It's time for another Bacon Month post!
Last week I brought you the recipe for these scrumptious Garlicky Littleneck Clams with Bacon + Wine. It's a ridiculously tasty recipe that I do hope you'll try out sometime.
But maybe you're in the mood for a sweet-and-salty way to end your meal. And you still want to get in on that delicious bacon-y action.
Look no further than my easy, 3 ingredient Elvis-Style Frozen Bananas recipe.
Oh, yes. I am aware that this is over the top decadent.
And I won't apologize for that.
It's also super simple, and guaranteed to wow anyone that you serve it to.
Did I mention that there's about one and a half slices of beautifully crispy bacon on each of these beauties?
Yeah... I went there.
In addition to The King of Rock and Roll, the one and only Elvis Presley, this recipe was inspired by a recent trip to Ocean City, Maryland.
My family has made an annual tradition of this trip, and one of our favorite parts is evenings on the boardwalk.
We typically spend some time playing arcade games, doing a bit of shopping and riding rides before deciding on what we'll have for dessert that evening.
Aside from frozen custard, one of my favorites is the chocolate-covered frozen banana with peanuts.
You know, because there's always money in the banana stand.
Bananas take on a really interesting texture once they're frozen and are nice and refreshing - especially in the middle of summer.
So there I was, eating a frozen banana with all the hubbub of the boardwalk to one side of me, and the peaceful crashing of the Atlantic Ocean waves to the other when I realized how easy these frozen treats would be to make at home.
And then I remembered that Bacon Month was upon us, and figured this would be the perfect opportunity to merge a classic dessert with a classic sandwich!
Have you heard of the legendary Elvis sandwich? Have you ever tried one?
They are delicious, rest assured, but they're awfully heavy.
Not that these Elvis-Style Frozen Bananas are light, but they're definitely more refreshing than a pan-fried sandwich.
It's still indulgent but a bit of a better choice than a lot of other desserts out there.
You're going to want to start with some ripe, yet firm bananas for this recipe. Don't use ones that are falling apart mushy.
Cut each of those bananas in half, peel, then insert a craft stick into the cut end.
I would be remiss of me not to mention that my father-in-law used to play bass in an amazing Elvis Presley cover band. A good time was had by all whenever they took the stage. It was the closest I'll ever get to seeing The King perform live. I'll be sure to post tour dates if they ever start playing again!
But back to these Elvis-inspired treats.
I microwaved my peanut butter quickly to loosen it up a bit before coating my bananas. A quick dip and some spreading with a spoon got them nice and coated.
Immediately after they get a peanut butter dip, roll the bananas into your pile of crispy, chopped bacon and place them back onto the baking sheet.
If you really want to take it up a notch, try making these with homemade peanut butter! It's a super simple recipe that's deliciously creamy and you have full control over the ingredients.
I chopped my bacon right before assembling, so I just rolled them around right on the cutting board. But feel free to chop it up ahead of time and spread it out on a plate when the time comes. Whatever is easiest for you!
Repeat this process with all of your frozen bananas and transfer the tray to the freezer until they're fully set, about 3 hours.
Though, in the interest of full disclosure, I'll tell you that I totally grabbed one to try out after about 1 hour and it was still pretty flippin' delicious.
After the bananas are fully frozen, you can seal them in a freezer bag or other airtight container if you aren't planning to eat them right away.
These frozen bananas are a really fun spin on a boardwalk classic, and one that my family absolutely loved.
So the next time you're making bacon for breakfast, let me encourage you to make a little extra and use it for these tasty treats!
I think The King would approve of this bacon-covered dessert recipe.
Thank you, thank you very much.
Wanna see what the other Bacon Month bloggers are up to? Check out the full collection of this week's bacon-y recipes:
Looking for more of my own bacon favorites? Check out these 5-star recipes:
- Garlicky Littleneck Clams with Bacon + Wine
- Instant Pot Chicken, Bacon, and Potato Soup
- Red Lentil Fusilli with Bacon, Butternut Squash, and Spinach
- Instant Pot “Baked” Beans
- Cheesy Bacon + Apple Croissants
- Bacon and Caramelized Onion Jam
- Maple Roasted Butternut Squash Pizza with Brussels Sprouts, Bacon + Pomegranate
- Single-Skillet Bacon-Rosemary Chicken Thighs with Roasted Tomatoes
- Bourbon Bacon Pecan Pie with a Whole Wheat Crust
- Bacon and Caramelized Onion Jam Naan Pizza with Gorgonzola and Apples
Elvis-Style Frozen Bananas take the classic Elvis sandwich (peanut butter, banana + bacon) to a new level! This easy 3 ingredient frozen dessert ROCKS!
- 4 ripe but firm bananas
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 12-14 slices cooked bacon (the crispier the better!)
- Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper and set aside. Cut each banana in half crosswise, then peel. Insert a craft stick into the center of the cut end of each banana and place on the lined baking sheet, making sure to leave a little space around each banana. Transfer to the freezer until firm, at least 30 minutes.
- Coarsely chop cooked bacon and pile it up on your cutting board or a plate.
- Place peanut butter in a microwave safe bowl or measuring cup. Microwave on high for 15 seconds, stir, then microwave for another 15 seconds and stir again.
- Remove tray of bananas from the freezer. One at a time, dip each frozen banana into the peanut butter, using a spoon to coat the whole thing and smooth it out if necessary. Immediately roll the peanut butter-covered banana in the chopped bacon to coat all sides, then place back onto the baking sheet. Repeat with remaining bananas.
- Transfer baking sheet back into the freezer and let set until completely frozen, about 3 hours. Once frozen, bananas can be stored in a freezer bag or other airtight container.
- Serving Size: 1 banana half
- Calories: 421
- Sugar: 11 g
- Sodium: 416 mg
- Fat: 33.4 g
- Saturated Fat: 9 g
- Carbohydrates: 21.2 g
- Fiber: 3.1 g
- Protein: 13.1 g
- Cholesterol: 27.7 mg
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