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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