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These Banana Cheesecake Bars are so creamy and filled with banana flavor and are perfectly complemented by the a Golden Oreo Crust!

slice of banana cheesecake bar on white plate with caramel sauce

Raise your hand if you cannot eat an entire banana. Please, I can’t be the only one who eats half a banana and can’t swallow the rest. Right? Please?

I also can’t be the only one who has that same problem with melon. And who shudders at the thought of biting into a grape (will it be sweet? sour? mushy?)

I’m not alone in my weird food habits, right?

Like, I totally understand if no one else is a bean burrito vampire like me…but bananas? There has to be someone that can’t eat a whole banana like me.

Luckily my husband is my other half. As in, he eats the other half. Or, I put them in a breakfast smoothie. I’d much rather drink my fruits and veggies.

{And yes, I know that’s not as good for you. I have texture issues people, should I drink the fruit or not eat it at all?}

Luckily I have no problem eating bananas if they’re baked in something. Like cheesecake.

slice of banana cheesecake bar on white plate with caramel sauce

I’m kind of on a cheesecake kick right now. In the last few weeks I’ve posted Apple Cheesecake Bars and Creme Brulee Cheesecake Bars. You don’t mind, right?

I know these are bars and not a regular round cheesecake. Here’s the thing: I don’t like making a full cheesecake. Who’s gonna eat it? Plus, it’s hard to give away slices of cheesecake. For some reason it seems okay to give away a square of something than a slice. Or is that just me?

So I make bars. I like bars.

Especially these banana cheesecake bars!

I don’t know what got me thinking about banana cheesecake. Even thought I have an aversion to actual bananas, I love desserts that contain banana. This cake is one of my favorites. And I also have two versions of cupcakes. Somehow, banana cheesecake popped into my head.

These cheesecake bars start with a Golden Oreo Crust. First of all, Golden Oreos are the Best. Oreos. Ever. I like them more than regular Oreos, by a long shot. They make an amazing crust to start with, and the spiciness of the cookie is the perfect complement to the banana. {FYI, Nilla Wafers would also make an amazing crust!}

The cheesecake is made similarly to the Creme Brulee Cheesecake Bars; that is they are made with greek yogurt. I mixed cream cheese and greek yogurt together to form the base. A banana is added to that, along with a box of banana pudding to really amp up the banana flavor. {I’ve never made it without the pudding, but if you can’t find it, I’m pretty confident you could skip it.}

Once it’s baked it’s super rich and creamy. These are probably the creamiest cheesecake bars I’ve ever made! And the banana flavor…I’m really in love with it.

Serving with caramel sauce is not required but I certainly recommend it.  Golden Oreos + Banana + Caramel = Magic. It’s GOOD.

Mel finishes my half-eaten bananas. But he won’t eat banana desserts, so I got all these bars.

We complement each other nicely that way. And, I know I’m not the only weird one…

slice of banana cheesecake bar on white plate with caramel sauce

Banana Cheesecake Bars with Golden Oreo Crust

5 from 1 vote

Ingredients
 

  • 25 Golden Oreos
  • 6 tablespoons butter melted
  • 8 ounces cream cheese I use low-fat, room temperature
  • 1 cup nonfat plain greek yogurt or you can use vanilla, room temperature
  • 2 medium bananas or 1 large, peeled (it's best if it's a "tired" or brown spotted banana, but not too spotty!)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1-3.4 ounce size box instant banana pudding
  • Caramel ice cream topping for serving

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9x9” pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  • Crush Golden Oreos in a food processor until they are a fine crumb. Mix with melted butter and press into the bottom of the prepared pan.
  • Beat cream cheese, banana, and yogurt with a stand mixer until smooth. Beat in sugar, vanilla, eggs, and flour. Stir in pudding.
  • Pour cheesecake mixture over prepared crust. Bake for 33-35 minutes, until the edges turn golden. It will still jiggle a little in the center, but it will set as it cools. Cool to room temperature on the counter, and then chill until set, overnight (or at least 4 hours). Slice into bars and serve with caramel sauce and/or whipped cream.
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

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Last Updated on February 2, 2023

Dorothy Kern

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  1. You’ve just created my husband’s ideal dessert… banana and oreo.

    And no, I cannot CANNOT eat an entire banana. I think the texture or something gets to me, but I can’t do it. You are not the only one!

  2. I love cheesecake and rarely make it because I don’t WANT to eat the whole thing! I agree, Dorothy, squares are somehow more manageable. 🙂 With the added banana and pudding mix, I can imagine the creamy goodness of these bars! It is always good to have another recipe for what to do with an over abundance of ripe bananas (banana bread is wonderful but variety is key).
    As a goofy aside….Our golden loved bananas. My husband eats a banana with his breakfast every morning and our golden would sit by him at the kitchen counter waiting for his daily banana ends. 🙂 Just in case your husband isn’t around one day to eat your other banana half….try the dog. 🙂 (Our sheltie won’t go near them.)

    1. I’ve tried to get our golden to eat the rest of my banana but she won’t go for it! Apples though (and pretty much anything else from dried pasta to kleenex to dirt and other unmentionables) are a hit!

  3. I’m glad you have someone to eat the rest of your poor neglected banana! I hear ya on the grapes…I pick through them and if they feel or look at all squishy I just can’t do it! These bars look amazing like always!

  4. I’m actually not a huge fan of banana unless it’s baked in bread or something, so I totally understand where you are coming from! Pretty sure I could handle eating them in these cheesecake bars, too!

  5. I like to eat bananas with peanut butter, but this cheesecake sounds like my new favorite way to eat bananas! Looks delicious!

  6. Ugh, I hate eating whole bananas! A little bite goes a long way with me, BUT I can eat bananas in anything! Actually thats the only way I can possibly eat a whole banana! I can eat a lot of these bars Dorothy with no problem! Yummy!

  7. I have been digging banana desserts this pregnancy, but NOT bananas. I didn’t mind them before, but now the texture gets me. This is right up my alley for sure!

  8. I do love bananas baked into things and I really like banana cream pie, but I’ve never tried it in a cheesecake. I’m pretty sure it would be love at first bite. Especially with a Golden Oreo crust! And love how you drizzled it in caramel!