Banana cream puppy chow sprinkled with powdered sugar in a round white bowl with pieces around the bowl on a white surface (with logo overlay)

Banana Cream Puppy Chow

Breakaway from the traditional puppy chow (also known as muddy buddies) recipe and add some banana cream-flavored flair to your snack!

Puppy chow was a huge hit at Tyler’s birthday party. So I knew I wanted to make something similar for Ryan’s banana birthday party. Tyler had a Paw Patrol party, so the flavor didn’t matter. I wanted it to be a “puppy chow”. I found this recipe for a birthday cake flavor and tried it out. But then he decided he wanted a Banana Party. With that in mind, I changed to a banana cream puppy chow.

As I was scouring Pinterest for the slightest sign of anything I could do for a banana party, I came across a recipe for a banana creme muddy buddy (also known as puppy chow). I quickly saved that and kept on searching. I can tell you, there aren’t many ideas out there for banana birthdays.

What is puppy chow (besides food for your dog)? It’s when you have Chex cereal and cover it with some coating that will hold it all together (chocolate, peanut butter, etc.). Then it’s dusted with something powdery such as powdered sugar or cake mix.

No matter what you call it, the basic recipe is the same. I’ve also learned that it’s best to get the Chex brand cereal because it holds together better. The first time I made this I used the store brand, and the pieces were all falling apart as I stirred it together.

Some recipes for puppy chow tend to hold up better, but unfortunately, this is not one of them. Banana Cream Puppy Chow is absolutely amazing the day that it’s made. But by the next day, the cereal gets really soggy. Make sure this is one of the last foods you make before serving as it’s best fresh.

Step by Step

Measure out the cereal in a large mixing bowl and set aside. You want this ready to pour the chocolate into before the chocolate hardens.

In a small saucepan, combine the butter, white chocolate chips, and sweetened condensed milk. Heat this over medium heat and stir continuously until all the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth. 

Remove from the heat and add the pudding mix, stirring until combined.

Pour the chocolate mixture over the cereal and stir very gently to coat as much of the cereal as possible.

If your bowl is large enough and has a cover, add the powdered sugar and toss to coat. If you’re like me and didn’t think ahead, grab a ziptop bag and put half of the cereal and half of the powdered sugar in (I couldn’t fit it all in one bag). Pour it into your serving dish and serve immediately. As I mentioned, this doesn’t keep up well. But if you have leftovers and want to try to keep them, store it in an airtight container.

Recipe

Originally Published On: March 26, 2018

Last Updated On: January 14, 2020

Banana cream puppy chow sprinkled with powdered sugar in a round white bowl with pieces around the bowl on a white surface

Banana Cream Puppy Chow

Breakaway from the traditional puppy chow (also known as muddy buddies) recipe and add some banana cream-flavored flair to your snack!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana, chex cereal
Servings: 6 cups
4.91 from 11 votes

Ingredients

  • 6 cups Chex cereal
  • 8 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 small box banana cream pudding mix
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  • Measure the cereal in a large bowl and set aside
  • Over medium heat combine the butter, white chocolate chips, and sweetened condensed milk in a saucepan, stirring continuously until melted and smooth
  • Remove the pan from the heat and add the pudding mix, stirring until combined
  • Pour the chocolate mixture over the cereal and very gently stir until the cereal is coated
  • Toss the cereal with the powdered sugar
  • Serve immediately for ultimate freshness
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container
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Nutrition Facts
Banana Cream Puppy Chow
Amount Per Serving (0.25 cups)
Calories 192 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 14mg5%
Sodium 162mg7%
Potassium 102mg3%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 301IU6%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 67mg7%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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44 thoughts on “Banana Cream Puppy Chow”

  1. My younger daughter Yanah would love this recipe which has her 2 favorite things, Chex cereal, and banana. I will make it with her. Thanks for sharing.

  2. This sounds so delicious but I can see how it wouldn’t hold up well with the sweetened condensed milk in the recipe. I love that your son wanted a banana-themed birthday party, that’s so adorable.

    1. There are a few different names for it, but whatever you call it, it’s delicious! I think the “traditional” one made with peanut butter lasts a bit longer, but with the sweetened condensed milk in this, it gets soggy way to quickly.

  3. Ooooooh just thinking about this makes me hungry! LOVE this unique take on the traditional idea! Bet it would be delish with some cocoa powder added in, too!…(have you tried it with reg choc chips? wonder what would happen?)

    1. Oh, chocolate and banana would be a great combination! I haven’t tried that but now I want to next time we make this. Even though it was originally for the birthday party, we’ve made it a few times since then!

  4. You are speaking my love language with the banana recipes. Bananas are my favorite! I’ve never had a chow mix like this. It’s perfect for watching the Super Bowl!

    1. Hmmm….. I haven’t tried it with other flavors, but any of the pudding mixes that you like could work in this. I’ll bet strawberry would be delicious, too!

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