Banana Nutella Cheesecake

Banana Nutella Cheesecake
Do you ever wonder what life would be like if {fill in the blank}? For instance, what if I had gone to culinary school at SAIT here in Calgary rather than the CIC in PEI? Would I still be cooking? What if I had gone into psychology first? Would I have switched to culinary instead?
Those are some pretty deep life questions and totally hypothetical. I don’t regret any of my decisions, it’s just interesting to consider the alternatives, had I gone down a different path.
Here is another life-altering “what if”; what if I had never discovered Nutella? What would my life look like then?  I probably wouldn’t have an addiction to the chocolate hazelnut spread, for one thing. Can you believe that my first time trying it was at the breakfast buffet of an all-inclusive resort in Mexico? Weird right? I came back home and the first thing on the grocery list was Nutella. I’ve tried to cut back a bit. I figure it’s not the healthiest thing to have on my toast for breakfast every morning but every now and then you’ve got to splurge. The best days are when the jar is almost empty and I get to sit there with a spoon, scraping out every last morsel. More accurately, I think I stand there with a knife, chocolate smeared across my face – there’s no finesse when it comes to cleaning out the Nutella jar.
Nutella in dessert? Make that, a cheesecake with banana oat crust? Mmhmm, we are doing it; banana Nutella cheesecake. Made with light cream cheese, no added sugar in the crust and only 1/4 cup of brown sugar in the filling (along with the Nutella), my Nutella slathered toast is probably worse in terms of nutritional value. But let’s face it, when eating Nutella do we really care about nutrition? Probably not.
I don’t know what my life would have been like without Nutella (pretty sad and pathetic really) but I sure don’t want to imagine living without it now! Maybe that’s a bit extreme, I probably would have survived. I would not have had this banana Nutella cheesecake, but I would have survived. You don’t know what you don’t know so if I had never been exposed to it, I wouldn’t have a clue what I was missing. Perhaps it would have been better that way…
Banana Nutella Cheesecake
Banana Nutella Cheesecake
Banana Nutella Cheesecake

Banana Nutella Cheesecake
Serves 4

Ingredients

Crust
1 ripe banana, mashed
1/2 cup rolled oats

Filling
1 package (1/2 lb.) light cream cheese
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
2-3 tbsp. Nutella (or as much as you need/want)

Instructions

1. Heat your oven to 325F. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and set it aside.
2. To make the crust, mix together the mashed banana and oats. Press this into your prepared loaf pan.
3. Make the filling by beating the cream cheese until smooth (either an electric hand or stand mixer works best). Once there are no lumps, add the brown sugar and beat again until smooth.
4. Add the egg, beating on low speed until it is fully incorporated.
5. Scrape this mixture into your loaf pan, right on top of the crust.
6. Distribute about 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. dollops of Nutella equally around the cheesecake batter. Then use a knife to swirl it in.
7. Bake at 325F for about 25 minutes. The cheesecake should be fully set around the edges but still remain slightly jiggly in the centre.
8. Cool to room temperature before refrigerating. Let it chill for at least 2 hours before slicing and serving the banana Nutella cheesecake.

Banana Nutella Cheesecake
Banana Nutella Cheesecake
Banana Nutella Cheesecake

30 thoughts on “Banana Nutella Cheesecake

  • December 2, 2013 at 7:27 pm
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    This cheesecake is so pretty and banana in the crust? Brilliant! I adore Nutella – and can eat it until I get a tummy ache 🙂 What if – “Do you ever wonder what life would be like if you knew you could not fail?” What would you try?

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  • December 3, 2013 at 5:54 am
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    I am in love with this cheesecake! Love the simple crust idea – I am going to make this one very soon! Gorgeous pictures! Pinned!

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    • December 3, 2013 at 5:24 pm
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      Thanks Medha! I was in need of an easy dessert and it worked surprisingly well!

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  • December 3, 2013 at 7:19 pm
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    I totally agree with you. Nothing is pretty about cleaning out the Nutella jar. Why do they make it such a hard to clean out shape? I started buying the smallest jar just because it was easier to get every last speck out of it. Anyway, I love this cheesecake. The combo of banana and Nutella are natural but I love combining them with the cheesecake. It’s a perfect match.

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  • December 3, 2013 at 9:32 pm
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    I don’t ever want to imagine my life without Nutella either. What would I do? Your cheesecake looks heavenly – please save me a slice!

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  • December 4, 2013 at 3:21 am
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    I had no idea you could bake cheesecake in a loaf pan or make a crust out of just bananas and oats – I’m so impressed! I’m actually not a huge fan of nutella on its own as it’s a little sweet, but I love it in desserts!

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    • December 4, 2013 at 4:00 am
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      It’s funny, I have only actually baked a cheesecake in a traditional springform pan once. Otherwise I use a loaf tin or muffin tins. It bakes so much faster and makes a more reasonable amount.

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  • December 6, 2013 at 4:44 am
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    You had me at Nutella! It just so happens I have bananas in the freezer that I need to use. This is going on the list!

    PS. Stopping by from Tasty Thursdays 🙂

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  • December 6, 2013 at 9:32 pm
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    Thank you so much for sharing your fantastic project on The Inspiration Board at homework. I featured you today! Have a great weekend.

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  • December 10, 2013 at 2:01 am
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    Oh, yum!!! This sounds delicious!!! Thank you so much for linking up to Twirl & Take a Bow–pinning! 🙂

    – Brooke –

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  • February 13, 2014 at 10:29 am
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    @Mallory Frayn –

    I make “cookies” using the banana/oats combination all the time and love them. I really like the idea of using it as a crust for a cheesecake in this recipe! I was wondering, what other “toppings” other than nutella cheesecake do you think would work well on this crust? To me, this “crust” recipe is insanely versatile, easy and healhty and I’d love to try it in other uses as well. Trying to come up with some other ideas!

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    • February 13, 2014 at 12:43 pm
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      Hmm good question! Well other than cheesecake you could use it almost like a tart crust and fill it with a chocolate mousse (or even some type of vegan chocolate filling like chocolate avocado pudding). You could also try to work berries into the mix – bananas and berries are always nice together. Hopefully that helps!

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      • February 13, 2014 at 1:34 pm
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        i LOVE the avocado pudding idea that’s perfect. and yea I have a ton berries in my fridge and freezer so I’ll have to play around with that combination. Thanks so much! Again this cheesecake idea is awesome 🙂

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      • February 14, 2014 at 9:46 am
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        dumb question maybe, but if i were to try it as a tart crust and fill with a berry mixture or avocado chocolate pudding, this would be done after baking the crust? or would it go into the oven with the mixture on top?

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        • February 14, 2014 at 9:56 am
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          You would do that after (unless the filling itself needs to be baked). But in this case you don’t have to bake avocado chocolate pudding. So bake the crust first, cool it, then fill it.

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          • February 14, 2014 at 9:57 am
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            that’s what I thought, thanks!

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