Mini Banana Breakfast Cheesecakes

Happy hump day! I love breakfast, but I tend to eat the same things during the week…usually peanut butter and banana toast, yogurt parfaits, or overnight oats. I like things that I can grab and eat in the car or at work. So I wanted to try something new! These cheesecakes are the perfect little treat…feels like you’re eating a dessert for breakfast! Grab one with a piece of fruit and you’re good to go. I also tried freezing some and they were just as good defrosted, so you can make these ahead and defrost them as you need them!

Note: I adapted these from a recipe that was supposed to make 2 cheesecakes, and I wanted to double it to make 4. I ended up having way too much filling but only enough crust to make 4. So for the other 4, I used Larabars that I smushed into a crust. Larabars are made from dates, nuts, and spices…so simple yet so yummy! You could actually make your own “Larabar crust” if you use a recipe similar to this or this and press it into the muffin tins. I actually ended up liking the taste of the Larabar-crust cheesecakes best, and they’re easier to make 🙂 But I put both options for crust in the recipe below!

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Mini Banana Breakfast Cheesecakes

Adapted from: Amy’s Healthy Baking

Ingredients:

Cheesecake filling:

  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 12 oz light cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 3/4 tbsp corn starch
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes

Crust:

  • 4 Larabars (I used Pumpkin Pie, which was a seasonal flavor, but any fruit-based flavor would be good!)

OR

  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

Directions:

1.) Preheat oven to 300 F. Spray 8 muffin tin wells with non-stick cooking spray.

2.) IF USING LARABARS: Split each bar in half and press each half into the bottom of the muffin tin wells. (don’t need to bake)

IF USING OAT CRUST: In a small bowl, mix together oats and applesauce. Divide evenly among the 8 wells and press into the bottom. Bake for 8 minutes. Let cool in pan.

3.) In a medium bowl, mix the cream cheese and honey until smooth. Then add in the mashed banana, vanilla extract, coconut, and cornstarch and mix well.

4.) Pour filling over crusts and bake for 20-25 minutes (centers will be slightly jiggly). Cool to room temp in the pan, then cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least 3 hours before serving.

Cranberry and Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad

After a lengthy absence…I’m back! Between school and a new job I was so busy I barely had time to breathe, let alone blog. This semester I will try to balance a little better so I can blog at least more than one every few months…I promise 🙂

Despite the lack of posts, I was still whipping up some new recipes! This one was a favorite of mine – the combination of flavors is delicious and it is super filling. It can either be served warm (heat the quinoa and squash before putting all ingredients together) or as a cold salad. Top with your favorite salad dressing (I used balsamic vinegar and olive oil) and enjoy!

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Cranberry and Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 2.5 cups raw spinach
  • 3 cups butternut squash, cubed
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup roasted, unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 20 grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese

Directions:

1.) Preheat oven to 400 F. Lay out cubed squash on a greased baking pan or cookie sheet and drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper, and any other seasonings desired. Bake for about 25-30 minutes, or until squash is soft.

2.) While squash is baking, cook quinoa according to package instructions.

3.) In each bowl layer quinoa, spinach, and squash and top with cranberries, sunflower seeds, tomatoes, and feta. Drizzle with your favorite dressing!