Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Leprechaun Muddy Buddies (Peanut Free)

These peanut free Leprechaun Muddy Buddies are magically delicious with mini shamrock marshmallows.  Sure to be a hit for young and old alike!

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Today's recipe was especially made for our granddaughter Emily so I'm dedicating this post to her. 
Doesn't it seem like in recent years we hear more about peanut allergies?  When my kids went to school, I think I heard of a couple kids with it and honestly did not pay much attention.  I do have one friend who's son has it and learned a little more but it wasn't in our family.  That changed when Emily had a reaction the first time it was introduced to her and she broke out in hives.  Long story short with visits to the doctor and testing, she has tested positive.  Luckily she has never had any breathing problems and obviously we are very careful with her foods.  She still loves her treats though and I love making them for her so be sure to check out the recipe to see how this was made peanut free.

I've become a label reader since so many foods are processed on equipment that also processes peanuts.  This can include bread, cereal, chocolate (but not all), etc.  Thank goodness foods today are labeled so well.

Emily is 3 1/2 years old and she has been taught to say "I have a peanut allergy and am allergic" and knows that she should ask before she is given a treat to ask what is in it.  When she goes to birthday parties, her parents bring a special treat for her since many bakery cakes could contain peanuts or share equipment.  It's not easy but I'm glad they have been educating her at such a a young age and her environment now is very controlled.

This past weekend we went up to do some babysitting and wanted to bring a treat that I thought she would love.  These buddy muddies are made with almond butter instead of peanut butter and baking chocolate from a brand called Enjoy Life Foods.  They turned out perfect and her little face lit up when she knew she was getting a special treat.  She said "Nana, I never had muddy buddies and they are so good!"  So glad to make her happy.  Her mom did another teaching moment and explained that it is OK to have these from home or at Nana's only.

And being the good Nana, I bought a box of Lucky Charms with Shamrock Marshmallows and picked the marshmallows out to give it a St. Patrick's Day festive look since M&Ms wouldn't be food safe.

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Leprechaun Muddy Buddies

These peanut free Leprechaun Muddy Buddies are magically delicious with mini shamrock marshmallows.  Sure to be a hit for young and old alike!
prep time: 8 MINScook time: 1 MINStotal time: 9 mins plus cooling time


  • 9 cups Rice Chex cereal
  • 1 cup dark chocolate Enjoy Life morsels
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste (or extract)
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar


  1. Place Chex in a large bowl and set aside
  2. In a medium microwave bowl add morsels, almond butter, butter and microwave for one minute
  3. Stir until smooth (add more time if needed) then add in vanilla paste
  4. Pour over Chex and mix well
  5. Place the powdered sugar in a two gallon ziploc bag then add Chex mixture
  6. Shake until mixture is well coated
  7. Place mixture on wax paper to cool
  8. Store in an airtight container
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Fun snack!

Another trending recipe on the blog for St. Patrick's day are these Shamrock Minty Brownie Bites.

Leprechaun Muddy Buddies


  1. Sad this has Almond butter which most likely cause anyone who is allergic to peanuts to have issues. What else do you think could be used instead.

    1. We are lucky that Em is not allergic to almonds.... my friend whose son has an allergic to peanuts and tree nuts uses Sun Butter. she just mentioned this to me. Perhaps you could try that.

  2. My kids would love this treat! They love green treats that don't taste "green". :)
    PS I have a new link party, I'd love to see you stop by at mybusybeehives.com #BEEPARTY

  3. This looks so fun and I love almond butter! Thanks for sharing this with us at Funtastic Friday!

  4. Where can I find those marshmallows?

    1. Amanda, I found them at Target but they come in a Lucky Charms cereal box... I hand picked them out!


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