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Skinny Muddy Buddies | The recipe critic

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If you’re craving a reduced-calorie peanut butter and chocolate snack, these Skinny Muddy Buddies are your new best friend! They taste just as good as the muddy buddies you remember, guilt-free.

I feel like you are never too old for your favorite sweet treats! I grew up eating muddy buddies and they were always one of my favorite snacks. If you’re in the mood for some nostalgic childhood treats, you’ll love this easy no-bake cookie recipe (or these peanut butter versions) and these no-bake oreo balls.

Skinny muddy buddies in a bowl.

Skinny Muddy Buddies

Do you remember making muddy buddies as a kid? I remember the first time I had it, I was absolutely hooked. I could eat a whole batch on my own! And then it was easier to get away with it. These days, when I eat like this, I definitely feel it more. I was missing this treat and really wanted a version that wouldn’t give me a sugar rush.

Enter skinny muddy buddies! They have fewer calories and much less sugar, and they’re just as good as the original! They are coated with a sugar-free pudding powder instead of powdered sugar. It is awesome!! However, if you don’t mind the extra sugar, you should definitely try these cookies and cream muddy buddies and these snickerdoodle muddy buddies.

Ingredients

The key to these skinny muddy buddies is choosing ingredients with less sugar. There are some delicious and healthier substitutions that you will be amazed at! The taste of these muddy buddies is so good it’s hard to believe they contain almost no sugar! The dimensions can be found below in the recipe card.

  • Rice Chex Breakfast Cereals: This is the basis of the whole treat. You could use wheat chex if you’re looking for a little more nutrition!
  • I can’t believe it’s not butter: This helps the peanut butter and chocolate melt together into a creamy delicious ganache.
  • Peanut Butter Creamy All Natural: I like to use a nice natural peanut butter because it has less of the bad stuff and all the same great taste!
  • Sugar Free Vanilla Pudding Mix: This is the coolest part of this recipe. You use the pudding mix just like you use powdered sugar in the traditional recipe. It works exactly the same and because it’s sugar free it’s just as sweet with a lot less calories.
  • Sugar Free Chocolate Chips: This is also a key to cutting calories. Sugar-free chocolate chips taste great and make a great coating for the cereal.
  • Powdered sugar: This is an optional ingredient because the pudding mix acts like the powdered sugar. You can add a little bit to get the same flavor you love in traditional muddy buddies if you like!
Muddy friends in a white and black bowl

Skinny Muddy Buddy recipe

Skinny muddy buddies is a great recipe to make with kids because it’s super easy and a great way to build confidence in the kitchen. You don’t need a stove for this recipe and it only takes 35 minutes. Clean up is very easy and at the end you have a delicious treat to enjoy together.

  1. Making ganache: Add the I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chips to a bowl and melt in the microwave in 20 second intervals, stirring in between.
  2. Add to cereal: Add the Chex to a large bowl and pour over the melted chocolate mixture. Mix until all cereal is evenly coated. Let cool for about 10 minutes.
  3. Add powder: After the mixture has mostly set, pour into a large ziplock bag and add the box of pudding mix and shake gently. If desired, also add the 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar at this time. Let the muddy buddies set in the fridge for an hour before serving.

Tips for making skinny muddy buddies

This recipe for skinny muddy buddies is really easy. I don’t think you’ll have many questions when you start preparing this delicious dessert, but I do have some tips if you’re looking for ingredients and other choices you have.

  • Sugar Free Vanilla Pudding Mix: This is the perfect substitute for powdered sugar! The taste is delicious and gives the same texture as powdered sugar. If you want to use something else instead, you can try Stevia in the Raw! It doesn’t give it the same color, but the taste is perfect.
  • Using a bag to mix: After you put the ganache on top of the cereal, I like to put the pudding mix in a bag. You can also use a large bowl with a lid, but you want to make sure it is large enough for the cereal to move around. I think a bag is the best way to get the cereal completely covered.
  • Variations on Skinny Muddy Buddies: You can use dark chocolate instead of sugar-free chocolate. Anything above 70% contains much less sugar. You can also use a nut butter such as almond or cashew instead of peanut. Make sure they don’t contain added sugars.

A hand grabbing the chex mix snack from the white and black bowl

Save leftovers

I really don’t think these skinny muddy buddies will last very long! But if you happen to have some left over, they make great leftovers. They are also a great recipe to make ahead of time.

  • On the counter: You can store your leftovers in a ziplock or a airtight container a week on the counter. They would probably last longer, but I’ve never had them last that long!


  • Add the I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chips to a bowl and melt in the microwave in 20 second intervals, stirring in between.

  • Add the Chex to a large bowl and pour over the melted chocolate mixture. Mix until all cereal is evenly coated. Let cool for about 10 minutes.

  • After the mixture has mostly set, pour into a large ziplock bag and add the box of pudding mix and shake gently. If desired, also add the 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar at this time. Let the muddy buddies set in the fridge for an hour before serving.


Originally posted February 2013
Updated January 2023

Serves: 4

Calories218kcal (11%)Carbohydrates24g (8%)Protein3g (6%)Fat13g (20%)Saturated fat7g (35%)Polyunsaturated fat1gMonounsaturated fat4gTrans fat0.2gcholesterol15mg (5%)Sodium199mg (8%)Potassium72mg (2%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar6g (7%)Vitamin A425IU (9%)Vitamin C3mg (4%)Calcium56mg (6%)Iron5mg (28%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional content will vary depending on the brands you use, measurement methods and portion sizes per household.

Class Dessert, Snack

kitchen American

Keyword muddy buddies, recipes for muddy buddies

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