In the Midwest, puppy chow is a childhood staple! We can't remember a single swim meet, tennis match, or soccer game without a huge bowl of puppy chow sitting on the sidelines. This vegan puppy chow is super easy to make and just as delicious as the traditional chocolate, peanut butter, and powdered sugar recipe!
This recipe was originally posted on February 1, 2014 and updated on August 26, 2019.
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WHAT IS PUPPY CHOW?
True story, I was going to a spontaneous neighborhood happy hour a few weeks ago and told my friend that I only had puppy chow to bring.
She was SO confused and asked if I had lost my mind. She actually thought I was going to bring dog kibble!! LOL!!
It surprised me that she had never heard of it before, I mean, where has she been living?
After I finished laughing, I explained that it's a delicious chocolate peanut butter cereal snack.
Puppy chow, aka muddy buddies, is traditionally a peanut butter and chocolate Chex Mix recipe tossed in powdered sugar.
It's a crunchy sweet snack that kids and adults love snacking on.
Now that we've made a gluten-free and dairy-free muddy buddies recipe (I'm going to use both names since people in different regions call it one or the other), almost anyone can enjoy them.
WHAT MAKES TRADITIONAL PUPPY CHOW NOT VEGAN?
- Butter - The first vegan replacement on the list is finding a vegan butter! This recipe is open to a variety of vegan butters. We've found that different vegan butter replacements have different consistencies and each work in different ways! Here you have the opportunity to use any vegan butter you like. We've tested all the big ones and all of them work great!
- Chocolate Chips - When we first went vegan we were shocked at how many chocolate chips weren't vegan! Dairy tends to sneak its way into a lot of unsuspecting products and can easily sneak up on anyone not willing to read the fine print. However, we've found so many awesome vegan chocolate chips to use in our vegan puppy chow! Here are some of our favorites!
- Powdered Sugar - Certain sugars contain bone char. Here is a list of sugars that don't!
HOW DO I MAKE THIS PUPPY CHOW FOR HUMANS RECIPE?
- Microwave the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and vegan butter all together in one bowl (microwave for 30 sec increments until it is completely combined and smooth)
- Put the cereal in a separate bowl
- Pour the chocolate-peanut butter mixture over the cereal and mix
- Separate the cereal into two separate gallon re-sealable bags
- Start with 1/3 cup of powdered sugar in each bag and shake (if not white yet, keep adding sugar until desired appearance)
HOW DO I STORE PUPPY CHOW?
Store it in a clean mason jar or dish and cover. It should be kept in the refrigerator and will last for 5 days.
You can also freeze it in a freezer safe container for up to 3 months.
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Vegan Puppy Chow
- 7 cups of a chex-like cereal choose rice or corn to make it gluten-free
- 1 cup vegan chocolate chips
- ½ cup peanut butter
- ½ cup vegan butter
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1-2 cups powdered sugar
- Microwave the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and vegan butter all together in one bowl (microwave for 30 sec increments until it is completely combined and smooth). Stir in the vanilla extract.
- Put the cereal in a separate bowl.
- Pour the chocolate-peanut butter mixture over the cereal and mix.
- Separate the cereal into two separate gallon re-sealable bags.
- Start with 1/3 cup of powdered sugar in each bag and shake (if not white yet, keep adding sugar until desired appearance).