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Chex Mix Puppy Chow

Chex Mix Puppy Chow is the BEST. What else can be said? 4 ingredients. 5 minutes. Totally delicious!

This is chex mix puppy chow. There is chex cereal coated with peanut butter and chocolate, along with white powdered sugar.

Chex mix puppy chow

Chex Mix Puppy Chow is a delicious treat that has been around for years. It involves coating Chex Mix cereal in chocolate, peanut butter, and powdered sugar. It takes about 15 minutes to make from start to finish, and it's SO delicious. It's one of those treats where you can't keep your hands out of the bowl!

Why is it called puppy chow?

Whether you call it "puppy chow" or "muddy buddies," you're thinking of the exact same delicious recipe. I grew up calling this recipe "puppy chow" which I have recently learned is because the look of this dish closely resembles dog food. I will say I have a memory of my mom making this for us kids, putting in a bowl on the floor, and us acting like dogs to eat it.....

Puppy chow or muddy buddies?

Needless to say, I'm a puppy chow gal. Muddy buddies is great, but it doesn't feel right to call it that!

Healthy puppy chow

Let me start by clarifying what I mean when I classify this as a healthier puppy chow recipe. What I mean by healthier is that there's less of the standard ingredients -- there isn't any protein, fruits, or veggies!

This recipe still uses the same four classic ingredients (Chex cereal, chocolate, peanut butter, and powdered sugar), however there are a few variations. I use less of each ingredient, substitute milk for dark chocolate, and don't use butter.

I guarantee you this healthier puppy chow recipe tastes just as good, if not better, than the standard!

This is chex mix puppy chow. There is chex cereal coated with peanut butter and chocolate, along with white powdered sugar.

What ingredients do I need?

  • Dark chocolate chips - I LOVE dark chocolate. Not only is it rich in antioxidants and nutrients, BUT it tastes delicious.
  • Peanut butter - Almost as much as I love dark chocolate do I love peanut butter. It's creamy, tasty, and packed with protein and healthy fats. The peanut butter and chocolate will get melted and mixed together for the coating!
  • Chex cereal - The Chex cereal is the star of the show. It's the crunchy squares that will be coated in the delicious peanut butter-chocolate coating and powdered sugar.
  • Powdered sugar - If you've seen a picture of puppy chow, you will immediately notice it's covered in white, which is the powdered sugar!

What substitutions can I make?

There are a few substitutions you can make for this recipe.

  • Dark chocolate chips - I LOVE dark chocolate, but you can totally use milk chocolate (which is what the standard recipes use).
  • Peanut butter - While most puppy chow recipes use peanut butter, you can use any kind of nut butter. Almond, cashew, or sunflower will work just fine.
  • Chex cereal - The Chex cereal is the star of the Chex Mix Puppy Chow show. I would NOT substitute this ingredient.
  • Powdered sugar - I would not make substitutions for this ingredient!

What makes this healthy puppy chow?

Each person has their own definition of healthy, and this recipe is healthy for me! This recipe has a balance of carbohydrates, protein, and fat. This chex mix puppy chow is lightened-up by using dark chocolate, less peanut butter and chocolate, and no butter. The recipe is definitely a dessert recipe, but uses simple ingredients and is more nutritious for me compared to similar recipes. I love that this tastes so delicious and is something I can easily make right in my own home! Plus, when I make this recipe for family or friends, they can never tell it's made with healthier ingredients.

How long does it take to make this recipe?

This recipe takes about 10 minutes to make. This is a one-bowl recipe so you’ll need to dump all of your ingredients into one large bowl and stir! The hardest part of this recipe will be stirring everything until it’s completely mixed. This recipe is also no-bake, so no oven required. The only “cooking” is the time when the chocolate and peanut butter are melted in the microwave. Trust me, this recipe is so quick and easy!

How do I make chex mix puppy chow?

Alright, here's how easy it is to make Chex Mix Puppy Chow.

  • Place the cereal in a large mixing bowl.
  • Combine the peanut butter and chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Heat in the microwave, stirring every 30 second seconds until completely melted. Mix well.
  • Pour the melted peanut butter and chocolate mixture over the cereal. Stir gently (careful not to crumble the cereal) until the cereal is coated.
  • Place the powdered sugar in a gallon-sized bag.
  • Add the coated cereal into the bag. Shake well until covered with powdered sugar.
  • Dump the puppy chow into a bowl.
  • Enjoy!

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This is chex mix puppy chow. There is chex cereal coated with peanut butter and chocolate, along with white powdered sugar.
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Chex Mix Puppy Chow

Chex Mix Puppy Chow is the BEST. This recipe has 4 ingredients, is lightened-up, and totally delicious!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas, christmas puppy chow, puppy chow
Servings: 12
Calories: 200kcal
Author: Jordan Smith

Equipment

  • Mixing Bowl
  • Mixing spoon

Ingredients

  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • 5 cups chex cereal
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  • Place the cereal in a large mixing bowl.
  • Combine the peanut butter and chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Heat in the microwave, stirring every 30 second seconds until completely melted. Mix well.
  • Pour the melted peanut butter and chocolate mixture over the cereal. Stir gently (careful not to crumble the cereal) until the cereal is coated.
  • Place the powdered sugar in a gallon-sized bag.
  • Add the coated cereal into the bag. Shake well until covered with powdered sugar.
  • Dump the puppy chow into a bowl.
  • Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 200kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 180mg | Potassium: 178mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 275IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 8mg
Recipe Rating




Michelle Hudson

Thursday 1st of July 2021

So easy, delicious and always a crowd pleaser!