Banana Cream Cheesecake

Now that it’s starting to get semi-warm out in Towson, we’re all starting to venture out of our rooms now.  And if you’re anything like me, for some reason that means you eat at the dining halls three times as much as you do during the winter.  I thought why not then do a recipe that would allow you all to squeeze our meal plan for all it’s worth.

Did you know that it is socially acceptable to take two bananas to go with you from the Glen and Commons?  No? Now you do! So head on over to the Glen with some friends, eat some decent food, and then grab a couple of bananas on your way out for this Banana Cream Cheesecake recipe I found this week on How Sweet It Is.  Since we all probably don’t have a bunch of mason jars or more than two mugs sitting around, I’m going to cut the recipe in half.

For this recipe you’ll need to head to Outtakes for some graham crackers, Silk soy milk, butter, cream cheese, and caramel sauce (optional).  Then head on down to your CC desk and sign out vanilla extract, a measuring cup and bowl.  Squander through your assortment of mugs that your mother probably gave you for what reason is yet to be seen and pick your two favorite.

Banana Cream Cheesecake

Crush four bars of graham crackers in a bag into fine pieces.

Measure Graham Crackers

Then measure out a third of a cup and add two tablespoons of melted butter to the graham crackers and mix until it forms a dough-like substance.

Graham Cracker and Butter

Pour the graham cracker mix into the bottom of each mug and press down so it forms a crust.

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Mash one and a half bananas into a bowl (set aside the remaining half of the second banana).  Then add 4 oz. of melted cream cheese (about half of an average pack) to the bananas and mix together.

Mashed Bananas

How Sweet It Is’s recipe calls for adding 1 tablespoon of coconut milk and condensed milk to the mix.  I’m not sure about you but those aren’t exactly milks I keep in my fridge for cereal. Lucky for us though, soy milk will do the trick just as well.  So add 2 tablespoons of silk milk the mix and stir.

Mix Together Milk

I also added a teaspoon of caramel fudge to sweeten the milk a little bit.  Lastly, add a teaspoon of vanilla extract to the mix and stir it all together.

Cheesecake mix

Slice the remaining half of the banana and add about three slices on top of the graham cracker crust in the mugs.

Graham Crust Bananas

Pour the cheesecake mix on top of the graham cracker crusts in your two mugs.  Place both mugs in your refrigerator overnight.

Cheesecake mixture

After the cheesecake has hardened top with any remaining banana slices and graham cracker crumbs.  Drizzle a little bit of caramel sauce on top.  Then serve and enjoy this spring treat!

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 4 oz. of cream cheese
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 tablespoons soy milk
  • 1 teaspoon caramel fudge (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • Mix together butter and graham cracker crumbs
  • Place mixture in bottom of two mugs and form a crust
  • Mix 1 and 1/2 mashed bananas and cream cheese.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of milk, 1 teaspoon of caramel sauce, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract into the mixture and stir thoroughly.
  • Place sliced bananas on top of graham cracker crust in mugs.
  • Pour banana and cream cheese mixture over the crust.
  • Place mugs in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or until it is a hardened-spongy texture.
  • Top with extra banana slices and graham cracker crumbs.
  • Eat and enjoy!
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Oreo Cheesecake Cupcakes

I’m almost 90 percent positive that every single person in this universe enjoys one of the following:  oreos, cheesecake and/or cupcakes.  If you do not enjoy any of these, who are you?!   However, if you enjoy at least one of these sweets this recipe is for you.  I first discovered it through a google alert (thank you digital publishing class for that technological gem) about a no-bake cupcake recipe from Eugenie Kitchen.  And since this week has been the worst week ever (for the world and for myself), I decided to indulge myself and make a no-bake treat that may be completely loaded with sugars and fats but will make your taste buds happy and therefore will make your inner conscious smile as well.

Oreo Cheesecake Cupcakes

So here is what you need to do to make Oreo Cheesecake Cupcakes: go to Outtakes in West Village.  While you’re there buy butter, some confectioners sugar, Silk soy milk (or the 2% they sell there), cupcake holders, cream cheese, graham crackers, and oreos.  Lucky you, they’re all  in the same aisle (it’s like they know we want to bake or something).  The only ingredients Outtakes will not have is the vanilla extract and plastic baggies but just head on down to your lobby and sign them out from the CC desk.

Ingredients

Now these ingredients are slightly different from Eugenie Kitchens because we’re poor college students and whipping cream isn’t exactly something we can find in a friends refrigerator.  So instead of whipping cream we’re just going to use a little extra butter and your milk.

Next, line a cupcake tray with your cupcake liners.  (You’ll only need about nine cupcake holders since this recipe makes only that much which is nice since it will prevent you from eating everything.)

Holders

Place 7 pieces of graham cracker in a bag and crush it with your hands, a spoon, or a rolling pin in the have one (I just slammed mine on a table) until the cracker is in fine pieces.  Next take another bag and place 5 to 6 oreos (6 if they’re double-stuffed) in a bag and  crush them as well.  Set aside the bag of crushed oreos.

Crushed Oreos

Combine in a bowl the crushed graham crackers and 1/2 stick of melted butter until the texture is chunky yet still wet-looking.

Graham Cracker Crust

Spoon about a tablespoon of this mixture into each cupcake holder.  Press down the mixture with a spoon so that it fills out the bottom of the cupcake holder. Once all of the cupcake holders are filled about a fifth of the way, set in a cool place or in your fridge.

Graham Cracker Bottom

Here is the tricky part, take 1/3 cup of butter and 3/4 cup of milk and whip together with a wisk.  It will take a while and will give you a definite arm workout but eventually it will look like whipped cream (below it looks gross but that’s just because I used Silk soy milk).

Butter and Silk Milk

Add 5.5 oz. of melted cream cheese into the whip, as well as 2/5 cups confectioners sugar, and a half teaspoon of vanilla extract. Once this is all mixed together well, add in your crushed oreos and mix.

Cheesecake Mixture

Take your graham cracker cupcakes out of your fridge and plop a spoonful of oreo mixture onto of the graham cracker layer.

Fill CupsOnce all of the cups are filled, chill the cupcakes over night inside of your fridge.

After the cupcakes are chilled, crush four more oreos in a bag and sprinkle them on top of the cupcakes.

Oreo Cheesecake Cupcake Topping

Serve and be happy!

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 package of graham crackers
  • 5.5 oz. of cream cheese
  • 3/4 cups milk
  • 10 oreo cookies
  • 2/5 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Directions

  • Line your cupcake pan
  • Crush oreos and graham crackers in different bags into fie pieces
  • Combine 1/2 stick of butter and graham cracker bits until well combined
  • Place mixture in botom of cupcake holders and chill
  • Wisk milk and leftover butter until light and fluffy
  • Combine with cream cheese, confectioner’s sugar, and vanilla extract
  • Mix in 6 crushed oreos
  • Spoon mixture on top of graham cracker layers
  • Place cupcakes in the refrigerator over night
  •  Once chilled add the rest of the oreos on top, crushed
  • Serve chilled