Ironically the idea for today’s recipe post stemmed from the trip! My husbands aunt brought along a store prepared version of puppy chow, a snack I always enjoyed growing up and had not made in years. I had to have major self control not to eat the entire small package she offered (and of course wanted to share the delicious snack with others). After a few bites I knew I needed to recreate this recipe with a few healthier modifications.
The original recipe is made with Chex cereal (or Crispix), peanut butter, semi sweet chocolate chips, butter, and confectioners sugar. To lower the calories and fat content a bit I decided to substitute the full fat peanut butter with peanut butter I made from peanut butter powder (PB2). In addition I decreased the butter content. I actually also used a buttery spread instead of buttery, but to keep the cereal super crispy I would recommend to stick with butter. Lastly I substituted a portion of the semi-sweet chocolate with dark chocolate. The outcome did not disappoint – a delicious sugar sweetened treat you will can not say no to!
- 3 oz dark chocolate (with at least 60% cacoa), cut into pieces size of chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
- 8 1/2 cups plain Chex or Crispix cereal
- 3 tablespoons butter or buttery spread (ie. Smart Balance)
- 1/2 cup of peanut butter made from powdered peanut butter such as PB2 (about 10 tablespoons powder mixed with 5 tablespoons water) OR 1/2 cup Natural Peanut Butter
- 1 1/2 cup confectioners sugar