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Italian Lemon Cake

This Italian lemon pound cake is a recipe that I'd had my eye on for a long time. I finally made it back in April! I skipped adding frosting but if you visit the original recipe it'll tell you how to make it. The glaze needed a lot more lemon juice than the recipe called for. I used 5 tablespoons of lemon juice and it was still very thick. The cake itself isn’t very lemony so you really do need either the glaze or the frosting to bring the lemon flavour to this recipe. I'm not complaining though, it was still really delicious! Italian Lemon Cake Adapted from My Recipe Confessions Makes 1 Cake Ingredients For the Cake 3 cups all purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup butter, softened 2 cups sugar 3 large eggs 1/2 cup buttermilk 1/2 cup sour cream 4 tablespoons lemon juice 2 tablespoons lemon zest 1 teaspoon vanilla For the Glaze 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar 5+ tablespoons lemon juice Directions Preheat the oven to 325F. Grease and flour a bundt or cake p

No-Bake Peanut Butter and Banana Cheesecakes

I decided to prepare this recipe in individual cups, that way I made only the number of servings I needed and the portion size was already sorted out for me. With no leftovers, there was no temptation to eat more later. I'm glad my kids enjoyed this because I've been know to clean their plates (if you know what I mean). Something I've had to learn not to do.






Peanut Butter Banana Cheesecakes
Makes 3 servings

Ingredients
1/2 an envelope unflavoured gelatin
1 tablespoon boiling water
1/4 cup regular cream cheese, softened
1/8 cup confectioners sugar
1 tablespoon smooth peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup Cool Whip, thawed
3 graham crackers, crushed
1 medium banana, thinly sliced
1/2 tablespoon chocolate chips, melted
3 salted peanuts

Directions
  1. Dissolve the gelatin in boiling water and allow to cool. This gelatin mixture is optional, it just firms things up a little. Leave it out if you want, your dessert will just be a little creamier. I always use lemon gelatin in my cherry cheesecake for extra flavour, but I didn't think it would go very well with peanut butter.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together cream cheese, confectioners sugar, peanut butter and vanilla until smooth. Whisk in cooled gelatin mixture if using.
  3. Stir in the Cool Whip and set aside.
  4. Reserve a little bit of the crushed graham crackers and a few slices of banana for the garnish. Divide the rest of the cracker crumbs among 3 glasses or ramekins. Arrange banana slices on top of graham crackers.
  5. Divide the cheese mixture among the glasses and use a spoon to spread it out a little. 
  6. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the cheesecakes, then, sprinkle the reserved crackers on top. Decorate with a peanut and a banana slice. Chill for at least an hour before serving.

Comments

  1. What a great way to make this a lower fat treat! I'd love for you to stop by - I'm #9 in the challenge. :)

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  2. Ha! The little ones really look like they're enjoying the cheesecake! This sounds delicious! #55

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  3. These look great! I love how they are healthier and in individual servings. Stopping by from CCC#12.

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  4. Love the no bake! The girls are adorable too :)

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  5. Looks really yummy.Love ur family pics.
    stopping by from ccc#57
    Mukta

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  6. got to love a no bake recipe esepcially in the summer, Stopping by from #53. Congrats on your weight loss journey too even with all these tempting recipes!

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  7. Hi Jen,

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    What a fantastic cheesecake! I love the peanut butter and banana combination! (Great for dessert or breakfast!)

    Stopping by from Crazy Cooking Challenge #59 – I pinned and tweeted your cheesecake!

    Amber
    http://thecookssister.wordpress.com

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  8. Looks great and enjoyed by all! Thanks for participating. I will be starting up a NEW challenge next month, stay tuned!

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  9. It's so hot here in Texas, I *love* the thought of a no bake cheesecake!! Looks scrumptious!!

    ~Lauren
    Stopping by from #64 - Individual Biscoff Cheesecakes

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  10. I adore peanut butter and bananas together and making this no-bake, well you found a winner!

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

    Lisa~~
    Cook Lisa Cook

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