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Elvis Blondies

January 31, 2012

Depending on the day, I can spend hours in my kitchen deciding what to bake. I’m on a budget and I don’t own a car… I am limited with my recipe options.

After scrutinizing my baking closet for what seemed like the fifteenth time that day, there was only one thought that kept entering my mind— Elvis… Bananas, Peanut Butter, and Honey. Just gimme some bacon already.

You either love the idea of this or you find it repulsive… But if it’s any consolation, I was skeptical about using bacon in baked goods too before I made Puffy Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Chips and Candied Bacon. Let’s just say, I am a big fan now. Just try it, live a little.

I don’t know what else to say, but this is just fat-ass-tic. I know, I am hilaaaarious. And really witty. And just all around awesome. Jokes.

These blondies/snack cake/bars are salty, sweet, moist, and cake-like. I’m not sure what to call them, so I called them blondies, because even “snack cakes” should have frosting in my opinion… Although, I couldn’t imagine the addition of peanut butter frosting on these guys would be a bad thing either.

Elvis Snack Cake recipe by The Bite-Sized Baker (inspired by Healthy Food for Living):

½ cup unsalted butter

½ cup brown sugar, packed

¼ cup honey

¼ cup peanut butter

1 cup mashed ripe banana

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon salt

½ cup peanut butter chips

¼ cup cooked and chopped bacon bits

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line an 8×8 pan with foil or parchment paper. Spray with baking spread.
  3. Melt ½ cup butter in a small saucepan over medium heat; continue to cook the butter, whisking frequently, until it starts to brown and foam, about 5-7 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  4. In a separate bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, beat together cooled brown butter, brown sugar, honey, peanut butter, and banana. Beat in egg and vanilla until well combined.
  6. Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually beat in flour mixture until just combined; stir in peanut butter chips and bacon bits with a wooden spoon until combined.
  7. Pour batter into pan and bake 20-25 minutes.
  8. Allow to cool prior to cutting into bars.
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7 Comments leave one →
  1. bkp permalink
    January 31, 2012 8:42 am

    I’ll have to give this a try and see for myself. I love the idea of salty and sweet since I am a big fan of dark chocolate sea salt caramels. I found it interesting that this recipe was inspired by Healthy Food for Living! Really?! Ironic!

    • January 31, 2012 8:47 am

      I know, I was slightly embarrassed to link back to her blog for this recipe after I destroyed it with butter, sugar, and bacon! But bananas are healthy, right? ;)

  2. Rachel permalink
    January 31, 2012 12:28 pm

    These look so YUMMY! Can I skip the bacon part, or would that throw off the recipe?….last time I attempted to use bacon “bits” in a cookie recipe, I ended up with a cookie that tasted like soggy anchovies w/ some random chunks of chocolate..

    • January 31, 2012 12:32 pm

      You can skip the bacon part, although the King would not approve. Soggy anchovies? Did Jessie touch them?

      • Rachel permalink
        January 31, 2012 6:59 pm

        Yeah, she made them…I watched…

  3. May 15, 2012 12:00 pm

    The end of the instructions says to add peanuts. How many peanuts, I don’t see it in the ingredients?

    • May 15, 2012 1:20 pm

      Hi Jess, I originally planned on including peanuts in the recipe but then vetoed it halfway through because I didn’t want the peanut taste to be overwhelming. If you do want to use peanuts, I would suggest using 1/3 cup. You can always add more or less depending on your preference.

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