Kids Snack: “Dog Food”

Posted on: March 5th, 2014 by
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I was recently sent a recipe by my sweet niece Aubrey. Aubrey is 12 years-old and probably thinks it’s *totally* awesome to eat a snack that looks like something you would feed your dog. Well, I agree. So after making a few minor changes to the recipe in order to streamline the process, I ended up with this:
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It IS awesome. And delicious! And vegan!

“Dog Food” Recipe (<-- click on title for printable version) First, collect your ingredients: 1 12.8oz box of rice cereal squares, 3/4 cup smooth peanut butter, 1 1/2 cups vegan chocolate chips, 2 cups of your go-to powdered sugar, and 2 three-foot-long sheets of wax paper laid out on your clean countertop. [caption id="attachment_426" align="alignnone" width="300"]dogfoodtreats2 This store-brand version of rice squares was cheap and had no milk ingredients.[/caption]

Then, melt together the chocolate and peanut butter over low heat in a small pan on the stovetop.

That'll make you start drooling like a dog!

That’ll make you start drooling like a dog!

While that’s gently melting, pour your cereal into one ginormous bowl or two large bowls. It’s a LOT of cereal and with stirring it gets really easy to make a mess if you have too much cereal in one bowl.
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Once the mixture in the pan is melted through, pour it over the cereal and mix with a long-handled wooden spoon.
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When all of the cereal appears to be evenly coated in the chocolate mixture, pour it out onto the wax paper in a single layer.
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Dust the cereal with the powdered sugar. I find that this is easiest with an actual powdered sugar duster (which I have in the cupboard but forgot about when I got much more inventive with the sieve) or a fine-mesh sieve! Tap the sugar-filled sieve over the cereal to evenly coat. Use all of the sugar, even if the coating looks thick.
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Once coated, pull up the sides of the wax paper to kind of “roll” the cereal around just a little to help coat all surfaces.
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Pour back into the bowl to gently stir if you need to coat the powdered sugar more evenly.
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Once evenly coated, you will have “dog food!”
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We stored ours in a gallon-sized bag. If only half full, the bag can be used to shake the cereal around in to finish the sugar-coating process if that sounds easier than the bowl-stirring method.
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If you wash your puppy dog’s bowl with soap and water really well, you can serve up this snack like I did so your children just stare at you for a moment wondering what to do. : )
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