Wheatless Wednesday – Key Lime Pie Puppy Chow

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We still appear to be knee-deep in winter.  Sure, the snow melted over the weekend, and we had a couple days of 40 degrees.  But it’s still cold, and there’s still snow predicted over the next week or so.  Is spring coming?  Well, yes, I feel the promise of it in the air as the darkness doesn’t seem to completely encompass the world.  And I did see a robin last week (the fact that he’s probably one of the crazy ones who stayed behind last fall is beside the point).  Yes, I still hold out hope for a good wallop of snow that warrants a snow day and forces us to stay inside playing games and baking.  But I’m also completely ready to be done with puffy infant snow suits, hats and gloves,  zipping up winter coats, and finger-numbing steering wheels.

Here’s where I’m thankful we are a world of global commerce, thankful that we don’t limit ourselves to a local market.  I’m all for supporting local farms and business, but I also like bananas and oranges and strawberries and limes.  And chocolate.  I really like chocolate.  (I’m pretty sure cacao trees don’t grow in Ohio at any time of year.)  A little sunshine and vitamin C on my plate is much appreciated in the dead of winter!  And just imagine having to shovel snow without the promise of hot chocolate…

Today I give you a bit of tropical to enjoy whether you’re experiencing 70° and a warm breeze or -7° and gusty winds.  It’s an adaptation from the Chex™ Lemon Buddies recipe.  Because I favor limes over lemons, I have a bag of limes in my fridge more often than lemons.  So that’s what I used.  I added the dried cranberries for bit of chewy tartness and the pretzels for extra salty crunch.  Either can be left out as you want, especially if you need it to be gluten-free (or substitute with gluten-free pretzels).  If you want a truer key lime pie experience, you may want to swap out some of the Chex™ for Golden Grahams™.

Let’s thumb our noses at winter!  Grab a large bowl, some limes, and your flip flops and think spring!

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Key Lime Pie Puppy Chow

You’ll need 2 small limes for this recipe.  Corn Chex™ may be used in place of the rice.

  • 1-1/4 cups vanilla baking chips
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 4 tsp finely grated lime zest 
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 9 cups Rice Chex™ cereal
  • 1 cup pretzels (optional)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup dried cranberries

Place vanilla chips, butter, lime zest, and lime juice in large microwavable bowl.  Heat for 1 minute; stir.  If mixture is not completely melted, heat at 15 second intervals, stirring after each, until mixture is smooth.

Add cereal and pretzels, if using.  Stir to coat mixture.  Add powdered sugar and carefully toss to coat (or place mixture in a resealable plastic bag, add sugar, seal, and shake to coat).

Add dried cranberries.  Let cool as necessary.  Store in airtight container.

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