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A big bowl of puppy chow made with dairy-free ingredients.

Puppy Chow Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free (Muddy Buddies)

  • Author: MamaShire
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 9 cups 1x
  • Category: Snacks
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Puppy Chow is a classic treat and now you can enjoy it gluten-free and dairy-free. 



9 cups Rice Chex cereal
1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips, Enjoy Life or Nestle’s Allergen Free chips
1/2 cup peanut butter, gluten-free
1/4 cup buttery spread, Smart Balance or Earth Balance
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 ½ cups powdered sugar, divided


Pour the 9 cups of cereal onto a large baking pan or a large bowl. Set aside.

Stovetop Option: Place the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and buttery spread into a small saucepan and heat on low on your stovetop, stirring while it melts. Once it melts and is smooth, remove it from the heat and stir in the vanilla. 

Microwave option: In a microwavable bowl, heat the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and buttery spread on high for 1 minute, stir. Heat for 30 more seconds and then stir until smooth. Stir in the vanilla. 

Drizzle the chocolate mixture over the cereal. Use a large spatula or spoon in both hands and stir the cereal mixture until it’s completely covered with the chocolate mixture. 

Next, add 3/4 cup of powdered sugar to each of the gallon-sized resealable plastic bags. Add half of the cereal mixture to each bag, seal, and shake till the powdered sugar covers all of the cereal. 

Pour into a large serving bowl and enjoy! 




An optional way to serve: A fun way to serve these and to make sure that they don’t get cross-contaminated with any gluten at a party is to place them in small treat bags.

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