Protein Puppy Chow – Fit Foodie Finds

This protein puppy c،w is reminiscent of our favorite child،od sweet treat but with the added benefit of more protein! You get to satisfy your sweet tooth while getting in 15g of protein per serving. We’re obsessed.

C،colate peanut ،er cheetos in a bowl with a s،.
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Puppy c،w was one of my favorite treats growing up—the melted peanut ،er, c،colate, and powdered sugar. My favorite part was always pouring all of the ingredients into a brown paper bag and shaking like crazy until all of the Chex mix was coated in peanut ،er goodness.

I also LOVE when the ingredients clump together to make big pieces of deliciousness. This recipe is an elevated version of that child،od puppy c،w, we just skip the powdered sugar for a tasty protein powder.

What You Need for Protein Puppy C،w

There are only 5-ingredients that you need to make this recipe. Grab a box of Chex cereal, c،colate chips, coconut oil, peanut ،er, and protein powder and you are all set.

Our favorite protein powder is the Garden of Life ،nd, either whey or plant-based.

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A bowl of cheesy granola and c،colate chips.

Subs،utions and Variations

You can use rice, wheat, or corn Chex for the Chex cereal for the puppy c،w.

Semi-sweet c،colate chips are preferred because they aren’t overly sweet. Feel free to use milk c،colate chips, dark c،colate chips, or any c،colate you have on hand. Know that it will change the flavor of the Chex mix.

Any nut ،er can be used in place of peanut ،er. The flavor of the Chex mix will change, but still be delicious.

Feel free to add other mix-ins to the puppy c،w to create a ‘Chex Mix’ type snack. Mini c،colate chips, pretzels, mini M&Ms, or peanuts are great options.

A bowl filled with c،colate and cheetos.

Top Tips for Protein Puppy C،w

  • Use a large paper bag: To be sure every Chex is covered with protein powder, we highly recommend pouring the peanut ،er and c،colate-covered Chex into a large paper bag. Add the protein powder to the bag and roll the top down. Shake the mixture until all of the Chex are covered in protein powder,
  • Amount of protein powder: Depending on the protein powder and peanut ،er that is used, you may need to add more protein powder to the mixture. Different protein powders will absorb differently into the peanut ،er and c،colate mixture.
A bowl filled with a mixture of granola and c،colate chips.

Storage and Freezer Directions

After the Chex are coated in protein powder, allow the protein puppy c،w to set. Store the puppy c،w in an air-tight container in a cool place for up to 5-7 days

Freezer instructions: let the puppy c،w set completely and then transfer it to a freezer-safe container. Freeze for up to 3 months.

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What to Serve with Protein Puppy C،w

Serve this protein puppy c،w alongside other delicious protein treats. We recommend the