Muddy Buddies, or puppy chow, is such a fun treat to have. I knew that I wanted to make pumpkin muddy buddies for #PumpkinWeek a while ago. While I like pumpkin pie, I prefer other pumpkin-flavored treats more. I think it just stems from having pie crust that doesn’t taste that great, so I take pie out of the equation and have all that deliciousness in a snack. It’s also covered in powdered sugar, so you can’t go wrong with them.
Chocolate is the most common flavor, and one that I grew up loving. Playing around with flavor profiles is always fun, and these pumpkin muddy buddies are soon to be your family’s favorite. I plan on making some more batches for Halloween and Thanksgiving, and maybe even as favors for everyone to take home.
A lot of recipes out there use candy melts. I opted to use white chocolate, which can seize a bit if overheated or adding wet ingredients to it. That’s where the coconut oil comes in. You can use shortening as well, but since I have wet pumpkin in the mix, I wanted to thin the chocolate just a bit. It also helps to try and pat your pumpkin dry as much as you can before mixing it in.
See that cute ghost in the photos? That little guy was made by my grandfather a few years before he passed. My grandfather was a great artist and he made it for my mom for Halloween one year. I wanted to incorporate him into the photos because he really is too cute.
Cinnamon Pumpkin Muddy Buddies
By Love and Confections
- 12.1 ounce box Cinnamon Chex (approx 8 cups)
- 1/3 cup pumpkin puree, patted dry
- 3 teaspoons coconut oil, divided
- 3 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice, divided
- 16 ounces Ghirardelli white chocolate chips
- 3 cups confectioner’s powdered sugar
- Pour cereal into a large mixing bowl and set aside. Make sure pumpkin is patted as dry as you can get it. Place pumpkin, 2 teaspoons of coconut oil, and 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice in a heatproof container. Heat in microwave, a few seconds at a time, until oil is melted. Mix together then pour over cereal. Toss to coat.
- Place chocolate and remaining coconut oil in a heatproof container or measuring cup. Melt according to package directions. Pour over cereal and toss gently to coat each piece.
- Combine powdered sugar and remaining pumpkin pie spice in a large zip top bag. Add cereal to bag and shake to coat. May need to repeat the process in batches.
Until next time,
LOVE & CONFECTIONS!
Here are today’s #PumpkinWeek recipes:
Savory Pumpkin Recipes:
Pumpkin Farrotto from Culinary Adventures with Camilla.
Pumpkin Habanero Salsa from Rants From My Crazy Kitchen.
Pumpkin Quesadilla from Making Miracles.
Sweet Pumpkin Recipes:
Pumpkin Cheesecake Macaron from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures.
Pumpkin Chip Cookies from Palatable Pastime.
Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting from Daily Dish Recipes.
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Danish from It Bakes Me Happy.
Pumpkin Cream Puffs from The Redhead Baker.
Pumpkin Creme Brulee from Kudos Kitchen by Renee.
Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies from A Day in the Life on the Farm.
Pumpkin Struesel Bar from Cookaholic Wife.
Slow Cooker Pumpkin Butter from Mildly Meandering
Spiced Pumpkin Mini Cakes with Mulled Cranberries & Brandy Brown Butter Glaze from Bacon Fatte.
Wendy Klik says
That adorable little ghost caught my eye right away. What a great momento of your grandfather. I couldn't help but think how much my granddaughter would love this muddy buddy mix.
Nicole @ Daily Dish Recipes says
I have come to the conclusion that we obviously share a brain of some sort. First of all, this is adorable. A couple of weeks back I whipped up a batch of muddy buddies for my grandson. I sat wondering if there was a way to make them pumpkin spiced using real pumpkin, so I went to work. Mine is still very different than yours, but that's the second time this week we've shared a brain on a post. Hope you're feeling better. Thanks for all your hard work with #PumpkinWeek!