Strawberry-Banana Cheesecake Splits

It doesn’t happen very often, but once in a while, I love to eat dessert for dinner…especially when it comes to strawberries. There is nothing better than baking some fresh biscuits, and serving them hot with fresh strawberries and whipped cream… but let’s save that for another day when strawberries are in season…and instead, talk about this dessert… strawberry banana cheesecake splits…

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Sometimes it’s fate when things happen the way that they do…

And I’m going to be real here… it isn’t like this came to me in a dream…I didn’t have a vision… nor did I work long hours in the kitchen creating this recipe… it was a matter of a series of events that set the wheels in motion…

A Craving
Not Enough Ingredients
Pure Laziness (that kept me from running to the store for ingredients)

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I was in the mood for a banana split, but I was also in the mood for a piece of strawberry cheesecake. Neither of which, I had access to. I couldn’t have made them if I wanted to… I had bananas, but no ice cream…and I had strawberries, but only one package of cream cheese, not enough for a cheesecake.

Because I couldn’t have what I craved, but wanted SOMETHING sweet….my plan was to make a banana cream pie with a graham cracker crust, pastry cream, and bananas. That still sounds really good to me, but…in my true fashion…. I chopped when I should have sliced, I whisked when I should have folded… I added when I should have subtracted.. (well, not really subtracted…that was purely for lack of a better word!)

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And in the end came up with a banana cheesecake type of banana split…with banana cheesecake cream and toasted coconut…and strawberries….and chocolate cookie crumbles….and sprinkles….and a cherry on top.

It’s a big dessert…with big flavor…one that I’m not certain could be eaten after dinner…. But instead, should be eaten FOR dinner, which I did. Happily. Instant gratification… both cravings satisfied in one dessert!

Life is good…it’s an “instant gratification with strawberries and sprinkles and a cherry on top” kind of good…

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Strawberry-Banana Cheesecake Splits
Serves Four

Just a quick note: This is such a versatile dessert! You can change the cheesecake flavor to whatever you’d like it to be…. Strawberry cheesecake, coffee, toffee, chocolate…the list is endless! Change the cookie crumbles to vanilla cookies, ginger cookies, graham crackers…and the fruit…go crazy!  Cherries, plums, peaches… imagine how many different desserts this could actually be!!

But never…never…ever… change the sprinkles and the cherry on top!

I used a 15oz stemless wine glass for this, but any type of glass/cup will do!

3 bananas, sliced
2 cups strawberries, chopped
Whipped cream, about ½ cup
Sprinkles
4 Maraschino Cherries

The Cheesecake Cream
1 – 8oz package cream cheese, room temperature
¼ cup heavy cream
2 ripe bananas, crushed
3 tbsp powdered sugar
1 tbsp vanilla extract
½ cup coconut, toasted

To toast the coconut: Spread the coconut over a baking sheet, and place in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 7 minutes, or until lightly browned and toasted! Watch it carefully! It will go from lightly toasted to dark brown burned in a matter of seconds!!

Whip the cream cheese, heavy cream, bananas, powdered sugar, and vanilla together using a stand mixer with the whisk attachment. Stir in the toasted coconut. Refrigerate for ½ to 1 hour.

The Chocolate Cookie Crumbles
1 – 9oz package Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers, crushed
1 stick butter, melted
3 tbsp granulated sugar

Mix the crushed chocolate wafers, butter, and sugar in a medium size bowl. Stir until completely blended. Set aside.

Layer the Dessert:
Place about 3 tbsp chocolate cookie crumbles in the bottom of each glass. Spoon a generous amount of cheesecake cream on top of the crumbles. Layer bananas, and then strawberries on top of the cream. Add another layer of the chocolate cookie crumbles, another layer of the cheesecake, another layer of bananas and strawberries. Top the strawberries with about a tablespoon of cookie crumbles. Add a dollop of whipped cream on top, sprinkle with sprinkles, and plop a maraschino cherry on top!

Serve cold and Enjoy!!

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105 thoughts on “Strawberry-Banana Cheesecake Splits

  1. It looks like a summer dessert had a party , it’s inviting, and all the who’s who in ingredients attended!…..nice

  2. It so festive looking! The layers and colors create happiness and I bet those chocolate crisp cookies are so good with the whipped creamy cheese. It is pretty much a perfect treat! This would be perfect right now after that spicy burrito I just ate! 😉

  3. there´s something about strawberries that makes me want some even if they are completely out of season, something irresistible, son I can really feel with you when it comes to a strawberry craving – this dessert screams EAT ME!

    • Sabine…thank you so much. I’m so happy to read your kind words.. I’m with you.. I could eat strawberries all year long! The ones out of season have been wonderful up until a month ago… they’re definitely losing their freshness, starting to get dried out and funny on the outside. it’s ok though, we only have about a month and a half before they’re in season here!

  4. I was just talking about desserts for dinner… what a concept. Now that I know I’m not the only one, I gonna do it. I love it when a recipe comes together just with just what you can find in your cupboards. The best recipes are made this way. As usually you have sucked me in with your beautiful pictures.

    • Of course you were talking about desserts for dinner Tracy… you are my sister, remember?? I know, right? I love that too… especially when I haven’t gone grocery shopping, and think that there is absolutely nothing in the house for dinner…. and I can always manage to whip something up. It’s surprising how many meals can be made out of absolutely nothing!!
      And thank you for your kind words, my love… I’m still learning, practicing with this camera. A work in progress… ❤

  5. Omg I have some strawberries in my fridge that need to be used instantly. I don’t have bananas though. This looks like something I want to try, now…I’ll go and buy some bananas. Thanks for sharing. It looks delicious and mouthwatering!

  6. Oh my gosh I love this! And how perfect that you satisfied both of your cravings at once. That’s definitely my favorite thing about knowing how to/loving to cook: being able to take random ingredients and satisfy (what feels like) burning aching cravings. But this is genius! Trying when the weather gets warm again!

  7. Everybody else has said it all. What a delicious sweet. Looks so appetising. This is something I will definitely make, excluding the coconut! We are just going out shopping and I have added strawberries and bananas to the list. What have you started???

  8. I’m totally with you! Even though I don’t have a sweet tooth, sometimes in summer I love have some fresh and yummy dessert instead of a regular meal…Proudy you really have a great imagination, look at those dessert they are so beautiful that someone could think that they’ve just came out from a pastry shop!

  9. Prudy – dessert for dinner reminds me of cake for breakfast! And really – you’ve got all the major food groups covered. All that cheese and fruit has to be good for you. 🙂 I think this is mental health food – in other words – good for the soul. Just like you. xox

    • Stacey…it’s all good for you! Strawberries… bananas… chocolate (Hey, they’ve proven that chocolate is good for you… 😉 ) I am so ready for strawberries to be in season… I just bought another couple of pounds, and I’m afraid that I’ll be cutting more bruising off than good! Thanks so much.. 🙂

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  11. This really does not look like a lazy dish made of left-overs 🙂 It looks fabulous! And made me head over to my fridge hopefull that I might find similar treasures to throw together – no such luck 😦

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    • Thank you so much Emma! It’s so nice to meet you, and I’m so happy you stopped by. I feel bad that I’m just getting back to everyone tonight, but was so happy to see a visit from you!! I look forward to catching up on your blog.. and I hope to see you again soon! 🙂

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