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Simple Chocolate Elvis Ice Cream Bars

Posted by kumquat
August 05, 2016
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These King-inspired Simple Chocolate Elvis Ice Cream Bars are the easiest dairy free, gluten free frozen bars out there.

These King-inspired Simple Chocolate Elvis Ice Cream Bars are the easiest dairy free, gluten free frozen bars out there.

Today, I want to tell you something I haven't told many people.

I am not even sure I've told my husband.

Okay... here it goes.

These King-inspired Simple Chocolate Elvis Ice Cream Bars are the easiest dairy free, gluten free frozen bars out there.

When I was in second grade, I was obsessed with Elvis.

This was, mind you, about 1982. He was dead and buried.

Plus it was the "young" Elvis that I so loved. The late 50's-early 60's Jailhouse Rock, G.I. Blues, and Blue Hawaii Elvis. I had his records and watched his movies. I day-dreamed about him. That he would sing to me like he did to all of the pony-tailed girls in his movies. And fall head over heels for me.

The pièce de résistance of my Elvis-love came at school that year. I believe we were to do a report on a famous person. And dress up like them.

Yes. I impersonated Elvis. When I was 8.

I even wrote a whole play and made some friends be the teeny bopper girls who fawned and cheered as I squeaked out "Love Me Tender". I'm sure it was pure brilliance.

Luckily, my creations these days, though Elvis-inspired, require no slicked-back hair or fake guitar strumming. You don't have to be an 8-year-old Elvis impersonator to know of his love for peanut butter and banana sandwiches.

The simplest ever dairy-free ice cream alternative is frozen bananas blitzed in a blender. That alone makes these Simple Chocolate Elvis Ice Cream Bars the easiest homemade frozen bars out there. And better for you, too. Add a layer of peanut butter, a coating of dark chocolate, and some salty-pretzely crunch on top, and you've got yourself an end of summer winner.

I think there's no doubt that Elvis would indeed fall in love with me if I offered him a plate of these. Never give up on your dreams, folks.

These King-inspired Simple Chocolate Elvis Ice Cream Bars are the easiest dairy free, gluten free frozen bars out there.

These King-inspired Simple Chocolate Elvis Ice Cream Bars are the easiest dairy free, gluten free frozen bars out there.

These King-inspired Simple Chocolate Elvis Ice Cream Bars are the easiest #dairyfree frozen bars via @kumquatblog
These King-inspired Simple Chocolate Elvis Ice Cream Bars are the easiest dairy free, gluten free frozen bars out there.

Simple Chocolate Elvis Ice Cream Bars

Yield

Makes 12

Ingredients

  • 3 frozen bananas, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 2 tablespoons chunky peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 11 ounces dark chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free pretzel sticks, broken into smaller pieces
  • flakey salt, such as Maldon

Directions

  1. Line an 8-inch loaf pan with plastic wrap, leaving long edges to hang over sides of pan.
  2. Place frozen banana chunks into the container of a food processor or blender. Pulse or blend until smooth.
  3. Transfer banana to prepared loaf pan and spread evenly across the bottom of the lined pan.
  4. Stir together peanut butter and cinnamon. Quickly and carefully spoon peanut butter mixture over banana. (Spray a spatula with cooking spray to keep mixture from sticking as you spread.)
  5. Place pan in freezer for at least 1 hour, or until frozen.
  6. Using plastic wrap, lift frozen mixture out of the loaf pan. Cut in half lengthwise and then makes 6 cuts widthwise to result in 12 bars. Return to freezer for 30 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, combine chocolate chips and coconut oil in a medium bowl. Microwave at 15 second intervals, stirring between each, until melted (or melt over a double boiler).
  8. Dip one bar at a time into chocolate, shaking off excess chocolate and place on parchment. Sprinkle with pretzel pieces and allow to set. Repeat with remaining chocolate, bars, and pretzels.
  9. Return to freezer for at least 1 hour, or until frozen.
  10. To serve, sprinkle with flakey salt.
Click for nutritional information
Calories 181
Carbohydrates 24g
Fiber 2.8g
Sugar 15.3g
Fat 10.8g
Protein 2.5g
Sodium 52mg
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Gretchen F. Brown, R.D., is the author of the GLUTEN FREE KITCHEN Feature on HealthyAperture. She is also the founder of Kumquat Blog, a gluten-free blog devoted to the belief that gluten-free food can and should be easy to prepare, wholesome, and delicious enough for everyone. She recently authored a cookbook, Fast & Simple Gluten-Free, featuring fresh and classic favorites in 30 minutes or less. Gretchen has worked in the test kitchens and photography studios of Oxmoor House and is now a freelance recipe developer, food stylist, food writer, and food photographer. She has been gluten-free for several years, as a result of a lifetime of stomach pains and health problems. A military spouse for nearly 13 years, she lives with her husband, son, and two daughters in Upstate New York.
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