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Roasted Cherry Banana Split Cheesecake Parfaits

by flavorthemoments on August 4, 2013

roasted cherry banana split cheesecake parfaits

Roasted Cherry Banana Split Cheesecake Parfaits are layers of syrupy roasted cherries, crushed pineapple, and sliced bananas with creamy no bake Greek yogurt cheesecake filling and chocolate chips atop a graham cracker crumble.  They’re simple to put together, and they’re out of this world delicious!  

roasted cherry banana split cheesecake parfaits

It’s Sunday night, which is my favorite television night.  Here are (2) shows that I can’t get enough of:

Naked and Afraid, 9:00 Western Time, Discovery Channel.  This show is like Survivor, except it’s an adult male and female that have never met, and they’re dropped in a remote location with no food, water, or clothes for 3 entire weeks.  Weathering the elements, predators, and harsh conditions with no clothes — and a naked stranger — is more than I could handle, but it’s sure fun to watch someone else do it!  :lol:

Homeland doesn’t start for a while now, but Showtime didn’t leave us with nothing to watch until then.  They’re new show Ray Donovan (10:00 Western time) instantly hooked me.  It’s full of great actors, including Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight.   The show is based in Hollywood where Ray Donovan (Schreiber) cleans up famous people’s messes mobster style, and he’s got a very complicated family life that’s unfolding more and more as the show goes on. This show is intense, and each character draws you in.  There have only been 3 episodes so far, so catch up now!

roasted cherry banana split cheesecake parfaits

Since there’s all this great TV on tonight, you need a great dessert to go with it.  These Roasted Cherry Banana Split Cheesecake Parfaits are just the thing!  You can make them ahead of time and pull them out when it’s show time.  What’s more fun than a banana split inspired dessert on a summer night?  I can’t think of one.  :smile:

roasted cherry banana split cheesecake parfaits

I’ve had banana split desserts on my mind for some time now, because I’ve seen some great ones out there.  All the colors and layers are just a feast for my eyes!  I decided to make my version parfait style because I didn’t want to make a giant batch.  You could easily use everything here and layer them in an 8×8″ baking dish, but aren’t parfaits more fun?   :grin:

I decided to incorporate my Chobani yogurt once again to make the “cheesecake” filling for these parfaits.  This filling is a variation of my Strawberry Greek Yogurt Cheesecake Dip, which I love.  Cream cheese can weigh you down considerably, so the Greek yogurt helps lighten it up.

roasted cherry banana split cheesecake parfaits

Some time back I made Roasted Strawberries, which I loved more than words express.  I decided to roast cherries this time.  They were so delicious amidst the creamy cheesecake filling.  Growing up, cheesecake topped with cherry pie filling was my favorite, so I figured I would use roasted cherries instead of cherry pie filling with my cheesecake filling.  It took me back to my childhood and then some. :smile:

It wouldn’t be a cheesecake parfait without the graham cracker crust, so the bottom layer is a graham cracker crumble.  Just mix your crumbs with melted butter and a bit of sugar, and voila!  Instant crumble.  These parfaits are fun, fruity, and flavorful, and they’re guaranteed to make some eyes light up.  They’re as delicious as they are fun to look at. :wink:

roasted cherry banana split cheesecake parfaits

Roasted Cherry Banana Split Cheesecake Parfaits

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: Varies

Roasted Cherry Banana Split Cheesecake Parfaits

Roasted Cherry Banana Split Cheesecake Parfaits are layers of syrupy roasted cherries, crushed pineapple, and sliced bananas with creamy no bake Greek yogurt cheesecake filling and chocolate chips atop a graham cracker crumble. They're simple to put together, and they're out of this world delicious!

Ingredients

Roasted Cherries:

1 lb. fresh cherries, stemmed, pitted, and halved

1 tablespoon granulated sugar

Cheesecake Filling:

8 ounces 1/3 less fat Neufchatel cream cheese, softened

1 cup plain Greek yogurt (I used Chobani 0%)

1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons powdered sugar

Graham Cracker Crumble:

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs

1 tablespoon granulated sugar

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

2-3 large bananas, peeled and sliced

1 large can crushed pineapple, drained

1/2 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the halved cherries on the parchment paper, and sprinkle with the tablespoon of sugar. Mix together gently and spread the cherries out into a single layer. Roast in the oven for 20 minutes. Cool on a wire rack, then place in a bowl.

While the cherries roast, prepare the cheesecake filling. In a medium bowl, whip the cream cheese until smooth and fluffy, about 1 minute. Add the yogurt and powdered sugar, and beat until well combined. Set aside.

In a small bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs and tablespoon of sugar. Add the melted butter and stir until the crumbs are moistened. Set aside.

Gather your parfait glasses or jars, and begin building the parfaits. The quantity of each layer depends on the size of your serving dishes. Simply add the desired amount of graham cracker crumbles, followed by the cheesecake filling, and alternating with the crushed pineapple, sliced bananas, roasted cherries, and more filling. Top the parfaits with the chocolate chips and a roasted or fresh cherry.

Notes

If you have leftovers of the ingredients after you build your parfaits, store them separately in airtight containers in the fridge and build more later! The graham cracker crumble will keep in an airtight container at room temperature.

Want an even lighter dessert? Omit the cream cheese and just alternate the layers of graham crumbs, and fruit with vanilla Greek yogurt.

Recipe by Flavor the Moments.

{ 45 comments… read them below or add one }

Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen August 4, 2013 at 4:53 pm

Love how you layered it in Mason Jars! So fun! The roasted cherries sound divine. Going to have to watch that Naked and Afraid show. Got tired of Survivor a long time ago but love the concept.

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flavorthemoments August 4, 2013 at 5:46 pm

Thanks, Christin! These jars were a little large, which was a lot to eat! I did have help.

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rika@veganmiam.com August 4, 2013 at 8:35 pm

I love the way you style your parfaits! So cute and inspirational, I hope I can make vegan parfaits when I’ve time. :) Did you watch Dexter or The Killing on Sunday nights? I love the shows!

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flavorthemoments August 4, 2013 at 9:17 pm

Thank you! I hope you can make them soon – they’re so fun to make and eat! I’ve seen Dexter, which is good, but I haven’t seen the Killing yet. I will look into it!

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Linda | The Urban Mrs August 4, 2013 at 9:37 pm

Yum! What a brilliant idea for dessert in jars! Perfect for Summer time while I’m catching up on my TV series.

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flavorthemoments August 4, 2013 at 9:43 pm

Thank you, Linda! It’s definitely a fun dessert for summer or any time.

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Anne ~ Uni Homemaker August 5, 2013 at 12:06 am

These parfaits look amazing Marcie! You presented them so beautifully. I have never had roasted fresh cherries before but I’m intrigued! Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe with us. Have a great week!

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flavorthemoments August 5, 2013 at 7:36 am

Thank you, Anne! These parfaits were quite photogenic with all the layers and colors. The roasted cherries have a deep, concentrated flavor, and would be an excellent topping on ice cream, pound cake, etc. You have a great week, too!

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Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com August 5, 2013 at 3:31 am

Lovely looking parfaits! Love the lite cheesecake layer!

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flavorthemoments August 5, 2013 at 7:34 am

Thank you so much, Shashi! I cheesecake to be extremely heavy, so this lightened up one was right up my alley. :)

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Jackie l Food.Wine.Fashion August 5, 2013 at 5:35 am

Marcie stop it! You are a genius. I can’t even tell you how excited I was about this dessert as soon as I read the title. Can’t wait to try it!

xo Jackie

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flavorthemoments August 5, 2013 at 7:33 am

I was excited about this dessert, too! It’s been on my radar for a long time. I hope you get to try it, especially because you love cheesecake! Have a great day, Jackie!

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Zainab @ Blahnik Baker August 5, 2013 at 12:10 pm

These are just beautiful!! I love the roasted cherries and the combination with a lite cheesecake layer. I saw two episodes of Naked and Afraid because my husband watches it but I didn’t get stuck to it mainly because I am scared of snakes and the episodes I watched both had snakes being killed etc. I am watching Homeland now and I am addicted. Now I see what all the hype is about ;)

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Chobani August 5, 2013 at 12:30 pm

What a great combo of flavors! Cheesecake anything and you’ve got my attention. ;) Pinned!

Amy @ Chobani

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flavorthemoments August 5, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Thanks, Amy! I’m having a lot of fun with all of this yogurt. I’ll be sure and come up with more cheesecake related recipes for you…and me. :)

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Lisa@ Cooking with Curls August 5, 2013 at 1:02 pm

I love the colors! They are so bright and pretty, and I’m sure delicious as well :)

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flavorthemoments August 5, 2013 at 2:23 pm

Thanks, Lisa!

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Julie @ This Gal Cooks August 5, 2013 at 1:57 pm

This is such a fun recipe! I love the roasted cherries. Pinned and sharing on Facebook and Twitter. Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Mondays!

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flavorthemoments August 5, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Thank you, Julie! The roasted cherries were very tasty — it was the first time I’d tried them. Thanks for the pin and sharing, and as always, for hosting Marvelous Mondays!

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Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking August 5, 2013 at 2:43 pm

OMG, yum! It’s been years since I’ve had a banana split in any form and these look absolutely scrumptious and tempting! I love it, Marcie.

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flavorthemoments August 5, 2013 at 3:22 pm

This was the first banana split style dessert I’ve had in years, which was why I could barely stop eating it. :). Thanks, Georgia!

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Consuelo @ Honey & Figs August 5, 2013 at 3:22 pm

I need one of these like right now *-* Love the mason jar idea, I wish we could get them over here aw!

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flavorthemoments August 5, 2013 at 3:23 pm

They would actually be better in smaller glasses, Consuelo. These jars made them a pretty large dessert!

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Dina August 5, 2013 at 7:17 pm

sounds yummy. good idea!

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flavorthemoments August 5, 2013 at 7:35 pm

Thank you, Dina! We really enjoyed them.

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Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner August 6, 2013 at 7:47 am

These parfaits are gorgeous! I love the combo of ingredients you used. I’ve probably watched 15 minutes of 1 episode of Naked and Afraid…I was getting too anxious for the people so I changed the channel. Lol.

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flavorthemoments August 6, 2013 at 7:51 am

Thanks, Tina! I do get anxious for the people on the show, too, especially when snakes are involved!

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Paula August 6, 2013 at 9:31 am

Wow, this is beautiful and I bet it tastes wonderful! You have a great blog, love your recipes! Following on twitter!

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flavorthemoments August 6, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Thanks a lot, Paula!

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The Style Sisters August 6, 2013 at 9:02 pm

Scrumptious sounding and healthy too! Wow it looks so decadent! Come link up at my party going on now at the Style Sisters Centerpiece Wednesday and share this post. http://thestylesisters.blogspot.com/2013/08/centerpiece-wednesday-87-and-something.html
Karin

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flavorthemoments August 6, 2013 at 9:28 pm

Thanks, Karin! I’ll be sure and link up.

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Madonna/aka/Ms. Lemon August 7, 2013 at 1:06 am

Oh my goodness, I had to pin this. What a great idea!

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flavorthemoments August 7, 2013 at 7:57 am

Thank you! These are easy and oh-so yummy!

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Liz August 7, 2013 at 7:57 pm

I have to make these for sure this summer! Love that they’re in a jar and so full of goodness! :)

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flavorthemoments August 7, 2013 at 8:17 pm

They’re so easy and SO good. Boo that summer’s almost over!

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Jocelyn@BruCrew Life August 9, 2013 at 10:11 pm

Love love love these!! They look beautiful too!

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flavorthemoments August 9, 2013 at 10:40 pm

Thanks, Jocelyn! I loved every single bite.

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Claire @ A Little Claireification August 10, 2013 at 10:26 am

This looks SO delicious!!
On behalf of Lisa, Cindy and myself, thanks for sharing your wonderful links once again! Pinning all and shared this on FB earlier too! :)
Have a great weekend!
xo

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flavorthemoments August 10, 2013 at 11:24 am

Thanks, Claire! You’re all great hostesses, and have a great weekend!

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Karly August 11, 2013 at 8:12 am

Such a gorgeous dessert and everyone love’s having their own jar! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

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flavorthemoments August 11, 2013 at 8:34 am

There sure is something to be said about the personalization of having your very own dessert jar. Lol. Thanks, Karly!

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Christina August 14, 2013 at 12:20 pm

So this looks amazing!!! I pinned it on pintrest and instantly had like 24 people re-pin it! you are now famous on pintrest! lol I will be making this tonight while I find something to watch….. last night was the new season of Faceoff on Syfy , so now I have to find a show to watch tonight so I can find a reason to make this and eat it! lol (I’m thinking of making a variation of this with peaches and strawberries and see what I can come up with!)

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flavorthemoments August 14, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Thanks so much for the pin! I have no idea what’s on tonight either? Anything is a good excuse to eat this, however, and I think peaches and strawberries would be fantastic! Have you ever tried grilling or roasting your fruit? That would be really great, too.

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Christina August 14, 2013 at 1:03 pm

I’ve never tried roasting fruit but I’m trying it with the cherries as we speak! there is a massive thunderstorm coming and my 3 year old is napping, perfect timing to make some yummyness!! lol

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flavorthemoments August 14, 2013 at 1:13 pm

That does sound like perfect timing…I hope you enjoy it!

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