"Skinny Tuesday" Bananas Foster Cheesecake Parfaits
The flavors of traditional bananas foster combined with creamy cheesecake, in a healthier, portion-controlled, but still indulgent-tasting treat.
Recipe type: Dessert, Parfait
Serves: 6
For the crust:
  • ½ cup almond meal or ground almonds (graham cracker cumbs would probably also work if gluten- or grain-free was not a concern)
  • 1 Tbsp honey
For the caramel:
  • ½ cup pitted, chopped dates (chop before measuring)
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp rum extract
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
For the cheesecake layer:
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature (I used light cream cheese)
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup of the Date Caramel
  • half of a very ripe banana, mashed
For assembling the parfaits:
  • one and a half very ripe bananas, quartered lengthwise and chopped
  • 6 pecan halves for garnish, optional
For the crust:
  1. Combine the ingredients in a bowl, and stir until the honey is evenly distributed and the mixture is slightly crumbly. Set aside.
For the caramel:
  1. Combine the dates and milk in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Place in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat for 5-10 minutes, stirring frequently, until reduce to about ½ cup.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in extract and cinnamon. Set aside to cool.
For the cheesecake layer:
  1. Combine the ingredients in a medium bowl, and whip with a hand mixer until combined and smooth.
For assembling the parfaits:
  1. Divide the almond mixture between 6 glasses or bowls, about 1½ Tbsp in each, and press down slightly.
  2. Divide the cheesecake filling between the glasses or bowls.
  3. Divide the chopped bananas between the glasses or bowls, about one quarter of a banana in each.
  4. Top with the remaining date caramel. I placed it into a small sandwich bag, cut off the corner and squeezed the caramel over the bananas. Top each parfait with a pecan half, if desired.
  5. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Can be made the night before and kept chilled until serving.
Date Caramel adapted from Top with Cinnamon.
Recipe by Cupcakes & Kale Chips at http://cupcakesandkalechips.com/2014/03/02/bananas-foster-cheesecake-parfaits/