No Bake Salted Caramel Cheesecake with Caramelized Bananas

 This easy no-bake cheesecake has such amazing flavor! Salted caramel, hello. The almond crust lends great texture and means that this dessert is gluten free!

No Bake Salted Caramel Cheesecake with Caramelized Bananas from The Food Charlatan

Last Sunday I was sitting in church when I felt something tickle my arm. I paused for a moment and congratulated myself for not immediately freaking out and swiping away whatever creepy crawly my brain immediately fabricated.

My hair has been long for a while now, but it’s gotten to the point that when I wear it down, I notice it all the time on my arms. And since I maybe kinda have arachnophobia, I’m always checking, just to make sure that it’s not a spider this time.

No Bake Salted Caramel Cheesecake with Caramelized Bananas from The Food Charlatan

No Bake Salted Caramel Cheesecake with Caramelized Bananas from The Food Charlatan

WELL GUESS WHAT. Apparently I was lulled into a false sense of security, because that day in church when I managed to control the girly swiping I looked down at my arm and THERE WAS A SPIDER. Just hangin out. Right there on my arm. GAH!

Rest assured that I will be flipping out at every brush of hair from now on. Let the girly swiping ensue.

No Bake Salted Caramel Cheesecake with Caramelized Bananas from The Food Charlatan

No Bake Salted Caramel Cheesecake with Caramelized Bananas from The Food Charlatan

Recipe time! You ready for this? Today I’m that super annoying food blogger with an over the top recipe title like No-Bake Salted Caramel Cheesecake with Caramelized Bananas. That’s right, I said caramel, TWICE. Go ahead, get all your hate out. I don’t even care. I’m just going to pretend I can’t hear you and keep eating this delicious slice of heaven.

No Bake Salted Caramel Cheesecake with Caramelized Bananas from The Food Charlatan

No Bake Salted Caramel Cheesecake with Caramelized Bananas from The Food Charlatan

Did I mention the Salted Caramel Almond crust? I’m lucky I even made it to the crust part, because I was popping these almonds like candy. You will need to buy 2 cans for the recipe. DO IT. They are amazing!

Do you guys give up? Or are you thirsty for more?
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No Bake Salted Caramel Cheesecake with Caramelized Bananas

Yield: Serves 8-12

Recipe by The Food Charlatan

Ingredients

    For the crust:
  • 2 cups Salted Caramel Blue Diamond Almonds*
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • dash salt
  • For the cheesecake:
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 10-ounce jar salted caramel sauce (buy the good stuff)
  • 3/4 cup cold heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • For the bananas:
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 ripe bananas, cut into 1 or 2 inch pieces
  • more salted caramel sauce, for drizzling

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Add the almonds to a food processor and pulse until ground (see photos).
  3. Add the sugar and melted butter and pulse once or twice to combine. Don't let the food processor run or you will end up with almond butter.
  4. Press the mixture into a 9-inch springform pan. Press the crust at least 1 inch up the sides of the pan. I like to use a measuring cup to press it evenly.
  5. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and immediately press the crust down again, as it will have puffed up while baking. Place in the freezer to cool.
  6. Once the crust is not hot anymore, make the cheesecake filling. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the jar of salted caramel and beat well.
  7. In another bowl, beat the cream until soft peaks form, about 2-3 minutes. Beat in the powdered sugar and vanilla.
  8. With a rubber spatula, stir about one-third of the whipped cream into cream cheese mixture, then fold in remainder. It should be fully incorporated, but try hard not to overwork it.
  9. Scrape the mixture into the cooled crust and even out the top. Refrigerate until chilled, at least 2-3 hours.
  10. Caramelize the bananas. In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, add the butter and brown sugar. Continually stir the sugar so that it doesn’t scorch. Cook until the butter and sugar have melted together.
  11. Add the bananas and cook for 1-2 minutes. You want the edges to caramelize and coat in the sugar but you don’t want them to get too soft. Gently turn the bananas so that each side gets caramelized. Turn off the heat and remove to a plate to let cool. I stuck mine in the freezer to speed it up.
  12. Once the cheesecake and the caramelized bananas are cold, arrange the bananas on top of the cheesecake. Drizzle with more salted caramel sauce. Enjoy!

Notes

*You will need to buy two of the 6 ounce cans.

http://thefoodcharlatan.com/2015/08/27/no-bake-cheesecake-with-caramelized-bananas-recipe/

MORE cheesecake please!

No Bake Dulce de Leche Cheesecake with Caramelized Peaches: (this is legit guys.)

No Bake Dulce de Leche Cheesecake with Caramelized Peaches

 

Maple Cheesecake with Roasted Pears:

Maple Cheesecake with Roasted Pears from TheFoodCharlatan.com

Blackberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars:

Blackberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars

 

No Bake Cheesecake Parfait Bar: (This is the best dessert for parties and showers. THEE BEST.)

No Bake Cheesecake Parfait Bar

 

More salted caramel goodness from friends:

Pecan and Salted Caramel Cheesecake from Bake or Break
Salted Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake Cake from Shugary Sweets
Salted Caramel Oreo Ice Box Cake from Inside BruCrew Life

This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds. I love this brand so much! My grandpa used to grow almonds for them, so cool right? (You can read about it here.) Thanks for supporting the brands that keep The Food Charlatan up and running!

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  1. says

    One time in AP Bio class, I felt an itch in my boot, so I reach in and literally grabbed a spider almost 2 inches in diameter out of it! Taught me never to leave my boots in the garage again :) This cheesecake is totally over the top delicious- caramel in every way! Pinning :)
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    • says

      OH my gosh Medha this is like one of my worst nightmares!!!! I am obsessive about searching winter shoes for spiders at the beginning of the season. I bust out the flashlight. 2 INCHES????? gaaahh

  2. says

    Girl. No. Just…no. I can handle most insects. But not spiders. I would have let out such a shrill that the congregation would have been praying for me. Now, put this cheesecake in front of me and you’ll get a different type of scream. When you bringing me some?
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  3. says

    I can’t stand bug or spiders either, so if I feel an itch…it has to be brushed off immediately. Who knows when that itch is going to be the real deal? What in the world was that spider doing in church? Must have needed a revival I guess! I know I would have totally freaked out! Now let’s all freak a little over this cheesecake. Girl, you had me at salted caramel. I’m loving all that caramel goodness in that fabulous nut crust! I need some!!
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    • says

      Right? You never know! My husband thinks I’m crazy because I have to investigate every tiny piece of lint or anything on the bed or carpet, just to make sure it’s not a spider. We’re never safe if we let our guard down Jocelyn, arachnophobes unite!!

  4. says

    This looks amazing! All that caramel is to die for. On the hair issue…Since we moved into this house I’ve noticed hair EVERYWHERE. Every house in Dubai is all tile…I think it’s a middle eastern thing or a desert thing. It’s frightening how much hair a woman loses everyday. I miss my carpet where I didn’t notice when the hair balls where overtaking my floors. Gross, huh?
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  5. says

    That is so scary!! I thought you were going to just say it was your hair and that’s that..but there really was a spider!! Girl swiping is mandatory from now on, for sure!

    This cheesecake looks so freakin good. Look at that luscious caramel swirling down on top of the bananas…drooling. I can’t wait to try this!!

  6. says

    Oh my goodness- this cheesecake is totally speaking to my soul. It’s screaming DEVOUR me! In ONE sitting! Seriously this cheesecake is unreal! No bake? Yes! Salted caramel almond crust?! Gimme! Salted caramel?! Swoon! AND carmelized bananas!? I DIE! For real. I need this. Stat! Pinned! Cheers, girlie!

  7. Sheri Fox says

    OH LORD!!! I am thankful to God that I found you just before Thanksgiving! This is just sick!!! Myself and two others polished this off in two days. I am going to go forward with that crust on soooo many other recipes! Thank you and I am so sorry to hear about that spider. Even after a career landscaping they creep me out and I would have hit a very high note in that church. Just an aside, I have test spots set up, to see where spiders stop abandon established corners, and so far Chestnuts in the corners seems to be the best, followed by cedar, and any citrus oil you choose. You can always work the chestnuts into an amazing recipe if they fail. Merry Christmas and
    Happy Holidays!

      • Sheri Fox says

        Karen, I just made two more of these, warning people of how addictive they are!! I made my own caramel this time, they are gifts to friends who are gluten intolerant..best tasting gluten free thing ever!!! Oh, and the chestnuts worked best for spiders, as did salt water spray..they don’t like it on their feet! For body, any citrus fragrance should do..I like Fresh “Life”. Hope you never go through it again!

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