TARA GIDUS' HEALTHY BANANA CHEESECAKE
Official runDisney nutritionist Tara Gidus has slimmed down another holiday favorite, cheesecake! Tara used a few unique ingredients to cut the calories in half and help eliminate some of the saturated fats found in a single slice of cheesecake. Learn more about the recipe and the healthy ingredients used in the video below.
Even Healthier Banana Cheesecake
12 whole grain graham crackers, crushed
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 large egg white
16 oz silken tofu, drained overnight
1 cup ripe bananas, pureed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 (8oz) packages reduced-fat cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 sliced bananas
2 graham crackers, crushed
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In food processor, add graham crackers to crush, and pulse with sugar, butter, and egg white to form crumbly dough. Coat 9in spring form pan with cooking spray and press crust pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 8 minutes and let cool.
In bowl of stand mixer, beat drained tofu with paddle attachment until smooth - will look "cheesy". Mix in cream cheese until combined, making sure not to over mix. Add bananas, cinnamon, vanilla and sugar mixing to incorporate.
Pour filling evenly over cooled graham cracker crust. Place cheesecake in center of oven and bake 45 minutes. Turn oven off and leave in oven for 45 additional minutes.
Let cool completely on wire rack. Place cheesecake in refrigerator until set, or overnight. Before serving, garnish cheesecake with sliced bananas and crushed graham crackers.
NUTRITON FACTS: 1 slice, 231 calories, 10g fat, 4g saturated fat, 22mg cholesterol, 270mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 20g sugar, 6g protein, 8% calcium, 6% iron
Join us on Friday of this week for one last recipe from Tara and to see all of the healthy eating tips from Tara, check out the Training playlist on the runDisney YouTube Channel.