Creating healthy Muddy Buddies has been a goal of mine for the past several years. I’m proud to say that I’ve finally done it!
I remember the very first time I ate those sweet, crunchy, chocolatey, peanut-buttery treats. During Sunday school at church, of all places, the day after senior prom. Back in the day, you wore your prom dress to church the next day. My emerald green satin prom dress got powdered sugar all over it! Grrrr! But those addicting poppers were oh-so-worth the mess.
At the time I had no idea what those little things were and didn’t have the again until my sister-in-law made them for a Super Bowl party! I may have eaten half the bowl by myself. Muddy Buddies has become a Super Bowl tradition since then, along with our 3 favorite finger foods.
This year I really couldn’t care less about the teams that were playing in the Super Bowl. The Patriots are a bunch of cheaters and I know next to nothing about the Falcons. Good thing I didn’t care about the Falcons after that abysmal loss.
Since I didn’t care, I had to make sure the food was amazing and decided to real foodify Muddy Buddies. It wasn’t easy trying to make healthy Muddy Buddies since they are a pretty unique treat.
How do I make healthy Muddy Buddies?
Chex isn’t the worst cereal you could eat, but it’s still highly processed with all sorts of added junk.
However, you’ve gotta have the addicting crunch and the vehicle for the chocolatey peanut buttery goodness. For my healthy Muddy Buddies I substituted nuts for the Chex and added some popcorn as a bonus for more bulk.
If you want to go full blown healthy, then make sure you soak and dry your nuts before adding them to this recipe. Confession time – we aren’t very good at soaking our nuts consistently.
Powdered sugar is only good for… well nothing really, but it makes the Muddy Buddies not stick together. I substituted powdered sugar for powdered Sucanat. Try using arrowroot if you don’t want that much sweetness, but we weren’t huge fans of that version. Using 50/50 arrowroot and Sucanat wasn’t too bad.
For peanut butter, I used an all-natural peanut butter to avoid the nasty veggie oils. I even made the chocolate from scratch with raw honey.
Alrighty, on to this beautiful masterpiece of healthy Muddy Buddies! Enjoy and let us know if you like them!