Sugar-Free Birthday Cake Puppy Chow (Muddy Buddies)

Enjoy the nostalgic party snack but with nourishing ingredients and a boost of protein! These cake batter muddy buddies (or puppy chow) are low sugar, high protein, and ready in 10 minutes, and there's tons of flavor combinations to choose from.













  • 120g (about 4 C) rice Chex cereal
  • 60g (about 1 bar) white chocolate (I use Lily's)
  • 64g (about 1/4 C) cashew butter
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • 50g (about 1/2 C) vanilla protein powder
  • 2 Tbsp zero-calorie powdered sugar*
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp sugar-free sprinkles** (optional)


  1. Pour the cereal in a really large mixing bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, sift (or whisk) together the protein powder, powdered sugar, and salt.
  3. In a shallow bowl, melt the chocolate and cashew butter in the microwave for 30 seconds, stir to combine, and microwave another 15-30 seconds. Whisk in the almond extract until smooth.
  4. Working quickly (the wet ingredients are going to solidify fast!), gently fold the wet ingredients with a silicone spatula into the cereal. At first, it won't look like there's enough, but I promise there is!
  5. Transfer the cereal to a large ziploc bag and add the dry ingredients. Toss well until the cereal is coated in the "powdered sugar."  
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*You can also use regular powdered sugar, but this recipe will no longer be sugar free and the total calories and carbs will increase.

**To keep this recipe sugar-free, either omit the sprinkles or use sugar-free sprinkles.

See the blog post for more flavor variations.

Nutrition facts are a calculated estimate of 1 cup of puppy chow.


Serving: 1 cup / Calories: 365 / Fat: 17.3g / Carbohydrates: 40.9g / Fiber: 5.6g / Sugar: 5.5g / Protein: 15.8g

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