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"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.
Course Dessert, Parfait
Servings 6
Author Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 1/2 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:

  • 1/2 cup pitted chopped dates (chop before measuring)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp rum extract
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

For the cheesecake layer:

  • 4 oz. cream cheese at room temperature (I used light cream cheese)
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 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

Instructions

For the crust:

  • 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:

  • Combine the dates and milk in a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Place in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat for 5-10 minutes, stirring frequently, until reduce to about 1/2 cup.
  • Remove from heat and stir in extract and cinnamon. Set aside to cool.

For the cheesecake layer:

  • Combine the ingredients in a medium bowl, and whip with a hand mixer until combined and smooth.

For assembling the parfaits:

  • Divide the almond mixture between 6 glasses or bowls, about 1½ Tbsp in each, and press down slightly.
  • Divide the cheesecake filling between the glasses or bowls.
  • Divide the chopped bananas between the glasses or bowls, about one quarter of a banana in each.
  • 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.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve. Can be made the night before and kept chilled until serving.

Notes

Date Caramel adapted from Top with Cinnamon.