Bitter Buddies

Bitter Buddies

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(I’m partial to the name White Trash, since I grew up with it, but Bitter Buddies sounds better than Bitter Trash. So I digress.)

  • 12 oz all-natural cereal*
  • raisins (I used about 6 oz, I believe. This recipe is NOT down to a science, so use as much or as little raisins as you like)
  • peanuts (again, I used 1/4 of a 24 oz bottle, so about 6 oz. Feel free to use more or less)
  • 2 handfuls of coconut shreds (optional)
  • 1 cup organic, all-natural peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup dairy-free margarine (i.e. Earth Balance, Smart Balance Light, etc.)
  • 2 tbsp solid coconut oil
  • 1-2 cups 100% cocoa powder

*I used a combination of Rice Chex and all-natural honey graham cereal, but you can use whatever you like. I highly recommend the Golden Grahams of some sort though—they make this treat!

Toss natural cereal, raisins, peanuts and coconut shreds together in a large mixing bowl. Combine peanut butter, coconut oil and margarine in a saucepan over medium heat. Melt them together, stirring occasionally. The mixture should be pretty thick, not liquid-y. Do NOT thin it out, especially not with almond milk like I did. I’m not sure what I was thinking, because cereal + milk = soggy brown trash!

Spoon the thick peanut butter/coconut oil/margarine mixture into the bowl with the cereal combo and gently stir it around. Be careful not to crush the cereal. At this point, you may have to use your hands to stir and make sure every piece is thoroughly coated. Leave no man behind. 😉 Once the cereal, raisins, coconut and peanuts are completely covered in the PB mixture, add your cocoa powder. Some of the pieces will start to clump together at this point, and that’s okay. Clumps are the best part, in my opinion. Whether or not you use two cups of cocoa powder is dependent on how coated you want it. 1 cup will leave it pretty wet still, and 2 will make it powdery like the original White Trash. I think I used some amount in between (I didn’t measure, to be honest) because some pieces were powdery and others were a little wetter. After that, you are done! Eat and enjoy!

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