07 March 2012
How it took me so long to discover the simple delight that is Puppy Chow, I'll never know. I've made it a few times since first tasting the sweet treat (intended for humans, not dogs). One can find a myriad recipes for it online. Puppy Chow's traditional form--cereal squares coated in melted chocolate and peanut butter, then tossed in powered sugar--is not vegan, but easily made so with substitutions of nondairy butter and chocolate for their respective dairy-based counterparts. One could use gluten-free rice cereal if gluten sensitivity is a concern (not the case for me, but what I chose for this batch anyway). I put a different spin on the snack here by using equal parts crunchy almond butter and bittersweet chocolate, a touch of almond extract in addition to the vanilla, and a dash of instant espresso powder. Restrained munching followed, with some difficulty.