When you have a craving for brownies but don’t want to turn on the oven, this is a great option! This Brownie Puppy Chow is another alternative to the traditional Puppy Chow (aka Muddy Buddies) recipe. You can never have too many varieties of the classic and addicting treat! {Human Food}

Brownie Puppy Chow

Brownie Puppy Chow

Puppy chow, also known as muddy buddies, monkey munch, muddy munch, and reindeer chow has been around for a long time, and it is a favorite and fun treat to eat and make! Just like puppy chow has many names, it now has many versions of flavors! Trust me, I have made many of them, and they are still fun to try! Brownie Puppy Chow proves that brownies don’t have to come out of a pan anymore. This is a no-bake version of a brownie treat, but if you are still craving the classic pan of brownies, try my Best Brownies recipe.

ingredients for Brownie Puppy Chow

Brownie Puppy Chow Recipe

I feel like I keep repeating myself in the puppy chow posts, but like all the puppy chow treats, this one is so simple to make! It takes just five ingredients, and it is the perfect way to get your kids helping. They love to put the mixure together and shake it up. The only hard part is waiting for the Brownie Puppy Chow to cool so it’s ready to eat!


  • Rice Chex Cereal: I use Rice Chex, but any waffle shaped cereal will do.  This is just the vessel that holds all of the chocolatey goodness together.
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips: Semi-Sweet was the chocolate of choice for this recipe.  You could use milk chocolate too, but that might be too sweet and not have much depth of flavor.
  • Peanut butter: The great debate, creamy versus chunky.  When it comes to puppy chow, creamy peanut butter is the only way to go.
  • Vanilla: The vanilla really rounds out the flavor, giving it a smooth and creamy taste.
  • Brownie mix: You may notice that there is no confectioner’s sugar in this recipe; the brownie mix will be the final touch on these.

Pouring in the chocolate and peanut butter mixture for the Brownie Puppy Chow

How to Make Brownie Puppy Chow

Place the chocolate chips and peanut butter in a medium-sized microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high in 30-second intervals and stir after each session. (It’s usually fully melted in about a minute and a half.)

Continue until the mixture is smooth when stirred. (This is where I pause to get a shot for Instagram, who doesn’t love creamy chocolate pictures?!?) Then mix in the vanilla extract.

Pour the cereal into a large mixing bowl. (Bigger than you think you need, this gets messy.) Add the chocolate mixture and gently stir until cereal is evenly coated. Don’t miss all the crumbly bits at the bottom! Now, pour the coated cereal into a large Ziploc bag and add the dry brownie mix. Remember, the brownie mix is replacing the confectioner’s sugar that you have used in most other puppy chow recipes. You may need to work in batches. Seal the bag and shake until the cereal is well coated. Let the kids help with this part! (just make sure the bag is closed!)

Spread on parchment paper or waxed paper. Let sit until cool and chocolate is set. You can store the puppy chow in an airtight container on the counter or in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, but I doubt it will last that long!

Sprinkling in the dry brownie mix for Brownie Puppy Chow

Puppy Chow Variations

Over the years there have been a few brave souls who have decided to mess with a good thing.  It is a good thing they did because we are the lucky recipients of these amazing spins on traditional puppy chow!

Some of my favorite variations are:

Grabbing a handful of Brownie Puppy Chow

Looking for More Easy Snacks?

I am always looking for easy snacks to have on hand for my kids and me, so here are a few of my favorites.

Easiest Snack Ever

Ranch Pretzels

Apple Nachos with Peanut Butter

Homemade Pretzel Bites

Brownie Batter Puppy Chow
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Brownie Puppy Chow

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 2 mins
This brownie batter puppy chow is a great way to satisfy a craving without turning on the oven!


  • 1 cup (168g) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup (129g) creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 6 cups (282g) Rice Chex cereal
  • 2 cups dry brownie mix


  • Melt chocolate chips and peanut butter in the microwave in a small bowl. Melt in 30-second increments, stirring between.
  • After melted, stir in the vanilla.
  • Pour the cereal into a large bowl and then pour the chocolate mixture over top. With a spatula, stir well, making sure every piece is coated.
  • Pour the cereal into a large plastic sealable bag and then sprinkle the dry brownie mix over top. Close bag and shake until well coated.
  • Place mixture on a sheet pan and allow to set.

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Reader Comments

  1. Thinking about how awesome this would be with spice cake mix…with white chocolate chips and pumpkin puree. Will have to try maybe a 1/2 batch to see how it all comes together. Can you tell I’m ready for Fall?

  2. Fun to make with kids and tastes great. Just a word to the wise – as adults, we hold the ziplock bag on the top and bottom as we shake. Children are prone to tossing in the air and flipping it over, causing the ziplock to open mid-air. Either use a slider lock bag or staple the regular ziplock to prevent a huge mess!

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