BANANA CREAM CHEESECAKE

This Banana Cream Cheesecake recipe is made with a fresh banana cheesecake topped with banana bavarian cream! It’s smooth, creamy and full of the most amazing banana flavor!

This cheesecake recipe is my new favorite and might just stay that way forever. It combines two of my favorite things – banana flavor and cheesecake. It’s no secret that the hubs and I have a love of banana flavored dessert. And ever since I was a kid, I have loved cheesecake. So when I first discovered the banana cream cheesecake at The Cheesecake Factory, I knew I was in heaven. The only regret I have in regards to this cheesecake is that it has taken me so long to create it at home!

So let’s not waste any more time. You need to make this ASAP so to get started, we’ve got the crust. I like to use vanilla wafers in a lot of my crusts, rather than graham cracker crumbs, but it’d be an easy swap to use graham crackers too. I personally like that vanilla wafers are a little sweeter and have more flavor. It really compliments this particular cheesecake too.

Ingredients

20 nilla wafers
¼ cup butter, melted
24 oz cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup sugar
2 Tbsp cornstarch
3 eggs
¾ cup mashed bananas (about 2)
½ cup whipping cream
2 tsp vanilla extract

How to make it :

Preheat oven to 350°F.
Place wafers in a blender or in a food process. Blend until finely crushed.
Add melted butter and blend well. Press crumb mixture onto bottom of 10″ pan and place in refrigerator.
In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with electric mixer at medium speed until creamy. Add sugar and cornstarch. beat until blended. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in bananas, whipping cream, and vanilla.

Pour cream cheese mixture into prepared pan. Place pan on cookie sheet and bake 15 minutes.
Reduce oven temperature to 200°F continue baking 75 minutes
Cool completely on wire rack before removing rim of pan. Refrigerate cheesecake, uncovered, 6 hours or overnight.
Allow cheesecake to stand at room temperature 15 minutes before serving.

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