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Vegan Puppy Chow (for Humans Only)

Written by Ashley Palmer | December 13, 2011

“Puppy Chow” is a holiday staple for me. It’s easy to make, tastes fantastic, and makes a great DIY gift. Whip up a batch, and put it into tiny baggies or present it in mason jars decked with pretty holiday ribbons and tags.

This recipe is also great to make for a cookie swap, because you can make a lot with relatively little work. And, trust me, it’s a crowd pleaser—so no one will even notice that you took the easy route.

What is your favorite holiday treat? Be sure to share with us in the comments box below.

Vegan Puppy Chow
1 cup semi-sweet vegan chocolate chips
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup vegan margarine
9 cups rice cereal squares
1 tsp. vanilla (optional)
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

  • Combine the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and vegan margarine in a microwave-safe bowl and heat for about 1 minute, or until melted. Add vanilla.
  • Place the cereal squares in a large container and pour in the chocolate mixture. Stir gently until all the squares are coated.
  • Add the powdered sugar to the container and seal with a lid. Shake gently until the sugar has coated all the squares.
  • Place in the freezer for 30 minutes, or until the chocolate hardens. Once solidified, store in the refrigerator.

Makes 9 cups

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  • vegluv says:

    The name puppy chow has been in use for a very long time, peta didn’t come up with this name. Only those with a low iq would think this is for a dog. Also on a side note most brand name rice square cereals arn’t veggie friendly and contain animal bi products or ingredients. Check the organic area to find a beg friendly cereal.

  • Hollyannizzle says:

    This is a great recipe! Very simple to make and delicious. It’s the closest thing to reese’s I’ve had in a while. <3 peanut butter!

  • Textured Soy says:

    The recipe seems nice but I agree that the name was a poor choice. i had to check twice to make sure that this food is not intended for puppies and based on the ingredients I knew that it is for human consumption.

  • kari says:

    the name is cute and if some “idiots” feed this to there dog then that doggy is spoiled and is being feed table food, because no one could mistake this for dog food… thats just silly. i love this ideaaaaa i will be doing this! 🙂

  • Joan says:

    I think the name was a poor choice – if anyone actually thinks this
    is for puppies and gives them this treat it could be lethal!

  • Cernunnas says:

    uhhhh O.O it looks delicious!

  • mc1 says:

    Anyone who would think this is for a dog should not own one!!!!!

  • Kathy says:

    Unfortunately there are a lot of idiots out there who WILL feed this to their dogs. Bad choice for a name…..

  • littlerose says:

    Don’t you just love it when people don’t read and then start criticizing?!?! Classic. This recipe looks good- I am definitely going to give it a try! Thanks for submitting!

  • misstea15 says:

    First two comments are hilarious. Silly people. read the darn article!

  • Holland says:

    Hey All,

    Who hasn’t read something online fast and missed an obvious point? I know I’ve made that mistake multi times.

    So give the commenters who mistook this recipe as one for dogs a break. Credit them for checking out PeTA’s site instead, ‘K?

    Very cute recipe — one that doesn’t strain my culinary skills (-!)

  • Pavloveia says:

    Please excuse my ignorance, but by cereal squares do you mean rice chex?

  • Cassy says:

    Hello? Nerabianco? Can you read?

  • somechic says:

    Um, hello!! Can you not see that right in the name of the recipe it says “For Humans Only”? What part of that would lead anyone to believe they should feed it to their dog? Furthermore, what sensible dog owner doesn’t know that chocolate and sugar are bad for canines? This recipe is a very fun idea for those who love animals and don’t eat them. I’m going to try it out this holiday season and hope others will too. My nieces, who save up their own money to help shelter animals, are gonna love it. Thank you.

  • Hgthbrg says:

    I love it that people really think this is for dogs. Come on read the article it’s a sweet treat for humans ! Who has a cookie swap for dogs!? I’ve been eating “puppy” chow for years . I’m glad you’ve shared a vegan version for those who’ve obviously never tried it.

  • Terri says:

    Only a total idiot would not see the words in huge letters (FOR HUMANS ONLY) as part of the recipe name. As for being abusive to dogs giving them vegan food, I have had vegan dogs all of my life (I am a 52 year old vegan) and as an animal rescuer, the dogs I have had as pets and fosters as well as my rescues , I have always fed a vegan diet to and they have thrived. Many were near death when we got them. Our cats are vegans too and thrive, including ones we got near death. The animals don’t care if they are carnivore or vegan as long as they get to eat. How is it abusive for a dog and cat to live healthy lives well into their 20’s on a vegan diet? They don’t need meat. What they need is certain nutrients and the foods we get at provide all the nutrients a dog or cats need. People seem to think that dogs and cats think like humans. They don’t feel abused.

  • Happyvegan says:

    People – this is a popular human treat. Never is or was for dogs. ‘Puppy chow’ is what it’s commonly known as and is simply its name. Enjoy – it’s delish!

  • Julie says:

    Hey nerabianco and Ihall71373 this SNACK IS FOR HUMANS, not dogs! Why would you think that? The snack name Puppy Chow has been around for years. The non-vegan receipe also includes M&M’s and pretzels. You both are just stupid. xxoo

  • Ariana says:

    Please read carefully : it’s clearly written “for Humans Only” in the title!!!

  • gusesmom says:

    I think it is a snack for humans

  • nerabianco says:

    Hello? Don’t you know that chocolate can kill a dog? Trying to force a carnivore by nature to fit with a vegan diet is, well, darn right abusive in my view. And, um, chocolate? Hello? I love what PETA stands for, but this is too much.

  • lhall71373 says:

    This recipe is very misleading; some people might think it’s actually a snack for their PUPPY and that would not be smart – I don’t think dogs should eat even vegan chocolate chips!