Muddy Buddies Oatmeal

Or Puppy Chow Oatmeal. Or Monkey Munch Oatmeal. My family called it puppy chow, but I think it’s more widely known as muddy buddies, so that’s what I’ll name it.

Muddy Buddies Oatmeal by the Oatmeal Artist #Vegan

Whatever you know it as, it’s the same thing: a “Chex”-type cereal coated in peanut butter and melted chocolate, and then tossed in powdered sugar. How did I turn this into “healthy” oatmeal? I didn’t. I tried, and it didn’t work. This is one of those go-for-it-or-pick-a-different-recipe kind of posts.

That being said, it’s not that unhealthy. It’s on par with my Triple Chocolate Baked Oatmeal or Peanut Butter Cookie Baked Oatmeal. Or really, it’s on the same level as any of my recipes that combine chocolate and peanut butter. The only true difference is that you top it with powdered sugar!

And don’t bother skipping the powdered sugar. If you’re not willing to put this powdered sugar on your oatmeal, you should just make a different recipe. It won’t taste anything like puppy chow without the powdered sugar–I promise!

Muddy Buddies Oatmeal by the #OatmealArtist #Vegan

Did you know you can make your own powdered sugar? I have no real need for powdered sugar, so I didn’t want to buy an entire bag of it. Thus, I made my own by blending up the organic cane sugar I use for my kombucha with some arrowroot starch (cornstarch works, too). Some sites say you can just blend straight sugar, but that didn’t work for me; I definitely needed the arrowroot!

And no worries, you won’t be needing much powdered sugar on your oatmeal to make a difference. Honestly, it will still be less sugary than a bowl of Fruity Pebbles.

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Muddy Buddies Oatmeal

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

  • 3/4 cup milk of choice*
  • 2-3 chopped dates, or 2-3 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup quick cook steel cut oats*
  • 1/3 cup grated yellow squash or zucchini (peeling optional)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • 1 rounded tbsp cocoa powder
  • pinch of salt
  • Chex or Chex-like cereal for topping
  • powdered sugar, for topping

How to make it:

  1. Bring liquid and dates to a boil, add oats, and reduce heat to a simmer. (If you’d like to add a teaspoon of flax or chia seeds, do so now.)
  2. Add grated zucchini/squash. Stir occasionally.
  3. Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add vanilla extract, peanut butter, cocoa powder, and salt. (If not using dates, add maple syrup now.) Stir. Taste; add more maple syrup if necessary, but remember that you will be adding powdered sugar on top!
  4. When you’re pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Top with another splash of milk, a small handful of Chex cereal, and a dusting of powdered sugar.**

Just an FYI:

*You can make this with rolled or quick oats by increasing the liquid to 1 cup and the oats to 1/2 cup.

**You do not need to use as much powdered sugar as I did in the pictures. I used a lot for photography purposes!

Muddy Buddies Oatmeal by the Oatmeal Artist

About Lauren Smith

Lauren is a herbivore, Slytherin, and connoisseur of oats. She is a former teacher who is currently studying to earn a master's degree in curriculum development. You can follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

11 Responses to Muddy Buddies Oatmeal

  1. I used to call it puppy chow too. I used to binge on that stuff lol

  2. Heidi says:

    Yes I called it puppy chow as well. Who in the world came out with the name muddy buddies anyway? LOL So yes, I could totally make a batch of that stuff and stuff my face until it was gone! I love it with sunflower seed butter since I don’t do peanut butter. This oatmeal is gonna have to be a must try! You are so creative!

  3. Such a genius recipe, Lauren! I call them Muddy Buddies and I always loved the chocolate peanut butter version.

  4. I grew up calling them Muddy Buddies. The only time I ever was exposed to them was in middle school cooking because of my mom’s nut allergy. But thanks to Pinterest and food trends, I hope to one day recreate this oatmeal and other Muddy Buddy goodness using sunflower butter.

  5. Cassie says:

    My dog eats anything and everything, so if I made her a puppy chow oatmeal, she’d probably devour it in a heartbeat! I’d add chicken and bacon to her oat bowl along with some delicious doggy treats too!

  6. Christine says:

    I made this for breakfast this morning. It was delicious, and really did remind me of Muddy Buddies! My mom made Muddy Buddies for Christmas, so I had a recent frame of reference plus some leftover Chex and powdered sugar to use up. Thank you for the great recipe! I look forward to making it again.

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