A classic treat made healthy, high protein, and single serving for portion control!
Classic Muddy Buddy recipes use melted chocolate, butter, powdered sugar, peanut butter, and cereal.
While they are insanely delicious, when I looked up recipes, an average 1/2 cup serving size clocked in at around 220-250 calories, 10+ g of fat, 40+ g carbs, 16+ g of sugar, and a measly 3 g of protein.
High fat/carb/calorie + low protein = a recipe for over-eating!
By subbing Splenda/Truvia for powdered sugar, cocoa powder for chocolate, PB2 for peanut butter, and coconut oil spray for the butter, you’ll save a ton on calories, fat, and sugar. Plus, you’ll get plenty of extra protein, which means you’ll be satisfied for longer!
True story, when I made these and told my husband what I made a healthy version of, he said he had never heard of puppy chow/muddy buddies! How is that possible?? Luckily, even without a comparison, he gave me a thumbs up!
I’m thinking I should try to come up with some other flavors!
Please note: It was brought to my attention that some people (besides just my husband!) might not be aware of the fact that this recipe is for people based on the name. Please don’t share with your furry children, as cocoa is not safe for dogs and can be toxic in high enough doses.
Healthy Peanut Butter Cup Puppy Chow
🔹3/4 cup great value toasted wheat (or rice) cereal (or chex)
🔹2 TBSP PB 2 (or any brand of peanut butter powder/four)
🔹3 dashes Hershey Special Dark Cocoa powder
🔹2 packets of Splenda or stevia
🔹Coconut Oil Cooking Spray
👉Mix all dry ingredients (except for the cereal) in a bowl.
👉Place cereal in a separate bowl.
👉Spray cereal with coconut oil cooking spray to coat, tossing well.
👉Toss cereal in the dry ingredients. Done!
46.5 carbs (7.5g sugar).
👊Or if using as a topping, makes 3 (1/4 cup) servings:
15.5 carbs (2.5g sugar)
Just an FYI, when I first made these a few years ago, it was before my GI issues had me avoiding wheat. Nutrition info as calculated is based on using whole wheat cereal, but if I make these now, I use rice.
1/ What do you call them, Puppy Chow or Muddy Buddies?
2/ What other flavors should I make??