Nutella Almond Butter Muddy Buddies

*muddy buddies are also called puppy chow, monkey munch, or sweet minglers

Do you like going on road trips? By road trip, I mean traveling long distances by car to a specific location. I tend to like it, mostly because I know I’ll be in good company (why go on a road trip with someone you don’t like?) and that there will be snacks on the road.

When I was younger, my family would go on these 8-hour long drives to Baguio city, a popular summer destination in the Philippines. Eight hours is really long and for a kid that was epic – it really felt like an adventure. We had a big van and I would look forward to the multiple pit stops to stretch our legs. And eat.

My most recent road trip was just a little over a week ago. I was invited along with Dan and a few other bloggers for a weekend event in New York by Jones Dairy Farm (more on that soon). We drove from Boston on a Friday afternoon and arrived at our destination in 3 hours. By “we” I mean Dan drove both ways while I was warm and snug in the passenger’s seat (thanks, Dan!) I brought a couple of baggies of muddy buddies and I thought they made for a pretty good road trip snack!

I was inspired to make these after seeing Sally’s Salted Peanut Nutella Puppy Chow. I actually made a different batch at first, using peanut butter and coconut butter. It was good, but I couldn’t get Nutella out of my mind so I made this new batch and it turned out fantastic.

Muddy buddies (or puppy chow, or monkey munch, or whatever they’re called) is usually just cereal – typically Chex or Crispix – coated in a mixture of peanut butter and melted chocolate, then tossed in confectioner’s sugar. I used Puffins – corn and oat pillows from an organic cereal brand I like. I also used almond butter and bittersweet chocolate chips because that’s what I had at home.

Even with almond butter and organic cereal though, these little cereal crunchies can never masquerade as healthy snacks. There’s too much Nutella and chocolate and it’s tossed in sugar. But road trip snacks aren’t always healthy, right? Besides, these lean more towards treats than snacks.

But still, these are perfect for road trips. And for parties. Perfect for midnight snacking after a night out with several cocktails. Perfect as pre-breakfast treat (yes, there is such a thing… come on, this has cereal!) Perfect for munching on by yourself while watching House of Cards. These are so good straight out of the freezer. These would be great gifts, too.  I packaged these in little envelope bags with wax paper and washi tape to give away. The cute name and the cute packaging will have your friends say “awww” collectively. You might also get an open invitation to the next road trip.

Yield: 7 cups

Nutella Almond Butter Muddy Buddies


3/4 cup Nutella
1/2 cup almond butter
1/2 cup bittersweet or dark chocolate chips
10 oz Original Puffins cereal (around 7 cups)
1 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar


  1. Combine the Nutella, almond butter and chocolate chips in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Heat on full power for 1 minute, then remove from microwave and stir. Everything would have started to melt together but you’ll still have some lumps. Heat again in 30-second intervals and stir until the mixture turns smooth.
  2. Place cereal in a large mixing bowl and pour Nutella mixture over it. Toss until cereal pieces are well coated.
  3. Divide mixture into two and place into large ziploc bags. Divide sugar equally and add to the bags and shake vigorously. Break up any pieces that clumped together, and shake some more until the cereal pieces are well coated. Keep refrigerated or frozen in an airtight container.

If you like Nutella as much as I do, you will go crazy for these muddy buddies. The Nutella flavor is very prominent, with only a slight nuttiness from the almond butter, complemented nicely by the bittersweet chocolate. And if you want more Nutella recipes, I have plenty. Here are a few:

Brownies with Nutella Frosting

Nutella Banana Pudding

Salted Nutella Rice Crispy Smores Bars

Nutella Cake Balls

Dark Chocolate Citrus Brownies with a Cream Cheese Swirl

No Bake Salted Nutella Oatmeal Cookies

Would you call these treats muddy buddies or puppy chow or something else?


34 Responses to “Nutella Almond Butter Muddy Buddies”

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet posted February 18, 2014 at 7:42 am

    I like road trips but this would make me looooove road trips:-) And I’ll just convince myself that the puffins and almond butter make it super healthy ha!

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      Bianca Garcia posted February 18, 2014 at 12:26 pm

      Yes that’s the way to go haha

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    Christina Orso posted February 18, 2014 at 9:31 am

    i’ll never forget the first time i had muddy buddies. it is quite the experience. :)

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    Kate @ Coffee with Kate posted February 18, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Amazing flavor combo! I love puppy chow so much and trying new flavors. I’ve made classic chocolate and peanut butter, chocolate peppermint and most recently Red Velvet which was a big hit!! It’s funny you refer to them mainly as muddy buddies and I definitely go by puppy chow. Apparently it’s not a known thing as several people thought I really made actual PUPPY CHOW, haha.

    Here’s the Red Velvet Puppy Chow recipe:

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      Bianca Garcia posted February 18, 2014 at 12:26 pm

      Yeah the first time I told people about it they also thought it was actually for puppies hehehe so I figured muddy buddies is a safer term :)

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    Melanie posted February 18, 2014 at 11:32 am

    OMG! I totally want to eat that! I wish there were a picture with one bitten so we could see the inside! But still, I would really love those! Anyway, what is not to like if there is Nutella!?
    If you want to travel some more, I posted a recipe and pictures Provence on my blog ;)! Airfare free of charge!

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      Bianca Garcia posted February 18, 2014 at 12:25 pm

      Thank you! Someday I’d like to go to Provence too, but for now pics will have to do. Checking it out now!

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    Michelle Lahey posted February 18, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    I’ve always called them muddy buddies and/or puppy chow. This sounds like the perfect road trip snack!

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    Meghan posted February 18, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    I love the addition of Nutella!

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    Amy Tong posted February 18, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    what a wonderful treat. I love Nutella. I bet I can munch on these all day long. :P

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    Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes posted February 19, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    I actually love road trips. I know a lot of people can’t stand being in the car for that long but I like to take in all the scenery :). What a great idea for puppy chow! We used to call it “trash” growing up.

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      Bianca Garcia posted February 19, 2014 at 12:44 pm

      Heehee trash never tasted so good! :)

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    Amy @ Elephant Eats posted February 19, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    I have NEVER made muddy buddies and I don’t know what i’m waiting for. Every time I see a post about it I want them so badly! Totally loving that you used Puffins :) And I totally think bringing these along is payment for getting to be passenger both ways ;)

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    Megan posted February 19, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    Puppy chow was one of our go-to snacks in college! This Nutella version sounds amazing!

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    Joanne posted February 20, 2014 at 7:41 am

    I can deal with 4-5 hour road trips, but much more than that and I go stir crazy! Though, I imagine having these muddy buddies would help!

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl posted February 20, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    I want to eat these buddies all day long… but let’s talk about those Brownies with Nutella Frosting too – swooooooon!

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    Shashi @ RunninSrilankan posted February 21, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    I am probably in the minority – but I have never had puppy chow or muddy buddies – I seem to be missing out!

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      Bianca Garcia posted February 21, 2014 at 4:25 pm

      You should try them soon, but fair warning: they’re pretty addicting!

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    Lawyer Loves Lunch posted February 21, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    OMG these are like kicked up muddy buddies! I love the variation on the classic! :)

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    Simply Life posted February 21, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    oh wow! this looks way too addicting!!!!

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      Bianca Garcia posted February 21, 2014 at 4:26 pm

      Yes, it is too easy to just continuously eat them!

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    Deborah posted February 21, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    I’m thinking a road trip is in order just to have an excuse to make a big batch of this!!!

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    The Hungry Mum posted February 21, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    *faints* So much amazingness right here. Nutella heaven!

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    Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe posted February 22, 2014 at 12:49 am

    I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that I’ve never tried muddy buddies, but I think I’m going to have to change that sad fact very soon! These look totally addictive!

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    whatjessicabakednext posted February 22, 2014 at 5:41 am

    These look absolutely divine!

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    Nina @ Crazy for Cookies and More posted February 22, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    YUM! These sound and look amazing!!!

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    Rebecca @ Dorm Room Baker posted February 22, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    Oh jeez do I remember car trips as a kid (and by car trips I mean all out Armageddon). My two younger sisters and I would all be thrown into the back of the mini-van on the 10 hour drive up to Lake Tahoe from LA every summer while my poor parents would try to stop the inevitable battle royale in the back seat. Somehow I think if they’d thrown some of this our way that would have helped a lot! We would have been way too busy stuffing our faces with chocolatey goodness to think about killing each other haha. Also, I’m surprised you were able to get out of Boston and to NY with the amount of snow we’ve gotten over the past few weeks. Major props to you!

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    Sarah & Arkadi posted February 24, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    Fun muddy buddies! (i like this name the most!)

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    grace posted February 25, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    these look so perfect–those layers around the cereal look so thick and inviting! great version of one of my childhood favorites!

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    milkteaxx posted February 25, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    ive never had these before but if it has nutella im sold!

  25. #
    Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling posted March 1, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    My kids love Puffins….and we all love muddy buddies! Great recipe, thanks for sharing at SNF!

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    Micheline posted March 18, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    My husband would cry if I made these!


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