Vegan Puppy Chow

This vegan puppy chow recipe, also known as muddy buddies, combines your favorite flavors of peanut butter and chocolate over crispy, crunchy cereal pieces. It’s a perfect sweet treat for after-school snacks, parties, and more!

Two bowls are full of vegan puppy chow cereal treats. There are chocolate chips on the table and a bowl of chocolate chips in the background.

I love making a surprise treat that everyone loves. This Vegan Puppy Chow is definitely in that category. Combining a sauce of peanut butter and melted and pouring it over crunchy cereal makes the best treat that everyone loves. With only 5 ingredients, it’s pretty easy to make, too.

Why This Recipe is a Winner

  • Vegan butter added with the chocolate sauce gives it a smooth consistency, infusing the cereal pieces.
  • Spreading chocolate cereal pieces on a baking sheet makes it easier to sprinkle with powdered sugar, creating the right mixture of individual pieces and clumps.
  • Refrigerating the pieces helps to set the chocolate quickly, so you’ll be ready to serve it in no time.


You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

  • Lemon — We’ll use both the zest and the juice of the lemon.
  • Oats — I used rolled oats for this recipe, but you can substitute instant oats.
  • Chia — We’ll add some ground chia seeds to create a thicker texture. You can use whole chia seeds; I just prefer ground because it creates a smoother finished texture.
  • Syrup — I used maple syrup, but you can substitute agave nectar.
  • Milk — We’ll use almond milk for the best overnight oats! Substitute your favorite plant-based milk.
  • Yogurt — I love adding some plant-based yogurt (plain, unsweetened) for an even more tangy flavor.
  • Protein Powder — I add some vanilla protein powder for increased flavor and nutrients. If your protein powder is not sweetened, you may want to add an extra teaspoon or two of sweetener.
  • Cornstarch — We’ll use cornstarch to thicken the lemon curd topping.
  • Turmeric — A pinch of turmeric makes that lemon curd sunny yellow.
  • Chex cereal — Use a store-brand or any version of rice chex cereal
  • Dairy-free chocolate chips
  • Peanut butter — Use either creamy or crunchy
  • Vegan butter — Any dairy-free butter or margarine will work. You can even make homemade vegan butter or you can substitute coconut oil.
  • Powdered sugar — Some recipes call for much more powdered sugar. This recipe calls for just enough, but not too much.

How to Make Vegan Puppy Chow

  1. Pour the measured cereal into a large bowl.
  2. Make the chocolate sauce by melting chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter together and stirring until smooth.
  3. Spread the chocolate sauce over the cereal and stir it gently until the cereal is evenly covered.
    A chocolate mixture is being poured into a bowl full of Chex cereal.
  4. Spread the chocolate-coated cereal on a baking sheet lined with parchment or waxed paper.
  5. Sprinkle powdered sugar over the cereal and gently stir to coat it equally.
    Powdered sugar is being sifted over a pan full of chocolate coated cereal pieces.
  6. Put the pan in the fridge to make the chocolate setting process happen faster.
  7. To serve, add it to a serving bowl.

Serving Suggestions

To serve this dairy-free puppy chow, add any of the following to the bowl:

  • Roasted peanuts
  • Pretzels
  • Dairy-free candies (there are vegan M&M type candies)

Can you Freeze Puppy Chow?

Freezing puppy chow is a great way to have this sweet treat on-hand. Be sure to let the chocolate set first and then transfer it to freezer-safe containers or bags where it can be kept in the freezer for up to 2 months.

Does Chex Have Dairy?

Chex cereal does not have dairy listed as an ingredient, making it a great choice for those avoiding dairy and vegans.

Storage Tips

Store this in an airtight container or large ziplock bag. It will keep for 4 or 5 days at room temperature or 10 days in the fridge. You can also freeze it for up to 2 months.

A close-up shot of vegan puppy chow, chocolate-covered cereal mixture, otherwise known as muddy buddies.

More Vegan Chocolate Sweets

That’s it for this vegan Chex mix puppy chow. Enjoy!

A close-up shot of vegan puppy chow, chocolate-covered cereal mixture, otherwise known as muddy buddies.

Vegan Puppy Chow

You'll need only five ingredients and a few minutes to make this delicious vegan puppy chow recipe. It's a perfectly sweet, kid-friendly, and adult favorite snack!
5 from 4 votes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Resting Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 344kcal



  • Measure cereal and pour it into a large mixing bowl.
  • Place the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter in a pyrex measuring cup (microwave-safe bowl). Microwave for 1 minute, let it sit for 1 minute, then stir. If it's not melted, repeat in 30-second increments.
  • Pour the chocolate mixture over the cereal. Gently stir until the cereal is evenly covered with the chocolate.
  • Transfer the chocolate-coated cereal to a large baking sheet lined with waxed paper. Sift some of the powdered sugar over it and then gently stir it some more. Repeat until all the powdered sugar is gone.
  • Refrigerate the pan to speed up the chocolate setting process.
  • To serve, arrange the puppy chow to a serving bowl.

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I refrigerate the bags of Chocolate Chex until it’s ready to be served. Then you can just throw it into a bowl and listen for the munching of happy house guests!
Calories: 344kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 333mg | Potassium: 239mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 668IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 150mg | Iron: 9mg

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

3 Responses to Vegan Puppy Chow

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyLeyla Reply

    5 stars
    These muddy buddies are the best! It’s our favorite treat to serve at parties!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      I’m so glad you like this recipe Leyla!

  2. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyJasmin Reply

    5 stars
    It looks delicious. I definitely try at home for my children.

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