Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Nutella Muddy Buddies: The Valentine's Edition

I've had an unexplained craving for Muddy Buddies lately.  Well, I suppose I can explain it - THEY ARE FREAKING DELICIOUS.  Growing up we called it puppy chow.  Anyone else?  A little unappetizing as far as names go, but that never stopped me from two-fisting the addictive little squares into my mouth, leaving a cloud of powdered sugar in my wake.  It was a rare treat, but one of my all time favorites.

A key ingredient in this super simple recipe is peanut butter.  A no-go for our severely allergic little guy.  So, I started thinking of alternatives.  We use almond butter as the closest PB substitute for most things, but lately my jar of Nutella has been begging me to find some creative way incorporate it's hazelnutty, chocolatey goodness into every single meal  A tasty Valentines Day snack seemed more appropriate than dinner, so we gave it a shot.

I'm sure I'm not the first person to ever create a batch of Nutella Muddy Buddies, but oh mama were these good! 

Nutella gluten free, peanut free muddy buddies

 The classic childhood recipe we used growing up looks like this:

9 cups Chex cereal
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

I replaced the PB with Nutella,....and since the only Chex I had on hand was of the chocolate variety and the Nutella obviously has cocoa, I reduced the amount of chocolate chips to 1/2 cup.

Then I followed these easy steps....


  (add the vanilla after the mixture is smooth)


Nutella gluten free, peanut free muddy buddies




Nutella gluten free, peanut free muddy buddies

Here, you can break up any big clumps of the chocolate/butter/nutella mixture and coat the pieces in the loose powdered sugar.  Or you can leave them.  After all, the clumps are the best part.

Store them in the fridge in a ziplock bag or tupperware, and try not to sneak a bite every time you open the fridge door.

This past weekend we picked up a couple package of these treat bags from Hobby Lobby.  We planned to make a batch of heart shaped sugar cookies to send along to our kids' class Valentine's Day parties.  But we just might make another batch of crack muddy buddies instead.

With that suggestion, the kids jumped on the chance to empty a bottle of sprinkles on the them.  
Nutella gluten free, peanut free muddy buddies

All in the name of some festive V-day fun!
Nutella gluten free, peanut free muddy buddies

Would you laugh if I told you this is a great gluten free snack?  It's clearly not the healthiest of dishes, but if you stick with gluten free Chex cereal (as most boxes are), you've got yourself a pretty amazing gluten free sweet treat.

Was this a sleepover staple for anyone else growing up?  Who has put their own twist on this classic recipe?


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2 comments:

  1. Great idea! It looks delicious. We called it puppy chow too. :) I first had it in high school. I was on the school newspaper and every month when we did our layout for the printers (back when we had to manually cut and paste every article on huge posterboards and stay until it was done, no matter how late at night), our advisor used to make puppy chow for us to eat during the long ordeal. Every month, she brought the puppy chow. It was a fun tradition. :)

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  2. I made peppermint muddy buddies at Christmas and it was divine. I adore Nutella. This has win written all over it. I think I still have Chex left from Christmas, so I may just make some tomorrow.

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