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gluten free muddy buddies in a white bowl

Gluten-Free Muddy Buddies (aka Puppy Chow)

  • Author: Emily Dixon, Sweets & Thank You
  • Total Time: 17 minutes
  • Yield: about 10 cups 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Make the BEST gluten-free muddy buddies (aka puppy chow) with our simple tricks. This classic treat has never been better!


  • 8 cups corn Chex or rice Chex cereal*
  • 1 cup (6 oz./170 grams) semisweet chocolate chips or dark chocolate chips*
  • 2/3 cup (6 oz./165 grams) creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup (4 Tablespoons) butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/41/2 teaspoon kosher salt**


  1. Measure Cereal. Add the cereal to your largest mixing bowl and set aside.
  2. Melt. In a medium microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter. Melt in the microwave in 15-20 second increments, stirring between each interval, until the chocolate mixture is smooth and no lumps remain. Add in the vanilla and salt and stir to combine. (If you prefer, you can melt these ingredients together in a small saucepan on the stove over low heat)
  3. Coat. Pour the melted chocolate over the cereal and gently stir with a spatula to coat the cereal evenly with the chocolate peanut butter mixture. Make sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl so the chocolate mixture ends up on the cereal, not the bowl! (You want all the cereal squares coated with chocolate peanut butter goodness!)
  4. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, and stir to coat the cereal evenly in the powdered sugar.
  5. Optional: Chill. If you’d like to form clusters, chill the muddy buddies in the fridge or freezer for about 30 minutes. (This goes faster if you spread the cereal out in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.)
  6. Serve & Store. Enjoy right away, or store in an airtight container at room temperature up to 5 days.

–>Or, Use A Bag. Alternatively, you can add the cereal and other ingredients to a large ziplock bag to combine them, but I find you lose a lot of the chocolate mixture to the sides of the bag and it’s harder to see if the cereal has been evenly coated. If you’re using this method, add cereal to the large bag. Pour chocolate mixture over the cereal in the bag. Seal the bag and shake to coat the cereal. Add powdered sugar, seal bag, and shake to coat with powdered sugar.


*My favorite combination is corn chex and dark chocolate chips. I find the powdered sugar keeps it plenty sweet even with dark chocolate chips!

**If you’re using an unsweetened peanut butter, you may not need as much salt. Feel free to start small with 1/8 teaspoon and work your way up. If you are using fine grain table salt instead of kosher salt, reduce the salt by half.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No-Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: gluten-free muddy buddies, gluten-free puppy chow

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