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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Cookie Dough Bites

  Cookie Dough Bites

With the weather getting warm we all just want to take off our shoes, hats, maybe even pants and go running through Towson’s beach with our hair flapping through the air as that kid in your psych class judges you for being such a…free spirit.  No need to fear, after this moment of spring fever you can go back to your room and treat yourself to some delicious cookie dough bites with a cold glass of milk (or almond milk if you’re like me) courtesy of a recipe posted by She Knows Food & Recipes last week.  I tailored the recipe so that you’ll have all the ingredients within walking distance (hey walking burns a lot of calories) and so you’ll be able to make this sweet little treat for you and all your friends right within your room.

All the ingredients needed for homemade no-bake cookie dough bites.

This recipe needs some granulated sugar (that’s baker code for regular sugar), flour, light brown sugar, vanilla extract, salt, butter, and some chocolate chips.  You’ll need to buy the chocolate chips, light brown sugar, butter and salt but luckily for you, you wonderful Towson student Outtakes in West Village sells all of that.  As for the sugar, vanilla, flour, bowl and spoon all you need to do is walk (or take the elevator if you’re lazy like me) to the lobby of your dorm and ask the nice CC worker (that person you awkwardly say thank you to for showing your onecard to them) if you can borrow them.  I bet you never knew they had that kind of stuff there didn’t ya!

Sugar Mixing

Now, take half a cup of sugar and a half cup of packed light brown sugar and mix them all up.

Slightly melt one stick of butter in your microwave.  Once it’s a mushy, plop it into the bowl and mix it up with the sugar until the batter looks like smooth and creamy (aka like a really mushy cookie without the chips)

Add half a cup of chocolate chips, a teaspoon of vanilla extract, a fourth of a teaspoon of salt and 3/4ths cup of flour to the batter (the original recipe said 1 cup of flour but that’ll dry out your bites and no one wants cookie dough that’s not gooey).  Mix all of this up and you’ll finally start to see your final product.

Roll Up

Once you’ve completely mixed the batter evenly, wash your hands (please), then shove them into your bowl and form the cookie dough into balls using your hands.  You’ll have enough batter to make 20 large cookie dough bites.  Place them on whatever kind of plate or tray you have and boom, chocolatey, gooey goodness is all yours.  Once you open your door I guarantee you you’ll make 20 new friends in your building with these bad boys.

On the off chance that you don’t finish all of the balls, stick the cookie dough bites in your microfridge and pop them out whenever you have a sweet craving.

Overview:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Combine sugars and butter until batter is creamy.
  2. Combine batter and the remaining ingredients
  3. Roll dough into large balls using your hand
  4. Eat and enjoy the cookie dough bites