Reindeer Chow that’s Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free & Soy-Free


Many, many years ago, Enjoy Life shared a fun recipe for allergy-friendly Reindeer Chow with us. It used their chocolate and cereal. Their cereal has since been discontinued, and the original formula was updated to make this wonderful dairy-free, nut-free, gluten-free, soy-free, vegan-friendly recipe. It’s perfect for the holidays and winter celebrations, but you can make it any time of year. In the “off season” it goes by Muddy Buddies or Puppy Chow.

Reindeer Chow Recipe (Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Soy-Free, Allergy-Friendly, and Vegan) - it goes by "Muddy Buddies" or "Puppy Chow" in the off season!This reindeer chow recipe with photo was shared with us by Enjoy Life Foods.

Special Diet Notes: Reindeer Chow

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, and vegetarian.

Reindeer Chow (Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Nut-free)
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This simple dessert is so easy to make, but it's a crowd-pleaser. We use allergy-friendly ingredients so everyone can enjoy a handful.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12 servings
  • 9 cups gluten-free Chex cereal (like Rice Chex, Corn Chex, or Cinnamon Chex)
  • 1 ¼ cups dairy-free mini chocolate chips (like Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips)
  • ½ cup sunflower seed butter (can sub another seed butter)
  • 1 ½ cups powdered confectioners' sugar
  1. Place the cereal in a large bowl.
  2. Melt the chocolate chips and seed butter together until smooth. Immediately stir the chocolate mixture into the cereal until evenly combined.
  3. Sift the powdered sugar over the cereal mixture and mix until combine.
  4. Let the reindeer chow sit for 10 minutes, or until the chocolate cools to room temperature. It will set up more the longer it cools.
Kids Can Cook Tips: If you use the off-heat double boiler method to melt the chips, the entire recipe can be made by kids. Just make sure you handle the water boiling and wrap the pan with a towel to prevent little hands from touching the hot sides.

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About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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