Healthier Puppy Chow (or Muddy Buddies)
The stuff is addictive. I know.
It’s practically making the ultimate combo (peanut butter & chocolate) completely pop-able. And in my opinion, no cookie exchange is complete without little bags filled with the stuff.
Can we talk about my Christmas lights for a second? They’re pathetic. We have 2 stands of white lights and 1 set of net lights for a bush. I accidentally bought a multi-colored set of net lights but I’m such a Christmas light purist that I won’t even hang them on the house.
Yesterday I had to rearrange the lights on the house because the night before, at 11:05pm, Andrew started freaking out in bed about “how could it be so bright if it was 11:05 pm.” And then, after waking me and Maggie up, he was back asleep 2 seconds later. My favorite thing about being married is not the sleep talking.
So I moved the Christmas lights away from our bedroom window. After the sleep talking incident, I couldn’t go back to sleep. I got up and made hot (caffeine free) tea and had a graham cracker with some peanut butter & chocolate chips on it. I thought about making muffins for the morning (this was all at 1 am) but decided against it and set out some organic Pop-Tarts that I found in the back of our pantry for Andrew for breakfast (not sure how we ended up with those).
I totally failed at grocery shopping this week. We usually go Sunday afternoon but we (I) decided that attending a cookie decorating party was far more important. So we were out of our two staples: bananas & oats. We’ve been at a loss for what to eat for breakfast (Andrew always eats oats + milk + protein powder and I always do something involving a banana). I was gonna see if we could make it to the end of the week without a grocery shopping trip, but I caved yesterday after making the nastiest blueberry smoothie OF MY LIFE.
At the grocery store the lady checking me out asked if I needed cigarettes. I was buying 4 things: apples, bananas, lemons and oats. What of that says, “I want cigarettes?” I was just like, “Nope, I’m good.”
So making smaller batches of puppy chow and not coating every piece in powdered sugar makes puppy chow a healthier option for your holiday celebrations. Honestly, when it’s coated in powdered sugar, it’s hard for me to stop eating the stuff. It’s like the same thing when alcoholic drinks taste too good…you want them to have a little strong (slightly offensive) taste so you can’t inhale 3 of them without a thought about it.
Instead of powdered sugar, I used PB2. Have you used it? I’m usually not a huge fan since peanut butter has a healthy ratio of saturated to unsaturated fat…fat that I WANT to eat. PB2 removes 85% of the calories from fat and leaves you with a powder…which is perfect for puppy chow because you need to coat the melty chocolaty-peanut-buttery goodness in something powdery.
I’m quite in love. Take a bite.
- 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
- 1 1/2 cup Chex
- 1/3 cup PB2 (powdered peanut butter)
- In a microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate chips in a microwave in 30 second increments until smooth. Stir in peanut butter and microwave another 20 seconds to thin it out. Pour chocolate-pb mixture over Chex cereal and gently stir until coated. Sprinkle the PB2 over the chocolate coated Chex and toss everything together. Store in the fridge.
- This recipe is not as sweet as normal puppy chow. If you want it sweeter, combine the PB2 with 2 tablespoons powdered sugar before sprinkling over the Chex.