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Muddy Buddies with Chocolate Mocha Granola

Muddy Buddies….Puppy Chow.  Whatever you want to call this yummy snack is fine by me!  Muddy Buddies are Rice Chex cereal, coated in butter, peanut butter, melted chocolate chips and tossed in a substantial layer of powdered sugar.  I love this classic recipe, partly because it uses the ENTIRE box of Rice Chex, and it makes a ton.  This is the perfect no bake snack that you can whip up in mere minutes, and bring it with you on a road trip, a hike, a picnic, etc for the whole family to snack on.  But maybe just don’t forget to bring napkins too though, k?

If you have never had Muddy Buddies before, or have only had the store bought ones, then you DEFINITELY need to make these.  Muddy Buddies are so easy to make and cost a fraction of the price than buying them already made at the store.  And when you make these yourself, you can throw in some yummy add-in’s like I did with My Favorite Indulgence Chocolate Mocha Granola!  I thought the crunchiness of the granola would play well with the chocolate-peanut butter coated Rice Chex, and well, become buddies.  And they are definitely BFF’s now.

Just make sure you use the largest bowl you have in your kitchen to pour the box of Rice Chex into.  You need some room in the bowl to stir in all the yumminess to coat the Rice Chex evenly.

Muddy Buddies with Chocolate Mocha Granola

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Serves: 20-30 Cooking Time: 0-minutes


  • 1 (12-ounce) box original Rice Chex cereal
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (I used Ballard Extracts Chocolate Extract)
  • 3-1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 (10-ounce) package My Favorite Indulgence Chocolate Mocha Granola (optional)



In an extra large bowl, empty the entire box of Rice Chex. Set aside.


In a microwave safe bowl, add the butter, peanut butter and chocolate chips. Microwave in 20-second increments, stopping to stir the mixture each time. Microwave until all the ingredients have fully melted together (approximately 90-120 seconds). Remove the bowl from the microwave and stir in the vanilla extract into the peanut butter-chocolate mixture.


Pour the melted chocolate mixture over the Rice Chex, stirring the mixture gently as you pour, to ensure the chocolate-peanut butter coats all the pieces of Rice Chex. Continue this method until you have poured the entire chocolate-peanut butter mixture over the cereal.


Sprinkle one cup of powdered sugar over the chocolate coated cereal, stirring to coat the cereal. Continue adding the powder sugar, one cup at a time, to the coated cereal, stirring to ensure the cereal is coated in a heavy amount of powdered sugar.


If adding granola, stir in the entire package of granola into the Muddy Buddies. Some pieces of granola will get covered with powdered sugar and some pieces won't.


Let Muddy Buddies cool completely before storing.


Store Muddy Buddies in an airtight container at room temperature (I use two large Ziplock bags).

The granola added a crunchier texture and the flavor of the Chocolate Mocha Granola has a hint of cinnamon too.  See the clumps of cereal??  Totally ok!  The clumps are the best part 🙂

Muddy Buddies are the perfect treat to put out in a large bowl at parties, at the pool, late night snacking…I mean peanut butter and chocolate….come on!!  My Favorite Indulgence Chocolate Mocha Granola was the perfect addition to my Muddy Buddies, but you can leave yours plain, add M&M’s, marshmallows, nuts or whatever you want to throw in there!

Have you have Muddy Buddies before?  Do you have a favorite add in?  If you are looking for some more easy, 5-ingredient or less dessert recipes, check out TheBestDessertRecipes!



If you want to buy the Chocolate Mocha Granola from My Favorite Indulgence that I used to make this recipe, click HERE.  If you want to buy the Ballard Extracts Chocolate Extract from Foodlyn, that I used in this recipe, click HERE.

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  • Reply
    Julie Pollitt
    August 9, 2017 at 7:03 AM

    These look delicious! They would make a great snack for the kids.

    • Reply
      August 9, 2017 at 9:52 PM

      Thank you Julie! I totally agree….perfect kid food and I am sure the kids would have fun helping to make this too 🙂 XOXO

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    Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen
    August 9, 2017 at 8:28 AM

    I didn’t know you could buy muddy buddies. Why would anyone buy them when you can make your own? Craziness! Granola is one of my favorite things in life so you’re speaking my love language here, Kelly :). Hope you’re having a fantastic week!

    • Reply
      August 9, 2017 at 9:54 PM

      Thanks Kelsie! I think they sell packages of Muddy Buddies at gas station and at the grocery store. I don’t even want to guess what those taste like! The granola from My Favorite Indulgence is soooooo good too! Have a great week too darling!!! XOXO 🙂

  • Reply
    August 9, 2017 at 8:34 AM

    That is too funny. We had muddy buddies at my family reunion over the weekend and I was thinking that I needed to do a post with muddy buddies. Yours does have the added twist of the granola – I’ll have to try that! Thank you for sharing.

    • Reply
      August 9, 2017 at 9:55 PM

      Thanks Amy! It’s such a fun and easy recipe that everyone always loves! I can’t wait to check yours out!!! XOXO 🙂

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    Maria Doss
    August 9, 2017 at 8:55 AM

    The name Muddy Buddies is such an intriguing one! All that sugary coating… screams my name:) Hope your week is going great Kelly.

    • Reply
      August 9, 2017 at 9:56 PM

      Hehehehe the sugar coating……it’s like a sugar coma lol 😉 But the kids love ’em. Actually truth is my husband loves them hahahahah. Have a great week Maria! XOXO 🙂

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    August 12, 2017 at 10:52 PM

    Muddy babies is such a cute name! We don’t get them here in India.. But now I can make my own! This is perfect for on the go snacking!!:*

    • Reply
      August 13, 2017 at 6:10 AM

      Thank you Deepika! Homemade is always a million times better and Muddy Buddies are great for snacking. Such an easy treat to make. Have a great week! XOXO 🙂

  • Reply
    August 31, 2017 at 5:30 AM

    We love muddy buddies – we haven’t made them in FOREVER! Like the granola crunch addition…
    Thanks for joining us at last week’s Reader Tip Tuesday. I’m hoping you join us this week:

    We’re open all week & growing. Hope you have a GREAT weekend. xo

    • Reply
      August 31, 2017 at 9:25 PM

      Thanks Jodie! Muddy Buddies are the best! XOXO 🙂

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    January 21, 2018 at 3:26 AM

    Chocolate Mocha Granola puts a nice twist on this treat! Perfect football party food! Thanks for sharing at Celebrate 365!

    • Reply
      January 21, 2018 at 11:03 AM

      Thanks Jan! XOXO

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