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Chocolate Banana Cheesecake

 Chocolate Banana Cheesecake
“I came up with this special treat for my son, who loves cheesecake and anything with bananas,” says Eileen Sears of Eagle, Wisconsin. “This lightened recipe quickly became a family favorite!”
16 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chocolate graham cracker crumbs (about 5 whole crackers)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • FILLING:
  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3 egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup mashed ripe banana
  • 1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 3 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine cracker crumbs and sugar; stir in butter.
  • Set aside 1/4 cup for topping. Press remaining crumb mixture onto
  • the bottom of a 9-in. springform pan coated with cooking spray.
  • Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 7-9 minutes or until
  • set. Cool on a wire rack.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add egg
  • and egg whites; beat on low speed just until combined. Gently stir
  • in the banana, chocolate chips and vanilla. Pour half of the batter
  • over crust.

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Chocolate Banana Cheesecake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Combine cocoa and oil until blended; stir into remaining batter. Drop
  • by tablespoonfuls over batter in pan; gently spread into an even
  • layer. Sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture.
  • Place pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in.
  • square). Securely wrap foil around pan. Place in a large baking pan;
  • add 1 in. of hot water to larger pan.
  • Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or just until center is set.
  • Remove pan from water bath. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
  • Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour
  • longer. Refrigerate overnight. Remove sides of pan before cutting.
  • Yield: 16 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 slice equals 231 calories, 15 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 49 mg cholesterol, 246 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 6 g protein.