When our oldest was six months old, we found out she was allergic to not only eggs but milk and peanuts as well. This presented lots of challenges that we’ve had to work through. I can share more about these in a later post but this started us on a long journey to make her feel as normal as possible. This has become easier and easier as we have found products that are free of these ingredients AND taste good. The tasting good is big because we’re dealing with a young child. She’s been a pretty good sport about trying new foods. I have found that if I involve her in the making, she is more inclined to try it. She doesn’t always love it but she’ll try it because she helped.
Last week, my husband was frustrated that we couldn’t find our normal soynut butter in any of the stores we normally frequent. Our allergy girl eats a soynut butter sandwich several times a week for her school lunch so this posed a problem. He quickly went to Amazon and found that we could order a case of a different kind we have tried and liked before so he ordered it. Since we now had so much on hand, I figured I would finally start trying to make some fun stuff with it. Our first recipe was Puppy Chow, which is one of my favorites!!!!
For this recipe, I had to replace several of the ingredients with allergen free versions.
For the peanut butter, we used the I. M. Healthy soynut butter ordered from Amazon. For the chocolate chips, we used our favorite Enjoy Life semi-sweet chocolate chips! These are amazing by the way. They have been the closest to real chocolate chips we have found and use them for chocolate chip cookies all the time! I’ll share in a future post how I make milk, peanut, and egg free chocolate chip cookies that taste good! For the butter, we used our typical Earth Balance butter, which has been our go to since we found it. It tastes good and we use it for everything that calls for butter.
These came out so yummy!! It’s been hard not to eat the whole bag but we’ve done a good job with moderation yesterday…no promises about today! Peanut-free, milk-free puppy chow: (sometimes called muddy buddies)
9 cup Chex Cereal
1 cup Enjoy life semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup soynut butter
1/2 cup Earth balance butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 and 1/2 to 2 cup powdered sugar
- In large mixing bowl, measure out Chex cereal and set aside.
- In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the chocolate chips and peanut butter, stir frequently until chips are melted and mixture is smooth.
- Remove mixture from heat and and stir in vanilla.
- Pour the chocolate mixture over the cereal, tossing until the cereal is evenly coated in chocolate.
- Using gallon ziploc bags, pour half of the chocolate covered cereal into each one.
- Add roughly 3/4 cup powdered sugar to each bag, seal it, and let the kids shake until the cereal is coated in sugar. Add more sugar to the bag to coat the cereal.
- After sampling some, pour the finished puppy chow on a baking sheet or wax paper to cool, about 1 hour. Store in an airtight container.
It is super easy and tastes so yummy!! Hope you give it a try for your allergy kid or for yourself!
Happy Chow time!!
Do your or your kids have any food allergies? What was your favorite childhood snack?