, treats (bought or homemade) are for spoiling your pup in moderation. We share ideas here from treats that we make ourselves for our pets, but different animals will have different preferences (likes/dislikes) and dietary needs. Some pets may have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies/intolerances. If you are ever in doubt or have questions about what's suitable for your pet, have a chat with your trusted vet.

    2 comments:

    1. Where can you buy carob powder?

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      1. Hi there! If you're lucky, you will be able to find it in the baking section of your local grocery store. For many folks, self included, it isn't a grocery store item but fortunately many natural, health, organic, or bulk baking shops (local or online) will stock carob powder. Big suppliers such as Amazon sell it as well.

        I buy my unsweetened carob powder through a local organic and wholefoods supplier. It is very affordable and lasts a LONG time - it's potent stuff so a little goes a long way. I use the same carob powder for human cooking too. :) Hope that helps!

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