The [Almost] Healthy Elvis

by Heather on June 1, 2011

I admit, I’m getting a little ridiculous.

But the beginnings of this blog were all about balance.  Balancing  butter and sugar.  Running and yoga.  Cream and bacon.  You know, balance.

 

It’s just what I do.

Honestly though, there are times where taking a healthier route is not only better, it’s just easier.  And I think we have all become well-acquainted with my laziness.  Some people say that necessity is the mother of invention; I say the desire to have more TV time is.  Take the easy way guys, it’s worth it!

So yes, milkshakes are the be-all end-all of deliciousness.  I wouldn’t lie to you.  But when you don’t have a flavor of ice cream that would go with, oh, say bananas and bacon then what’s a girl to do?  Make her own “ice cream” of course!

 

Speaking of ‘of course’ does anyone remember Mr. Ed?

A horse is a horse of course of course

and no one can talk to a horse of course

that is of course unless the the horse

is the famous Mr. Ed!

Nate just made fun of me for being an old soul, but I just can’t help it…I get excited about shows with talking horses.  Live and let live, right?

THE [ALMOST] HEALTHY ELVIS

Makes 2 pint-size servings.

  • 1 1/3 cups vanilla yogurt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 bananas (frozen is helpful although they don’t have to be) with 4 slices leftover
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 slices of bacon
  • Stevia, sugar, or some other type of sweetener

To make your own healthier “ice cream” fill the holes in an ice cube tray with about 1-2 Tbsp each of the yogurt.  Don’t have a tray?  No problem!  Just drop spoonfuls of the yogurt on parchment paper on a cookie sheet and freeze.  It’s best to freeze overnight for best consistency.  For the toppings fry up the two slices of bacon until done and crisp.  Reserve the drippings and fry the 4 extra banana slices until golden brown on each side, about 1 minute or so on each side.  To make the shake:  in a blender add the milk, 10 frozen yogurt cubes, banana, peanut butter, and sweetener (note on the sweetener:  I used liquid Stevia and used 10 drops for 2 shakes.  You’ll want to taste yours and match your sweetening agent to your needs).  Blend until smooth.  Serve with the bacon and fried bananas.  Die of happiness…or at least just close your eyes!

So I guess this isn’t really that healthy when you take into account the bacon and bacon-grease fried bananas.  But we’re talking Elvis here.  And we all know you ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog anyway ;)

 

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle June 1, 2011

that sounds awesome! Yum!!

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2 Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat June 1, 2011

I seriously laughed out loud when I saw the bacon–who would have thought to put it in a milkshake??

Except now it’s one of those things I need to try–is it better than fries in your milkshake?

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3 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen June 1, 2011

I cannot believe you have a piece of bacon sticking out of a smoothie. that is unreal and I love it!

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4 Amy June 1, 2011

elvis would totally dig this. i definitely do…i love bacon!

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5 Bakerbynature June 1, 2011

bacon and peanut butter were made for each other; the banana is such an added bonus! Love this idea.

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6 Lauren at Keep It Sweet June 1, 2011

That is a majorly delicious looking milkshake! I’ll call it healthy with all the protein, fruit and healthy fats;-)

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7 Yammie @ Yammie's Noshery June 1, 2011

I’m so in love with Elvis, it’s not even funny. I’m also in love with his taste in food. Mm.

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8 Lauren@LittleYellowKitchen June 1, 2011

Oh man, this combo is flawless! I love itttt :) It’s still healthy in my book!

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9 brandi June 1, 2011

ho.ly. crap. This looks insane!

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10 Heather I. June 1, 2011

Wow I’m sure that sweet and savory combo is to die for. My husband and I were just singing that song last night, haha!

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11 Mikaela Cowles June 1, 2011

You might have stolen my heart….

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12 Urban Wife June 1, 2011

I was thinking “hmm, this isn’t bad at all” until I got to the picture of the milkshake with the bacon in the background. I might just need to make this one for my hubby – he hearts bacon and we never buy it. Ha! :)

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13 Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum June 1, 2011

Is that a straw spoon??? I Love those!!

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14 Eve June 1, 2011

Wow, this does look amazing and what a kicker that the base is healthy! What made me laugh a bit though (besides the other funny stuff in the post) is that as I write this and look at the picture of your smoothie, Denny’s baconalia thing ad is directly to the left. However, comparing the two, I would rather have elvis and not suffer an extreme raise in cholesteral than tackle denny’s beast.

Great recipe!

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15 Beth @kitchen minions June 1, 2011

how inventive! Unfortunately, I have no freezer space to freeze the yogurt…I bet that trick would work with a lot of combinations!

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16 The Teenage Taste June 1, 2011

That milkshake looks delicious! I love the “Elvis” flavor combination. Peanut butter, bacon, and banana work together so well! I can’t wait to try this out! :-D

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17 Daniella @ Runner at Heart June 2, 2011

The bacon is an interesting addition to that smoothie, I am intrigued by it.

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18 Liz October 16, 2011

Oh my gosh, I thought the banana was scallops for a minute. I got scared :D

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