Banana Split Puppy Chow

This Banana Split Puppy Chow will have everyone talking.

Banana Split Puppy Chow via Sweet as a Cookie

Yes this recipe is for human consumption, not for your pets consumption. I grew up knowing this treat as puppy chow not “muddy buddies.” I won’t call it muddy buddies because honestly the majority of you do know what I’m talking about when I say puppy chow. Sorry for the rant but it’s my blog and I’ll call it whatever I want 🙂 The last puppy chow recipe I posted caused a huge debate over the name and it was honestly annoying. If you type puppy chow into google a million recipes similar to mine will show up.

Banana Split Puppy Chow via Sweet as a Cookie

It’s that time of year where I would personally like my oven to be off and remain off until september.  I love baking and cooking way too much to do so however, I do enjoy taking a break from the oven every chance I get. I’m sure you all feel the same, so I thought I would make a few no-bake recipes for your little hearts to enjoy. This banana split puppy chow was fun to make but it’s even more enjoyable to eat. My favorite is the banana and strawberry pieces. 

Banana Split Puppy Chow via Sweet as a Cookie

The banana cake mix can be kind of hard to find and it’s only made by one brand. For some reason smaller stores seem to carry the flavor versus larger stores like Walmart. If you cannot find the banana cake mix you could absolutely just use vanilla and add in some banana extract. I don’t know the exact amount because I have never used it but I would start at 1/4 teaspoon and go from there. 

Banana Split Puppy Chow via Sweet as a Cookie

This recipe has actually been on my mind since last summer. I wasn’t sure where to find the banana cake mix so I put it off. When I finally found the cake mix after moving to a new neighborhood I knew I would have to make it. The funny thing about this banana split recipe is that I’ve never actually had a real banana split. Have you ever had one?

Banana Split Puppy Chow
Serves 24
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  1. 1/2 cup pink (vanilla flavored) candy wafers
  2. 1 1/2 tbs. vegetable oil
  3. 6 tbs. strawberry cake mix
  4. 2 1/2 - 3 cups rice Chex cereal
  5. 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  1. 1/2 cup white (vanilla flavored) candy wafers
  2. 1 1/2 tbs. vegetable oil
  3. 6 tbs. vanilla or white cake mix
  4. 2 1/2 - 3 cups rice Chex cereal
  5. 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  1. 1/2 cup yellow (vanilla flavored) candy wafers
  2. 1 1/2 tbs. vegetable oil
  3. 6 tbs. banana cake mix
  4. 2 1/2 - 3 cups rice Chex cereal
  5. 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  1. 1/2 cup Milk Chocolate candy wafers
  2. 1 1/2 tbs. vegetable oil
  3. 6 tbs. milk chocolate cake mix
  4. 2 1/2 - 3 cups rice Chex cereal
  5. 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  1. In a microwave safe bowl melt the pink candy wafers on defrost for 30 seconds.
  2. Repeat until the wafers are almost fully melted.
  3. Once they're practically melted whisk in the vegetable oil.
  4. After it's nice and smooth stir in the cake mix.
  5. Pour the wafer mixture over 2 1/2 - 3 cups of rice Chex cereal and lightly stir until the cereal is evenly covered.
  6. Once covered add the powdered sugar and stir until evenly covered.
  7. Repeat the same process with the vanilla, banana and milk chocolate.
  8. Enjoy!
  1. * If you don't to buy a bunch of colored candy wafers just buy white and add gel food coloring.
  2. * You could also add the cereal to a ziploc baggie and shake the powdered sugar on but I find that the cereal tends to clump that way.
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    Amy St. John
    May 15, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    Hi! I LOVE this idea! First of all, can I just say “THANK YOU” for taking your stand on “Puppy Chow”. I call it this, too, as I always have. 🙂 Anyway, as a first grade teacher, I am always remembered at holidays and at the end of the school year by my students and their very appreciative parents. As a parent of a middle-schooler, I realize those teachers do not “feel the love” from the families of the students they teach. So I try to make goodies for them throughout the year, and I’ve been looking for a fun end-of-year treat. THIS is what I’m making this year!! I’m going to make a cute tag that says “You’ve worked ‘dog-gone’ hard this year, and it’s time to ‘split’ for some summer fun! Take along this Banana Split Puppy Chow for whatever adventure you choose to unleash. Thanks for all of your help this year!”

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    July 15, 2015 at 5:37 AM

    A puppy chow I will actually eat! Thanks!

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    Sally Stevens
    July 15, 2015 at 5:11 PM


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    Alicia Hadden
    July 16, 2015 at 3:54 AM

    This may sound silly, but what brand are the candy wafers. The kind if wafers I am thinking of dont melt, I googled it and there were a few different kinds. If you could clarify I would greatly appreciate it!! I am excited to make this!!

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    July 16, 2015 at 5:07 AM

    What are the vanilla pink colored candy wafers you use in your recipe for banana split puppy chow?
    Thank you
    I can’t wait to try this.

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    July 17, 2015 at 2:49 PM

    What is pink vanilla candy wafers? Where do you find them in the stores?

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    July 17, 2015 at 7:19 PM

    It says, serves 24. What is the individual serving size?

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    Kasi hudson
    July 18, 2015 at 7:34 PM

    What are “candy wafers”? Wondering if it is chocolate chips like wafers. Thanks.

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    July 25, 2015 at 3:55 PM

    I could not find banana cake mix so we added banana extract to the white cake and it completely changed the consistency of the mix……be careful.

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    July 30, 2015 at 6:55 PM

    The banana split puppy chow turned out great, thanks for a great recipe. I couldn’t find banana cake mix so I used Jiffy banana muffin mix and it turned out great. I also used white almond bark for the strawberry, banana, and white and added gel,food coloring where needed. This is so versatile given all the great cake mix flavor sand colors, you could make this themed for any party or shower.

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    November 17, 2016 at 11:26 AM

    In my day, youngest is 29, we used a brown paper bag to add the powdered sugar, this seems way easier to me than the ziplock bag or the bowl and stir method. Just toss it all in and shake.

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