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Dog Hot Cocoa Recipe

Rich, creamy and totally dog friendly. Your dogs will thank you for this dog friendly hot chocolate recipe after a cold winter walk! (Gluten free, dairy free, chocolate free)
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Course Dessert, Drinks
Servings 2 servings


  • 1 cup milk see notes for dog friendly dairy free alternatives
  • 1 tbsp carob powder
  • 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup


  • Heat the milk, carob powder, and sweetener on low heat. Whisk occasionally until mixture is smooth. Heat until warm, remove from heat. Stir in any additional add ins if using. (see notes)
  • Spoon mixture into bowls and top with additional toppings if desired. (see notes)


Makes two ½ cup servings or four ¼ cup servings.


Does your dog tolerate cows milk? Most dogs have a rough time with it and it's not recommended to feed your dog cows milk. A few tablespoons here and there isn't bad depending on your dogs size, but generally it has not been recommended to consume in larger quantities. But there are plenty of great dog friendly dairy free milk options!
  • Coconut Milk: If you want your dog to have a delicious, thick and creamy flavor to their cocoa, try using coconut milk. It's thick and creamy and dogs will love the rich flavor addition! You can use lite or full fat coconut milk and even coconut creamer.
  • Other Milk Alternatives: Additionally, it is considered safe for most dogs to have rice milk, oat milk or flax milk. You are welcome to use some of the dairy free creamers too...just make sure to check ingredients! Almond milk and soy milk are considered safe as well, but almond milk is recommended in small doses and soy is noted as being one of the top allergens in dogs.
  • Water: You can even use water for our hot cocoa recipe if you would like.


Since dogs can't have chocolate, we recommend using carob powder to mix in. We found our carob powder at Whole Foods but you can also find it online too!

Can Dogs Have?

Can Dogs Have Marshmallows?
While there is nothing that is harmful for dogs to have in marshmallows, there is also nothing very healthy in marshmallows that will benefit your dog. So it's not recommended for dogs to have marshmallows. But a few probably won't hurt.
Are Sprinkles Okay for Dogs?
A few sprinkles on top of your dogs hot cocoa shouldn't hurt.
Can Dogs Have Whipped Cream?
A dollop of whip cream on top probably won't hurt your dog either but if your dog has issues with dairy than you will probably want to omit it even if they give you puppy dog eyes!
Peanut Butter Chips
Dogs can have a few peanut butter chips like the Reese's peanut butter chips, but check the ingredients to make sure it doesn't contain xylitol or any other ingredients that your dog might be allergic to.

Add Ins

To add a little variety to your dogs hot cocoa, try adding in some additional flavors!
  • Pumpkin: Add a teaspoon or two of pumpkin puree to your dogs hot cocoa!
  • Peanut Butter: Stir in a teaspoon or two to your dogs hot cocoa. Your peanut butter lovin' dog will thank you!
  • Apple: Add a tablespoon of plain applesauce for some fall flavor!


Store additional hot cocoa in an airtight container for several days (3-5 days)
Keyword dairy free, dog, gluten free