This Dog-Friendly Hot Chocolate Will Keep Your Pup Warm This Winter

Thanks to all-natural carob powder, a dog-friendly hot chocolate does exist! And it is super easy to make. Check out the recipe below.

dog-friendly hot chocolate and plate of homemade dog treat cookies

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Discovering Carob: The Dog-Friendly Chocolate

When I first stumbled upon carob powder, I knew it was a game-changer. Unlike chocolate, it’s safe for dogs, making it a stellar substitute.

Carob powder comes from the bean of the carob tree and it’s packed with fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

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As you probably already know, chocolate spells danger for our furry friends. Theobromine, present in chocolate, is toxic to them.

Thanks to carob’s similar taste and texture to chocolate, though, it is possible for our pups to indulge in chocolate drinks and treats!

With the cold weather, I had been brainstorming hot drink recipes that I could share with my pups. I couldn’t be happier with the results (and Phoebe, Franklin, and Froda agree)!

mixed breed dog looking at mug of dog-friendly hot chocolate

Ingredients

The star of the show here is 100% carob powder. With this one little ingredient, the classic winter drink suddenly becomes possible for pups to enjoy!

  • 1/2 tsp carob power
  • 1/2 water
  • Whipped cream (optional)
ingredients for dog-friendly hot chocolate

Xtra Health Tip: Always check with your veterinarian before introducing new foods. Like people, all dogs are different, and their tolerance for these ingredients depends on numerous factors including age, allergies, health conditions, and more.

Carob Powder

Carob powder is a dog-friendly alternative to chocolate and offers a sweet flavor that dogs tend to enjoy. It contains nutrients such as fiber, calcium, and phosphorus, providing a tasty treat with potential digestive benefits.

The other good news is that it is very easy to find, including on Amazon where there are numerous all-natural options like the one I used.

Water

Here is an easy ingredient that is already an essential part of your dog’s everyday life.

Whipped Cream

Traditional whipped cream has calcium, beneficial for their bones. Check out my homemade recipe to avoid any unnecessary ingredients and preservatives.

Watch for signs of lactose intolerance in your dog. Symptoms like gas and diarrhea mean you should skip this ingredient.

Finally, keep in mind that moderation is key. Too much cream adds unnecessary calories to your dog’s diet. Aim for a dollop to make the treat special without overdoing it. A little goes a long way!

homemade whipped cream

Supplies

Only very basic supplies are needed for this simple and delightful recipe for dog-friendly hot chocolate!

  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoon

How to Make Dog-Friendly Hot Chocolate

Step 1: Heat the Water

Heat 1/2 cup of water in a heat-resistant mug or bowl. The water should be warm but not too hot to touch.

Step 2: Mix in the Carob

Stir in 1/2 tablespoon of 100% carob powder gradually to avoid lumps. The carob should blend smoothly into the warm water.

carob powder in mug to make dog-friendly hot chocolate

Step 3: Top with Whipped Cream

Before you go any further, make sure the mix isn’t too hot. It’s better to err on the cooler side for safety.

After the temperature check, spoon a dollop of homemade whipped cream on top. But, if your dog can’t handle lactose, skip this step.

mugs of dog-friendly hot chocolate topped with whipped cream

Step 4: Find a Carpet-Free Zone

As liquid is involved, things can get a bit messy! Make sure to serve this dog-friendly hot chocolate in a dog-safe cup or bowl on a surface that can be cleaned up easily (e.g. avoid your carpet).

mixed pug dog drinking mug of dog-friendly hot chocolate

Xtra Health Tip: Whenever serving treats, remember the 90/10 rule. At least 90% of your pup’s daily calories should come from balanced meals, leaving no more than 10% for the fun stuff.

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Customizing Your Pup’s Hot Chocolate Drink

Think of this recipe as a base for unlocking dog-friendly hot chocolate into your pup’s life!

To keep things as simple and low-calory as possible, I opted for water in this recipe. However, you can experiment with non-dairy milk, such as almond, coconut, or oat milk.

Just consider the extra calories and adjust the serving size accordingly.

Also, be aware that some recipes you’ll find online suggest adding cinnamon. While very small amounts are ok, even as little as a teaspoon can be dangerous to dogs and can irritate the mouth or stomach, as well as cause low blood sugar or even liver disease.

So for safety, I prefer to exclude this ingredient entirely.

If you are looking for another addition to this drink, you can add a tiny amount of honey.

But, likely this treat is unlike anything your dog has had before, so it will be pawsitively delightful without any extras!

mini dapple dachshund dog looking at mug of dog-friendly hot chocolate

Dog-Friendly Hot Chocolate

mugs of dog-friendly hot chocolate topped with whipped cream

Dog-Friendly Hot Chocolate

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • ½ tbsp carob power
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tbsp whipped cream

Instructions

  1. Warm ½ cup of water (ensure it is not too hot to the touch).
  2. Stir in ½ tablespoon of carob powder.
  3. Optionally, top with a dollop of all-natural whipped cream before serving.

Notes

Note that this treat can get a bit messy, so let your pup enjoy the drink on a surface that can be easily cleaned.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 28Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 9mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 0g

Nutrition information is an approximation.

FAQs: Dog-Friendly Hot Chocolate

Can dogs have hot chocolate?

Traditional hot chocolate is a no-go for dogs. It includes theobromine which is toxic to them. Carob powder provides a dog-safe alternative.

Can my dog have this if they have a sensitive stomach?

This dog-friendly hot chocolate is made with simple, dog-friendly ingredients. But, introduce it slowly to your dog’s diet. Monitor for any adverse reaction.

And, if your dog is lactose-intolerant, skip the whipped cream topping.

Is carob really safe for dogs, and is it similar to chocolate?

Carob powder is a dog-safe alternative to chocolate. It contains no theobromine, which is the ingredient in chocolate that is harmful to dogs. Still, it should be given in moderation.

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