Friday, December 23, 2011

Indulgences: White Chocolate Peanut Butter Puppy Chow

Having gone dairy and gluten-free this fall, I started searching for recipes I could make and share at Christmas parties and holiday celebrations as well as, you know, eat with out doubling over in pain the next day.

But there are two rules of the kitchen by which I abide when making wheat-gluten and dairy-free treats:

First, it can't taste like a cop-out version of something like it; it must stand its own ground in taste and flavor.

And, second, it cannot contain a bunch of unpronounceable ingredients.

This White Chocolate Peanut Butter Puppy Chow -- both dairy and wheat-gluten free -- exceeds rule number one and pretty much meets rule number two with the exception of the slight amount of preservative in the Chex cereal. {I'm currently on the hunt for a Chex-like cereal that doesn't have anything gunky in it. Suggestion welcome!}

While it's not {I repeat, not} the healthiest recipe I've ever shared, it might be one of the most addictive; so you have been warned.

At any rate, it's a nice indulgence once or twice per year when you want to whip up something sweet and crunchy for a celebration.

White Chocolate Puppy Chow

*1/2 Cup Coconut Oil
* 1/2 Cup of Peanut Butter Company White Chocolate Wonderful
* 1 Cup of creamy Peanut Butter
* 4 Bricks of {dairy-free!} Baker's Chocolate
* 1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
* 8 Cups of crispy rice cereal like Chex
* 1/2 Cup of Powdered Sugar


A top of a low flame in a steel pan, slowly {sllloooooowly -- don't want it to burn!} melt the coconut oil. {We like both Nutiva and Spectrum, but having been using Spectrum more often because it's easily found on the baking aisle shelves of our local Super Target. Score!}

Next, add the baker's chocolate {dairy-free, of course, and also found on the shelves of the baking aisle at Super Target!}, slowly melting it while mixing it with the coconut oil.

After the chocolate and coconut oil are mixed thoroughly, add both peanut butter mixtures {One more huge score for Super Target, as the White Chocolate Wonderful is found there as well!} and stir like crazy, allowing it to slowly melt atop the low flame while blending with the chocolate and coconut oil.

After the mixture is thoroughly mixed, add the teaspoon of vanilla.

Turn off the flame, and begin mixing in the cereal one cup at a time, coating the cereal evenly with the wonderfully gooey mixture.

After the cereal is thoroughly coated, add the powdered sugar to a paper bag and then dump the cereal into the bag.

Fold the bag and make a tight seal before shaking to coat the cereal with powered sugar.

Let the puppy chow cool and enjoy.