Thursday, March 14, 2013

Healthy Elvis (Another Simple Smoothie Recipe)

I've heard the stories about Elvis Presley's love of grilled peanut butter and banana sandwiches, as well as Monte Cristo sandwiches.  So I decided to use some of the basic flavor profiles of these two sandwiches to make one delicious, Paleo-friendly smoothie.  I figured if those flavors are good enough for a king, then they're good enough for me.

I was right!  I loved it.  Even though I mixed spinach in with fruit flavors, which has always weirded me out.

Healthy Elvis Smoothie

Place the following ingredients in a large cup (all measurements are generalized to keep it simple)...

  • crushed ice (I filled the cup about halfway)
  • 3/4 - 1 c. uncooked baby spinach
  • 1 lg. ripe banana (the more ripe the banana, the sweeter your smoothie)
  • 2 T. almond butter (or other nut butter of your choice)
  • 1-2 T. extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1 T. real uncured bacon bits
  • coconut milk*
*I pour the coconut milk in last and fill the cup full of the other ingredients almost to the top with the milk, leaving enough splatter room for blending.

Using a stick blender (or feel free to use your regular blender or smoothie maker), blend until generally smooth and combined.  The bacon bits don't usually break down too much further -- but they give the smoothie some nice texture and something to chew on between sips.

So the main flavors are the banana and almond butter, which sort of represents the grilled peanut butter and banana sandwiches Elvis loved.  The bacon and coconut flavors are sort of representative of the Monte Cristo (in lieu of ham and French toast).  Maybe it's a stretch, but throw some spinach in that thing and you've got yourself a protein- and vitamin-rich smoothie.

C was reluctant to taste it, but he did and he was surprised at its yumminess.  He especially liked the bits of bacon!

I hope you enjoy this.


  1. I'm a little unsure about the real-uncured-bacon bits. Where do you find this? This is a creative shake! I might try it someday :)

  2. I get mine at WalMart. The link I provided is for