Vegan Puppy Chow | Muddy Buddies (kid-friendly)

A kid carrying a baggie of puppy chow becomes the king of the playground. I was probably in the 4th or 5th grade when I tried puppy chow for the first time and this powdery snack will always be a source of nostalgia for me. Messy fingers and simpler times….

Apparently, this recipe was birthed out of the Midwest (what great snacks aren’t?) but they’ve proven themselves to be a nationwide phenomenon as proven by my melting pot of co-workers geeking out over them when I brought them in.

I never took a crack at this recipe until today but I am so glad I did because now I can get my hands on a super easy, super tasty snack in less than 10 minutes.

Recipe for Vegan Puppy Chow below!

Vegan Puppy Chow | Vegan Muddy Buddies Recipe

Vegan Puppy Chow | Muddy Buddies (kid-friendly)

Course after school snack, Dessert, kid friendly, Snack
Cuisine American, dessert, snack
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes


  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 box of Puffins cereal from Trader Joe's
  • 1 tbsp Earth Balance
  • 12 oz chocolate chips
  • 1/2-1 1/2 cup powdered sugar (depending on preference)
  • 1-2 gallon ziplock bags


  1. Place the puffins in a large mixing bowl or two medium sized mixing bowls and set aside. 

  2. Melt chocolate chips and peanut butter together over low heat and add 1 tbsp of Earth Balance. Stir constantly until everything is smooth. Reduce heat and/or add more butter if chocolate starts to stick to the pan.

  3. Pour melted chocolate and peanut butter over cereal and mix thoroughly. 

  4. Powdered sugar application: 

    Transfer the cereal into a gallon ziplock bag 2-3 cups at a time, add powdered sugar, seal ziplock bag and shake until desired powdered sugar coverage. 

  5. Transfer muddy buddies to a bowl and serve room temperature or chilled. 


If you liked this recipe, be sure to check out the recipes linked below for after school snack ideas for any age. 

Check out the tutorial for Vegan Puppy Chow here:


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