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Muddy Buddy Puppy Chow Dairy Free

Muddy Buddies. Puppy Chow. Call it what you want, I call it addicting!
And this is the perfect allergy-friendly treat to feed a crowd. 
Possible dairy-free, egg-free, wheat-free, and nut-free. Recipe below.
bowl of puppy chow dairy free


There is nothing more addicting than this well-known Chex treat.

I’ve always called it Puppy Chow,

but when my kids were toddlers they got a little confused.

My oldest called it “dog bones”.

And my youngest called it “dog food”.

Ha, ha, ha, ha!

Maybe we should have gone with calling it Muddy Buddies.

But anyhow…

I remember eating this by the cup fulls during high school musical practices,

and it’s definitely a crowd-pleaser even when it’s made allergy-safe.

This is an easy snack that can be made quickly,

without heating your oven.

And it has so many possibilities for allergy-friendliness.


To make it wheat-free for my father-in-law, I use rice Chex. 

To make it dairy-free for my kiddo, I use dairy-free butter and these chocolate chips.

To make it peanut-free, use your favorite nut or seed butter.

And this is egg-free so my niece can enjoy it, too. 

In addition, here’s a healthier version of Puppy Chow if you’re interested.

It replaces the powdered sugar with a healthier option. 

Sometimes I can pull that one over on my family.

See this easy recipe below, it only takes about 20 minutes!

dairy free muddy buddies



9 cups chex cereal
1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter or safe substitute
1/4 cup dairy-free butter
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1.5 cups powdered sugar


Melt on low/medium heat 1 c. chocolate chips, 1/2 c. peanut butter (or substitute), and 1/4 c. dairy-free butter in a LARGE pot on the stove, keep stirring until melted.

Remove from heat and stir in 1/4 tsp. vanilla.

Pour 9 c. chex cereal into the chocolate mixture and stir gently until cereal is completely coated.

Let cool for about 10 minutes so it doesn’t soak in the powdered sugar which comes next. 

Pour 1-1/2 c. powdered sugar over the chocolate covered cereal and toss again gently until fully coated.

Spread mixture evenly on wax paper and allow to cool.

Store in an airtight container. 

Looks great in ball jars or festive holiday zip lock bags for gift-giving.

Hope you enjoy this muddy buddy snack mix as much as we do!

Here are more no-bake dairy-free snacks if you need them. 

This was originally posted in March 2010.

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Sarah H

Saturday 20th of July 2013

I have made this with WowButter...it tastes a lot like peanut butter but is peanut free! Good stuff!

Holly AKA KopyKat

Thursday 25th of August 2011

OMG, I have to try this! lol. Looks yummy

Jamie Kaufmann

Wednesday 12th of January 2011

Theresa, you are in BIG TROUBLE! I forgot about this and have extra chex from chex mix at New Years. I am making puppy chow immediately!


Wednesday 12th of January 2011

I just made this again! I love that you can make it so allergy friendly! My last batch had no peanuts, tree nuts, soy, gluten or dairy!

Btw- you prob already know but there are Enjoy Life coupons on their fb page.

Katrina @ DFM

Thursday 25th of March 2010

OMG I am too excited! I've gotta try this. Funny that they call it dog food! I caught my little guy eating dog food at my brother's house last night! My neice got the bag and helped me check the label. It was ok, but jeez... this kid moves too fast!

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