Flour-less monster cookie bars are the perfect back-to-school snack! They freeze really well and who can resist these bars loaded with oatmeal, peanut butter, chocolate chips, and m&m’s?!

Are you ready for back-to-school? This is my first year sending a child to “real school”, like at an elementary school where he is there all day and rides the bus. I’m so nervous but yet so excited. I know he will love it.

With back-to-school comes the dreaded, “I’m starving mom!” the second they walk in the door. I remember doing that growing up, so I am sure my sweet little kindergartner will do the same thing. These (no flour!) monster cookie bars are so delicious and perfect for an after school snack to fill their little bellies after a long day.

The recipe makes an entire cookie sheet, so I always freeze some and pull them out when needed. I just put a couple in a Ziploc bag and freeze them that way. They only have to sit out for several minutes to thaw a bit or you could microwave for 20 seconds or so.

I mean, seriously!? WHO can resist that? I am a sucker for all things ‘monster cookie’. The combo of peanut butter, oats, and those cute mini rainbow m&m’s just can’t be beat.

I will note that this recipe calls for both quick oats and old-fashioned (regular) oats. You could use all quick, but I have found that using all quick oats results in a tough/dense cookie bar. Splitting the oats results in a soft and delicious cookie bar. Another tip is to use a pizza cutter to cut these into squares. I do that every time and it’s so easy!




  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups quick oats
  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1-2 cups mini m&m’s
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a cookie sheet by lining it with parchment paper.
  2. In large bowl, combine brown sugar, granulated sugar, peanut butter, and butter.
  3. With a hand-held blender, mix until pale in color and combined.
  4. Add the eggs and vanilla extract. Blend together.
  5. Add in the oats and baking soda.
  6. With a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, mix by hand until combined.
  7. Add in the m&m’s and chocolate chips (reserve some for top of bars if wanted).
  8. Stir together well until combined.
  9. Dump onto your parchment lined cookie sheet and spread out.
  10. This will take several minutes, but it can be done.
  11. Sprinkle the reserved m&m’s and chocolate chips on top (if wanted).
  12. Press down slightly into dough.
  13. Bake for 18-20 minutes. The edges will be lightly browned and the middle will still look pale and underdone, but it will finish baking as it cools.
  14. Let cool for at least an hour so the bars can firm up and come together.
  15. You do not want to over-bake these!

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How To Make Broccoli, Ham and Cheese Egg Muffin Cups | Food Recipes

How To Make Broccoli, Ham and Cheese Egg Muffin Cups | Food Recipes

#SundaySupper knows sometimes it is time to push good manners aside because food is always more fun when you can eat it with your hands. So this week it’s a menu of Finger Foods for Dinner or Dessert. Whether you want a make-ahead breakfast to grab on the go or prefer to eat brinner, just make a batch of this recipe for Broccoli, Ham and Cheese Egg Muffin Cups.

The other day I was looking at the Timehop app on my phone and there was a video of The Bug as a baby shoveling yogurt into his mouth without bothering to use any utensils. I was the proud mama gushing about how great it was that he was figuring out how to feed himself, even if he was still struggling with the spoon. I was laughing that I would have a big mess to clean up, but it didn’t matter because it was all part of the learning experience.

Fast forward five years to my almost-six-year-old and he still eats the same way. And I am still cleaning messes. And I’m not gushing or laughing anymore.

I like to think my husband and I have good table manners and that we are capable of passing these down to our children. In fact, I am pretty confident that we do and we can because my three-year-old brandishes a fork and spoon just fine. He still makes a mess, but he is slow and methodical and manages to get most of the food into his mouth.

The Bug, from the first day I gave him solid food, has made it his mission to get the food into his mouth as fast as possible, and if using a utensil is going to slow his progress, then he is going to forego all manners and appropriate dinner table behavior and dig in with his hands.

Sometimes I have to just choose my battles. And trust me, with two small boys, sometimes fork usage is the least of my concerns for a peaceful meal. So you can imagine how thrilled The Bug was when I told him that this was acceptable finger food…

Broccoli, Ham and Cheese Egg Muffin Cups are as tasty as a broccoli, ham and cheese omelet, but in a much cuter package. Plus a package that is totally acceptable to pick up and eat with your hands. And especially convenient because you can make a bunch at a time and keep them in the fridge for the week, or even pop in the freezer for when you need a quick breakfast on your way out the door on busy mornings.

How To Make Broccoli, Ham and Cheese Egg Muffin Cups | Food Recipes

How To Make Broccoli, Ham and Cheese Egg Muffin Cups | Food Recipes
How To Make Broccoli, Ham and Cheese Egg Muffin Cups | Food Recipes


  • 1½ cups chopped cooked broccoli
  • 1 cup diced ham
  • 1 cup (about 4 oz.) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 12 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F and coat a muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Divide the broccoli and ham between the cups in the muffin tin.
  3. Top each with a slightly heaping tablespoon of cheddar cheese.
  4. Crack the eggs into a large bowl,
  5. add the dry mustard, kosher salt, and pepper, and lightly beat.
  6. Divide the egg mixture evenly between the muffin cups.
  7. You’ll need about ¼ cup of the egg mixture for each one, but it is easier to add about half of that at a time and let it soak down into the cups.
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until eggs are set and top is lightly golden brown.

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How To Make Lemon Bars – Gluten Free | Food Recipes

How To Make Lemon Bars - Gluten Free | Food Recipes

A delicious Gluten Free lemon bars recipe with the best gluten free shortbread crust. They’re the tastiest gluten free dessert bars you’ll ever try and dairy free too.

Over Christmas I wanted to make mince pies, they are traditional British
pies filled with mincemeat and are common all over the UK during the festive period, I was yearning for a taste of home and so decided to throw some together at the last minute.

I’ve made Mince Pies with gluten free pastry in the past, I adapted a gluten shortcrust pastry recipe from an old British cookbook and they worked very well as I remember.

Now perhaps it’s because I’m totally disorganized or simply a function of being on the wrong side of forty, but I couldn’t remember which book or which recipe I’d used previously, so in a rush I turned to Google and pulled up a recipe for gluten free pastry off the internet, what could possibly go wrong?

“They’re a little bit chewy, Mom” said my ten year old son, he was being very generous.

They were basically inedible and tough as old boots. There was nothing else for it but to trash them, and I never did get around to trying Mince Pies again as all the Christmas busyness took over and we simply moved on to cooking other sugar filled goodies instead.

Well I’m happy to report that my gluten free Lemon Bars work well and the shortbread crust is perfect!

No baking disasters with them so far and no complaints from my son or anyone else in the house. They were so tasty that I ended up giving away some away for fear that I would eat the whole lot while the kids were at school.

How To Make Lemon Bars – Gluten Free | Food Recipes

How To Make Lemon Bars - Gluten Free | Food Recipes
How To Make Lemon Bars – Gluten Free | Food Recipes



  • 175g (Approx. 1.5 sticks) Dairy Free Margarine (or butter if you don’t need to avoid dairy)
  • 75g (1/3 cup + 1 tbspn) sugar
  • 250g (Approx 1.5 cups (see notes!) ) gluten free all purpose flour
  • 1tsp xanthan gum (omit if your flour has any gums added)
  • ½ tsp gluten free baking powder


  • 300g 1½ cups sugar
  • 120mls ½ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 4 large eggs, beaten
  • 30g ¼ cup all purpose gluten free flour, or cornstarch
  • gluten free powdered sugar to dust


  1. You will need a 9×13 baking pan, line the base and sides with parchment paper
  2. Preheat your oven to 350f
  3. Cream butter (or margarine) and sugar in mixer.
  4. In separate bowl add flour, xanthan gum, baking powder and mix well.
  5. Omit the Xanthan gum if you are using a ready made flour mixture which has gum added.
  6. Add flour mix to butter/sugar and mix well until combined.
  7. Your ‘dough’ may be soft, especially if you used dairy free spread.
  8. If you find it is super soft then put it in the fridge for half an hour to firm up a little
  9. Press your dough into the lined baking pan and spread out evenly with an offset spatula, I sometimes find that the back of a spoon works well too.
  10. It’s hard to tell when looking at the baking pan, but try and get the dough spread with an even thickness.
  11. Bake at 350 for 20 mins or until lightly brown.
  12. While base is cooking make the filling, mix all the topping ingredients except the powdered sugar.
  13. When base is cooked pour over topping and return to the oven to bake for a further 30 minutes or until the center is set and no longer moves when you shake the pan.
  14. Cool for two hours in the fridge, dust with icing sugar when fully cooled and cut into squares.
  • Notes
    1. I bake by weight as I find that gives the most consistent results, especially when baking gluten free. One cup of your gluten free flour blend may not weigh the same as my blend, all the commercially available blends have different mixes and ratios of flour in them. I’ve weighed cups of different blends of flour and noted that a cup of gluten free flour can vary in weight from 125g up to as much as 170g depending on how you scoop it, and what type of mix you use. You can see how this could drastically alter the outcome of a recipe.

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Stir Fry Zucchini Noodles – Delicious, low-carb, healthy Stir Fry made with spiralized zucchini and onions tossed with teriyaki sauce and toasted sesame seeds.

If you’ve never tried Zoodles, a.k.a. zucchini noodles, OMG! You.are.missing.out! But, hey hey hey, sweet friends! TGIF! Weekend plans include catching up with my DVR (I’m seriously itching for a Real Housewives marathon), then coffeeing with my lovely friends, and I’m also thinking about possibly sleeping in 2 days in a row. I’m dreamin’ big!

In other news, I’m spiralizing zucchini and making you believe that you’re eating noodles! Scouts honor, the texture is so spot on that you’ll definitely trick yourself into believing that you’re slurping up pasghetti. You’ll see. ALSO.

Today’s vibrant and delicious recipe is sponsored by my kitchen-gadget-faves, OXO! Their new Hand-Held Spiralizer is my new favorite kitchen toy because I get to make pasta that’s not really pasta.

but it tastes like pasta?! (say what?!?) Okay. It’s also great for making zoodles, obvi, curly fries, salads, desserts, etc… Best of all, it’s perfect for all my low-carbin’ friends, diabetics, and for those staying far away from gluten. The spiralizer has us all taken care of.




  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 yellow onions, spiralized
  • 4 small zucchini, spiralized, patted dry with paper towel
  • 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium teriyaki sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds


  1. Heat oil in a wok over medium heat.
  2. Add onions and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, or until translucent and tender.
  3. Stir in zucchini and continue to cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Add soy sauce, teriyaki sauce and sesame seeds; mix and continue to cook for 5 minutes, or until zucchini is tender.
  5. Remove from heat.
  6. Serve.

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These SUPER SOFT Sprinkle Pudding cookies are so so easy and loaded with vanilla flavor! Before you’re all, “yawnnnnn I’ve seen pudding cookies a trillionty times” stay with me for a second… I firmly believe in the value of a solid basic recipe. Basics are the recipes you make most often…

Of ALL THE BAKING I do here in my kitchen the recipe most requested and most baked is chocolate chip cookies. Certainly I am all about the special occasion dessert, I mean duh, but if I’ve learned anything from you nice folks it’s that easy, everyday classics are your jam. Those are the recipes you come back to time and time again.

So with that said, these super soft sprinkle pudding cookies will be a staple in your baking arsenal from this moment on. Trust me. They’re ridiculously easy, loaded with vanilla flavor, non-messy and did I mention sprinkles are involved? Yep.

Adding pudding to the cookie dough is a simple trick to amp up the flavor, but also to keep the cookies soft. Make sure you’re using instant pudding, not “cook and serve”. The coagulants in the “cook and serve” are different than the instant, containing a large amount of cornstarch. The texture will be altered and it won’t bake up as nicely.

I used regular old vanilla instant pudding… but you could really use any flavor you wanted to. Flavored pudding will add a nice subtle flavor to the cookies, like I did with my Butterscotch Apple Pudding Cookies.




  • ¾ cup butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg, plus 1 yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 (3.5-ounce packet instant vanilla pudding mix)
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ cup sprinkles


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment beat the butter and sugar on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  3. Add in the egg, vanilla, baking soda and salt.
  4. Mix until combined, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  5. Next mix in the pudding mix for 30 seconds.
  6. Turn the mixer to low and add in the flour, mixing until just combined.
  7. Finally add in the sprinkles and mix until incorporated evenly.
  8. Using a medium (2 tablespoon) sized cookie scoop drop dough onto the prepared baking sheet 2 inches apart. Bake for 8-10 minutes until the cookies are almost set.
  9. Don’t over-bake if you want super soft soft cookies.

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How To Make Chicken Enchilada Zucchini Boats | Food Recipes

How To Make Chicken Enchilada Zucchini Boats | Food Recipes

Last year I shared a recipe for Pizza Zucchini Boats and I knew it wouldn’t end there. This year I’ve made a zucchini boat I like even more – these unbelievably delicious and perfectly flavorful Chicken Enchilada Zucchini Boats! With these you save on carbs by swapping out the classic tortilla wrapped enchiladas with hallowed out zucchini boats instead.

I was actually really surprised myself by how much I truly loved these! I was so skeptical at first and I thought there’s no way I could ever trade in a classic, cheese loaded, pure comfort food enchilada for a healthier version. Indeed was I wrong.

The key with these is making sure you find wide zucchini, otherwise you won’t be fitting very much filling in them. Trust me you will love this filling so you’re going to want to be able to load them up. You might look a little crazy at the store digging through the zucchini for 5 minutes looking for the wider ones but it’s worth it :). Also key to these is Ancho chili powder.

please don’t just swap it out with more regular chili powder – like I used to be guilty of doing. It has a more robust depth of flavor and really just makes these, plus I’ve been adding it to everything lately. You’ll have no problem using it up.

How To Make Chicken Enchilada Zucchini Boats | Food Recipes

How To Make Chicken Enchilada Zucchini Boats | Food Recipes
How To Make Chicken Enchilada Zucchini Boats | Food Recipes


  • 2 cups cooked and shredded chicken (from about 1 lb)
  • 4 medium zucchini (2 1/2 lbs), sliced in half through length*
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped yellow onion (be sure they are chopped fine or they won’t cook through)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 (15 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 Tbsp ancho chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  • 2/3 cup frozen corn
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • For serving: diced Roma tomatoes, chopped cilantro, chopped yellow onion (optional), light sour cream (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Using a spoon, scoop centers from zucchini while leaving a 1/4-inch rim to create boats.
  3. Brush tops and bottoms with 1 Tbsp of the olive oil and place in two baking dishes (I used a 13 by 9 and a 9 by 9).
  4. Bake in preheated oven until zucchini is nearly tender, about 20 – 25 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, heat remaining 1/2 Tbsp olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
  6. Once hot add onion and saute 3 – 4 minutes until soft.
  7. Add garlic and saute 10 seconds longer.
  8. Remove from heat, pour in tomato sauce, ancho chili powder, chili powder, cumin and paprika.
  9. In a liquid measuring cup whisk together the water and cornstarch until well blended then pour into tomato sauce mixture and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  10. Bring to a light boil, stirring frequently. Allow to gently boil 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  11. Reduce heat to low and simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  12. Stir in shredded chicken.

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These bars will transport you to the tropics.  Tart lemon, chewy coconut, thick oat crust, and covered in a sweet glaze – sounds amazing, right?  And then after chilling in the fridge, they become irresistible.  I’m speaking from experience.  Gluten and dairy free!

Today I’m going to tell you about you my traumatic tropical trip. (Triple alliteration, can I get a high five anyone?) Actually, we were just on the Florida/Alabama coast and I was just swimming in the ocean. We had gotten there the evening before so it was our first day in the water. All of us kids were really excited!

There was a red flag blowing, which meant big waves, but none of us were going to swim out deep and try to surf, and there were lots of people at the beach itself, so we decided to swim until there was lightning or thunder. I remember it being really breezy on the beach and I’m pretty sure the water was really cold. But I was young and at that point in life, didn’t really care.

Me and Nathan ‘swam’ aka waded, to our knees and then ran in and out of the water, trying to get away from the waves. All was going well until I felt this burning on my right thigh. I didn’t know what it was but it really stung. Leaving the water, I remember rubbing sand on it and it seemed to alleviate some of the stinging, but it wouldn’t go away. It became red and irritated really quickly and hurt! 🙂 So I reluctantly went over to Mom and showed her.

I think we went to the beach house because the last thing I remember was sitting on the bar stool and Mom rubbing lotion on it. It didn’t scar me too much because within an hour I was back in the water with everyone else. Turns out, a jellyfish had been blown in thanks to the windy conditions and had rubbed against my leg in the shallow water.

A jellyfish. It makes for a fantastic two truths and a lie fact, just saying. “I’m Indian, I’ve been stung by a jellyfish, and I’ve been on TV.”

(the first one is a lie – I’m 1/4 Japanese, not Indian. And as for the TV, it was all of 2 seconds for a local station because we were there on a field trip. Nothing too special.)





  • 1-1/2 cups gluten free certified oats (old fashioned or quick)
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut shreds
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup melted coconut oil


  • 2 eggs
  • 5 Tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon zest
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch


  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ¼ cup water
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¼ cup unsweetened coconut shreds


For crust:

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease 8×8 pan.
  2. Add oats, coconut, and sugar to a food processor.
  3. Grind until oats are fine.
  4. Add oil and pulse until mixture pulls into a ball. (Depending on your oats, you may need a little more oil)
  5. Press mixture into prepared pan and bake for 10 minutes.
  6. Let cool until the crust is firm and the pan can be touched.
  7. It is important that your crust be cool so that you can pour your filling over it!

For filling:

  1. While crust is cooling, beat eggs well.
  2. Add in juice, zest, and sugar.
  3. Remove ¼ cup egg mixture and whisk in cornstarch.
  4. Add cornstarch mixture back to egg mixture and whisk well.
  5. Pour over cooled crust and bake for 18 minutes or until top is no longer wet.

For topping:

  1. Add juice, water, sugar, and cornstarch to a medium pot.
  2. Cook over medium heat until mixture thickens slightly.

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Is anyone else completely freaked out by the monster-sized chicken breasts you seen in the stores these days? Pick up a pack of those guys from the store, and three ( because there’s always three in a pack for some reason ) manage to weigh a pound and a half to two pounds. It’s nuts!

Even when I get the fancy $9-per-pound hormone-free cage-free massaged-since-birth ocean-front free-roaming Prius-driving chicken breasts, they are STILL pretty huge. Oh, and still three to a pack.

Which is funny, because every recipe ever written for boneless skinless chicken breasts seems to call for four. I’m fighting back! My Easy, Basic Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts recipe calls for three, because I’m not in cahoots with the chicken people, and I know how chicken comes packed.

I’m going to do my best to make sure that all of my future chicken recipes ( including this one ) is in a multiple of 3 as well — it just makes things easier for everyone, and is how I tend to really cook. So here, we have another chicken recipe using the ubiquitous boneless, skinless chicken breast, and it calls for only three pieces of chicken! Usually, half of one of these guys is more than enough to fill me up, particularly when crammed full of delicious, tangy feta and cooked spinach.

So don’t let this recipe fool you — three stuffed boneless, skinless chicken breasts is enough to feed six, even though I’ve listed the servings as “3”, as most people would be hesitant to serve a half breast to someone at a dinner party, and I don’t want to ruin anyone’s




  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 8 oz chopped frozen spinach, cooked according to package directions and squeezed dry.
  • 3 oz feta, crumbled ( about ½ cup )
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1 clove garlic, diced
  • ¼ teaspoon salt, divided
  • ⅛ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees fahrenheit.
  2. Mix the chopped frozen spinach, feta, cream cheese, garlic and half of the salt in a medium sized bowl.
  3. Cut a pocket into each chicken breast.
  4. If you are unsure of how to cut a pocket into the chicken without also cutting a pocket into your hand, try this: One at a time, place the chicken flat on a cutting board, and press a large spatula ( or something else that cannot be stabbed, i.e. DO NOT USE YOUR HAND)
  5. flat on top of the breast.
  6. Make sure that you are pressing the spatula down hard enough to hold the chicken in place.
  7. You may need to actually dig the edge of the spatula into the meat just a little bit to accomplish this.
  8. Insert the knife ⅔ of the way into the side of the thickest part of the chicken, and slice down to the thinnest part, stopping before you cut through; you want a pocket not a flap.
  9. Separate the spinach and cheese mixture into three parts, and roll into thick logs.
  10. Stuff each log into the pocket you made in the chicken breasts.
  11. Season with remaining salt and pepper.

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How To Make Mini Meatloaf Pepper Rings | Food Recipes

How To Make Mini Meatloaf Pepper Rings | Food Recipes


How To Make Mini Meatloaf Pepper Rings | Food Recipes
How To Make Mini Meatloaf Pepper Rings | Food Recipes


  • 4 large bell peppers (red, yellow, or orange)
  • 2 lbs. lean ground beef
  • 1½ tsp creole seasoning
  • ¼ cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup shredded Parmesan
  • A pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 cup shredded Italian cheese blend
  • 1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes


  1. Prepare peppers by slicing off a little of the top and bottom of each pepper.
  2. Do not discard these. Cut out ribs and seeds.
  3. Slice into 3 thick rings and place on a sheet pan lined with parchment for easy clean up.
  4. Dice up remaining parts of peppers to use in meat mixture.
  5. Prepare meatloaf mix: Mix ground beef with seasoning, bread crumbs, egg, Parmesan, red pepper flakes, garlic, and remaining diced peppers until combined.
  6. Stuff each pepper with meat mixture leaving a dome of the mixture on top of each pepper.
  7. Heat olive oil in a large oven-safe pot over medium-high heat. (If you do not have an oven-safe pot, you will just transfer them into a casserole dish to bake later).
  8. Brown each stuffed pepper ring for about 4 to 5 minutes on each side.
  9. You may need to do this in 2 batches depending on the size of your pot.

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How To Make Puppy Chow Recipe | Food Recipes

How To Make Puppy Chow Recipe | Food Recipes

My love language is dessert. Sometimes I even eat it for dinner. However, in my opinion, dessert has to be chocolatey…like insanely chocolatey. Or full of peanut butter. Or, if you make me something that’s both insanely chocolatey and full of peanut butter…you’ll win me over for life. Seriously, the only time I eat desserts that are vanilla-y or fruity is when I’m trying to be polite…

but I usually consider them a waste of calories and time (which is the opposite of my husband and kids, whose desserts of choice include vanilla cake, key lime pie, and gummy bears. No thanks).This Puppy Chow recipe meets all this criteria, and then some! Plus it’s gluten-free and dairy-free!

Puppy chow is one of my top five favorite desserts. I’m usually satisfied with just a small amount of something sweet after dinner. However, when it comes to puppy chow, I could literally eat an entire batch myself. It’s the only treat that I consider truly dangerous (or maybe it should consider me dangerous).

I’m a midwesterner (born and raised) so I call this treat “Puppy Chow.” It has other names too, like muddy buddies, monkey munch, etc., but no matter what you call it, it’s delicious.
Listen carefully now, my version of this dessert is not for the faint of heart.

You will never find weak puppy chow in my kitchen. You know what I mean? The stuff that is so thinly coated with chocolate and peanut butter that the powdered sugar barely sticks to it? Not on my watch. I want clumps, and globs, and hunks, and chunks of chocolate-peanut buttery goodness.

I start by melting equal parts of chocolate (semi-sweet or dark) and peanut butter together. (Look at that picture up there, seriously look). If you want it to be dairy free, just use dairy-free chocolate chips!  Then I put some cereal in the bottom of a large bowl, pour some of the peanut butter/chocolate mixture on top, and then continue to alternate cereal/chocolate/cereal, etc.

until I’ve used up all the ingredients. The key here is to start VERY conservatively with the amount of cereal! You do NOT, I repeat, do NOT want to use too much cereal. It will ruin your puppy chow and your day.

How To Make Puppy Chow Recipe | Food Recipes

How To Make Puppy Chow Recipe | Food Recipes
How To Make Puppy Chow Recipe | Food Recipes


  • 1 cup semisweet or dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 6-7 cups Rice Chex Cereal
  • 1-2 cups powdered sugar


  1. Melt peanut butter and chocolate together, either on the stovetop or in the microwave.
  2. Next, add 3 cups of cereal to a large bowl.
  3. Pour 1 cup of your chocolate/peanut butter mixture over the cereal.
  4. Add 3 more cups of cereal to the bowl and then pour the rest of the chocolate/peanut butter mixture on top.
  5. Stir until the cereal is evenly coated.
  6. If there are pools of chocolate/peanut butter at the bottom of your bowl
  7. add more cereal 1/4 cup at a time until all that deliciousness is coating your cereal.
  8. Remember we WANT clumps, so do NOT add too much cereal!
  9. Let the mixture cool slightly (I throw mine in the fridge or outside on my porch if it’s cold out). You do not want it to harden!
  10. Once your mixture is at or below room temperature, add 1 cup of powdered sugar.
  11. Mix until combined.
  12. Let cool for about 15 minutes.
  13. Add more powdered sugar 1/4 cup at a time until your cereal is coated to your satisfaction.

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