Peanut Butter Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow

Yes, the name's a bit of a mouthful — just like this giant mouthful of puppy chow you’re about to make!

Thankfully, this isn't the Kibbles and Bits you may be used to. 

This recipe came from a need to scratch my fall baking itch, plus the fact that my oven was broken (the terror!). I'm not usually a huge fan of no-bake desserts, but I remember enjoying peanut butter puppy chow as a kid. So I thought, "Why not spice it up for autumn?" (Update: my oven is now working. Hallelujah!)

To be honest, I love and hate the fact that I perfected this recipe. I don't think I've ever made anything so ridiculously addicting that I had to get it out of my house! Out of sight, out of mind, right? I just have no self-control around this puppy chow -- to the level of embarrassment.

If you're not familiar with puppy chow, it also goes by the name of "muddy buddies," but since my version uses white chocolate instead of milk, and therefore doesn't look like mud, I felt puppy chow was more appropriate. It also sounds a lot more appetising. 

The peanut butter to white chocolate ratio is 1:1 in my recipe. If I say something has peanut butter, you're going to taste the peanut butter! I recommend using peanut butter without any added sugar, salt, or palm oil. Although not organic, I used Adam's because it was on sale because #studentdebt

Peanut and peanut butter M&M's, which also come in a wonderful autumn colour scheme, are the perfect addition. You could also go with Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, pretzels, regular M&M's -- anything you want, really!

I'm not a fan of super sweet things so I've balanced out some of the sweetness with extra peanut butter, cinnamon, and sea salt.  You don't want to use iodized table salt because that will taste terrible. I also don't use as much powdered sugar as other recipes call for. I think it's a bit of a waste and covers up the other flavours. Also, this is controversial, but I like having some pieces not as covered in the chocolate and sugar for a bit of variety. You can obviously add more if you prefer.

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow

- 1 box of Cinnamon Chex Mix cereal (about 8 cups)
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- 1 cup smooth peanut butter
- 2 + 1 tablespoon(s) pumpkin spice
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup icing/powdered sugar + possibly extra
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt + a pinch
- 1 cup peanut M&Ms
- 1 cup peanut butter M&Ms

1. In a 2-gallon resealable plastic bag, add 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and sea salt. Shake to mix well. Set aside. 
2. Prepare a double boiler with a large bowl, and melt the white chocolate chips. Add the peanut butter, and continue to stir, mixing until smooth. Take off the heat and stir in 2 tablespoons of pumpkin spice. 
3. Add the cereal to the mixture, and gently stir to evenly coat.
4. Add the coated cereal to the powdered sugar mixture, seal the bag, and shake until well coated. If you need more powdered sugar, add 1/4 cup at a time. 
5. Spread puppy chow onto wax paper covered baking sheet. Sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt and let cool.
6. Add M&Ms or whatever you wish to add and store in an airtight container.