I am honestly not a huge fan of "The King" but he was sure on to something with his fave combo: banana, peanut butter, and bacon. This is actually my second recipe with a twist on this, the first the must try Elvis Impersonator Paleo Muffins - seriously, make them, they are awesome. This time, I wanted to make a sweet and cool treat and I came up with these delicious bites. They can be Paleo if you swap the peanut butter for almond or cashew butter and if you are vegan, swap the bacon out for your favorite plant based variety.
I made these little bites with my kids and they loved them, it was a process that was not super messy so it was fun for everyone. I made bacon for breakfast and added a few slices in the oven for these so it came together fast! Perfect for the super hot days like today is supposed to be 104, so frozen treats are definitely the way to go. The sweet and salty is a perfect snack so make them for all your loved ones, they won't be sad.
Makes a dozen
- 3 slices of bacon, cooked, drained, and cut into 4 chunks
- 3 bananas, sliced to make 24 slices
- 1/4 cup peanut or nut butter
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips (find dairy free like Enjoy Life if Vegan or Paleo)
- 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons chopped nuts (I used pecans but use your favorite)
- Cover a baking sheet with wax paper or a silicone mat. Arrange half (12) of the banana slices on the sheet.
- Top each slice with a small dollop of nut butter (about 1/2 teaspoon) then add a chunk of bacon to each. Finish the remaining nut butter on each and top with the other banana slices to make a sandwich.
- Freeze for 10-15 minutes.
- While that is in, add the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a small microwaveable bowl. Microwave for 20 seconds at a time, stirring, until all melted. Let cool for a couple minutes. Place the chopped nuts on a small plate.
- Take the sandwiches out of the freezer and either dip a side or cover each with the melted chocolate then top or dredge the sandwich in the nuts. I did a half dip and a roll in pecans.
- Freeze again for 10 minutes and enjoy or place in a bag for future sweet breaks!
Bacon makes it better, always. I bake mine - foil covered pan, place in a cold oven, set temp to 400 and it takes about 15-18 minutes.
Bananas are inexpensive and always a good idea. I sliced them just over 1/2" thick, just make sure you end up with 24 slices.
The coconut oil helps make it smooth and easy to dip things in. Another no real dishes win, using a paper bowl because cleaning chocolate is a pain. Microwave in 20 second increments, stir between each one, until all smooth.
Drop it in the chocolate, either halfway like it did or put the whole thing in and then dip or roll in the nuts. place back on the sheet and once all done, freeze them again.