My home office is south-facing on the third floor of our townhouse, meaning that every afternoon it is incredibly hot during the summer…so I typically reach for something chilled when I am craving an afternoon snack. Plus, my sugar and carb cravings usually hit in the afternoon so a sweet snack has quite the appeal. What’s better than a cool bowl of ice cream without the guilt? Not much in my book 🙂
As I was searching for inspiration for a healthy ice cream snack, I spotted one lone leftover slice of bacon in the fridge. I’m one of those that can’t let food go to waste so I pulled out the bacon and immediately thought of Elvis – let’s just say the man knew what he was doing when mixing peanut butter, banana and bacon together…what a fabulous flavor combination!
I’m not sure if it really constitutes as a recipe with only three base ingredients, but this soft-serve ice cream is the perfect blend of salty and sweet. There’s no ice cream maker required here, all you need is frozen bananas, crunchy or creamy peanut butter and a slice of cooked bacon, which makes for a quick and easy snack or dessert when your cravings hit.
For a lighter option, I used nitrate-free turkey bacon instead of the pork variety but feel free to use your favorite type. If you prefer to make a larger batch, you can double or triple the ingredients with ease.
3-Ingredient Elvis Ice Cream (Soft-serve)
4 large or 5 medium bananas, peeled, sliced and frozen
2 1/2 to 3 tbsp peanut butter (creamy, crunchy or honey-roasted)*
1 slice of nitrate-free turkey bacon, cooked and crumbled (or favorite slice of bacon)
sprinkle of sea salt, optional (I used unsalted peanut butter so the salt helped the flavors pop)
Optional for serving and garnish
Light drizzle of honey
1. In the bowl of a food processor, add frozen bananas and peanut butter. Pulse together until bananas bind and a ball forms. (If the mixture isn’t coming together in a ball, let sit for a minute or so until the bananas slightly defrost).
2. Add ice cream to serving bowl and stir in 1/2 of the chopped bacon. Sprinkle with remaining bacon and enjoy immediately!
*If you are allergic to peanuts, you can substitute sunflower seed butter for the peanut butter for a similar taste.