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Brownie Batter Puppy Chow & a Running HIIT Circuit

Brownie Batter Puppy Chow tastes as good as it sounds.  It’s nostalgic enough to be cozy leading into the Fall, but has an extra punch of something special to make it an updated treat that everyone will love.

Scroll to the bottom to get to the recipe immediately, or keep reading for a quick catch up on all things SST.

Catch Up

Good morning and happy Wednesday!

I can’t believe that we’re already to the mid-point in the week.  When I first booked this trip to Chicago and my old home town of Palatine, I thought that it would feel like a lifetime.  But the time has gone incredibly quickly!

The night before I headed out of town, I decided to book several slightly last minute plans to see friends and family in the area.  Our holidays are usually pretty booked up with seeing our family, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity to catch up with friends downtown before we’re home for the peak holiday season.

I wasn’t wrong!  I was able to schedule a time to meet up with almost everyone, which has been wonderful, but is already making the calendar fly much too fast!  Sloooow down please.  Eek!

Running HIIT Circuit

With the warmer months coming to a close, I crave getting outside as much as possible.  I’m not a runner at all, in fact I get pretty bored when I run.  But while I’m here in Chicago, the best workout I can get in is involving running.

To keep it interesting, I often make my runs more dynamic with a little bit of strength work in the middle.  As is usual with most of my workouts, this makes it feel like a little bit more of a HIIT, but keeps me outside to enjoy the day!

running hiit circuit

I love the variety in this mix of exercises, keeping my whole body involved.  Plus, you get in an awesome three mile run.  And that’s not too shabby at all.

Brownie Batter Puppy Chow

In my mind, football season equals colder months.  Colder month lead to nostalgia.  And nostalgia leads to my hankering for sweets of yore.

One of my favorite treats from back it the day was Puppy Chow.  But I decided to add a little something special this time around, just because of what we had available in our home, and made this a Brownie Batter Puppy Chow.

Not too dissimilar from traditional Puppy Chow to make it unrecognizable, but still different enough to make it special, this recipe is sure to please.

And, since we all know that Puppy Chow is better when chunky, the ingredients included allow for plenty of chucks.  However, if you’re one of the few that prefers less chunky, then either up the amount of Chex cereal or decrease the amount of chocolate.  Either way, this recipe is sure to be delicious.

Brownie Batter Puppy Chow

Brownie Batter Puppy Chow

Total Time: 20 minutes

Serves: 10 adults


  • 5 cups Chex
  • 1 11 ounce bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup brownie mix
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Place the chocolate chips in a large microwave safe bowl and place in the microwave on high for 30 seconds.  Stir, then repeat until the chocolate chips are melted.  I had to repeat the process for a total of three times for the chocolate chips to be completely melted.
  2. Stir in the creamy peanut butter and vanilla extract (optional) and continue until they are completely combined.
  3. Fold in the chex cereal slowly – start with 1 cup, then continue adding slowly as you continue to combine.  Continue the process until all pieces of cereal are completely covered by the chocolate/peanut butter mixture.
  4. Place the covered cereal in either a gallon, sealed Ziploc bag or sealed plastic tupperware container, along with the brownie batter and powdered sugar.  Shake vigorously until all cereal is completely coasted.
  5. Allow to set for a couple of minutes… then ENJOY!  Enjoy for up to one week when stored in an air tight container.


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