Banana Cream Cheesecake


For this banana cheesecake recipe, the vanilla cream topping takes a little extra time to make, but it really completes the dessert! A friend of mine couldn't make up her mind between banana cream pie and cheesecake for her birthday, so I came up with this rich and creamy concoction.

Prep Time:
35 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
5 hrs 20 mins



  • 1 ¼ cups vanilla wafer crumbs

  • ½ cup ground walnuts

  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted


  • 4 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, room temperature

  • 1 ⅛ cups white sugar

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 4 eggs

  • 1 cup sour cream

  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed

  • ¼ cup banana liqueur

  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract


  • 1 ½ teaspoons unflavored gelatin

  • 3 tablespoons cold water

  • 1 cup milk

  • cup white sugar

  • 4 egg yolks

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream, chilled

  • 12 vanilla wafer cookies


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease the sides of a 9-inch springform pan. In a medium bowl, mix together vanilla wafer crumbs, ground walnuts, and melted butter. Press into the bottom of the prepared pan.

  2. In a large bowl, stir cream cheese to soften. Mix together 1 1/8 cup sugar and flour; stir into cream cheese until smooth. Stir in eggs, one at a time, mixing until well blended after each one. Stir in sour cream, mashed banana, banana liqueur, and 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla. Pour over crust in the springform pan.

  3. Cover the bottom of the outside of the cheesecake pan with aluminum foil to prevent water from the water bath from seeping in. Place springform pan inside a larger pan. Place the whole thing into the preheated oven, and fill the outer pan with hot water.

  4. Bake for 45 minutes in the preheated oven. After the time is up, turn the oven off, but leave door closed. Leave cheesecake in the unopened oven for 1 hour. Before removing from water bath. Run a knife around the outer edge of cake to keep it from shrinking away from the center and cracking. Let cool to room temperature, then refrigerate until chilled, at least 3 hours, or overnight.

  5. While cheesecake is baking, sprinkle unflavored gelatin over cold water in a small bowl, and set aside to soften. Heat milk in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until hot but not boiling. Whisk together 1/3 cup sugar and egg yolks until smooth and frothy. Whisk about 1/3 of hot milk into egg yolk mixture, then pour yolk mixture into the pan with remaining milk. Cook over low heat, constantly stirring with a spatula, making sure that the mixture does not burn on the bottom until it is thick enough to coat the back of a metal spoon. Remove from heat. Stir softened gelatin into hot pastry cream until dissolved, then stir in vanilla. Pour into a bowl, place a sheet of plastic wrap directly on the surface, and refrigerate until cooled, about 1 hour.

  6. When pastry cream is cooled, whip heavy cream just past soft peaks. Stir pastry cream to soften, then fold in whipped cream. Place vanilla wafers on top of the cooled cheesecake, then spread vanilla cream over entire top. Chill until serving. Run a wet knife around the outer edge of cake before removing the sides for a cleaner look.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

790 Calories
58g Fat
56g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 790
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 58g 74%
Saturated Fat 32g 158%
Cholesterol 276mg 92%
Sodium 388mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 56g 20%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 31g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 2mg 11%
Calcium 156mg 12%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 323mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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