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Gluten-free Trail Mix Muddy Buddies

Updated: Apr 28, 2022

This recipe combines the best of two favorite snacks into one satisfying treat….trail mix and muddy buddies (aka puppy chow)! It’s a little salty, a whole lotta sweet, and full of crunchy and chewy textures from the addition of Reese’s Pieces, pretzels, cashews, and raisins. With the nutty goodness from the cashews and peanut butter mixed with the sweetness from the muddy buddies and chocolate you get a dangerously addictive and totally irresistible treat. This outrageously fun no-bake snack will become your favorite, go-to finger food perfect for munching and entertaining.

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Trail Mix Muddy Buddies

  • 4½ cups Peanut Butter Chex Cereal

  • 4½ cups Rice Chex Cereal

  • 1 cup gluten-free semi-sweet chocolate chips

  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter

  • ¼ cup salted butter

  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

  • 1½ cups confectioners’ sugar

  • 1½ cups Reese’s Pieces candies (or Fall Harvest M&M's)

  • 3 cups gluten-free pretzels

  • 1½ cups cashews (or almonds)

  • ½ cup raisins (optional)


Trail Mix Muddy Buddies

  1. In a large bowl, add the cereals.

  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, add the chocolate chips, peanut butter, butter, and vanilla. Microwave on high for 1 minute and stir. Continue microwaving in 30 second increments until the mixture is melted and can be stirred smooth.

  3. Pour the chocolate mixture over the cereal, and gently stir until the cereal is evenly coated.

  4. Transfer the mixture to a 2-gallon plastic storage bag and add the confectioners’ sugar. Seal the bag and shake well until the cereal is evenly coated.

  5. Spread onto a large cookie sheet and allow to cool until the chocolate is set.

  6. Once set, pour the muddy buddies into a large bowl and add in the Reese’s Pieces, pretzels, cashews, raisins, and other mix-ins as desired.

  7. Store in an airtight container.

Are you nuts for peanut butter? Then check out these other recipes featuring peanut butter in all of its creamy, salty, and nutty glory.

No-bake desserts are perfect for summer or for when you want a sweet treat, but just don’t feel like turning on the oven. They're quick, easy, and delicious. Nothing beats a refreshing, cool treat after a long day in the hot sun. Satisfy your sweet tooth and cool off with this variety of dreamy no-bake creations that can chill in the fridge or freezer until you need them.

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