You probably remember the childhood classic recipe often spotted on the back of cereal boxes for "puppy chow" or "muddy buddies." Made of melted chocolate, peanut butter, and powdered sugar, this incredibly addictive concoction was always a huge crowd-pleaser. Quick and easy, it was my go-to for any slumber party or bake sale.
As I've gotten older, my palate has changed a bit, as have my eating habits. I've always dreamed about taking this exact recipe and turning into something more nutritious—and this year, as we enter holiday party season, I decided to rise to the challenge.
I replaced rice cereal with fiber-rich Quaker Oatmeal Squares and subbed in cashew butter for peanut butter. You could easily use almond butter or your favorite nut or seed butter (even tahini could work well!). Next, I added cinnamon and honey for sweetness, a deeper, more layered flavor, and even more health benefits. Finally, I swapped out the powdered sugar for a superfood: chia seeds. Yep, I said chia! I love to use chia seeds in my cooking, as their amazing nutritive properties are well-documented. They also add a wonderful crunch to this decidedly grown-up Puppy Chow.