Reindeer Chow Granola:
One of my FAVORITE holiday treats is the coveted reindeer chow (aka puppy chow). It’s basically Chex mix coated in melted chocolate and peanut butter and then covered with powdered sugar. SO GOOD. So I set out to make it more healthful. Without further ado, I present to you, my Reindeer Chow Granola.
My first run-in with reindeer chow was in college. My awesome room mate, Rachael, made it for me and our other best friend, Lexes. Being college athletes (softball), we were never too concerned with the calorie load or nutrient content of our food. All we cared about was food that tasted good and was easy to eat. This reindeer chow marked both of those boxes. I’m actually a little embarrassed to admit that it may have served as my lunch for a day or two.
Since that fateful day, I have had more and more run-ins with reindeer chow. My husbands family make it every year to leave out for Santa’s reindeer on Christmas eve. I even made it last year as part of a goodie basket gift for family. Now, it’s a holiday tradition.
I am no longer a college athlete. Now, I am a new mom and a dietitian. Suddenly, I do care more about the nutrient value of my food. Now, I want something to taste good, nourish my body, and provide satiety. So how can I make this reindeer chow go a little further? Make it into a reindeer chow, granola mashup of course!
Making the recipe:
So now, I had to figure out what that means. Then, I ran to the store to collect my ingredients.
- Almonds for fiber, protein, and vitamin E (along with antioxidants and tons of other vitamins and minerals)
- Pecans for more fiber, vitamins, and heart healthy, unsaturated fats and omega 3 fatty acids
- Corn Chex for crunch and nostalgia
- Oats for soluble fiber and B vitamins
- Pretzels for salt to balance the taste and provide an awesome crunch
- Brewer’s yeast for protein, vitamin and mineral content, and also because its a galactagogue (meaning it will increase milk production) and I am nursing my daughter. Side note, it will not cause you to produce milk if you are not breastfeeding. So men, don’t worry, you’re safe!
- 60% dark chocolate chips for antioxidants and taste
- Natural peanut butter for protein, satiety, and vitamin content
- Swerve confectioners sugar to have the powdered sugar coating with added prebiotics and less carbohydrates
In the end,
I was left with a delicious reindeer chow that is packed with nutrients, fiber, and protein. It’s great to have on it’s own, but try it with yogurt for a quick high-protein breakfast to get you in the holiday spirit!
Looking for other breakfast options? Try my Holiday High Protein Oats.
Reindeer Chow Granola
- December 8, 2019
- 15 min
- 336 Cals/Serving
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- 1 cup Almonds
- 1 cup Pecans
- 1 cup Rolled Oats
- 2 cups Corn Chex
- 1 cup mini pretzels
- 2 tbsp Brewer's Yeast (optional)
- 1 cup Natural Peanut Butter
- 1/2 cup Milk Chocolate Chips
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 3/4 cup Swerve Confectioner's Sugar (or regular powdered sugar)
- 1 cup 60% Cacao Chips
- Step 1
- In a dry skillet, heat pecans and almonds over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 10 mins or until toasted (once you smell them, they are ready)
- Step 2
- Add nuts to a large bowl along with Oats, Corn Chex, Pretzles, and Brewers Yeast
- Step 3
- In a microwave safe bowl, add peanut butter and milk chocolate
- Step 4
- heat in 30 second intervals until pour-able
- Step 5
- Then, add vanilla extract to peanut butter chocolate mixture and stir until well incorporated
- Step 6
- Pour chocolate peanut butter over nut mixture and stir gently until well coated
- Step 7
- Sprinkle powdered sugar over top and toss until coated (try tossing in a Ziploc bag)
- Step 8
- Finally, gently stir in 60% Cacao Chips
- Step 9
Nutrition Facts for Reindeer Chow Granola:
- 336 Calories
- 21 Grams Total Fat (5 gm saturated)
- 255 mg Sodium
- 40 Grams Total Carbohydrate
- 5 Grams Fiber
- 9 Grams Sugar
- 9 Grams Protein