Healthy Puppy Chow {Dairy-Free}

It's winter, and we are cooped up inside this little home school house. My boys get bored and can't stop eating. Lord help us! I need more snack ideas.

I started looking around the pantry. "What can I make these people?"! There was Chex cereal leftover from New Year's Chex Mix. I thought, "Ooooo, Puppy Chow sounds divine!". But I cannot resist Puppy Chow. And what good would it do to let my boys fill up on sugar all afternoon?  

So my wheels started spinning. How could I make a "healthy puppy chow"?

I ended up coating the peanut-butter, chocolate, and butter coated chex in ground oats, and it wasn't too bad!

Graham said, "This is pretty good, put it on the website". Miles said, "I like the other Puppy Chow better, but this isn't bad". HA!  I'll take it.  

As for me, my adult taste really liked this stuff! It was guilt-free and a good little snack. I actually could walk away from it unlike the sugar version. Win for all!

Serves 4

3 cup Chex Cereal
1/4 cup chocolate chips (Enjoy Life Chips)
3 Tb peanut butter or sunbutter
1.5 Tb dairy-free margarine butter
1/8 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup quick oats

Put cereal in large bowl that has a tight lid.

Melt chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.

Pour mixture over Chex cereal and gently stir until cereal is coated with the mixture.

Pulse oats in your blender about 5 times until the pieces are 1/4 - 1/2 their original size.  Don't pulse it too many times, or you will get flour.  

Add oats to the bowl of cereal, secure lid on tightly, and shake well to coat cereal evenly with the oats.

Spread mixture evenly on wax paper and allow to cool.

Store leftovers in an airtight container.  


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