A ‘pup-kin’ latte

One obsession you may be bringing into the new year is pumpkin-spiced lattes.

It’s certainly a tasty treat to wake up to on New Year’s Day, but I’ve added something really special to go with your beverage – a healthful latte for your pooch. Yes, he or she can slurp and savor right along with you.

Because dogs don’t digest dairy very well, my recipe lists coconut milk – which is OK for dogs.

The American Kennel Club says that coconut milk can strengthen their immune system by fighting off viruses and can also help with bad breath and clearing up skin conditions like hot spots, flea allergies and itchy skin.

Also, the fiber in canned pumpkin has proven to benefit dogs’ digestive tracts. But all things in moderation: small servings are best.

Happy New Year! Here’s to a latte great times for you in 2018!

Homemade Pumpkin Spiced Latte

(Makes two drinks)

Ingredients:

2 cups milk of any kind

2 heaping tablespoons pumpkin puree

2-3 tablespoons honey, maple syrup or sugar

1/2 cup strong hot coffee

1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, plus more for serving

Whipped cream for topping

Directions:

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine milk, pumpkin puree and honey, syrup or sugar. Cook until hot but not boiling.

Remove from heat and whisk in coffee, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla and pumpkin pie spice. Pour into two mugs.

Spoon whipped cream over top. Sprinkle with a small amount of pumpkin pie spice. Enjoy!

Don’t have pumpkin spice mix?

Here’s how to make it!

Mix Together:

3 tablespoons cinnamon

2 teaspoons ginger

2 teaspoons nutmeg

1 1/2 teaspoon allspice

Pup-kin Latte

Ingredients:

1 can (13.5 fl oz) coconut milk, cream from top separated

1 cup organic pumpkin puree

1 small pumpkin, halved and seeds scooped out for serving

Directions:

Remove cream from top of can of coconut milk. Place in small bowl and whip to thicken.

In a blender, combine coconut milk and pumpkin puree.  

Pour into pumpkin bowl. Spoon whipped coconut cream on top.

Let puppy enjoy! (In moderation!)

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