It’s Christmas Sweets Season!
One of my favorite things to make are healthified versions of sweets. I love finding ways to make some of our favorite sweet treats healthier by doing simple swaps.
The other thing I love to do it make recipes that you request!
So to kick off Christmas Sweets Season, I’m so excited to share this recipe, requested by my friend Amanda, for Healthy Puppy Chow!
Simple Healthy Swaps
I had actually never made Puppy Chow before when Amanda requested it. I loved eating it at parties because it’s so darn addictive! But I really wanted to find a way to make this snack healthier.
Since Puppy Chow is typically sugar and crunchy carbs, I wanted to find a way to add in some protein and healthy fats. The perfect way to do this was to incorporate my favorite flavors: chocolate and peanut butter.
For this recipe, I used some chocolate protein powder that I had. This particular brand was pretty sweet, due to the stevia used. You can use any chocolate protein powder you like, and if your chocolate protein powder is not sweet enough to your liking, you can add more stevia or sweetener of your choice. Just note that if it is a granulated sweetener, it may not be small enough granules to fully dissolve into the coating.
If you’re looking for a Chocolate Protein Powder to try, I really like the Vega Protein and Greens in the Chocolate flavor. It might sound weird to have a protein powder with greens in it, but I love the nutritional density of this protein powder by the addition of the fruits and vegetables. Here’s an Amazon link to check out this protein powder.
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I also used sugar free peanut butter which is usually more runny than sugar filled peanut butter. If your peanut butter is a little too thick, warming it in the microwave for a few seconds or on top of the stove, will help it become looser before tossing it with the rest of the ingredients.
The Perfect Make Ahead Snack
This Healthy Puppy Chow is so easy to make! And it would be a great make ahead snack or easy hostess gift for anyone that you’re visiting this holiday season!
And a special thank you to Amanda for suggesting this recipe! I hope you love it!
This addictive snack gets healthified! Covered with the delicious combination of chocolate and peanut butter, this healthy puppy chow is the perfect make ahead holiday snack!
- 1 tbsp sugar free peanut butter
- 1 tsp honey or sweetener of choice, if desired
- 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 cups Chex, divided
- 1/4-1/2 scoop/serving of chocolate protein powder
In a medium sized bowl, warm peanut butter, coconut oil and honey (or sweetener of choice), if using. in the microwave for about 30 seconds till warm.
Stir very well.
Add in 1 cup of Chex and mix thoroughly. You can also do this in a resealable bag. Mix really well till the Chex is thoroughly coated in the peanut butter mixture.
Sprinkle over 1/4 scoop/serving of chocolate protein powder and stir very well to coat all the Chex.
Add in the last 1 cup of Chex and stir once more.
Sprinkle over the last 1/4 scoop/serving of chocolate protein powder and toss again till thoroughly coated.