peanut free puppy chow
That being said, I am a former lover of peanuts. Desserts, savory dishes, you name it – I loved adding peanut-y goodness to it. We are clearly not the only family to be living with food allergies (and truly we are completely blessed that it’s just a peanut allergy as some families are dealing with far further complicated allergy combinations). Luckily, there have been several new peanut butter alternatives to hit the market, my favorite being Sunbutter which is a butter made from sunflower seeds. It has the creaminess (and crunchiness in some cases) of peanut butter, and while the flavor and taste is definately ‘sunflower seeds’, it makes a wonderful roasted nutty swap out for peanut butter. Spread it on apples and graham crackers or pair it with your favorite jam. It is the way I have been able to fill the peanut butter sized hole in my life. Baking and cooking with Sunbutter can sometimes be a challenge (it doesn’t always get along with baking powder and soda so recipes need to be altered specifically for Sunbutter), in a recipe where the Sunbutter is simply melted along with other ingredients, it shines like a star.
Last night, the kiddies and I decided to whip up a little ‘night before the first day of school’ treat. It was so easy, and so completely addicting that I have to share it with you. It’s an old classic that I grew up with called Puppy Chow. Here’s what to do:
Melt some Sunbutter, chocolate chips, and butter in a microwave safe dish. Stir it up until it’s all shiny and melty. mmmm…..
Mix with some crunchy cereal.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar and toss it around a bit.
Voila! Super easy. Super sweet and crunchy.
It’s really very difficult to stop eating. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
(Disclaimer: This is not a paid endorsement of Sunbutter, I just love it and want to share with you all)
Peanut Free Puppy Chow
Yield: 4 cups (can be doubled or tripled)
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Place chocolate chips, butter and sunflower butter in a microwave safe dish. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir. Microwave for 1 more minute. Watch closely so chocolate does not burn. Mixture should be nice and melty.
Pour cereal into a large bowl. Spoon melted chocolate mixture over cereal and toss to coat. This will take a few minutes to cover thoroughly. Sprinkle half of powdered sugar over cereal mixture and toss gently. Sprinkle remaining sugar over mixture and toss to coat. Allow to cool. Store in an air tight container.