I don’t know what it is about this recipe but something about it reminds me of home. Our family has done a lot of traveling with the military. Out of all the foods we have tried across the globe there are some that will always be “Ohio foods”.
Of course, we have our Buckeyes. Those are amazing in their own right. I’ll never say no to a good Buckeye, but there is just something about puppy chow. Perhaps it’s more of a food of childhood than a food of Ohio. Since my childhood was in Ohio, though, there are so many memories entertwined between the two.
Puppy Chow is a quick and easy favorite for kids of any age.
- 9C Chex (or similar style) cereal
- 1C chocolate chips
- 1/2 C peanut butter
- 1/4 C butter (unsalted)
- 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 C powdered sugar
- Divide powdered sugar between two large freezer bags.
- Melt peanut butter, chocolate chips, and butter for 45 seconds in microwave. Stir thoroughly. Continue to melt in additional 20 second increments and stir until completely melted.
- Add vanilla to chocolate and peanut butter mix and stir to mix in completely.
- Add to cereal and mix until cereal is completely covered with chocolate and peanut butter mixture.
- Divide covered cereal among two bags of powdered sugar and shake to cover completely.
This recipe can be made gluten free by using rice chex and dairy free by omitting the butter. For a healthier alternative, you can switch out the powdered sugar for protein powder.
You can easily alter this puppy chow recipe to fit your family’s dietary needs. For a gluten free recipe you can use rice chex or other rice based cereal option. For a dairy free option you can omit the butter.
When it comes to individuals looking for a slightly more grown-up version of this recipe you can try leaving out the powdered sugar in favor of protein powder. When doing this you can mix it up with flavors such as cappuchino, cake batter, or any others that are available in various protein powders. You can suit the amount used to your personal tastes and protein needs. You just want enough to get a dusting on the cereal.
I have looked into ways of doing this recipe with PB2 as I prefer to use it to cut calories in certain recipes. Unfortunatly, it seems that this option just doesn’t have the what it takes to hold it together well enough for this particular recipe.