This is a combinations of some of my favorite cheesecake recipes. I took this into work and it lasted 30 minutes. The professional baker I work with called this cake 'restaurant quality.' I highly recommend a chocolate ganache to finish it off before serving (8 ounces semisweet chocolate combined with 1/2 cup hot whipping cream) spread over the top! Garnish the side of the cake with toasted coconut if desired.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
1 hr 10 mins
additional:
9 hrs
total:
10 hrs 25 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 8-inch cheesecake
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an 8-inch cake pan and line the bottom with a circle of waxed paper.

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  • Mix graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, 3/4 teaspoon banana extract, and 3 tablespoons sugar in a bowl until mixture holds together; transfer into bottom of prepared cake pan. Use a second 8-inch cake pan to press the crust firmly.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until crust is lightly browned, about 8 minutes. Set aside to cool.

  • Pour water to a depth of about 1 inch into the bottom of a double boiler and bring to a boil. Place peanut butter chips and half-and-half into the top of the boiler and set over the bottom of the boiler (boiling water shouldn't touch top boiler). Stir until the chips have melted and the mixture is smooth; set aside to cool.

  • Place cream cheese into the mixing bowl of a stand mixer and slowly mix, using paddle attachment, until cream cheese is smooth. Increase speed to medium and beat in 1/2 cup sugar. Beat eggs into mixture, 1 at a time, blending the next egg in after the previous one is fully incorporated. Beat in bananas, vanilla extract, 1/2 teaspoon banana extract, and lemon juice, stopping occasionally to scrape the sides of the bowl. Finally, beat in peanut butter chip mixture until cheesecake batter is smooth and even. Pour filling into the graham cracker crust.

  • Set the cheesecake on a large baking pan. Pour enough water into the baking pan to reach most of the way up the sides of the cheesecake pan, creating a water bath. Bake cheesecake in the preheated oven until filling is set, about 1 hour. Turn off oven, open door, and let cheesecake cool slowly in the oven for 1 hour.

  • Run a knife around the inside of the cheesecake pan and flip the pan over onto a cooling rack. Place a dish towel on the bottom of the pan. Use a hot water-filled tea kettle to rub the dish towel, gently heating the bottom of the cheesecake; slowly remove pan. Place a serving platter on top and use the wire rack to flip the cake back over onto platter. Refrigerate cheesecake for 8 hours.

Nutrition Facts

454 calories; protein 11g 22% DV; carbohydrates 33.9g 11% DV; fat 30.7g 47% DV; cholesterol 117.6mg 39% DV; sodium 298mg 12% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (18)

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Rating: 5 stars
08/20/2012
This is so good. Everyone loved it. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/18/2015
I really expected great things from this and I'm sorry to say I was disappointed. I followed as stated with the exception of using chocolate Graham crackers for the crust. The cake had an overpowering "fake" banana flavor. Next time I will leave out the banana extract and use more real banana. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 15
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
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Rating: 5 stars
08/20/2012
This is so good. Everyone loved it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2013
So I was a little hesitant to try this until I saw a few more reviews... But then I got into an extremely boring stretch of homework and decided to try it. Man this is good... it tastes like eating a peanut butter banana sandwich on graham cracker bread. I decided to add about half a cup of creamy peanut butter the good stuff without all the added sugar. I made my chocolate ganache recipe to throw on top and it was delicious! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/18/2015
I really expected great things from this and I'm sorry to say I was disappointed. I followed as stated with the exception of using chocolate Graham crackers for the crust. The cake had an overpowering "fake" banana flavor. Next time I will leave out the banana extract and use more real banana. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/04/2013
I made this for a bake sale at school and it was one of the first few items to sell out even at 3 a slice! I left out the banana extract substituted lemon juice for lime and topped with sliced bananas and velvety cream cheese frosting. I did overcook the crust (my fault not the recipe's) and should have started on the cream cheese batter while the peanut butter chips were melting (the consistency gets thrown off if you leave them out for too long after boiling) but the important thing is my first cheesecake turned out to be delicious:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/12/2013
This was very good! I decided to use a springform pan but still did the hot water bath. Be careful with this...I made two cheesecakes this way. One turned out great. On the second I didn't have the springform pan sealed quite right and the crust got soggy (the water must have leaked in a bit). Also...be sure to do just two small-medium bananas. I didn't think it looked like a lot and so added an extra banana...and it overwhelmed the peanut butter. Next time I will stick to the recipe! Still very good! I covered it with a ganache made from a cup or so of choocolate chips melted into about 1/5 cups of hevy whipping cream with a teaspoon of vanilla added. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/01/2015
I made this pretty much exact to the recipe, except I added bacon bits tot eh crust to make it a real Elvis inspired recipe. It is delicious! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/09/2013
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Rating: 5 stars
03/13/2015
I made the recipe as written with the exception of the crust. The first cheesecake I used nutter butter peanut butter cookies tossed them into the food processor made an excellent crust. The next cheesecake I made with an Oreo cookie crust. Anyway you go with this you can't go wrong. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/23/2017
I'm not a baker - barely make decent meals. This is the only cheesecake I've ever made. I have only ever made a cake out of a box mix and various cookies. This recipe seems complicated in some steps - but I've made this twice now and both times it came out amazing! Read More
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