This vegan puppy chow is an instant family favorite, and it takes no time at all to prepare!
Growing up, puppy chow was one of my all-time favorite snacks. I can distinctly remember trying it for the first time in elementary school, and I was immediately hooked! Be careful, though—it is incredibly addicting, and there is no going back once you've tried it for the first time.
Now, here comes the real debate: what do you call it?
Apparently calling it puppy chow is more of a Midwestern thing, while some other people call it muddy buddies. Whatever it's called, I can assure you this recipe is absolutely delicious and an instant family favorite.
Let me show you how to make this vegan puppy chow!
Ingredients for This Recipe
Here are the main ingredients you need to make this recipe:
- Vegan butter — Personally, I like to use the Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks to make this recipe, and it works great. However, you can use any brand of vegan butter that you like.
- Vegan chocolate chips — Once again, feel free to use whatever brand of chocolate chips you prefer. I opted for the Enjoy Life version, and I love the flavor it brings to this recipe. I prefer to use a chocolate that is a bit less sweet since you are already getting so much sweetness from the powdered sugar.
- Peanut butter — This part is totally up to you. Use your favorite peanut butter, or swap it out for almond or cashew butter.
- Chex rice cereal — In my opinion, Chex is the way to go when making puppy chow. I used the Rice Cereal version, but you could always try out some of their other flavors. If you don't have Chex, feel free to use any other related cereal, but the puppy chow might look a bit different in the end.
- Powdered sugar — As the finishing touch for this recipe, powdered sugar provides the beautiful color and extra sweetness to the puppy chow.
Tips for Making This Puppy Chow
Here are a few tips to get perfect vegan puppy chow every time:
- Microwave the butter, chocolate chips, and peanut butter in 30-second increments. After 30 seconds, give everything a quick stir, then continue microwaving until the mixture is fully melted. This will help prevent any burning.
- Use a Ziploc bag to evenly coat the puppy chow with powdered sugar. If you try and do this in a bowl, the powdered sugar might get all over your clothes. Trust me. If you don't have a Ziploc bag, you could also try doing this in a Tupperware container.
- Store the puppy chow in the fridge to let it firm up. I also like to store the puppy chow in the fridge in general, and I find that I prefer the taste when it's cold.
Common Questions About This Recipe
Stored in an airtight container in the fridge, this recipe will stay fresh for about 3-5 days. That being said, it never lasts that long in my household because we eat it too fast!
Apparently, it got the name puppy chow because it closely resembles dog food. However, General Mills started their own version in 2010, and they started selling it with the name Muddy Buddies.
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