Healthy Cheesecake with Banana Oatmeal Cookie Crust

29 Mar

I like to improve old recipes to make them healthier.  Typically I use graham cracker crust when I make my cheesecake. I have seen recipes that use banana bread as a crust for cheesecake, but that only adds calories to the dessert. This crust I created is made with no added sugar or oil. It requires only two ingredients: oats and ripe bananas.

Crust

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Put 1 cup of the oats in a food processor and whirl until oats are in small bits.
  3. Mix well with the rest of the whole rolled oats and the smashed  bananas.
  4. At this point, you can add a little water if needed to thin the dough a little.
  5. Spray spring form pan with a little cooking oil spray.
  6. Wet your fingers and flatten the mixture out to the desired thickness.  Lightly spray the crust with oil to give a crispy browned finis
  7. Bake at top of oven for 18 to 22 minutes, until cooked.
  8. Cool.

Cheesecake

  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees
  2. 4 8oz containers of fat-free cream cheese (room temperature)
  3. 2 fat-free condensed milk
  4. 4 eggs 2 tsp vanilla
  5. optional: bag of dark chocolate chips

Beat all ingredients together except chocolate chips. Pour mix into pan. Top with chips if using. Bake 40 minutes. Cool and refrigerate before serving.

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