Sunday, January 24, 2010

Puppy Chow

In honor of the big game today - Vikings vs Saints - Doodle and I decided to make some game day goodies. Her latest GF favorite is Rice Chex and she has been drooling over the snacks on the back of the package - which are NOT GF or Dairy Free. I applaud General Mills for making some of the Chex cereals Gluten Free - but why not go the whole nine yards and print recipes that are also Gluten Free? (small rant) At any rate, we decided to do it for them. Here's our favorite version of Puppy Chow (aka Muddy Buddies).

Dairy Free Puppy Chow

9 cups GF Chex Cereal (corn or rice)
1 Cup Dairy Free Chocolate Chips
1/2 Cup GF Peanut Butter
1/4 Cup Earth Balance Butter Substitute
1 tsp Vanilla
1 1/2 Cups Powder Sugar

1. Place Chex in a large bowl.
2. In a small bowl, place Chocolate Chips, Peanut Butter, Butter Substitute. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Remove and stir mixture.
3. Microwave on high for another 30 seconds. Remove and stir until smooth. Add vanilla and stir together.
4. Pour mixture on top of the Chex. Stir until completely and evenly coated.
5. Place Chex in a 2 gallon storage bag. Add powder sugar. Seal the bag and shake vigorously until evenly coated.
6. Spread out on wax or parchment paper to cool. Place in large bowl and get ready to celebrate a great football game!

Dairy free chocolate can be tricky to find on store shelves. I tend to use Enjoy Life brand chocolate as it is completely free from all allergens. It is a bit pricier, however. If your store carries Ghiradelli semi-sweet chocolate chips, these also work well. Mine, unfortunately, does not carry the semi-sweet version.

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