Healthier Muddy Buddy

Healthier Muddy Buddy’s

Healthier Muddy Buddy’s

Or do you call it Puppy Chow?Either way, it says “Christmas time is here.”

After weeks of dreading all the Christmas take over in October, I am (finally) excited about Christmas.

And I’ve even been listening to Christmas music at home and in the car-willingly. I brought down Christmas from the attic and slowly started decorating and embracing all things Christmas.

I made my little girl SUPER happy when I got the brand new Christmas tree down from the attic.

LKBE starting to look like Christmas
Beginning to look like Christmas at LKBE

Holiday Baking is in full swing

Are you baking lots of cookies and goodies, too?

Can I share that I can no longer put off until a New Year’s resolution to start exercising. Because everywhere I turn whether in my home, my fellow food blogger emails, social media or shopping–> it’s all about holiday baking, cookie swaps and homemade baked goods galore!

Muddy Buddy’s -OR- do you call it puppy chow?

Whichever name you know it by – this snack is delicious and reminds me of growing up.

I love that I don’t need to preheat the oven to whip these up! And this is one treat the kids can make with me.

I made this recipe a little healthier and the kids don’t mind a bit!

I experimented with a couple of options. And while I like to stay true to the original recipe I want needed to create something healthier. Because let’s face it, these little guys can get polished off quickly (hence the above mention of needing to workout).

Do you exercise or work out?

I used to- I love to run and used to run a lot. But at this stage in my life, I haven’t been running seriously for a few years.

Since my last child was born a few years ago, I haven’t committed to truly exercising for a number of reasons.

Um, one of those reasons being, I wasn’t able to get much sleep the first year my children were born. I have mad respect for my mom runner friends that were able to run in their babies first year!

Um, having more than one child to take care of makes finding time to work out more of a challenge.

I did the baby jogger thing as much as I could. But my kids want to work out or run with me.

Which is exciting, except I have to do everything at their pace. So getting to the intensity I need wasn’t always happening.

Now they are a little older and I am able to give them some “fun” workout time and I am also trying to get in that higher level of intensity I need to reach.

A main goal for fitness in my life comes from my mother’s complications with her health. Some of the things she struggled with could have been resolved with physical fitness. So it has motivated me to pursue and maintain some type of fitness in my life.

Whether it’s walking, running, rowing, swimming, cycling, cross-fit, with a personal trainer or whatever work outs you like to do. Just do it! I want to encourage you to start or continue to exercise so that you live a healthier life.

The Battle

There is this battle going on. It has always been this struggle for balance in my life between my love for cooking and my love for running. They have either been ‘for’ or ‘against’ each other. And neither of these wants to lose their place in my life.

In addition to this battle, I’ve needed to come up with ways to cook delicious food my family would want to eat without sacrificing flavor for healthy alternatives.

Healthier Muddy Buddy’s Snack

One area I succeeded in was my recipe for Muddy Buddy’s.

The original (and delicious) recipe is chocolate, peanut butter, butter, cereal and powdered sugar-heat, melt, mix, shimmy shake in powdered sugar. Enjoy!

The alternatives I’ve tested in this recipe are:

Almond Butter Muddy Buddy
Almond Butter Muddy Buddy Little Kitchen Big Eats

Dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate

Almond butter (or any other nut butter) instead of peanut butter

Coconut oil instead of butter

Keep the powdered sugar just use less

What I’ve come up with is this: changing all of these in one batch wasn’t as successful as I had hoped. My family wasn’t totally sold.

But changing up just one or two of the options better suited their taste buds and could still be considered healthier.

What they enjoyed the best was changing up the nut butter. That seemed to be what they liked the most.

And for me personally, moderation is the key to all the Big Eats I create in the ongoing battle. Otherwise I could easily graze on an entire batch all by myself and my kids would be upset with me because I ate it all.

So of the options I suggested for a changed up, which of these do you think you would make?

Whip up a batch and let me know! Share it with me on Instagram, Twitter or find me on Pinterest.

25 days until Christmas and counting…


Serves makes about 24 1/2 cup servings

Healthier Muddy Buddy’s

10 minPrep Time

2 minCook Time

12 minTotal Time

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  • 7 cups of corn or rice square cereal like Chex
  • 1/3 cup of unsalted butter (or coconut oil)
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond butter (or any nut butter of your choice)
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (or dark chocolate)
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • Sheet pan
  • Clean paper bag or plastic bag


  1. In a microwave safe bowl add your fat (butter or coconut oil), nut butter of choice, chocolate chips. Heat on high for 30 seconds in your microwave. Stir to mix all ingredients so as they heat up & chocolate doesn't scorch. Stirring helps everything melt evenly.
  2. Continue to heat in the microwave for 15-30 seconds at a time. Stir in between to make smooth (this took about 60 seconds in my microwave).
  3. Pour over cereal and coat evenly place over sheet pan. Allow to cool. When cooled & set, break apart & place in bag, using a 1/3 cup measure sprinkle the powdered sugar over the chocolate coated cereal. Close bag and shimmy shake-add more sugar to coat all pieces. Feel free to use all the powdered sugar; I preferred to use about 3/4 powdered sugar.
  4. Other additions add 1 cup of salty pretzels
Cuisine: Easy & Quick | Recipe Type: Healthy Snacks


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