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Cake Batter Puppy Chow Recipe

I interrupt the regularly scheduled healthy (or at least healthier) programming to bring you something not healthy at all.  Well, I guess it’s healthier than normal Puppy Chow, because I didn’t use butter.  Or peanut butter.  But, then again, I did replace those two things with cake mix…Either way.

This stuff is good.  I’ve tried really hard to stay away from the boxed cake mixes, because I value being able to make things from scratch.  But, I have to admit, I love the stuff.  The flavors, the ease, the fluffiness…that cake powder has magical cake powers.

Cake Batter Puppy Chow Recipe : So Very Blessed

I’ve been thinking about making this for a while now, but hadn’t planned my exact execution of the idea, but with the Super Bowl on Sunday and me not planning ahead enough, I didn’t have much time and needed something to bring to the church Super Bowl party.  So, as recipe invention normally happens in my kitchen, I just gathered some ingredients that sounded good and started throwing things together.

My first attempt was with white chocolate chips.  I was trying to mimic the normal Puppy Chow, so I tried melting the white chocolate chips in a saucepan with butter.  Don’t do that.  The chocolate (yes, yes, I know it’s not really chocolate, but it says it on the package!) will seize and your heart will sink as you look over at the bag and realize you don’t have enough left for another batch.

But then I remembered I had Almond Bark.  Glorious cake-pop-coating, pretzel-drizzling, Oreo-Truffle-covering goodness.  And their packaging clearly states that butter is not to be added.  Apparently I need blunt warnings like that.  My brain has way too much going on to remember things like not adding butter to white chocolate.   I’m busy thinking about baby moose jumping through sprinklers and our future gender-reveal party for my not-yet-existent child.

Anyways…I suggest adding a teaspoon or so of shortening to your Almond Bark.  I didn’t have any in the house and it worked just fine, but I think thinning the coating out a bit could have made for a more even coating on the cereal.  Just my two cents.

Also, a note of caution – the sprinkles don’t really stick. I tried to mix some in when I was coating the pieces in powdered sugar, but they all just fell to the bottom on the container, so I ended up sprinkling some on top afterward.

Cake Batter Puppy Chow Recipe : So Very Blessed

Cake Batter Puppy Chow

Cake Batter Puppy Chow

Yield: 5 cups

Ingredients

  • 5 cups Chex cereal (I prefer the Rice Chex)
  • 10 oz (5 squares) vanilla flavored Almond Bark
  • 1 1/2 cups yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • vegetable shortening, optional

Instructions

  1. Melt Almond Bark according to the package directions, adding vegetable shortening to thin if desired.
  2. Pour the cereal, cake mix, and powdered sugar into a paper bag or container with a lid.
  3. Drizzle melted Almond Bark over the cereal and fold down the top of the paper bag or put the lid on the container.
  4. Shake bag or container until the cereal is evenly coated.

Notes

Tip - The above method worked just fine for me, but some people are having trouble with the Chex and Almond Bark clumping together. Try thinning out the Almond Bark a little with shortening and mixing the Chex with the melted Almond Bark before coating with the cake mix and powdered sugar.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 15 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 110Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 166mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 1gSugar: 10gProtein: 1g

This information is just an estimate and may not be 100% accurate. Always double-check the nutritional information using your specific products and ingredients.

Liz @ Bl

Friday 6th of September 2013

Because I founds the other comments helpful, I wanted to add my own! I'm a long time lover of the traditional puppy chow so I knew I'd love this! I poured chocolate melts over Chex a little at a time, stirring well between each addition but needed to add two more cups to "unclump" it. I shook the cake/sugar mix over th bowlmwith no probleem, but I also had a ton of sugar/cake powder left at the bottom of the bowl so next time I'll reduce to using one cup of cake mix. (I used white cake). I couldn't get the sprinkles to stick and "show" as they all turned white. :) Great recipe!

Becky

Friday 31st of May 2013

So glad it worked the traditional way for you, Jessica!

Jessica

Thursday 30th of May 2013

I did it the way you do normal puppy chow, chocolate first then shake with the powder. Worked just fine for me.

Becky

Wednesday 1st of May 2013

Ooo...I'm definitely trying white chocolate and coconut oil! YUM! I'm so glad you liked the recipe and thanks for the tip, Shinae!

Shinae

Wednesday 1st of May 2013

I used white chocolate and instead of adding butter, try adding coconut oil. It turned out PERFECT! The white chocolate doesn't seize and there's a delicious coconut taste. Thanks for the recipe! It's amazing!

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