Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow

September 13, 2013 by Ali

Puppy chow gets a tasty seasonal twist with this Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow recipe!

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Oh friends. I have rediscovered the joys of puppy chow.

Somehow, I don’t know how, I kind of forgot that it existed and went a few years without making a batch.

But a few weeks ago, my (vegan) friend Sarah was talking about how much she loved puppy chow as a kid, which was like a lightbulb coming back on! So I decided to try making a vegan batch for a girls’ night so she could also partake, which was a huge success (just subbed in dark chocolate and margarine in my favorite recipe). But ever since then, the puppy chow cravings have not stopped!

So this week, I decided to make a “seasonal” spin on puppy chow — Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow!

Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

I decided to go for white chocolate with this batch, along with some peanut butter or cookie butter — you choose! Then I added in some of my homemade pumpkin pie spice, along with a little vanilla, and stirred it all up to puppy chow perfection.

I took the batch to our neighbor nights to share with my friends. (Ok, let’s be honest, I was just trying not to eat the entire batch myself.) And let’s just say…

…it was a “smashing pumpkin” success. :)
Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

Everyone loved it! The spices are subtle but not overpowering, and I loved the white chocolate in the mix. Definitely a fun twist on a favorite, and an excuse to make puppy chow at least a few more times a year. ;)

Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

Also, here is my recipe for homemade pumpkin pie spice, if you want to try making it at home. Or, you can totally buy it store-bought. Either works!

Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: About 9 cups


  • 1 cup white chocolate chips (or any kind of chocolate chips)
  • 1/4 cup (half stick) butter
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter or Biscoff spread (cookie butter)
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice, storebought or homemade
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 9 cups rice or corn chex cereal
  • 1 cup powdered sugar


Heat white chocolate chips and butter together in a double boiler until melted. (Or you can also do this in the microwave.) Stir in peanut butter, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla extract until smooth and combined.

Place the cereal in a large mixing bowl, and pour the chocolate mixture on top of the cereal. Gently toss to combine until the cereal is evenly coated.

Add the powdered sugar and half of the cereal mixture to a ziplock bag. Seal, and gently toss to combine until the cereal is coated. Add the remaining cereal and toss to combine until the cereal is coated, adding extra powdered sugar if needed.

Serve as is. Or I also love chilling it in the refrigerator or freezer!

Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow 3

**The Disclaimer I Have To Put On All Puppy Chow Recipes: This recipe is intended for human consumption. It is not for dogs. Puppy chow is just the name. ;)

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About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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30 thoughts on “Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow

  1. 1. Why is this called puppy chow?
    2. Why is there pumpkin in the title but no actual pumpkin?

    - ally

  2. I made this last night but went a step further and made it into sort of a trail mix by adding craisins, cashews and pepitas. So yummy! Thank you for sharing this recipe

    - Suz

  3. I love this recipe and have made a similar pumpkin spice puppy chow. Try it with some pumpkin spicve Hershey Kisses melted with the white chocolate! It’s amazing. I also added craisins and peanuts to my mix. It was also a hit!

    - Ruth Scott

  4. Do you think using pumpkin puree in the chocolate mixture instead of peanut butter would work okay?

    - rachel

  5. Made this with Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter – and it was a HUGE success!
    The kids (and hubby) loved this. Had to make another batch in no time;)

    - Kristi P.

  6. Bless you for making this with cookie butter! I have a nut allergy so this is perfect. Also, have you tried it with the milk or semi sweet chocolate? How did it turn out? Sometimes white chocolate doesn’t taste right to me. Thanks!!!

    - Brianne

    • We almost always use milk choc for ours and love it! Semi-sweet is good too because it helps balance out the over sweetness of the powdered sugar.

      - Elicia

  7. Your disclaimer makes me laugh. Puppy chow is my major weakness. This one looks AH-Mazing!

    - Emily @ Life on Food

  8. I could munch on this puppy chow ALL DAY!

    - Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

  9. looks so yummy! Totally adding this to my fall baking list. Thanks for sharing!

    - Julia

  10. Such a great idea. I can almost taste it!

    - Cassie | Bake Your Day

  11. 4 words. OH. NO. YOU. DIDN’T!!!! this is the best idea ever!

    - Sheila

  12. This looks addictive! Wow!! I have to make this one!

    - Tieghan

  13. I love the idea of adding cookie butter to this!

    - Laura (Tutti Dolci)

  14. Love puppy chow and this version looks so great! Love this!

    - Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts

  15. Just made this for a friend that is obsessed with anything & everything pumpkin. I used semi-sweet chocolate instead of white (just personal preference) and ended up adding about another 1/2 tsp of pumpkin pie spice to the powdered sugar. SO good!!!

    - Jenny

  16. Aww yeah. Such a heavenly snack!

    - Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

  17. Love this Ali! :)

    - Des

  18. I can’t believe I’ve never made puppy chow, or tasted it for that matter. Sacrilege!

    - Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe

  19. What a fun snack for fall parties! Looks addictive!

    - Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

  20. I wasn’t introduced to puppy chow until I was in University, but I definitely caught up for lost time while I was there! This version sounds amazing! I’m definitely going to try this for my kids Halloween party!

    - Julie

  21. I love puppy chow and making a fall pumpkin version is brilliant! Thank you for this amazing recipe!

    - The Bearfoot Baker

  22. I looove puppy chow and I LOVE fall even more. This recipe makes me so happy, I featured it on my blog this morning!

    - Jaclyn

  23. Mmm! I’m loving all the pumpkin recipes, Ali! I’ve created a Google Doc of all pumpkin recipes – I’m up to 47 so far! :) Keep them coming. :)

    - Janelle

  24. Oooo I might try to make for little man’s 2nd birthday party this weekend!! Who wouldn’t love this stuff???

    - Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

  25. Ooo…this sounds wonderful!

    - Amy @ The Nifty Foodie

  26. Oh my. I need to make this for my family. Love it! Have a great weekend, Ali!

    - Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles