Vegan Puppy Chow Recipe for Saint Patrick’s Day

Puppy Chow recipe It’s early March and the East Coast is getting slammed with another snowstorm.  So, What do I do?   I head to the kitchen to make this Vegan Puppy Chow recipe for Saint Patrick’s DayA few months ago I had never heard about Puppy Chow.  It was one night, when I was browsing Pinterest, that I came across it.  I made a batch and it was an instant favorite with the family.

I wanted to try naturally coloring the confectioners sugar, I was inspired by this post to color foods naturally from on  Using my high speed blender I naturally colored the sugar with kale.   I placed 1 and 1/2 cup confectioners sugar in the blender with one leaf of kale (stem removed) and set to high speed.  I was impressed with the outcome.  The sugar turned out green and tastes great.


naturally colored confectioners powder


Vegan Puppy Chow Recipe



9 Cups Waffle Cereal (ex. Chex)

1 cup chocolate chips (I used 365 Brand Vegan chips)

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/4 Earth Balance buttery spread

1 1/2 cup naturally colored confectioners sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

What to do:

Put the cereal in a large bowl and set aside.

Place chocolate chips, peanut butter, and Earth Balance in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 1 minute, stir and return to the Microwave for 30 second.  Continue until the mixture is smooth and pourable.

Puppy Chow ingredients

Add the vanilla to the chocolate/PB/Earth Balance mixture and pour over the cereal.Puppy Chow Chocolate

Use a spoon or spatula to coat the cereal with the mixture.  This is messy but well worth it.  Pour the coated cereal into large freezer bag, along with the colored powdered sugar.  You may have to do this in two batches.

Close tightly and shake contents until well-coated.  Then pour onto a cookie sheet, wax paper or parchment paper.  Separate any large bunches.

Now it is time to sample the puppy chow!  I love the combination of chocolate, peanut butter and the crunchy cereal.

Puppy Chows stores well in an air tight container.

What is your favorite cereal mix recipe?



About the author: I am a plant-based mom, wife, educator and blogger.

20 comments… add one
  • Never thought of coloring the sugar using veggies - awesome idea! Going to try this today - thanks!
  • When I was little my favorite "mix" was CHeerios fried in butter - seriously! So healthy, huh? My mother was so creative....:-) But this "puppy chow" has that beat hands down. And what kid (or adult) wouldn't love to eat puppy chow?
  • Sounds good...had to laugh that one could think it looks "moldy". I love eating green things on Patty's day.
  • I will have to make this, it has been a while since we have had puppy chow around
  • This looks great, saving the page to try later! :)
  • I am not a vegetarian, but this recipe look so tempting. I would rather to try then!
  • lol when i read this i thought that it would be a natural dog food thing. since i have no dog why would i be looking at this.... but what the heck i will look ok im curious as a cat hahaha cat and puppy ok its late and i am scaring myself with my humor
    • LOL I always thought of that when I first heard of puppy chow. It's a funny name but once you eat it you don't care!
    • We need to start a Puppy Chow craze and educate the world! :)
  • I love original puppy chow (and it looks so much like it so you wonder where the name comes from hah), but this is even better! I love the idea of coloring the sugar with kale! How healthy is that! Thanks for the recipe and the photos! I'll have to try this very soon!
    • Ari~ Thanks again for leaving a comment. I am always happy to find another use for kale!
  • This looks yummy! I think we will try this sometime this week! Thanks for the recipe!
    • Coretta~ Let me know what you think of it after you make it!
  • I've never heard of puppy chow either! This is great, and I love that you kept it "natural" Who would of thought that Kale would be a natural food color-er! Thanks so much for sharing!
    • Bonnie~ Thanks for leaving a comment. I can't wait to be growing kale in my garden again!
  • I am so happy that my natural green food coloring post inspired you! This looks yummy!
    • I'm so glad you saw this!! Surprised?
  • I gotta try that!
    • I will save you some!!

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