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Keto Muddy Buddies (aka Puppy Chow)

Whether you call the recipe Muddy Buddies, Puppy Chow, or “that really amazing stuff with peanut butter, chocolate, and powdered sugar,” you will go CRAZY over this Keto Muddy Buddies dessert recipe. It has all the incredible flavors of the original recipe with only 3 grams of net carbs per serving!

keto dessert puppy chow in a white bowl next to plate of keto dessert

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Prediction: this recipe is going to change your life.

Maybe that sounds a little dramatic, but I am absolutely certain it’s a recipe that is going to become a dietary staple for keto dieters around the world. It is THAT good. When you have a recipe like this in your life, you say to yourself, “Yep, I can do this keto thing.”

I even tested it on a few folks who aren’t on the keto diet. There were a lot of OH MY GODs and various (happy) curse words that I probably shouldn’t repeat on this blog. 😉 The batch I made was gone in about two seconds… and I’ve literally thought about it every day since.

I am sure you figured out from the title that this recipe is a keto copycat version of the oh-so-delicious Muddy Buddies™ / Puppy Chow / Monkey Munch / Muddy Munch / Reindeer Chow (it has so many names!) recipe. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, all you need to know is chocolate, peanut butter, Chex cereal, and powdered sugar. (And rest assured, this is not a dog food recipe!)

Obviously, cereal and powdered sugar are a no-no on the keto diet. But don’t worry, friends… I’ve got you covered. I made a version that is low in carbs and is darn close to the original texture. (Personally, I think this version is even better than the “real” thing!)

Main Ingredients Needed for Keto Muddy Buddies

Before we get into the recipe, let’s start with the ingredients you’ll need. This recipe uses a few specialty ingredients, but they’re all easy to find (and you’ll be able to use them for plenty of other recipes).

Swerve Confectioners Sweetener

The star of the show and the whole reason this recipe is possible. It looks, tastes, and measures just like real confectioners sugar! Because sugar alcohols do not count toward net carbs, it contains 0g net carbs.

100% Cacao Chocolate Chips

I also found these at my local grocery store. If you don’t want to buy this brand, you need to find 100% cacao chocolate (bars are okay) that has no more than 2g net carbs per 15g weight.

Unsweetened Smooth Peanut Butter

Unsweetened Macaroon Coconut

I used macaroon coconut in these because it comes finely ground. If you don’t want to purchase this kind, you can put regular unsweetened coconut flakes in a food processor or coffee grinder to get a finely ground texture.

Almond Flour

NOW Better Organic Stevia Sweetener

Plus a few easily sourced ingredients like vanilla extract, butter, and eggs.

How to Make Keto Muddy Buddies

There are two steps to this recipe: 1) making the keto copycat Chex cereal and then 2) making the actual Keto Muddy Buddies. The cereal doesn’t take long to make, and it’s actually a stellar recipe on its own. Try it in a bowl of unsweetened vanilla almond milk with a bit of stevia for a delicious keto breakfast or snack!

Start by Making the Keto Cereal…

keto dessert puppy chow collage of recipe steps

Step #1: Combine dry cereal ingredients in a bowl, then add wet cereal ingredients. Mix well. This will be a thick, sticky batter.

Step #2: Spread cereal batter onto a non-stick cookie sheet. I highly recommend using a silicone baking mat on your cookie sheet for best results. Try to spread out the batter as thin as possible and as evenly as possible, but it’s not going to be perfect (see the photo above for my imperfect batter thickness). The thinner it is, the crunchier the cereal will be. Trust me when I say you won’t care if it’s not as crunchy as Chex when it’s coated with peanut butter, chocolate, and Swerve powdered “sugar.” 🙂

Step #3:  Put your cookie sheet in the oven for 12 minutes.

Step #4: Remove cookie sheet from oven. Carefully flip over your “mat” of cereal and let it cool for a minute or two.

Step #5: Using a sharp knife (or even kitchen shears), cut your cereal mat into thin strips. Then, cut the thin strips into small, Chex-sized pieces.

Step #6: Place your cookie sheet back into the oven and cook for 10 minutes.

Step #7: Remove cookie sheet from the oven and make sure your cereal is cooked enough. Note that it will firm up a bit after it cools down, so don’t overcook (or burn) it. If it needs a bit more time, return it to the oven for a minute or two.

Your cereal is ready! Again, this can be enjoyed as-is. It has a nice sweetness to it and makes for a great breakfast or snack.

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Then Make the Keto Muddy Buddies…

keto dessert puppy chow overhead view of process steps

Step #1: Add the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter to a large, microwave-safe bowl.

Step #2: Microwave the mixture on high for one minute, then stir in stevia and vanilla extract. Continue to stir until the mixture is evenly melted and no lumps remain.

Step #3: Combine mixture and cereal and stir until each piece of cereal is evenly coated.

Step #4: Add the coated cereal to a 1-gallon Ziploc bag.

Step #5: Add Swerve to bag, zip the bag closed, and shake until the cereal has been sufficiently coated with Swerve.

Step #6: Open the bag and place the cereal on a non-stick cookie sheet. Chill the Keto Muddy Buddies for at least 15 minutes before serving.

Step #7: Dig in and ENJOY!

Note: Swerve dissolves a bit more than regular powdered sugar, so these aren’t as white as the original recipe, but the flavor is 100% spot-on. If you really want that traditional coloring, you could dust a light coating of Swerve on them right before they’re fully set. Just be warned that they might be too sweet if you do that.

For more amazing keto recipes, you could give my Keto Crack Keto Coffee a try or any of these 33+ fat bombs!

Servings in Keto Muddy Buddies

This recipe yields 15 servings, each of which is about 1/3 cup. (For most accurate results, weigh the whole recipe and divide it by 15 to get the perfect serving size.)

Each serving is 3g net carbs. I assure you that 1/3 cup is plenty — this stuff is so sweet that you don’t need a lot to be satisfied. However, if you find yourself dying for more servings, only 3g net carbs per servings gives you enough wiggle room to have 2 or maybe even 3 servings. No judgment from me. 🙂 As a comparison, regular Puppy Chow is 29g net carbs per serving!

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Keto Muddy Buddies (aka Puppy Chow)

This decadent keto treat is out-of-this world good with a fraction of the net carbs of regular recipe.
5 from 6 votes
Print Pin Rate
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Western
Keyword: easy keto, keto dessert
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 23 minutes
Total Time: 48 minutes
Servings: 15
Calories: 235kcal

Ingredients

Keto cereal ingredients:

Keto Muddy Buddies ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp 100% cacao chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tsp stevia
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp unsweetened and unsalted peanut butter
  • 2 1/2 tbsp butter
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tbsp Swerve Confectioners sweetener

Instructions

To make the keto cereal:

  • Combine the almond flour, coconut, and stevia in a bowl.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until combined. (The mixture will be thick and sticky.)
  • Spread the mixture non-stick cookie sheet or one covered with a silicone baking mat. Spread it as thinly and evenly as possible, but it doesn't have to be perfect.
  • Bake it at 375 degrees F for 12 minutes. Remove the cookie sheet from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes.
  • Flip the cereal "mat" over and then cut it into thin strips using a knife or kitchen shears. Then, cut the thin strips into Chex-cereal sized pieces.
  • Put the cookie sheet with the cereal back into the oven for 10 minutes.
  • Remove cereal from oven and place in a bowl to cool.

To make the Keto Muddy Buddies:

  • Add the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter to a large, microwave-safe bowl.
  • Microwave the mixture on high for one minute, then stir in stevia and vanilla extract. Continue to stir until the mixture is evenly melted and no lumps remain.
  • Combine mixture and cereal and stir until each piece of cereal is evenly coated.
  • Add the coated cereal to a 1-gallon Ziploc bag.
  • Add Swerve to bag, zip the bag closed, and shake until the cereal is sufficiently coated with Swerve.
  • Open the bag and place the cereal on a non-stick cookie sheet. Chill the cereal for at least 15 minutes before serving.
  • ENJOY! This is the best keto treat you will ever eat. 🙂

Notes

Swerve and net carbs: I didn't include Swerve in the nutrition card because my nutrition card doesn't allow for sugar alcohols. Sugar alcohols have zero impact on blood sugar, so Swerve contains NO net carbs. You can read more about Swerve here.
The reason for the extra chocolate chips and peanut butter is to give the recipe a stronger (aka more delicious) flavor. You can't argue with more chocolate and peanut butter!
Keto Muddy Buddies won't be as white as regular Muddy Buddies because Swerve dissolves a bit when wet. It will still taste just as sweet as the original! If you really want it to look white, you can give it a quick dusting of additional Swerve right before it fully hardens.
If you don't want to buy the chocolate chips I used, you can use any 100% cacao chocolate (chips or bars). Just make sure that whatever you use has only 2g net carbs per 15g. Some chocolate has more, and that will impact the nutrition calculations.
Please do NOT feed this recipe to your dogs! A lot of people call it "puppy chow," but it is not dog food.
Nutrition Facts
Keto Muddy Buddies (aka Puppy Chow)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 235 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 48mg16%
Sodium 63mg3%
Potassium 33mg1%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 0g0%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 125IU3%
Vitamin C 0mg0%
Calcium 31mg3%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition Disclaimer



Nutrition facts are included as a courtesy only. They are accurate to the best of our knowledge based on the ingredients and brands used, but their accuracy is not guaranteed. If applicable, sugar alcohols have already been removed from the total carb count.

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  • Sounds good and I can’t wait to try it but I’d take “Puppy Chow” out of the name because some people might think it is a homemade dog treat and chocolate is poisonous to dogs.

    • Hi Dar, Thank you for your feedback! The “Puppy Chow” name is definitely a regional thing. Since publishing this recipe, I’ve discovered that most people have no idea what I’m talking about. 🙂 I swapped the name to Muddy Buddies, although that’s regional as well. Enjoy the recipe!

      • Thanks for the quick reply. Your Pinterest posting still shows Puppy Chow in the recipe name and description, you might want to make sure that gets updated. All your pet followers thank you.

        • Hi, love that i finally stumbled onto a Puppy Chow keto recipe! However, I despise coconut in all forms. Is there any other ingredient I can sub?

          • Hi Alicia! Yes you can. Here is a coconut-free version of the cereal ingredients:

            2 cups almond flour
            1 1/8 tsp stevia
            2 tbsp butter, melted
            2 tsp vanilla extract
            4 large eggs

            Enjoy!

  • Do you think there is a substitute for the Macaroon Coconut? Thank you in advance and I hope I can make them without the coconut.

  • Hi if I want to replace the stevia with more swerve what would the ratio be? Do you know? I can’t stand stevia

  • Oops, I do see the name change. Just one more request. Sorry to be such a pest but would you put something in the description at the top emphasizing that this not for dogs? Thanks again. (Woof, woof from Fangy Wangy.)

    • Hi Dar,

      I really appreciate your feedback. Unfortunately, I have no ability to change Pinterest pins; the pins that were already pinned are out there permanently. I have updated the description on my end for future pins. The good news is anyone visiting the post will see the disclaimers.

      Rest assured, I am not the only one who calls this recipe Puppy Chow. Here are the links to many reputable and well-known food sites that call it that:

      https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/food-recipes/g3764/puppy-chow-recipes/
      https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/puppy-chow-party-mix
      https://www.marthastewart.com/1165951/hazelnut-puppy-chow
      https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/midnight-puppy-chow
      https://food52.com/recipes/39070-salted-dark-chocolate-puppy-chow
      http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/puppy-chow-recipes-76220.aspx

      These are just a few out of hundreds of thousands of results. Hopefully my disclaimers and our discussion will ensure no one makes this for their dog. Thanks for fighting for our furry friends! 🙂

      • We have always called it puppy chow and we’re in the midwest. Being a dog owner, I would hope other dog owners research any homemade recipes they come across for thier pups. I can’t wait to try this. We made this a lot for school functions. All the kids are adults now … this would be great at family get togethers or movie snacks. Thank you for the recipe!

        • Hi Sarah, Thank you for your feedback! I’m so happy to hear there is another Midwesterner on here who knows the name Puppy Chow. Definitely give it a try when you have a chance… making it and eating it brought back all of the happy memories from my childhood!

          • Hi Jessica! I am way excited to try this! How would you recommend storing this?? Airtight container in fridge? Airtight container in the pantry?? How long will it stay good for? Thank you so much!❤️❤️

          • Hi Cristin! You are going to love it! I’ve stored mine both in the fridge and freezer in an airtight container. I’m not exactly sure how long it will last (because my household ate it all before we could find out — hah!), but I kept it for four days in the fridge and two months in the freezer.

          • Ok Jessica… this recipe is AMAZING! You have a new follower! Thank you so much for this! Growing up this has always been my all time favorite treat and now even better, it’s healthier!!!❤️

            One question though, next time I make this do you think I could just do 4 egg whites instead of 4 eggs?? I mixed it very very well but I have serious sensitive taste buds and could taste the eggs after making it ( I can’t even eat French toast because the same eggy taste🤦🏽‍♀️Lol) Thank you so much!!❤️
            Also, thank you for your response on how to store it best!! You’re absolutely amazing!

    • Hi Marissa,

      Coconut flour is a lot drier and denser than coconut flakes and even almond flour (the potential substitute Kim asked about above), so I’m not sure if I would try using it instead. I’m not comfortable recommending too many big changes before I try it myself.

      Do you have unsweetened coconut flakes? If so, you can process those in the food processor until they’re a bit finer and use them instead.

  • I am under the impression most people have the judgement making skills to understand this is not a dog food recipe. Do you think hot dogs are made of dogs dar? Ps, very excited to make this! Thank you for the pin

    • Thank you! I had a commenter who was very concerned so I wanted to make sure her concerns were addressed. As someone who grew up in the Midwest, “Puppy Chow” immediately makes me think of this dessert, but I discovered not everyone does. 🙂

    • Hi Allison! Each of the 15 servings is about 1/3 cup. (For most accurate results, weigh the whole recipe and divide it by 15 to get the perfect serving size.) Enjoy!

      • Ok Jessica… this recipe is AMAZING! You have a new follower! Thank you so much for this! Growing up this has always been my all time favorite treat and now even better, it’s healthier!!!❤️

        One question though, next time I make this do you think I could just do 4 egg whites instead of 4 eggs?? I mixed it very very well but I have serious sensitive taste buds and could taste the eggs after making it ( I can’t even eat French toast because the same eggy taste🤦🏽‍♀️Lol) Thank you so much!!❤️
        Also, thank you for your response on how to store it best!! You’re absolutely amazing!

        • Hi Cristin! You are SO sweet!! Thank you! (I would leave you a bunch of smiley face emojis here but emojis aren’t working on my blog right now… argh!) I’m so happy to hear you liked the recipe!

          You can definitely use egg whites instead of whole eggs. You’ll want to use two egg whites for each whole egg though, so try it with eight egg whites. What a shame you’ll have to make it again… haha! Enjoy!

    • Hi McKenzie! They’re processed differently (coconut flour has a lot of the fat and moisture removed, and it’s also less sweet) so you can’t substitute one for the other. If you can find shredded coconut, you can use that instead of macaroon coconut — just process it to a fine texture in a food processor. Enjoy! 🙂

  • Jessica, these look yummy but I’m having trouble finding 100% cacao chips. Can I substitute 100% cacao powder? If so, how much should I use? Thanks!

    • Hi Barb! 🙂 Unfortunately, this recipe won’t be the same without the chocolate — it needs to be melted to give the recipe the right texture. However, you can also use 100% cacao bars chopped into small pieces. Ghiradelli is the best 100% brand I’ve found (Baker’s is far too bitter). You can also use the Lindt Excellence 90% Cocoa Supreme Dark instead. It has a tiny amount of sugar and will increase the carb count slightly, but it’s an alternative if you can’t find 100%.

  • Thank you for this amazing recipe!! Absolutely delicious! I am still dumbfounded that anyone could look at the ingredients in this recipe and think it was dog food, lol! At least you have seen that 99.9% of people realize this is a snack food and not a dog treat. Thanks again!!

    • Thank you so much, Christine! 🙂 I’m glad you loved it! The dog food debacle was definitely an interesting one…! 😉

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