Muddy buddies… puppy chow… monkey munch… So many names for one delicious treat!
I personally grew up calling this dessert puppy chow, but through a poll on Instagram I learned that muddy buddies is the most common name.
I know what you’re thinking, “How is a recipe for muddy buddies grain free or paleo??”
First with simple homemade cereal. I really do mean simple! The dough is probably the easiest grain free dough I’ve ever worked with. You don’t have to worry about trying to make cereal with a sticky dough that rips or tears with the slightest touch. The texture is going to be different than Chex, because Chex cereal is just impossible to recreate at home, but it doesn’t change the experience. You still get the crunch from the cereal, and all of the flavor from the sugary, chocolaty peanut butter topping.
Next with sunflower seed butter instead of peanut butter. You can really sub whatever nut butter you want here, but I think sunbutter is the closest in taste and texture to creamy peanut butter.
Finally we’ve got homemade powdered coconut sugar. Made in seconds, it’s the perfect replacement for refined white powdered sugar.
Once you make your cereal, the experience of making muddy buddies can be the same for your children as it was for you growing up. Or, if you’re young and single like me, you can finally enjoy the flavor of muddy buddies that you’ve missed.
The recipes isn’t completely nut free, but it can be made so by substituting sunflower seed flour with the almond flour. The change will likely result in a greenish colored cereal, but once you cover it in chocolate and sunbutter you’ll never know the difference!
- 2 Cups almond flour
- ½ Cup + 2 tablespoons arrowroot starch/flour
- 2 Tablespoons ground flax seed
- 1 Teaspoon baking soda
- Pinch of salt
- ⅓ Cup melted coconut oil
- 1 Teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 3 Tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
- 2 Tablespoons honey
- ¼ Cup sunbutter (or nut butter of choice)
- ⅓ Cup Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips
- 1 Tablespoons coconut oil
- ⅓-1/2 Cup powdered coconut sugar
- 1 Cup coconut sugar
- 1 Tablespoons arrowroot starch
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, flaxseed, arrowroot, baking soda and salt. Mix in the remaining cereal ingredients, and combine until a dough forms.
- Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Lay the dough on a separate large sheet of parchment paper, and roll out into a thin square. You want the dough to be about ¼ inch thick. Use a pizza or pastry cutter to cut the dough into small squares.
- Using a small spatula (I used a pie server) transfer the small squares to the baking sheets. Lay them close together, but make sure they aren't touching. Separating the squares takes the most time, but is very easy. This is a great place to have little hands help out.
- Place both baking sheets in the oven and cook for 4 minutes, or until the undersides of the cereal pieces are beginning to lightly brown. Flip the cereal pieces and rotate the baking sheets (optional but will ensure even baking). Return to the oven for 4-5 minutes or until browned and cooked through. Baking time will vary by the size of your cereal pieces so keep an eye on the cereal while it cooks. Set aside the cereal to cool completely.
- Now begin the muddy buddies.
- Make the powdered coconut sugar by blending the coconut sugar and arrowroot in a high speed blender on high until powdered. Make sure the lid is on tight, or you'll have powdered coconut sugar everywhere!
- In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, combine the sunbutter, chocolate chips and coconut oil until smooth. Let cool for a minute.
- Place the cooled cereal in a large mixing bowl and pour the chocolate mixture on top. Stir so that it is all well coated.
- Place the coated cereal in a ziplock baggie, pour the ⅓-1/2 cup of powdered coconut sugar on top and toss until the cereal is coated in powdered sugar.
- Place in a serving bowl and sprinkle with more coconut sugar to taste.
The cereal can be made a day in advance and stored at room temperature in a sealed baggie or container.