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I love making the classic puppy chow recipe, but with a healthy twist. Especially during the holiday season!
Puppy chow was one of my favorite childhood desserts. It was so fun to help my mom make it, especially the step that requires pouring all the ingredients into a large brown bag to shake it up. The classic puppy chow recipe was a summertime staple in our household growing up, making it that much more fun to update the ingredients to incorporate in some of my favorite holiday recipes.
Only five ingredients are used to create this recipe, how simple is that?! To make a healthy twist on classic puppy chow, focusing on the ingredients used is key.
I will often swap ghee for butter, as ghee is a clarified butter that is lower in lactose. Due to this, ghee tends to be easier to digest for those who are lactose intolerant.
When looking for peanut butter, always review the ingredient list. If the peanut butter contains just peanuts and a touch of salt, that is a great choice. Be weary of fully- or partially- hydrogenated oils, added sugars, and emulsifiers listed in the ingredient list that may be added to some peanut butters. It has been shown in research that these added ingredients may cause more harm than good to overall health status. I personally like Santa Cruz organic peanut butter, as the ingredient list is simply organic roasted peanuts and salt.