This protein puppy food reminiscent of our favorite childhood sweet treat but with the added benefit of more protein! You can satisfy your sweet tooth while getting 15 grams of protein per serving. We are obsessed.
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Puppy chow was one of my favorite treats growing up—melted peanut butter, chocolate, and powdered sugar. My favorite part has always been to dump all the ingredients into a brown paper bag and shake like crazy until all of the peanut butter Chex mixture is coated.
I also love when ingredients come together to make big chunks of deliciousness. This recipe is an upgraded version of that childhood puppy food, just omitting the powdered sugar for a delicious protein powder.
What you need for Protein Puppy Chow
There are only 5 ingredients you need to make this recipe. Grab a box of Chex cereal, chocolate chips, coconut oil, peanut butter, and protein powder and you’re good to go.
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Substitutions and variations
You can use rice, wheat, or Chex corn for Chex cereal for puppy food.
Semi-sweet chocolate chips are preferred because they are not overly sweet. Feel free to use milk chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, or whatever chocolate you have on hand. Be aware that it will change the taste of the Chex mix.
Any nut butter can be used in place of the peanut butter. The taste of the Chex mix will change, but it will still be delicious.
Feel free to add other mix-ins to the puppy chow to create a ‘Chex Mix’ type snack. Mini chocolate chips, pretzels, mini M&Ms, or peanuts are great options.
Top Tips for Protein Puppy Chow
- Use a large paper bag: To make sure each Chex is covered in protein powder, we highly recommend pouring the peanut butter and chocolate covered Chex into a large paper bag. Add the protein powder to the bag and roll the top down. Shake the mixture until all the Chex is coated with protein powder,
- Amount of protein powder: Depending on the protein powder and peanut butter used, you may need to add more protein powder to the mix. Different protein powders will absorb differently into the peanut butter and chocolate mixture.
Storage and freezing instructions
After the Chex are coated with protein powder, allow the protein puppy to set. Store the puppy in an airtight container in a cool place for up to 5-7 days
Freezing instructions: allow the puppy to harden completely, then transfer to a freezer-safe container. Freeze for up to 3 months.
What to Serve with Protein Puppy Chow
Serve this protein puppy chow with other tasty protein treats. We recommend it