Banana Cheesecake

Banana Cheesecake

The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 60 mins
Chill: 12 hrs
Total: 13 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 12 slices
Yield: 1 cake
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
402 Calories
27g Fat
37g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 402
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 34%
Saturated Fat 15g 73%
Cholesterol 129mg 43%
Sodium 213mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 26g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 3mg 13%
Calcium 75mg 6%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 219mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

There are so many things to love about this easy banana cheesecake, but the best part? It tastes like banana bread. The cheesecake begins with a classic graham cracker crust, but the filling is made extra special with the addition of mashed overripe bananas whipped into the batter. That signature banana flavor is infused into every bite.

Once the cheesecake is ready to serve, each slice can be topped with a dollop of whipped cream, a slice of fresh banana, and a dusting of ground cinnamon. That little extra flourish continues the banana bread flavor experience in this dessert.

Next time you discover overripe bananas on your countertop, remember that banana bread isn't your only option. This banana cheesecake is the perfect solution.

Ingredients

For the Crust:

  • 2 cups finely crushed graham cracker crumbs

  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) unsalted butter, melted

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

For the Filling:

  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 3/4 cup sour cream

  • 4 large eggs

  • 1 1/2 cups mashed overripe bananas, about 4 large

  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • Whipped cream, fresh banana slices, ground cinnamon, for serving

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients. Preheat the oven to 350 F.

    Banana cheesecake ingredients
    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni
  2. In a large bowl, combine the crushed graham crackers, melted butter, and granulated sugar. 

    Mix crushed graham crackers, melted butter, and granulated sugar for pie crust
    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni
  3. Pat the crust mixture into the bottom and halfway up the sides of a 10-inch springform pan. To prevent leaks, line the outside of the pan with aluminum foil or place the springform pan on a rimmed baking sheet. 

    Banana cheesecake graham cracker crust in springform pan
    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni
  4. Make the filling. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, sour cream, eggs, mashed bananas, and lemon juice until smooth. 

    Banana cheesecake filling ingredients
    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni
  5. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 1 hour, or until the cheesecake is light brown on top. 

    Batter is poured into the springform pan
    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni
  6. Cool completely at room temperature. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for at least 12 hours before serving. 

    Cool baked banana cheesecake at room temperature
    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni
  7. Garnish individual servings with whipped cream, fresh banana slices, and a dusting of ground cinnamon. Serve and enjoy.

    Banana cheesecake with toppings
    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

Tips

  • Graham cracker crumbs can be made by placing sheets of graham crackers into a food processor and pulsing until a fine powder is formed. Alternatively, some grocery stores sell boxes of graham crackers already processed into crumbs for your convenience.
  • When pressing a graham cracker crust into a springform pan, start by simply using your fingers to distribute the moistened graham cracker crumbs across the bottom of the pan and up the sides. In order to get the crust even and flat, you can use the bottom of a drinking glass to press it out the rest of the way. Don't worry about getting the crust on the sides of the pan perfectly even. A more rustic look adds to the charm of the cheesecake.