Guilt-Free Muddy Buddies
Muddy Buddies are kinda like the EPITOME of an unhealthy treat — with 1/4 cup of butter, 1+1/2 cups of powdered sugar and a ton of chocolate and peanut butter, you’re in for a real
treat calorie bomb (and fat bomb and sugar bomb). This is the nutrition label for a typical Muddy Buddies recipe:
Yeah. That’s insane.
But let’s skip to the good part now… a healthier homemade version that is practically guilt-free. Here is the nutrition label for my recipe:
SO much better, yes?
While my recipe has nearly half the calories, half the fat, a fifth the sugar and double the protein, I would still consider this recipe a once in a while treat. I mean, this truly is a treat — it’s sweet, so chocolatey and sooo peanut buttery! But apart from the better nutrition label, I am simply not a fan of buying Chex cereal (or anything owned by General Mills, for that matter). Chex isn’t 100% whole grain and it does contain some sugar, but a very small amount. The only reason I used Chex to make these Muddy Buddies was because it is gluten-free and there is no other GF Chex substitute. For those of you out there who aren’t sensitive to gluten, I would recommend using Barbara’s Peanut Butter Puffins! I used to eat this ALL. THE. TIME. They’re delicious, all natural and vegan, just not gluten-free.
Anyways, here’s the recipe!
The most enticing tray of food you will EVER see.
Sweet chocolate, delicious peanut butter. Perfection.
I was surprisingly good about snacking on these. I was nervous having an entire tray just sitting there. Open. On display. In the center of my fridge. So inviting for my hand.
I have this bad habit of going to the fridge just to see if I want to eat something even if I’m not hungry, so despite the giant tray of foodgasm awesomeness I limited myself to a few handfuls throughout the day for a couple days. And then came Monday. I came back home from school, walked straight to the fridge (my normal routine) and unconsciously scooped myself a handful of Muddy Buddies. Fridge door wide open, I stood there snacking. When I finished my first handful I grabbed the tray out of the fridge and set it on the counter. I was SO. HUNGRY. On average, I walk about 3 miles a day around campus so I totally deserved a doubled-up snack 😉
I ate as I texted, reviewed the assignments I needed to complete and the chores I needed to do. Before I knew it I ate about a third of the tray. To my surprise, though, these Muddy Buddies are actually quite filling (due to the high fiber and high protein content!) and I couldn’t eat more if I tried. In my sugar-addiction days, I never would have stopped eating because sugar doesn’t make you full, it makes you hungrier.
Ah, what a delicious indulgence these Muddy Buddies are. I don’t feel bad about eating a third of the tray one bit. After all, this recipe is homemade, low in sugar, high in fiber, high in protein and contains healthy fats only (no butter here)! If I had eaten a third of a tray of unhealthy Muddy Buddies, I would’ve screamed, “Oh, s#&*!!“