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Dairy-free puppy chow in a wooden bowl with a spoonful of peanut butter and chocolate chips and powdered sugar on a linen napkin and table.

Dairy-Free Puppy Chow

Making your own dairy-free puppy chow at home is very easy. With a few simple swaps, you can make a dairy-free treat that the whole family will love. It's great for a quick snack or for bringing to parties. Trust me, it will be a crowd favorite and no one will know it's both gluten-free and dairy-free! It truly only takes a handful of ingredients for this epic chocolatey treat!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Chilling Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 509kcal
Author: Megan


  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy butter substitute (I used Earth Balance)
  • 2 cups dairy-free chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life)
  • 11 cups gluten-free Rice Chex cereal (1 full box)
  • 2 1/2 to 3 cups powdered sugar


  • In a microwave safe bowl, add peanut butter, non-dairy butter, and dairy-free chocolate chips. 
  • Microwave in 30-second increments, mixing in between, until the chocolate is melted. It should take just about 1 minute total. 
  • Add the Rice Chex cereal to a large bowl. Pour the chocolate peanut butter mixture over the cereal. With a spatula, carefully mix until the cereal is completely covered with the chocolate. 
  • Add the chocolate covered cereal to a large tupperware with a lid or a gallon-sized Ziploc bag. Add 2 1/2 cups of the powdered sugar. Shake the container until the powdered sugar has covered the cereal. If the cereal is not completely covered or you can see chocolate showing through the powdered sugar, add the remaining 1/2 cup of powdered sugar. 
  • You can serve right away or store at room temperature. However, I prefer to store in the refrigerator and chill for at least an hour for cold puppy chow. 


  • If you have a peanut allergy, other nut butters like almond butter and cashew butter work well in this puppy chow recipe. If you are steering clear of all nuts in addition to peanuts, then try sunflower butter.
  • To make this recipe vegan, use vegan butter, vegan chocolate chips, and a vegan powdered sugar. Most powdered sugars are refined with bone char to get that super white color, making it not vegan. Your best bet will be to use an organic powdered sugar, which are not refined with bone char. 


Calories: 509kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Sodium: 487mg | Potassium: 318mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 945IU | Vitamin C: 7.3mg | Calcium: 170mg | Iron: 19.9mg
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