Whether you call it puppy chow or muddy buddies, you know exactly what delicious treat I'm talking about. I'm talking about those tasty little cereal pieces covered in chocolate and peanut butter then coated in powdered sugar. But today, we're switching things up a little bit. This strawberries and cream puppy chow is perfectly sweet and bursting with strawberry flavor.
INGREDIENTS FOR STRAWBERRIES AND CREAM PUPPY CHOW
This strawberries and cream puppy chow is a super fun play on the original chocolate peanut butter version. It's super easy to make AND it only requires 6 ingredients. Here's everything you'll need:
• Rice Chex cereal
• White chocolate
• Cashew butter
• Vanilla extract
• Freeze dried strawberries
• Powdered sugar
HOW TO MAKE STRAWBERRIES AND CREAM PUPPY CHOW
To begin, start by adding the freeze dried strawberries to a food processor. Process the strawberries for about 15-20 seconds, or until you're left with a nice powder. Dump the freeze dried strawberry powder and the powdered sugar into a gallon-sized ziploc bag, and mix them together with your hands. Set the bag aside.
Next, add the cashew butter and white chocolate to a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30 second increments until all of the chocolate is melted and the mixture is completely smooth. Stir in the vanilla extract. Then, add in the rice Chex cereal a few cups at a time. Stir to coat, then add in another few cups and stir. Repeat until you've added all of the cereal.
Add in all of the coated cereal mixture. Close the bag tightly, leaving the air in the bag. Once zipped shut, shake the bag for about 30 seconds to coat the cereal. Dump the puppy chow onto a sheet pan and spread out evenly. Allow it to sit out and dry for at least an hour.
TIPS FOR THE BEST PUPPY CHOW
•Melt the cashew butter and white chocolate completely. To coat the cereal pieces, you want to make sure your mixture is completely melted and as smooth as possible. This will help ensure that all the pieces get covered nicely.
Allow puppy chow to dry before storing in containers. You want your puppy chow to be totally dry before you transfer to a container to store it. I usually let it sit out for about 1-2 hours before putting it in a container.
•Toss in some more freeze dried strawberries! For a little something extra, I love adding in a handful or two of extra freeze dried strawberries (not crushed) to the final puppy chow mix. This is a totally optional step, but a tasty one.
If you're looking for a classic treat that's a little outside of the box, then this strawberries and cream puppy chow is exactly what you need! It won't disappoint!