Puppy Chow is probably one of my favorite easy-to-make treats. It’s such a childhood classic. Chocolate and peanut butter covered chex coated in powdered sugar.. you really can’t go wrong. They were a key food in many school parties all through elementary school and up into high school. Definitely a favorite in my family – puppy chow never lasts long when someone makes a batch!
While most recipes you’ll find on the side of the cereal box have a stick of butter in it to make the chocolate-peanut butter coating flow a little better, I never use butter in mine. I just up the peanut butter and chocolate a bit, and I’ve never had any issues.
This time around, I coated it in Swerve Sweetener instead of powdered sugar to make it a bit healthier. Dark chocolate and natural peanut butter.. heavenly!
Be careful, though. If you allow yourself to be near the whole batch at any one moment, you’ll find it doesn’t last very long.. I’ve been limiting myself to a little bowl as a snack, but I’ve been known to grab a handful almost every time I go into the kitchen. Puppy chow is definitely addictive.
5 cups corn or rice squares cereal
3/4 cup natural peanut butter
2 1/4 cups dark chocolate chips
1 cup Swerve confectioner’s style (or confectioner’s sugar)
In a small saucepan, melt the peanut butter and chocolate chips together over medium heat, stirring (or in the microwave at 30-second intervals, stirring in between). Pour over the cereal in a large bowl, and stir until evenly coated. At this point, you can either place the confectioner’s sugar in a bag, dump the chocolate-coated cereal on top, and shake, or you can pour the sugar over the chocolate-coated cereal in the large bowl, put a lid on the bowl, and shake. Shake until the cereal is evenly coated with sugar. Store in an airtight container. ENJOY!