Healthier Muddy Buddies with M&Ms

Healthier Muddy Buddies (Puppy Chow)

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    A lightened up version of the classic Muddy Buddies/Puppy Chow recipe we all know and love. Bonus: we’re tossing in colorful M&M’s to make this recipe an easy holiday treat!


    So we all know Muddy Buddies or Puppy Chow is a decadent snack. It’s always going to be a decadent snack. It’s never going to be healthier than say an apple…but that’s ok! Because sometimes we crave decadent snacks and that’s what balanced living is all about.

    This healthier muddy buddies recipe makes a few intentional swaps to lower the sugar of the traditional muddy buddies recipe. To take it from extreme decadence to…mild decadence. 

    You’ll only need ~10 minutes to make this recipe that’s sure to be a favorite with the fam and friends!

    ingredients in Healthier Muddy Buddies

    What Ingredients are Needed for Healthier Muddy Buddies (Puppy Chow)?

    Chex Cereal: Corn or rice chex cereal. Opt for a gluten-free version if that’s your preference.

    Dark Chocolate Chips: To make this dairy free, opt for Enjoy Life chocolate chips. If you’re looking for a very low sugar recipe, opt for Lily’s dark chocolate chips which are refined-sugar free.

    Coconut Oil: Traditional muddy buddies recipes call for loads of butter. To keep this recipe dairy free, we’re swapping out for coconut oil. 

    Vanilla: Vanilla extract just makes everything taste so much better!

    Peanut Butter: I usually opt for a natural peanut butter because I don’t love all the added ingredients in some peanut butters. But you do you, just make sure it’s creamy!

    Powdered Sugar: Not the healthiest option but is a staple in this recipe. Feel free to swap for an alternative like a monk fruit sweetener. 

    M&Ms: These are completely optional! I think adding in colored M&Ms for whatever holiday you’re celebrating is a fun and easy way to make this recipe festive.

    Healthier Muddy Buddies coated in PB and chocolate

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    How to Make Healthier Muddy Buddies (Puppy Chow)

    This recipe is a cinch to make! 

    Step One: Add the chex cereal to a large mixing bowl and set aside.

    Step Two: Add the peanut butter, chocolate chips and coconut oil to a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 30 seconds, stir and microwave for another 30 seconds. Repeat until fully melted, should only take one minute total. Stir in the vanilla.

    Step Three: Pour the peanut butter chocolate mixture over the chex cereal and gently fold the ingredients together until combined. Be gentle so you don’t crush the cereal too much!

    Step Four: Transfer the mixture to a lidded tupperware container or a large ziploc bag. Add the powdered sugar or monk fruit sweetener and shake until the cereal is well coated. 

    Step Five: Add the M&Ms to the bag/container and give it one or two more shakes so they’re evenly distributed. 

    That’s it! Enjoy!

    Healthier Muddy Buddies with M&Ms

    Healthier Muddy Buddies (Puppy Chow)

    A lightened up version of the classic Muddy Buddies/Puppy Chow recipe we all know and love. Bonus: we’re tossing in colorful M&M’s to make this recipe an easy holiday treat!


    Prep time: 10 min |

    Cook time: 0 min |

    Total time: 10 min

    Cuisine: American |

    Serves: 20

    Ingredients:

    • 9 cups, Chex cereal (270g)
    • ½ cup, natural creamy peanut butter (128g)
    • 1 cup, dark chocolate chips (170g)
    • ¼ cup, coconut oil (56g)
    • 1 tsp, vanilla (5g)
    • ¾ cup, powdered sugar or monk fruit sweetener (90g)
    • ½ cup, M&Ms (112g)

    Directions:

    1. Add the chex cereal to a large bowl and set aside.
    2. Add the peanut butter, chocolate chips and coconut oil to a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 30 seconds, stir and microwave for another 30 seconds. Repeat until fully melted. Stir in the vanilla.
    3. Pour the peanut butter chocolate mixture over the chex cereal and gently fold the ingredients together until combined.*
    4. Transfer the mixture to a lidded tupperware container or a large ziploc bag. Add the powdered sugar/monk fruit and shake until the cereal is well coated. 
    5. Add the M&Ms to the bag/container and give it one or two more shakes so they’re evenly distributed.
    Notes:
    1. Be as gentle as possible so you don’t crumble up too much of the cereal.
    2. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week.

    Nutrition Facts

    Serving Size 1/2 cup

    Serves 20


    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 222
    Total Fat 12g
      Saturated Fat 6g
      Trans Fat 0g
    Cholesterol 0mg
    Sodium 130mg
    Total Carbohydrate 32g
      Dietary Fiber 5g
      Sugars 14g
    Protein 4g

     

    Find on MyFitnessPal as: TWW - Healthier Muddy Buddies (Puppy Chow)


    Author: Christine

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    Course: Desserts Snacks

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    Cuisine: American

    Keywords: Muddy Buddies, Puppy Chow, Healthier Snack


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