Crunchy, sweet, salty ... healthy?! Yes, indeed. We gave this classic sweet treat, also called muddy buddies, a grown-up makeover using whole-grain cereal and dark chocolate. Dig in!

Hilary Meyer
Source:, October 2017


Recipe Summary

10 mins
40 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Line a baking sheet with wax paper or a nonstick baking mat. Place cereal in a large bowl.

  • Heat chocolate chips in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until melted. Add peanut butter and stir to combine. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour the mixture over the cereal; gently stir until evenly coated. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet and spread in an even layer. Refrigerate until the chocolate has hardened, about 30 minutes.

  • Gently break the puppy chow into bite-size pieces. Place the confectioners' sugar in a fine-mesh sieve and sprinkle over the mixture. Toss to coat.


To make ahead: Store at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Facts

187 calories; protein 3.5g 7% DV; carbohydrates 28.7g 9% DV; dietary fiber 4.3g 17% DV; sugars 12.6g; fat 9.3g 14% DV; saturated fat 4.1g 20% DV; vitamin a iu 166.7IU 3% DV; vitamin c 2mg 3% DV; folate 224.5mcg 56% DV; calcium 33.5mg 3% DV; iron 4.8mg 27% DV; magnesium 13.4mg 5% DV; potassium 58.8mg 2% DV; sodium 103.2mg 4% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 13% DV; added sugar 13g.

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You do not have a good recipe to make puppy chow because of the ingredients that should not be included. Vanilla extract causes the melted chocolate to harden. I tried making it twice thinking maybe I did something wrong. It is in fact your recipe. It does not make puppy chow possible to make. You need to remove vanilla extract from your recipe. Read More