Breakaway from the traditional puppy chow (also known as muddy buddies) recipe and add some banana cream-flavored flair to your snack!Jump to Recipe
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.
Originally Published On: March 26, 2018
Last Updated On: January 14, 2020
Banana Cream Puppy Chow
- 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
- 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
All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.
44 thoughts on “Banana Cream Puppy Chow”
I love puppy chow and your version sounds ah-mazingly delicious! I would have never thought of Banana Creme.
The banana cream make such a great puppy chow! It’s yummy but still keeps it light.
Such a cute idea! Love the simple recipe too, thank you!
Thanks! It’s surprisingly easy to put together and such a hit, especially with the kids.
This looks so yummy! I’ll have to whip this up this weekend!
I hope you enjoy it!
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.
My boys both love anything banana, too, so they love when I make this for us.
This looks amazing!! I just made some peanut butter puppy chow for my first time ever and have never even seen banana chow before!!!
Peanut butter is the usual version, but I personally can’t stand peanut butter so had to find other options.
A banana themed party is so different! You definitely picked the right snack too! The kids would love it!
I wasn’t quite sure what to even do with a banana party but it ended up being a lot of fun!
Puppy chow is a favorite snack treat around our house. We have never made Banana cream puppy chow. Will be making this very soon.
It’s such a great snack to make quickly and munch on. So far, banana cream is our favorite flavor.
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.
It doesn’t stay good long, but it’s amazingly delicious when it’s fresh! The banana party was so fun but definitely different!
YUMMY! I have never heard of this but it looks so yummy.
Typically it’s made with peanut butter but since the party was banana themed we had to go with something different!
This is a great idea. I love this. Puppy chow is my husband’s favorite…but we have never done banana flavored!!
Oh man, you should definitely give it a try! The banana flavor is so fresh and light.
This is such an amazing idea for kids party. It so easy and quick to make. I bet kids love those snacks.
Both the kids and adults devoured this!
I have never heard of puppy chow so this is a new concept for me. What an interesting idea. Sucks that it doesn’t last past the first day.
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.
Oh this looks so interesting. This is really new for me and Would love to try these 🙂
It’s definitely different from traditional puppy chow, but we love this flavor!
My husband loves puppy chow so I’m always making different puppy chow’s for him. I bet he’d love your yummy recipe!
I don’t like regular puppy chow since I don’t eat peanut butter, but any of these sweet flavors are delicious for me!
Ive never heard of puppy chow before but it sure looks tasty! And hope your son loved it!
Oh man, it’s such a delicious snack. We all loved it and it was perfect for his party.
oh this looks DELICIOUS!!!! I am so gonna make it this weekend, thank you so so much.
Awesome, I hope you enjoy the yummy snack!
I’ve never tried puppy chow before, but this looks absolutely delicious!
Oh, you should definitely give it a try!
This is such a fun idea! I love the idea of using banana as the flavor…can’t wait to try it!! YUM!!!
We needed so many banana flavors for my son’s party, so this was one of many. Everyone loved it!
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?)
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!
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!
We love all things banana here, too. I think that’s why my son went for a “banana party” for his birthday a few years ago.
What a lovely snack. Since I am allergic to bananas, what other fruits can I use instead?
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!
Tempting! I’m not a big fan of bananas but would love to give this a try.
It’s not overwhelming with the banana flavor, so you may still like this one.