Peanut Butter and Banana Mini Cheesecakes with Pretzel Crust

by Allison @ Alli 'n Son on August 7, 2012

I have this tradition of repaying favors through baked goods. I ask one simple question: what are your top 3-5 favorite ingredients in a dessert? Once I have the list, the fun starts. I dream, obsess and stress over creating the perfect recipe. A recipe designed just for that person or family.

A recipe with character. A recipe with personality.

A recipe with positively explosive flavor.

I’ve been asked to make a dessert that contained caramel, peanuts, marshmallows, and chocolate, which resulted in Caramel Peanut Butter Cup Bars.

I’ve been challenged to create a dessert that included potato chips, peanut butter and Pepsi, and so the Midnight Craving Cupcakes were born.

Just the other weekend, I was put to the test. A friend watched the Pug while we were out of town. He also managed to lock himself and the Pug out of the house. On the first night. Because he’s brilliant like that.

And then, to top it all off, he demanded that I come up with a recipe that included bananas, peanut butter, chocolate and pretzels.

Okay, okay, demanded may be a strong word. Suggested. Begged. Groveled. That may be a more accurate description.

It just so happened that I was looking for an excuse to create a new cheesecake recipe, to help celebrate the Crazy Cooking Challenge‘s one year anniversary.

I can’t think of a better way to celebrate an anniversary, than with cheesecake.

So I browsed recipes. I obsessed. I created my recipe. Then I modified it. I worried that it wouldn’t turn out. And then when I finally worked up the nerve to make them…they were prefect.

Peanut Butter and Banana Cheesecake Recipe by

Peanut Butter and Banana Cheesecake Recipe

Bite-sized banana and peanut butter cheesecakes. Sitting on top of a pretzel crust. With just a few chocolate chips, because nothing goes with bananas, peanut butter and pretzels like chocolate.

Peanut Butter and Banana Cheesecake Recipe by

These little single-serving gems were so surprisingly good. So sweet and fulfilling, without being over indulgent.  The mix of peanut butter and banana balanced perfectly in the cheesecake. The saltiness of the pretzels countering the sweetness of the cheesecake. And the chocolate, to just bring it all home.

Because, seriously, it isn’t dessert without chocolate.


Peanut Butter and Banana Mini Cheesecakes with Pretzel Crust

Peanut Butter and Banana Mini Cheesecakes with Pretzel Crust

Single-serving cheesecakes made in a muffin tin, featuring the flavors of banana, peanut butter, chocolate and pretzels.


    Pretzel Crust
  • 2 cup pretzels, crushed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 8 tablespoons, melted
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • Cheesecake
  • 3 (8-oz.) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1-1/4 cups mashed banana (2-1/2 - 3 ripe bananas)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Pinch fine sea salt
  • 1-1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature


    Pretzel Crust
  1. Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.
  2. In a small bowl stir together the crushed pretzels, sugar, and melted butter.
  3. Press a heaping tablespoon of crumbs into the bottoms of the prepared muffin cups. (hint: use the bottom of a shot glass to press.)
  4. Place 6-8 chocolate chips on top of the crust.
  5. Chill in the fridge until the filling is ready.
  6. Cheesecake
  7. Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, on medium speed beat together the cream cheese, mashed bananas, flour, and a pinch of fine sea salt. Scrape down the sides of the bowl often, beating until there are no lumps and the batter is smooth and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  8. Add the granulated sugar, beating until well blended and smooth.
  9. Add in the peanut butter and vanilla beating until blended, about 30 seconds.
  10. Add the eggs one at a time, beating just until blended.
  11. Evenly divide the filling into the 24 muffin cups, filling almost to the top.
  12. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until firm but the centers still wobble a little.
  13. Cool in the muffin tins on a wire rack.
  14. Cover and chill in the fridge for at least 8 hours.
  15. Cheesecakes can also be frozen, after completely cooled.



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1 ash August 7, 2012 at 11:28 am

Nice choice these look awesome

#30 ccc Triple Lemon Cheesecake

2 Janelle King August 7, 2012 at 11:48 am

I just put on five pounds from my mouth watering. Looks great! ♥ #8 Mango Cheesecake

3 Dana August 7, 2012 at 11:57 am

What an excellent combo! These sound amazing.
Stopping by from CCC. (#10)

4 Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes August 7, 2012 at 12:24 pm

What cute little cheesecakes! I’d love for you to stop by – I’m #9 in the challenge. :)

5 Melissa's Cuisine August 7, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Amazing! You’ve done it again Alli–these look so delicious!

6 Little Mommy August 7, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Love this! A pretzel crust is a great idea!

7 Meg August 7, 2012 at 2:06 pm

These sound totally incredible! I love the pretzel crust! CCC #69

8 MissMessy August 7, 2012 at 2:11 pm

WOW :)

9 Joan@Chocolateandmore August 7, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Banana in these, that means I can call them healthy and have 2 or 3! Love that you made a pretzel crust, add a bit of salty to contrast with the sweet!

10 Liz August 7, 2012 at 8:47 pm

I definitely bake with the same flavors over and over…I need to break out of my rut, too! Wow, you really rise to the occasion when challenged…perfectly delectable bites of pb/banana yumminess!

11 Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust August 7, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Oooh, yes. These look amazing. I do the same thing; baking for repaying favors. It’s the best way to repay them!

12 Lisa~~ August 7, 2012 at 10:01 pm

Totally wonderful, peanut butter and bananas totally rock. Love the pretzel crust and then making it a mini, pure perfection.

If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my CCC entry: #6 Mini Cheesecake Bites.

Cook Lisa Cook

13 Heather@French Press August 7, 2012 at 11:39 pm

what gorgeous cakes!

14 Lesa @Edesia's Notebook August 8, 2012 at 11:19 am

How creative! They are beautiful, and no doubt, tasty!


15 Tina @ MOMS CRAZY COOKING August 8, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Perfect Bananas!

Thank you for being a part of the CRAZY COOKING CHALLENGE. Watch for upcoming details about the next years challenge.

16 tanya August 9, 2012 at 5:50 am

I adore single serving food, this is no exception! Love the flavor combo too!

17 Winnie August 9, 2012 at 7:39 am

These look incredible!
I’ve never eaten something like that and I really your recipe

18 madge | the vegetarian casserole queen August 9, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Pretzel crust for a cheesecake! That is brilliant. Love the salty and sweet…

19 Kelly August 10, 2012 at 8:23 am

I LOVE that there are bananas in these, totally trying them on my family. Great addition to the Crazy Cooking Challenge! -Kelly @ Semi Homemade Mom, CCC #14

20 Nichi - The Mandatory Mooch August 12, 2012 at 8:50 am

These sound amazing!! I would love for you to link up to my linky party at The Mandatory Mooch. Still open for another day!!

Thanks, Nichi

21 Me And My Sweets August 12, 2012 at 2:17 pm


I would love you to join My Sweet Party and the theme for August is Childhood favourites. Check it out:


22 ButterYum August 15, 2012 at 7:49 am

Great combo, and fantastic photos! Wasn’t this a yummy challenge?

23 Kelly November 25, 2013 at 12:42 pm

I’ve been searching for something like this! What temp oven? I am doing 350 right now — sorry if I missed it in your post —

The batter itself is dangerously heavenly — yummm…..

24 Kelly November 25, 2013 at 12:44 pm

PS add to earlier post — I’m adding potato chips to top after they are done in oven — from a dessert at an old restaurant that closed down — it gives it that extra…OMG.

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