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How to “Brew” 3 Barista-Style Fall Drinks for Dogs

Come fall, we love sipping on those warm, yummy seasonal beverages from our favorite cafés. And since we share everything (like, everything) with our dogs, we had to ask ourselves, “Why shouldn’t they be able to enjoy this beloved—and delicious!—fall pastime, too?” With these three DIY dog treat recipes that make seasonal café-inspired beverages safe for canine consumption, we made it possible to share your favorite flavors of fall with your pup!

Play barista and “brew” this trio of lickable, dog-safe and coffee-free drinks (remember, caffeine is a no-no for doggos). Created by recipe developer, cookbook author and food blogger Alison Lewis, the Carrot-Maple Latte and Not-So-Salted Mocha Latte are inspired by maple pecan lattes and salted caramel mocha lattes, respectively. Both boast those fall flavorings you love, but with all dog-friendly ingredients: For instance, we swapped out that super sugary caramel swirl for a peanut butter drizzle. Your pup is pretty much guaranteed to demand a refill!

The final beverage on the menu is a canine-safe spin on the classic pumpkin spice latte, previously dreamed up by Kevyn Matthews of The Dog Chef. While it’s caffeine-free of course, it is chock-full of pure pumpkin puree, which can help regulate doggy digestion and maintain healthy skin and coat. As if you needed another reason to love PSLs!

Ready to share some sips and licks? Celebrate the start of sweater weather by grabbing your own autumn-flavored pick-me-up and then mixing up one of these barista-inspired DIY dog treat recipes.

Carrot-Maple Latte

What you'll need:

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Ingredients

Note: This recipe does not contain any coffee or caffeine. DO NOT give your dog any coffee.

  • 3/4 cup puree cooked carrots (Sweet potatoes can be substituted for carrots. If you don’t want to puree your own carrots, you can substitute all-natural jarred baby food.)

  • 1/4 cup cooked and cooled oatmeal
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup all-natural low-sodium chicken broth (without garlic and onions, which are toxic to dogs)
  • Ground cinnamon and organic whipped cream, if desired (Do not use sugar-free whipped cream as it may contain xylitol, which is toxic to dogs.)

Supplies

  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Small to medium-size mixing bowl
  • Small whisk
  • Serving cups or dog bowl

Yield:
2 drinks

Serving size:
1 drink

Prep time:
10 minutes

Total time:
10 minutes


Instructions

1

In a mixing bowl, whisk together carrots, oatmeal and maple syrup.

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2

Add broth, stirring well until all of the ingredients are incorporated.

Tip: Start with only 1/3 cup of the broth and stir until desired thickness. You may only need 1/3 cup rather than 1/2 cup, depending on how thin or thick you want your pup’s drink to be.

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3

Pour into a cup or bowl and top with whipped cream and cinnamon, if desired.

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Not-So-Salted “Mocha” Latte

What you'll need:

DIY Dog Treat

Ingredients

Note: This recipe does not contain any coffee or caffeine. DO NOT give your dog any coffee.

  • 1 tablespoon liquid coconut oil or 1 tablespoon melted and cooled coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup, divided (This can be lessened to 1 tablespoon, divided, if your dog is sensitive to sugars.)
  • 2 teaspoons all-natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup low-sodium organic beef broth (without garlic and onions, which are toxic to dogs)
  • 1 tablespoon carob powder
  • Crushed dog biscuits or no-salt pretzels and organic whipped cream, if desired (Do not use sugar-free whipped cream as it may contain xylitol, which is toxic to dogs.)

Supplies

  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Small glass bowl
  • Small whisk
  • Serving cups or dog bowl

Yield:
2 drinks

Serving size:
1 drink

Prep time:
15 minutes

Total time:
15 minutes


Instructions

For the caramel-inspired, peanut butter drizzle:

1

In a small glass bowl or measuring cup, whisk together coconut oil and half your maple syrup.

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2

Add peanut butter and cinnamon.

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3

Whisk for 30 seconds or until fully incorporated and smooth.

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For the mocha-inspired, carob base:

1

In another small bowl, whisk together beef broth, carob powder and the remaining maple syrup.

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2

Pour into a cup or bowl.

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3

Top with whipped cream, if desired, and drizzle with the peanut butter mixture.

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4

Garnish with crushed pretzel or dog biscuits.

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Pumpkin Spice Latte

What you'll need:

DIY Dog Treat

Ingredients

Note: This recipe does not contain any coffee or caffeine. DO NOT give your dog any coffee.

  • 1/2 cup pure canned pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup all-natural low-sodium chicken broth (without garlic and onions, which are toxic to dogs)
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon plain yogurt
  • Several ice cubes
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • 1 Petite Greenies Pumpkin Spice Latte Dental Treat and organic whipped cream, if desired (Do not use sugar-free whipped cream as it may contain xylitol, which is toxic to dogs.)

Supplies

  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Cocktail shaker
  • Serving cups or dog bowl

Yield:
2 drinks

Serving size:
1 drink

Prep time:
15 minutes

Total time:
15 minutes


Instructions

1

Add ice, chicken broth and pumpkin to the shaker.

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2

Shake.

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3

Add 1/4 cup yogurt to the shaker.

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4

Shake again.

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5

Strain into a cup or bowl.

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6

Add 1 tablespoon of yogurt and a dash of cinnamon.

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7

Top with whipped cream.

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These recipes were reviewed by a veterinarian. They are intended as a treat or snack. Treats should only constitute a small percentage of your dog’s daily food. Feeding too many treats can lead to nutrient deficiencies. If your pet has health issues (including sensitivities to fats) or if you have any concerns, consult your pet’s veterinarian before offering these food items.

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By: Jamie Cuccinelli, Web Editor for Pet Central

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