Cocoa-Coco Buddies

Are you a fan of Muddy Buddies? Maybe you call it Puppy Chow! Either way, YUM! This sweet snack is to die for.  We all know I love to explore in the kitchen, so my latest adventure was to create my own version of this all-time favorite party mix. I am a big lover, and I mean BIG lover of Eating Evolved Dark Chocolate Coconut Butter cups, and their "Classic" flavor is my go-to. The ingredients speak for themselves: Organic Coconut, Organic Cacao, Organic Coconut Sugar, Organic Cacao Butter, Himalayan Sea Salt, and Organic Vanilla Extract. I mean, you can't go wrong! I love eating them as is, but when my sweet tooth is feeling extra sweet, I spread a little almond butter on top! Talk about to die for. And thus, Cocoa-Coco Buddies were born! Wait, there's more! Instead of packaged powdered cane sugar, I whipped up my own powdered coconut sugar! So easy. I hope you will make and enjoy my take on this holiday favorite -and as far as I'm concerned, you can enjoy this anytime of the year! 

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups rice Chex cereal

  • 4 cups corn Chex cereal

  • 2 packs of Eating Evolved Dark Chocolate Classic Coconut Butter Cups (4 cups total)

  • ½ cup + 2 Tbsp unsweetened almond butter (I also used unsalted)

  • 1 cup organic coconut sugar*

  • 1 Tbsp arrowroot starch

What to Do:

  • In a food processor or blender, blend coconut sugar and arrowroot starch until powered texture is formed. Set aside. (This is the final topping!)

  • In a big bowl, combine rice and corn Chex cereals just so that the two flavors are mixed. Then, spread combined cereals onto an un-greased baking sheet.

  • In a small saucepan, melt the Eating Evolved cups over low heat. Use a rubber spatula to move around the chocolate while it melts.

  • With low heat still on and once chocolate is melted, stir in almond butter.

  • Slowly and carefully, drizzle ¼ of the melted chocolate almond butter sauce over the cereal, and using your rubber spatula, spread the sauce over the cereal, flipping here and there to make sure both sides of the cereal pieces are coated. Repeat until all of the sauce is used.

  • Sprinkle or sift powdered coconut sugar over the coated cereal. (I actually did not use the full amount, but the measurements of both coconut sugar and arrowroot starch are needed to create the powdered texture.)

  • Let sit for about 15 minutes before transferring to a party bowl or tupperware container.

  • Snack away!

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