Remember puppy chow? That sugary dessert, probably from your childhood, where Chex or Crispix are covered in yummy goop? You may have called them “muddy buddies.” I remember them fondly. But where in our trying-to-be-better-than-before diets can we fit this?
Using one of my fave ingredients: PB2 (powdered peanut butter with less calories than regular peanut butter) and some sugar free pudding mix, I made a really simple and much lighter in calories snack, totally reminiscent of puppy chow.
As far as the base for this goes, I used Kay’s Naturals honey almond bites, which are relatively lower in refined sugar and full of fiber and protein. Otherwise you can use a higher fiber cereal like Fiber One Squares or just take the carb hit with something like Kashi Biscuits or Cascadian Farms Squares. The real calorie savings here comes from the outer covering anyway.
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- 2 cups Kay's Naturals honey almond bites or other square cereal of your choice
- 2 tbsp of light butter
- 2 tbsp PB2 chocolate peanut butter, prepared as directed
- 1 package of sugar free vanilla, butterscotch, or cheesecake pudding mix (I used butterscotch)
- Mix butter and PB2 (prepared with water as directed) in a bowl.
- Microwave the mixture for about 5 seconds until melt-y.
- Mix cereal into melted mixture until the bites are well covered.
- Let cool for 15 - 20 minutes so the coating hardens.
- Pour the dry pudding mix into a plastic zipper bag and pour the bites into it, mixing well until coated.
Macros for 1 serving (1/4 of the recipe):
112 calories | 4.6g fat | 2.5g fiber | 7.3g protein | 1.5g sugar
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