No-Bake Banana Cream Cheesecake for Two

by Heather on February 16, 2012

I made something for you.  Well, for you and me.  There has to be two in the equation, you see…

I made the crust with Corn Flakes because honestly I didn’t have any Ritz crackers or graham crackers in the house.  The result?  Super crunchy and delightful…and a decision that Corn Flakes are now the new black.  Seriously.  I’ll probably never eat them for breakfast, but I suppose one can never say never, right?

 

Also, I kind of sort of lied.  On accident.  You DO have the bake the crust on this, but everything else is refrigerator-friendly!  Promise!

I remember once upon a time when I was a banana snob…as in I would only eat bananas in banana bread and I would only eat my mom’s banana bread.  It’s off the hook, really, and I didn’t think that bananas belonged anywhere else.  When I was in school I worked in a kitchen where the dessert that EVERYONE raved about was this bruleed banana monstrosity with extra whipped cream (don’t even get me started on that…OMG) and sugar and pastry cream and allthisotherstuff all.over.the.plate.

 

I refused to touch it.  I snubbed my nose at it.  I told people to just get that crappy banana crapola away from me.

 

Then one night we had extras.  I had hungry roommates.  So (with permission of course…I’m such a rule follower) I snagged some to take home.  When I arrived one of the roomies had already fallen asleep and I was tricked by pure peer pressure! to just grab a fork and eat the dang banana dessert while we all watched Grey’s Anatomy.

 

And y’all?  That monstrosity?  It won my heart that evening, what with its layers of gooey caramel and whipped cream and other crazy ingredients I can’t even remember.  And bananas and I were friends again once more.

NO-BAKE BANANA CREAM CHEESECAKE FOR TWO

  • 1/3 + 1 Tbsp cream
  • 1/4 tsp unflavored gelatin
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 4 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 very very very ripe banana
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1/3 cup finely crushed Corn Flakes
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp melted butter
  • 2 tsp sugar

Preheat oven to 350.  In a bowl mix together the Corn Flakes, melted butter, and 2 tsp sugar.  Spray a small ramekin (mine is about 5 inches in diameter and 3 inches tall) with nonstick spray.  Press the Corn Flake mixture onto the bottom and sides of the dish; be careful since it will be crumbly!  Bake at 350 for about 7-9 minutes until it’s golden and warm.  Set aside (and turn off your oven…no more baking!).  In a small saucepan whisk together the cold cream and gelatin and carefully let it warm over low heat, stirring constantly, until the gelatin is dissolved and the cream is starting to bubble around the edges.  Set aside.  In either a stand mixer or with a hand mixer cream together the cream cheese, sugar, and banana, scraping down the sides and making sure it’s all well combined.  Add in the vanilla and sea salt and mix again.  Now (and this is where a stand mixer is useful) slowly stream in the cream/gelatin mixture while beating the banana mixture.  Once it’s in the bowl turn up the speed and whip for another 2-3 minutes.  Pour into the prepared crust – you may have extra, which I just put in a cup and refrigerated alongside the actual cheesecake.  Let sit in the fridge for about 4-6 hours until firm; top with bananas, whipped cream, caramel, cinnamon, or whatever else you want!

 

Devour.

Ah yes, banana monstrosities are now one of my favorite things.  Never say never people!

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1 Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free February 16, 2012

Awww :D It is so cute! I love the little cheesecake :D

GASP! You were a banana snob??!!! Well, I’m glad you finally got your problems worked out :P

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2 Stephanie @cookinfanatic February 16, 2012

This looks SO good, i love this idea!!!!

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3 Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables February 16, 2012

I had something so similar to this in NYC last weekend, I love your take on it! And I’m glad to hear that you and bananas are friends :)

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4 Deanna B. February 16, 2012

Bananas and I still are not friends, but I think this would taste great with the strawberries that are just coming into season!

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5 Lindsay @ Fuel My Family February 16, 2012

I literally love anything with cream cheese in it! It may be my favorite food of all time!

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6 Liz @ Tip Top Shape February 16, 2012

This looks fantastic!!!

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7 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) February 16, 2012

i don’t know why but gelatin scares me. I know it’s not a big deal, I used it in culinary classes, but I’ve always been afraid to use it at home. Kind of like some people are scared of yeast.
Regardless, it looks wonderful! I really think my mom would love it.

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8 Anna @ On Anna's Plate February 16, 2012

Yum! Nice improvisation!

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9 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar February 16, 2012

I am in love!

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10 AikoVenus February 16, 2012

I love how you used a cornflake crust, makes me think about using a bunch of different cereals now. ^^

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11 janetha February 16, 2012

yum.

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12 Aggie February 16, 2012

Oh my gosh, I just love this!! Perfect crust, bet it was crunchy good!

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13 alex February 16, 2012

whenever I have corn flakes, I wonder why I don’t eat them more often! looks like a great recipe!

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14 Laurie {Simply Scratch} February 17, 2012

How creative! A corn flake crust sounds delightful!!

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15 DessertForTwo February 17, 2012

Eeee!!! Love that this serves two!! :) :) :)

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16 Amrita February 18, 2012

I’m still chuckling at your ‘banana snob’ line! And considering how gorgeous the cheesecake looks, I don’t it would serve more than one…if I’m anywhere around.

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17 Amrita February 18, 2012

*think

missed out that word in the middle!

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18 Katie Martin March 3, 2012

I was exactly the same as you- I used to hate bananas and only ever possibly liked them in banana bread. Then when I had to force myself to eat a bunch of them because they were a really cheap and easy fruit I finally started liking them! Crazy, the way tastes can change, right?
Anyway, this looks really yummy! I like that it is made to be a smaller dessert. Sometimes when I’m not sure about a recipe (either how it will taste or just if I think I can accomplish it) I don’t like the fact that I still have to make the whole thing, which is normally either an entire batch or loaf or cake or whatever. This is perfect for experimenting! Have you attempted to do this recipe with any other fruit besides bananas, like blackberries or peaches or something? I’m just curious because I love cheesecake and am always up for more in my life!

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19 Heather March 5, 2012

i haven’t tried any other fruit besides banana, but i’d love to hear if you do and how it turned out!

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20 Katie January 2, 2013

Awesome recipe :)
I love a good cheesecake.
Thanks for sharing.
Katie

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