Puppy Chow

Around this time of year, it is crucial to find easy desserts to give to family and friends, that also taste delicious.  Puppy chow, also known as muddy buddies, is composed of a very few number of ingredients, and is addicting!  For those unfamiliar with the snack, it is usually Chex cereal covered with peanut butter and chocolate and then dusted with confectioners sugar.  I got the recipe from here, but substituted the M&M’s for pretzels.

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Puppy Chow (it makes A LOT)

14 cups Chex cereal or a similar variety

18 oz semi sweet chocolate chips

½ cup salted butter melted

1 cup peanut butter

1 tsp vanilla extract

3-4 cups of pretzels

4-5 Cups powdered sugar

Combine the pretzels and cereal in a 2 large bowls.  Melt the butter, peanut butter, and chocolate together in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds.

Drizzle half off the mixture onto one of the bowls and mix well to combine.  Place half of the confectioners sugar in a large paper bag and then put in the chocolate covered cereal.  Shake until the cereal is coated with the sugar.  Repeat with the remaining ingredients.  Store in an airtight container.  Dig in!

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Double Honey Banana Cereal

Another cereal recipe!  This may be my favorite one so far because it has banana chips in it.  You could even make it a double honey double banana breakfast by adding slices of fresh banana on top!  It takes around one hour to prepare.

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Double Honey Banana Cereal (12 1/2 cup servings)

3 cups Kashi Honey Sunshine Cereal (don’t you love the name?)
2/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
5/4 cup banana chips
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 large egg white

Pre-heat your oven to 300 degrees.  Line a pan with parchment paper or a non-stick mat.

Combine everything in a bowl, excluding the lone egg white. Mix thoroughly.

Whisk the egg white in a bowl until it gets light and frothy. Add to the cereal mixture and mix so it coats everything.

Spread it on the lined baking sheet. Bake for a total of 50-55 minutes. Halfway through rotate the pan.

It is done when the cereal is dry to the touch and lightly browned. When you take it out of the oven let it cool before you break it into clusters.

 

Honey Clustered Cereal

I know I’ve posted a lot of breakfast items recently, but since I gave up dessert for lent, I’ve had to broaden my horizons 😦  This cereal is basically the same process as the Maple Almond Granola I made.  Great big crunchy clusters, perfect to pair with milk or yogurt and fruit!

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Honey Clustered Cereal (12 1/2 cup servings)

3 cups Special K

1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1/2 cup slivered almonds

3/4 cup sunflower seeds

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 cup honey

1 egg white

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

Pre-heat your oven to 300 degrees.  Line a pan with parchment paper or a non-stick mat.

Combine everything in a bowl, excluding the lone egg white.  Mix thoroughly.

Whisk the egg white in a bowl until it gets light and frothy.  Add to the cereal mixture and mix so it coats everything.

Spread it on the lined baking sheet.  Bake for a total of 50-55 minutes.  Halfway through rotate the pan.

It is done when the cereal is dry to the touch and lightly browned.  When you take it out of the oven let it cool before you break it into clusters.

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