Healthy Dark Chocolate "Puppy Chow"

Healthy Dark Chocolate "Puppy Chow"

1 Review
From:, October 2017

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!

Ingredients 20 servings

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  • 5 cups whole-grain cereal squares
  • 2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips
  • ⅓ cup smooth natural peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar


  • Prep

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  1. Line a baking sheet with wax paper or a nonstick baking mat. Place cereal in a large bowl.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 information

  • Serving size: ⅓ cup
  • Per serving: 187 calories; 9 g fat(4 g sat); 4 g fiber; 29 g carbohydrates; 4 g protein; 224 mcg folate; 0 cholesterol; 13 g sugars; 13 g added sugars; 167 IU vitamin A; 2 mg vitamin C; 33 mg calcium; 5 mg iron; 103 mg sodium; 59 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Folate (56% daily value), Iron (28% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 1 other carbohydrate, 1 starch, ½ fat

Reviews 1

December 14, 2018
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By: Leah Verkade Martonosi
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.
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