Banana Split Cheesecake

Today marks a huge life change for the BruCrew family.

This post really has nothing to do with this cheesecake that is staring you in the face.  Other than it is to celebrate this big life change we just made.
Stick with me through this post…I promise you the recipe will be worth the read ;-)

Banana Split Cheesecake - banana cheesecake swirled with strawberry pie filling

 My husband started his new full time job today as an assistant pastor at our church.    Over the past year, we have been making changes in our family to get ready to follow this dream and conviction.  I know that God will provide all our needs, and we will be fine because we are following God’s will for our lives.
It is going to be an adjustment to living with less.

Banana Split Cheesecake - banana cheesecake swirled with strawberry pie filling

I am ok with this now.   Honestly, a couple of months ago, I wasn’t so sure!   Oh, I didn’t have any doubts about following my husband into ministry.  We have been in ministry ever since we got married, so that wasn’t going to be a hard change.  The hard part comes in giving up a very decent salary for a ministry salary.  The materialistic part of me liked being able to buy whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted.  I liked have good health and dental insurance.  Over the past 14 years of marriage, we have been in different jobs with different pay, and do you know what?  We have never been lacking.  God has always provided just what we needed, when we needed it.  It is amazing to me to look back over the years and see how much He has provided for us.  One of my favorite verses is “My God will supply all of your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus”  Philippians 4:19  I am clinging to that as we move into this new position of life.

Banana Split Cheesecake - banana cheesecake swirled with strawberry pie filling

How many of you do the one word resolutions?  For the past few years, I have picked one word that I want to focus on for the year.  I have been thinking for the past few weeks about what I wanted that word to be.  And I kept coming up with nothing.  Nothing jumped out at me…nothing seemed to fit just right.  Until today at church.  Today’s service was communion and what God means to you.  We filled out cards with one or two words that describe what God means in our lives.  As I sat praying and thinking, there was a video playing on the screen.  A video that showed Jesus’ ministry on earth and how He amazed the people in everything He did.  The word that kept popping up on different screens was the word AMAZED!  That was it!  That was the one word!

The dictionary describes AMAZED as being filled with wonder; to cause amazement.  2013 is going to be a life changer for us big time.  How do I see that word being part of our life?
I want to be open every morning to being amazed by God’s unconditional love for me and for my family.
I want to be amazed at how God chooses to supply our needs.
I want to keep being amazed by my husband for giving up a high paying job because God called him to ministry.
I want to teach my kids the amazement and joy that can come from being in God’s will, even when it means having less.

Banana Split Cheesecake - banana cheesecake swirled with strawberry pie filling

Over the past year, I have been amazed as I stepped away from blogging as a hobby. This year I have started to look at blogging as a part time job to help supplement my family in our new position.   I love that something I enjoy doing has enabled me to pay some of our daily bills.  God has opened so many doors for me with blogging, and I am excited to be amazed in what this next year holds.  Without my blog, I would have to most likely work outside the home and maybe not be home for my kids during breaks.   I may not be the most perfect mom all the time (hello, I have patience issues), but I want to always be available at all time for when my kids need me.  Blogging is something that I enjoy doing, but at some point I knew all the time I was putting into it, would need to become a job with a real paycheck.  I know that I have a long way to go before I consider it a full time job, and I am ok with that.  Remember what I said earlier?  God is going to provide what our family needs when we need it.  I don’t have high aspirations of becoming rich on blogging, but I do want to provide for my family in a way that I love.  And if that means it stays a part time job, I am ok with that.

Some of my blog goals for this coming year include:

1. Go to a conference. (I have already bought my ticket to BlogHer…woo hoo!)
2.  Learn how to use the Photo Shop Elements that has been sitting on my computer for a year.
3.  Branch out a little and post some more dinner ideas.
4.  Plan out a daily schedule for blogging and housework.
5.  Eat more cheesecake.  Ok, I just threw that in there to see if you had stuck with me through this long post.

Banana Split Cheesecake - banana cheesecake swirled with strawberry pie filling

 Ok, let’s get to this gorgeous cheesecake.  I think this just might have been the best one I have ever made.  The key to this creamy cheesecake is baking it at a lower temperature for longer.  Ok, for a lot longer.  I was getting nervous that I was over baking it, but when we cut into it I was happy to see how creamy and perfect it was all the way through.  The banana flavor was subtle enough to not overpower you, but it was definitely there.

Let’s talk about the crust for a minute.  Banana split is an ice cream flavor, so I decided to crush up some waffle cones and make a crust from those.  You will either like it or you won’t .  I liked the flavor that it added to the cheesecake, but my husband didn’t like the texture.  I’m going to be honest with you here.  I was hoping that the crust would be slightly crunchier, like a cone.  But heating up the cones makes them a little bit softer.  It will harden back up as the cheesecake cools, but not as hard as a cone.  Feel free to substitute graham cracker crumbs if you think you won’t like it with the cone crust.  Personally I kind of liked it because it was different.

And what better way to incorporate some chocolate into the banana split but with a chocolate ganache.   Is there anything better than a warm chocolate ganache?  I had to lick the pan clean after pouring it over the cheesecake.  No way was I wasting even one drop of that deliciousness!!!  Part of me thought about scraping some off, but I resisted that urge.  What?  You know you would think the same thing!

 I’m thinking that this would be a great end to a home made Valentine’s dinner for your sweetie.

Banana Split Cheesecake - banana cheesecake swirled with strawberry pie filling

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Banana Split Cheesecake

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes

Yield: 14 slices

Banana Split Cheesecake

Banana cheesecake swirled with strawberry pie filling and topped with a chocolate ganache.

Ingredients

2 cups waffle cone crumbs
6 tablespoons butter, melted
4 packages cream cheese (8 oz. each), room temperature
1 cup sugar
4 eggs
1 Tablespoon vanilla
1/4 cup flour
1 cup smashed bananas
1 can strawberry pie filling (21 oz. can)
1/2 cup whipping cream
1 cup chocolate chips
Cool Whip
cherries

Instructions

  1. Combine the waffle cone crumbs and melted butter. Press into the bottom of a 10 inch spring form pan that has been lined with parchment or wax paper. Set aside.
  2. Beat the cream cheese and sugar until creamy. Add the eggs, vanilla, and flour and beat again.
  3. Stir in the banana puree by hand. Pour into the spring form pan. Drop spoonfuls of pie filling on top of the cheesecake and swirl gently.
  4. Bake at 325* for 1 hour and 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  5. In a small saucepan, bring the whipping cream to a boil. Remove from the heat and add the chocolate chips. Let it sit for 1 - 2 minutes. Stir until melted and creamy. Pour on top of the chilled cheesecake and smooth out. Refrigerate until set. Garnish with Cool Whip and cherries if desired. Keep refrigerated.

Notes

Place a large baking sheet filled with hot water on the rack under the cheesecake while it bakes. You can substitute graham cracker crumbs if you don't think you will like the waffle cone crust.

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  1. says

    Congratulations on the big changes Jocelyn! It’s so hard to make such a big change, and I know you can do it. Love the word resolution, and the blogging goals too!

    And…waffle cone crust. OMG – GENIUS!

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    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      It is definitely a big life change, but we know it is where we need to be at this time. Thanks for your support! The plug in is called Top Posts and Pages. I thought it was supposed to only be on the side bar…but surprise it is in the post too. I’m still trying to decide if I like it there.

  2. Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake says

    I’m so excited for you and your family as you embark on this new adventure! I’m amazed by your faith and trust in The Lord! I know He will provide for you all! I will keep you all in my prayers as you make this transition! I’m going to blogher food too! We will definitely have to meet up! :) and this cheesecake looks wonderful!!
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    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment and your prayers. I appreciate that so much! And, YES we need to meet up at BlogHer…that would be so fun!!!

  3. says

    Good luck with your new adventure! We live on a small income, but we are blessed and always have our needs met. I am home with our kids and no amount of money could make me change that. P.s. Amazing cheesecake!
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    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      I think we appreciate things even more when we have less. Hopefully that is one of the lessons we can teach our children too. They have gotten spoiled over the past few years and it is something my husband and I have been wanting to change in their lives.

  4. says

    First that cheesecake looks absolutely amazing! Second, good luck! My husband and I are kind of facing the same thing with except that I am not having a job and we will have to remain on his sole income that is completely based on commission! He’s an insurance sale man! But I know that God will provide for us and even it is hard we will still be ok! This is my first time here and I will definitely be coming back I think we have a lot of stuff in common! I would love if you would stop by my blog and hopefully link up this amazing recipe to my hop! http://www.ablossominglife.com/2013/01/frugal-crafty-home-hop-5.html#more-276
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    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      I am so happy you stopped by and commented because it does sound like we have some things in common. You can do it…God always provides just what we need at the times we need it the most. I will definitely have to check out your blog girl :-)

  5. Sandi says

    Proud of you sis! I’m excited to see where the Lord leads you and your family over this next year!! And I hope one of those adventures is with us on vacation! ;0)

    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      Thank you so much for the encouragement Ashley! And I can’t wait to meet you in June…it is going to be soooo much fun!!!

  6. says

    Congratulations and best of luck! We have talked to our own pastor about the challenges of living in a high cost of living area on a small income. It is a huge challenge, but can also be very rewarding! We have a small, tight-knit community and our pastor is one of our most favorite people!
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    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      Thank you so much Brandy!!! It will be a challenge to live with less, especially with 3 kids getting older and needing more. But I am so thankful to have so many fun blog opportunities opening, and those are helping to pay some of the little bills :-)

  7. Tani says

    I have a stomach bug and feel awful but I so want to make and eat this right now. 6am. I think I will make it for Friday shh don’t tell anyone.
    Also, wishing you the best pin your new adventure.

    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      Thank you. I sure hope you are feeling better now. Stomach bugs and cheesecake isn’t the best mix I’m thinking!! I can’t wait to hear what you think of it though!!!

  8. says

    Congratulations on your husband’s new job! What a wonderful new adventure. God will provide what you need. It may seem hard at times, but that’s what makes us stronger ;)

    The cheesecake looks amazing! My husband loves anything banana split so this will be a hit at our house. Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday!

    http://www.flourmewithlove.com/2013/01/mix-it-up-monday.html#more
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    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      You are so right. The hardest things are what make us the strongest! I love all things banana split too!!!

    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      I wish you were close enough because I would definitely share some with you :-) It is going to be a great year, and I can’t wait to keep sharing it here!!!

  9. says

    (I read the post after my last comment, so now I have more to say!) Good luck with the new family adventure! It sounds like it will be well worth it! I hope your blog goals work out, too. I think one of my goals needs to be to eat less cheesecake (instead of more)!

    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      Thank you Heidi!!! It will be a fun adventure! Haha to your goal…less cheesecake isn’t as much fun :-)

  10. says

    I really enjoyed your post! You inspired and touched me with your sweet testimony and one-word resolution(I like that idea)! God bless you and your family in the new year…sometimes living with less “things” sounds liberating:) BTW, your cheesecake does look amazing!
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    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      Thank you so much! I am glad to hear how much you liked the post. I don’t put that much personal stuff out there that often so it means a lot to know you enjoyed it. Less is definitely sometimes more.

  11. says

    I am AMAZED with this yummy looking Banana Split Cheesecake and it’s so cute! I found you over at Couponing & Cooking :) Good luck with things.
    cass-eats.blogspot.com

    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      Yes, I think sometimes people either don’t have the option or don’t take the option to follow in their lives. We are excited for the next phase of life!!!

    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      It will definitely be an adventure at times I’m sure, but we are trusting God to provide every step of the way!!!

  12. says

    I think it’s a rare individual who can leave something comfortable and step out do what they believe they are called to do. Hats off to you husband for listening to the call and hats off to you and your children for supporting him. It seem you and your husband both found your calling! You calling being cheesecakes! And this amazing blog.
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  13. says

    What an exciting adventure to embark on! God will provide and I am sure you will be “amazed” at what lies ahead. Steppng out is such a testimony of commitment! Have a piece of that incredibly yummy cheesecake and enjoy!! Looking forward to celebrating 2013 with you! ;)

  14. says

    YUM! This is a wonderful looking and sounding cheesecake! You should pimp it to Cheesecake Factory! Good luck with the life changes. And I’m with you on #2! I’ve used Elements a few times, but I am so much more comfortable with Picasa, I turn to that when I am in a time crunch (which is everyday). Thanks so much for linking up at Two-Cup Tuesday! See ya again next week!
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  15. says

    It’s called a leap of faith for a reason. Just keep trusting God, he’s always been there for me. Oh and eat more cheesecake, it really does help. When you figure out Elements, let me know. I use it but I know I’m missing out on all the really cool stuff.
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  16. Maureen says

    It is so amazing, all the things God has planned for you and you family. Can’t help but get shivers of excitement for you. I believe you will all exceed your wildest dreams with faith in God’s love.

    love the cheesecake!!! my favorite food!!!

  17. says

    Congrats on the new job for your husband. That’s so exciting for your family!

    And, I think everyone’s resolutions should include “eat more cheesecake.” Because, DUH.

    Thanks for linking this up to What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!
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    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      Thank you so much Karly. We are excited to see what happens next. And eat more cheesecake should always be on the resolution list for sure!!!

  18. Michelle says

    I bake all the desserts for our local Lutheran High School’s Dinner Auction so I was looking for new inspirations this year. I brought up your page because of the cheesecake, but God used it as a reminder to me during a busy Easter week. We too are facing changes in our life with a move, change of job and schools, etc. You repeated what I have found to be true my whole life -God will provide abundantly above what we need! He has blessed our family so much. We made a decision that I would not seek work outside our home while we raised our children. Our youngest has only two years of high school left (and we had four so one is already finished with college). Wow, be amazed how fast time goes! I pray that the Lord of Love will continue to amaze you with his love and grace all your days!

  19. Poodles says

    Jocelyn, I especially enjoyed reading this post. If you are in God’s will, He WILL supply your needs. I cannot wait to try this cheesecake! I may make it for the next supper club I sponsor.
    Keep the recipes coming! Poodles

  20. Jessica says

    I am going to try and make this tonight. I never made cheesecake before. I don’t understand the pan of water? And when do you actually take it out of the pan?

  21. says

    Congrats on your husband’s new job and to you both as you start this new ministry together! So exciting! My husband switched from pastoral studies in college to engineering. We’ve been youth leaders for the past 16 years together, but in the back of his mind is always that thought of some day becoming a pastor. Haven’t taken that plunge yet, though:) And…I stopped over because I knew this cheesecake would be a great Valentine’s dessert for my hubby! It looks fantastic!
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  1. [...] Before we get started, I wanted to say THANK YOU so much to those of you who left encouraging comments on my post yesterday.  It means so much to me, and you all made me feel like I can do this no problem at all.  If you are completely and totally lost.  Short story, my husband quit his job to become our full time assistant pastor.  There is so much more than that, so you might want to go read the long story HERE. [...]

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