Mini Banana Cheesecakes with Nilla Wafer Crust

Mini Banana Cheesecakes with Nilla Wafer Crust Recipe - bakedbyrachel.com

Today, I made my first baked potato in the microwave. I know. It’s kind of… no, it’s completely monumental. Normally when I’m craving potatoes I chop, season and bake for eons – flat out torturing myself – then either cover with cheese and bacon or give up and dip the crispy potatoes in ketchup. Today I was not about to do that, even as much as I want potatoes with ketchup right now. It all started when I was too lazy to make a real lunch. I thought there was tuna already made in the fridge, nope. So, yeah… potatoes. Always potatoes. They’re the best first and second place option. Unless we’re talking about pizza or apple pie or a margarita. Then potatoes can and often will take a back seat.

Tomorrow will be another story. There may or may not be bacon involved but there absolutely will be lots of cinnamon and maple syrup. Yes. French toast will be had. And I can’t wait! But you probably want to know about these scrumptious cheesecakes I’ve shoved in your face…

Mini Banana Cheesecakes with Nilla Wafer Crust Recipe - bakedbyrachel.com

It was one of those days, a single banana was nearing it’s end. It didn’t have days, it probably had but mere hours left of it’s short life. I had big plans for that banana and everyone was on board, especially the Mr. Actually, I had slightly different plans for this initially and then started wavering. I sometimes do that. I don’t think these would have been nearly as pretty or perfect with my first plan, so it was totally for the best that I’m completely indecisive and forever changing my mind on things.

Have you ever had a bite sized cheesecake? If not, well… you’re missing out. These should be in your life, especially if you’re a banana lover. Of course if you aren’t a fan, fear not… I have lots of other cheesecake varieties to choose from. Pick one and go with it. But I promise 110% that if you love bananas and of course cheesecake that you will love these mini banana cheesecakes. They’re not screaming banana at you, it’s subtle and just perfect. The Nilla Wafer crust, fresh whipped cream and dusting of shaved dark chocolate complete these. Yes, say it like Jerry Maguire.

You complete me, said Jerry and the banana cheesecake. Please note that I didn’t say Jerry the banana cheesecake because I don’t tend to name my cheesecakes, just the ladybugs in the house and some random and very essential kitchen appliances…. and of course my kids and the felines creatures roaming about.

Mini Banana Cheesecakes with Nilla Wafer Crust Recipe - bakedbyrachel.com

Yield: Makes 12 mini cheesecakes

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes, plus chill time

Mini Banana Cheesecakes with Nilla Wafer Crust

The perfect two bite banana cheesecake with Nilla Wafer crust, fresh whipped cream and a dusting of freshly grated dark chocolate.

Ingredients:

Crust ingredients:

  • 20 Nilla Wafer cookies
  • 2 1/4 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp unsalted butter

Filling ingredients:

  • 12oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2C sugar
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 egg

Whipped cream ingredients:

  • 1C heavy cream
  • 3 Tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 12 cup mini cheesecake pan.

In a food processor, blend cookies until only fine crumbs remain. Mix in sugar and melted butter. Add 1 small cookie scoop of crust mixture to each cavity. Press firmly to create a flat crust. Bake for 5 minutes.

Reduce heat to 325 degrees.

In a large bowl or stand mixer, mix together softened cream cheese and sugar until smooth and fluffy. Add banana, vanilla and salt, mixing until smooth. Finally add 1 egg, mixing only until just combined.

Divide mixture between cavities, roughly 1 heaping medium cookie scoops worth of filling. Cavities should be only be filled 2/3 full.

Bake for 15-18 minutes. Cool to room temperature prior to chilling overnight.

Prepare whipped cream by beating together heavy cream, sugar and vanilla until soft peaks form.

Carefully remove cheesecakes from pan, removing disc from the crust bottom. Top off with fresh whipped cream and optional chocolate shavings.

Store chilled.

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Looking for more banana recipes? Check these out:
Banana chocolate bundt cake
Strawberry banana fruit leather
Marbled chocolate banana bread
Chocolate chip banana muffins
Banana walnut muffins
Banana pancakes
Black bottom banana cream pie

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