Peanut Butter Banana Elvis Bark

The combination of white chocolate, peanut butter, and freeze-dried bananas makes the perfect snack for The King of Rock and Roll on his birthday.


Peanut Butter Banana Elvis Bark

Happy birthday, Elvis! It’s a shame I didn’t grow up in his era of music. I wasn’t even born yet when he passed away (ironically on my mom’s birthday). However, my dad loves Elvis, so I am familiar with The King. Dad even has all but one of his movies. Back in 2009, Dad took me down to Nashville and Memphis as my college graduation present. Well the Nashville part was my gift. The Memphis part happened because it was only a few hours west of Nashville. Because Elvis is known for his love of peanut butter and banana sandwiches, it was only fitting to make Peanut Butter Banana Bark for his birthday. By melting together white chocolate and peanut butter then pouring it over bananas, this bark is a snack fit for the king.


Freeze Dried BananasMaking Peanut Butter Banana Elvis Bark

I got the idea for this peanut butter banana bark from Joan who made white chocolate strawberry bark from her freeze-dried strawberries. Last year I bought freeze-dried bananas and strawberries from Trader Joe’s but didn’t know what to do with them (I have a bad habit of that).

Peanut Butter Banana Elvis Bark

Freeze-dried bananas are not the same as banana chips. They taste exactly like you were eating fresh banana slices but without the moisture (or mushiness) and the texture is a bit powdery. Banana chips are crunchier and more dried out. I highly recommend using freeze dried, which you can find at Trader Joe’s. However, if you can’t find them, banana chips will work as a substitute.


Making Peanut Butter Banana Elvis Bark

Can you believe I couldn’t find any recipes for straight-up peanut butter bark? I found peanut butter AND chocolate bark, but no plain peanut butter bark. I highly recommend smooth peanut butter, but you can use crunchy if you want peanuts included.


Peanut Butter Banana Elvis Bark

Peanut Butter Banana Elvis Bark
 
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Serves: Roughly 24 pieces
Ingredients
  • 1 cup freeze-dried bananas
  • 8 ounces white chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
Instructions
  1. On a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, place the banana slices in a single layer close together. They should be almost touching.
  2. In a heat-proof bowl over a pan of simmering water (don't let the bowl touch the water), gently melt together the white chocolate and peanut butter. White chocolate is very sensitive when melting, so don't rush it. Otherwise it may seize (clump).
  3. Once the peanut butter mixture is ready, pour it over the bananas. Spread the mixture until all of the banana slices are covered. Cool until the chocolate has set (you can use the refrigerator to speed up the process) then break into pieces. Store in an airtight container.

 
Source: Inspired by Chocolate, Chocolate and More
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  1. Oh my gosh! How incredibly yummy does this look!! I love me some Elvis inspired bark!

  2. I’m constantly buying items in the grocery store and then coming home and realizing I now need to find something to do with them, so I feel your pain :) LOVE the idea of peanut butter bark!

    • I’m getting a lot better at it! Although my first time in Penzey’s Spices, I bought several spices I’ve never used (or even heard of), and I still haven’t used them yet. I really need to figure out something to make.

  3. HOW CUTE that you made Elvis a treat for his birthday! looooooove, mmmm!

  4. That looks super easy and yummy! I love it and I’m sure my monster would eat it!

  5. This is just too fun Carla!! Would you believe Elvis was the first concert I ever went to? My mom took me when I was a kid. I wasn’t ever much of a fan of him but I can remember seeing many of his movies long ago.

    • Oh you’re so lucky!! I would’ve loved to see him in concert. Believe it or not, I haven’t watched my dad’s Elvis movies (yet), so I want to do that some weekend.

  6. Similarly, I made the Strawberries and Cream White Chocolate Bark but with the TJs freeze dried bananas in place of the strawberries and then broke it up into small pieces and put it in peanut butter cookies! I used PB cookie recipe from Averie Cooks because I wanted them to be soft instead of crispy like a lot of PB cookie recipes tend to be.

  7. i love white chocolate. this looks great!

  8. I love this!! I’m a huge fan of bananas and peanut butter!

  9. I’m so jealous of all you people with your cool, foodie stores that have neat stuff like freeze dried bananas. I don’t know about Elvis, but I’d love some of this bark. It’s got all my favorites!

  10. Somehow I did not know that peanut butter bark existed in this world. Life-changing.

  11. I love white chocolate and I LOVE peanut butter but I’ve actually never tried them together. Must fix that!

  12. Yay for you creating peanut butter bark, Carla! Just when we think everything’s already been made on the internet, you stumble across something new. I love this! It’s easy to make and is probably just as easy to eat ;) It looks fabulous. I bet the King would’ve been all over this.

  13. This is so simple and yet so amazing! It is bound to become my new favorite treat!

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