Today my daughter is having a friend over after school. In the title of my post, I put the words “play date,” but with older kids, it’s really just “hanging out” now, not a play date. I’m slow to change my ways I guess!
I always try to put out something for an after school snack every day, but when there’s a friend coming over, I try to make it extra good. I’m in the mood for something chocolatey (when am I not?) so I decided to make some Monkey Munch this afternoon before I head to pick everyone up. It’ll be a great surprise for my girls and their friend.
I first saw this recipe a long time ago when I used to watch (operative words here: used to watch) John and Kate Plus 8 on TV. Kate had made it as a snack for her kids and it looked positively delicious. Soon afterwards, I was at a friend’s house and she had the recipe so I copied it.
Here it is:
9 cups Chex cereal (sneak in wheat Chex, and that’s healthier! I did that a couple of times.)
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (yes, this recipe does use peanut butter so be sure to check for allergies!)
1/4 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
In a large microwaveable bowl, combine peanut butter, chocolate chips and butter. Heat in microwave 1 minute. Take out, mix and return for another 30 seconds or until it can be mixes smooth.
Add in vanilla, stir.
If your bowl is large enough, you can put the dry cereal right in that bowl and mix until all cereal is coated. If not, put the cereal in a larger bowl and pour the chocolate mix right over it. Stir until completely coated.
Put into a large ziploc bag and add confectioner’s sugar. Zip sealed, and shake it all about (you do the hokey pokey) until the sugar coats everything.
Spread onto a large cookie sheet to cool.
Store in airtight container.
*Photo of chocolate chips taken from Google Images Editor at Large