Protein Puppy Chow Popcorn [vegan + gluten-free] • Healthy Helper


A healthy take on classic Puppy Chow Mix. Vegan, gluten-free, high protein, no added sugar, and made with puffed corn instead of cereal.

Protein Puppy Chow Popcorn

Some people call it Muddy Buddies. Some people call it Monkey Munch. Some people call it Reindeer Chow  (this is a new one for me!). And some, including me, know it as Puppy Chow.

But no matter what you call it, this classic crunchy, chocolatey snack mix is DELICIOUS. And today you’re getting a healthy, high protein, vegan, no added sugar version that you can feel good about snacking on whenever a craving strikes.

Protein Puppy Chow Popcorn

What is Puppy Chow?

Puppy Chow is a no-bake sweet snack mix made with a simple mix of cereal (mostly Chex!), peanut butter, melted chocolate, and powdered sugar. Sometimes people stir in extra mix-ins like nuts, m&ms, chocolate chips, pretzels, and more.

The melted chocolate and peanut butter coat the cereal and the powdered sugar encases everything in a sweet candy-like treat! Puppy Chow is SO delicious, but definitely not the healthiest of snacks. 😉

Recently, I had a craving for it and decided I would try to make my own homemade Puppy Chow…but with a Healthy Helper twist, of course.

Protein Puppy Chow Popcorn

Protein Puppy Chow POPCORN

First, I was going to start with a more traditional cereal like the original recipe calls for, but I realized I had a bag of puffed corn on hand that needed to be used up. So Protein Puppy Chow POPCORN was born.

This recipe is simply made with:

Without a doubt this recipe is AMAZING. Not only is it crunchy, sweet, and a great alternative to traditional Puppy Chow, my healthier version is:

  • vegan
  • gluten-free
  • grain-free
  • sugar-free
  • high protein

And SUPER easy to make! This is the perfect no-bake snack recipe to make for quick snacks all week long or even to take to a summer get-together.

Grab the recipe!

Protein Puppy Chow Popcorn


Protein Puppy Chow Popcorn

  • Author: Kaila Proulx
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Place puffed corn in a large mixing bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together protein, monk fruit, and peanut powder, set aside.

In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave chocolate chips and coconut oil for a minute. Stir and continue microwaving in 30-second intervals until fully melted.

Pour chocolate over the puffed corn mixture and add protein mixture to puffed corn and toss to coat. Stir with a rubber spatula until evenly coated.

Store in the fridge for up to a week!

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Protein Puppy Chow Popcorn

Looking for some other no-bake treats? Check out these recipes:

No-Bake Sweet n’ Salty Popcorn Bars

The Easiest Edible Vegan Cookie Dough

No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Sprinkled Donut Cheesecake Bars

Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Superfood Bark

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2 responses to “Protein Puppy Chow Popcorn [vegan + gluten-free]”

  1. Looks really tasty!! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party. Have a fabulous weekend.

  2. Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party. Hope your week is fantastic!

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