Mini No-Bake Fresh Mint Cheesecakes

These mini no-bake cheesecakes have a wonderfully fresh flavor thanks to both mint-infused syrup and whipping cream. They come together quickly with just a bit of advance planning and are perfect for summer since you don’t even have to turn on the oven. The entire family can enjoy these bite-size desserts with no artificial colors or flavors!

An overhead shot of a batch of Mini Fresh Mint Cheesecakes and a bottle of mint-infused simple syrup.
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If you’re looking for an easy, refreshing dessert that’s already perfectly portion-controlled for you and your family, these Mini No-Bake Fresh Mint Cheesecakes are it! I’ve once again partnered with my friends at Sonoma Syrup Co. to come up with a tasty recipe to showcase all of the wonderful flavors of their fresh mint syrup, without any of that bright green faux mint color and flavor that shows up in most minty desserts you see. If you were a fan of my Fresh Mint Dark Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, you’re definitely not going to want to miss this one.

Special Equipment Needed for Making Mini Cheesecakes

Before we get into the recipe itself, it’s important to note a few pieces of equipment you’ll need to make it.

Mini Cheesecake Pan (optional)

If you want your cheesecakes to be the most aesthetically pleasing, I highly recommend investing in a mini cheesecake pan with removable bottoms. I have one similar to this. If you don’t feel like investing or simply didn’t plan too far in advance to make this recipe (hey, I totally get it) you can simply line a muffin tin with paper liners for ease of pulling out the individual cheesecakes once they’ve set up in the fridge.

Hand Mixer and/or Stand Mixer

To be honest, I used BOTH my hand mixer and my stand mixer for this recipe, but you certainly don’t have to. If you only use one or the other, you’ll just have to do some transferring and extra washing of dishes while you’re putting together your cheesecakes. But you will need at least one of these! No one wants to spend hours hand-whisking heavy whipping cream until it’s fluffy.

Those are all of the special tools you’ll need, everything else is pretty standard, like mixing bowls, spatulas, etc.

What You’ll Need to Prepare in Advance

This recipe comes together in no time at all, as long as you do a little advance planning. Here are the two easy steps you’ll need to take at least a few hours before you decide to put together these cheesecakes:

  1. Set out the cream cheese to come to room temperature.
  2. Steep the whipping cream with some fresh mint so it has time to cool down before you actually move forward with whipping it.

Since we’re not baking this dessert, we want to make sure everything is at the optimal temperature before moving forward with the rest of the recipe.

How to Make a No-Bake Chocolate Crust

It’s no secret that the ultimate compliment to fresh mint is chocolate, so that’s exactly the type of crust we’re going to make. A no-bake cheesecake crust is easier than ever to put together. All you need are some crushed up crispy cookies and melted butter. Once they’re mixed together, pressed into your mini cheesecake pans and refrigerated, the butter will harden up again and form a nice solid base for the mint cheesecake filling.

I used some chocolate cat cookies from Trader Joe’s for my crust, but you could also use chocolate graham crackers or even just the cookie part of Oreo’s (no filling).

An overhead shot of a mini cheesecake pan filled with chocolate cookie crust.

A Light-and-Fluffy Fresh Mint Cheesecake Filling

Once you have the chocolate crusts pressed into your mini cheesecake pan or cupcake tin, you’ll want to make the filling.

The first (and very important) step to a fluffy filling is to whip the mint-infused cream you prepared in advance until stiff peaks form. This will give your cheesecakes a silky, smooth and light texture that’s sure to please anyone who tries it. To really up the fresh mint flavor here, we’ll also whip in some of Sonoma Syrup’s Mint-Infused Simple Syrup, which is made with all-natural flavors and no artificial coloring.

An overhead shot of a mixing bowl full of whipped mint cream.

Once your mint cream is sufficiently whipped, it’s time to make the other half of the filling by combining your room temperature cream cheese and some powdered sugar.

Next (and this is important) gently fold the mint whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture and – voila! –your light and oh-so-fluffy mint cheesecake filling is ready to go.

Gently scoop the filling into your chocolate crust cups and refrigerate for at least a few hours for the filling to firm up a bit. It won’t be super stiff, but that’s how we get the light and fluffy texture. If you need the filling to be a little stiffer for removing the cheesecakes from the pan, simply pop them into the freezer for 20 minutes or so before serving.

A stack of three mini fresh mint cheesecakes with a bottle of mint-infused simple syrup.

More Ways to Use Mint in the Kitchen

Mint is such a fun and refreshing flavor to incorporate into recipes, especially in the summer. Here are some other great ideas for adding more fresh mint flavor to your recipes during these warm-weather months:

Use it to make Fresh Mint Ice Cream with Dark Chocolate Chips.

Make a classic cocktail like a Mojito or a Mint Julep.

Stray from your usual cup of coffee with a Mint Matcha Latte.

Or stick to your OG latte but add a dash of mint syrup.

And, finally, what better way to cool off from the heat than with some Vanilla Bean Mint Lemonade?

I dare you to try this recipe and tell me these Mint Mini Cheesecakes aren’t a breath of fresh, minty air. Be sure to check out Sonoma Syrup Co.’s full range of all-natural products here and leave a rating and comment below as soon as you give the recipe a try!

A fresh mint mini cheesecake with a bite out of it with more mini cheesecakes behind it.

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A fresh mint mini cheesecake with a bite out of it with more mini cheesecakes behind it.
Mini No-Bake Fresh Mint Cheesecakes
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Refrigerator Time
5 hrs
Total Time
5 hrs 40 mins
 

These mini no-bake cheesecakes have a wonderfully fresh flavor thanks to both mint-infused syrup and whipping cream. They come together quickly with just a bit of advance planning and are perfect for summer since you don’t even have to turn on the oven.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, French
Keyword: bite-size, cheesecake, dessert, family-friendly, mint, no-bake, summer
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 378 kcal
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
For the crust:
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate wafer cookies (I used Trader Joe’s Chocolate Cat Cookies, or you could use chocolate grahams or Oreo’s without the filling.)
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted
For the filling:
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 5-8 leaves fresh mint
  • 2 teaspoons Sonoma Syrup Co. Mint-Infused Simple Syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 12 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • Fresh mint, to garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. A few hours before you want to make the cheesecakes, pull out the cream cheese to let it come to room temperature and make the mint-infused heavy cream. To make the cream, bring the heavy whipping cream and fresh mint to a gentle simmer in a small saucepan, then turn off the heat and let it cool down until it is no longer too hot to the touch. Transfer the infused cream to a heat-proof dish or container (I used a glass measuring cup) and refrigerate until completely cool.

  2. Once the cream cheese is at room temperature and the infused cream has cooled down, prepare your mini cheesecake or muffin tin pans by either spraying the cheesecake tins (with removable bottoms) with cooking spray or lining the muffin tins with paper liners. Set aside.

  3. Next, prepare the crust. Depending on the equipment you have available, either combine the chocolate cookies and melted butter in a food processor and process until finely crumbled, or smash the cookies into small pieces in a resealable plastic bag, then combine the crumbs in a small bowl with the melted butter.

  4. Firmly press the cookie and butter mixture evenly into the bottom of each of your tins and set aside.

  5. Remove the infused cream from the refrigerator and place in either a mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the mint syrup and vanilla extract. Using your hand mixer or the whisk attachment on the stand mixer, whip the cream until stiff peaks form. This may take a while, 5-10 minutes.

  6. In a separate mixing bowl, beat together the cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth. Gently fold in the mint-infused whipped cream until just incorporated, being careful not to overmix.

  7. Scoop the cheesecake filling evenly into each of your mini cheesecake or muffin tins. Refrigerate for at least three hours before serving. If you feel the cheesecakes are still too soft, feel free to pop them into the freezer for 20-30 minutes before removing them from the pan.

Recipe Notes
  1. You can find mini cheesecake pans with removable bottoms here.
  2. Be sure to remove the cream cheese from the refrigerator and prepare the mint-infused whipping cream a few hours in advance. 
  3. It's important to make sure the cream is nice and whipped - with thick peaks - before folding it into the rest of the cheesecake batter. 
  4. The cheesecakes will be light and fluffy, even after setting in the refrigerator for a few hours. If you need them to be firmer for removing from the pan and serving, place them in the freezer for 20-30 minutes before enjoying.
Nutrition Facts
Mini No-Bake Fresh Mint Cheesecakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 378 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Cholesterol 71mg24%
Sodium 345mg15%
Potassium 116mg3%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 818IU16%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 51mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

The BEST Dairy-Free Eggnog Recipe

An easy, five-minute recipe featuring all of the festive flavors of classic eggnog in delicious, creamy, dairy-free oat milk. A healthier take on a typically indulgent treat!

This Dairy-Free Eggnog Recipe uses oat milk as its base and is the perfect lightened up treat for the holidays!

If you’re a fan of eggnog but not all of the calories that come with it, this Dairy-Free Eggnog is going to change. your. life.

Let me introduce you to my new best friend…

First, please tell me you’ve tried my new favorite milk alternative, oat milk. I’m the last person to ever be “dairy-free” (cheese and I are bosom buddies) but I’m also not one to shy away from other delicious milk options. Sure, almond milk is a classic go-to, but if you’ve never experienced the thick creaminess of oat milk, now is the time!

This Dairy-Free Eggnog Recipe uses oat milk as its base and is the perfect lightened up treat for the holidays!

How to Make Dairy-Free Eggnog

And when we’re making The BEST Dairy-Free Eggnog Recipe, we want it to be just as thick and creamy as the original. Am I right? Well, I’m happy to report that this recipe will give you just that, plus tons of great flavor from a myriad of spices and even a little rum extract (and, if you like your eggnog spiked, feel free to use the real deal!)

The other great thing about this eggnog recipe? It comes together in wayyyy less time than traditional homemade eggnog. We’re talking throw-everything-in-a-blender-and-it’s-ready-in-5-minutes easy. Because who wants to wait hours to enjoy a delicious glass of frothy eggnog? Or perhaps an oat milk version of this Spiked Almond Milk Eggnog Hot Chocolate?

I don’t know about you, but I’m sure looking forward to having this recipe on hand over the next few weeks. It will sure be nice to have a lighter, healthier alternative to enjoy among all of the other cookies, cocktails, sweets and treats!

This Dairy-Free Eggnog Recipe uses oat milk as its base and is the perfect lightened up treat for the holidays!

Do you have a favorite lightened-up holiday recipe? If so, tell me about it in the comments below!

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This Dairy-Free Eggnog Recipe uses oat milk as its base and is the perfect lightened up treat for the holidays!
The BEST Dairy-Free Eggnog Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

An easy, five-minute recipe featuring all of the festive flavors of classic eggnog in delicious, creamy, dairy-free oat milk. A healthier take on a typically indulgent treat!

Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dairy-free, dessert, drinks, eggnog, holiday, oat milk, rum
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 144 kcal
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 4 cups oat milk I prefer Oatly brand
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon rum extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg, plus additional for garnish
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Couple of handfuls of ice
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a blender. Blend on high until mixture is frothy but there are still some little chunks of ice left. 

  2. Pour into four glasses and sprinkle additional ground nutmeg over top of each one. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts
The BEST Dairy-Free Eggnog Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 144 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 114mg5%
Potassium 130mg4%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 22g24%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 492IU10%
Calcium 350mg35%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Sleepytime Lavender Milk

This warming Sleepytime Lavender Milk is laced with comforting lavender, honey and vanilla – It’s the perfect bedtime treat for a great night’s sleep!

A mug of Sleepytime Lavender Milk is the perfect bedtime treat for a good night's sleep.

This one’s for all my sleep-deprived mamas out there, or sleep-deprived anyone, for that matter. After all, who doesn’t want a warm, comforting glass of lavender- and vanilla-scented Sleepytime Lavender Milk after a long and tiresome day?

Even though by now I’m very much hoping we’ve welcomed our little girl into the world, since I’m writing all these posts in advance all I can do is guess that at this moment I’m in that awkward state of delirium and bliss as we work to adapt our lives to this new little miracle we created. I can also guess that I’m craving all the comforting foods (and all the sleep!) to help us get through this special transition that I hear goes by in the blink of an eye.

Why New Mamas Need This

Being the foodie that I am, I spent a lot of time during my pregnancy reading up on the best foods to eat while pregnant, after pregnancy, while breastfeeding, etc. One of the most helpful books I read about postnatal diet (and care in general) was The First 40 Days by Heng Ou.

A warm mug of Sleepytime Lavender Milk will help give you a perfect night's sleep.

It spends a lot of time talking about how other cultures welcome new babes into the world, which frequently happens to be by the mother and baby retreating to their home and just plain RELAXING for the first 40 days after birth, allowing others to help with common household duties and cooking so that the mom can recover and the new family can spend time getting used to one another.

It also talks a lot about foods that will help get the mother’s digestive system back on track and recovered from labor, while providing important and helpful nutrients to the baby via breastfeeding. Many of these foods are warm, easy to digest and full of nourishing ingredients like homemade broths.

I’ve made a couple of soups that we have waiting in the freezer to defrost at a moment’s notice, and of course there were also these Make-Ahead Freezer Oatmeal Cups that I have waiting for us (as oats are known to promote lactation.) I haven’t figured out a way to make this Sleepytime Lavender Milk in advance, but it’s so easy that we can whip it up fairly quickly whenever the mood strikes.

Warm Sleepytime Lavender Milk comes together quickly and easily for any after-dinner treat.

How to Make Sleepytime Lavender Milk

Here’s how we do it: Simply put a small pot of your favorite milk on the stovetop laced with some honey and half of a whole vanilla bean. Then you’ll need to get your hands on some culinary lavender and cheesecloth to make your own little sachet. This easy sachet will sit and soak in the milk as you heat it up on the stove, much like steeping a tea bag.

That’s it! Incredibly easy and the perfect healthy treat for after dinner to get you in the bedtime mood. It’s bright and early in the morning here but I’m already looking forward to whipping up a batch of this Sleepytime Lavender Milk tonight. It’s so delicious!

Here are more nourishing recipes that every new mama needs…

This Super Easy Caramelized Onion and Potato Soup is just what it says – super easy to make! It’s also freezer-friendly which makes it a great option for new parents.

Warming Minestrone Soup is full of nourishing veggies but also just enough heft to fill up a hungry nursing mama.

Set it and forget it with this Slow Cooker Superfood Oatmeal so you’ll always have a nourishing breakfast on hand, even when you’re sleep-deprived!

Sleepytime Lavender Milk is a healthy alternative to dessert.

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Sleepytime Lavender Milk
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

This warming drink is laced with comforting lavender, honey and vanilla - It's the perfect bedtime treat for a great night's sleep!

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dairy-free, hot drinks, lavender, milk
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 69 kcal
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or your favorite milk)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 of a whole vanilla bean
  • 1 tablespoon culinary lavender wrapped in a small square of cheesecloth
Instructions
  1. Place milk, honey and vanilla bean in a small saucepan over medium heat. 

  2. Add lavender sachet to milk and bring to a heavy simmer.

  3. Turn off heat and let cool slightly before serving.

Nutrition Facts
Sleepytime Lavender Milk
Amount Per Serving
Calories 69
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Loaded Skillet Cornbread with Sausage and Cheddar Cheese

Cornbread gets a delicious makeover when it’s loaded with sausage, green onions and shredded cheddar cheese and cooked in a seasoned cast iron skillet. 

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I promised to balance out all that healthy stuff I brought you on Monday, didn’t I? Well, let me tell you, this Loaded Skillet Cornbread with Sausage and Cheddar Cheese truly delivers. We are, after all, in the season of comfort food (and Super Bowl Sunday!) so there’s no time like the present to indulge just a little bit. Plus, we’ve got to bake allllll of the things before the weather once again gets too warm for us to even think about turning on the oven.

As I was dreaming up this recipe, I originally thought I’d just make my loaded cornbread in a classic glass baking dish and serve it up in thick, hearty squares. But then, as I was putting away dishes and reorganizing all of my pots and pans, my eyes fell upon my extremely neglected cast iron skillet and I knew this would be the perfect opportunity to give it some lovin’.

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The last time I used my trusty Lodge cast iron skillet for a recipe on this site was way back in April of last year, when I brought you this incredibly delicious (and still a reader favorite) Greek Skillet. It turned out so well, and has continued to serve me well in times of easy, healthy dinner needs, that I’m not sure what has taken me so long to break the skillet out again and put it to good use. Now that I’ve done it, I’m eager to start trying even more cast iron skillet recipes in the very near future…Do you have any suggestions of recipes I should try??

Not only is this Loaded Skillet Cornbread with Sausage and Cheddar Cheese incredibly decadent and drool-worthy, it’s also soooo easy to make. Yes, the batter is made from scratch, but I kid you not when I say it comes together in less than 15 minutes flat. With only 20 minutes of baking time, the cornbread would be a welcome addition to an easy weeknight dinner. I’m thinking it would be the perfect accompaniment to a bowl of Warming Minestrone Soup or a big Winter Kale Salad.

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Oh, and did I mention we grease the pan with bacon fat? I know, I know, it sounds indulgent, but I’m really just jumping on the “no waste” cooking trend that’s predicted to be a huge trend in the world of food in 2017. I don’t know about you, but the hubs and I have a huge Mason jar full of bacon grease leftover from our weekend breakfasts, and prefer to put it to tasty use as opposed to having to discard of it in an old tomato sauce can. That being said, if it sounds just a bit TOO indulgent for you, you could always use butter (just know that you’ll be missing out on some delicious bacon-y flavor in this already indulgent dish!)

The only prep that you’ll need to do in preparation for this deliciousness is to cook up some Italian sausage, grate some cheddar cheese and slice some green onions. Once that’s all done, the batter will come together in no time flat, while your cast iron skillet is busy warming up (and getting seasoned with bacon grease) in the preheating oven.

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If you’re looking for an easy dish that will “wow” your guests for Super Bowl Sunday, this Loaded Skillet Cornbread with Sausage and Cheddar Cheese is your answer. It might as well be deemed a “meal” with all of that protein from the sausage and cheese, and there’s even some “green stuff” hanging out in there. I might also add that it’s incredibly tasty with a little drizzle of honey over top, or if you REALLY want to be indulgent, slather on some creamy, high-quality butter.

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So now you have a healthy dish and this indulgent dish for your football-noshing pleasure this weekend. How about on Friday I bring you a cocktail??

Happy humpday friends!

Loaded Skillet Cornbread with Sausage and Cheddar Cheese
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

Cornbread gets a delicious makeover when it's loaded with sausage, green onions and shredded cheddar cheese and cooked in a seasoned cast iron skillet.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Cajun
Keyword: Cajun, cornbread, Creole, family-friendly, freezer-friendly, make-ahead, side dish
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 410 kcal
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons bacon fat
  • 6-7 ounces sweet Italian sausage, casings removed (about 2 links)
  • 1 1/2 cups cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 large green onion, minced
  • 1 1/4 cups grated cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Place bacon grease in a 12-inch cast iron skillet and place in oven as it is preheating. 

  2. In a small nonstick skillet, brown the sausage, then set aside. 

  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, salt and baking soda. 

  4. Add the buttermilk, eggs and butter to the same mixing bowl and whisk until combined. 

  5. Stir in the cooked sausage, green onions and cheddar cheese. 

  6. Using potholder, remove the cast iron skillet from the oven. Pour in the batter and then return to the oven for 20 minutes. Remove when a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool slightly before serving.

Recipe Notes

This recipe should also work fine if you only have a 9-inch cast iron skillet. The bread will turn out a little thicker, so you will probably need to increase the baking time 5-10 minutes.

Nutrition Facts
Loaded Skillet Cornbread with Sausage and Cheddar Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 410 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 91mg30%
Sodium 714mg31%
Potassium 253mg7%
Carbohydrates 37g12%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 421IU8%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 187mg19%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Kid-Approved Breakfast Banana Split

The classic soda fountain treat is given a healthy spin and turned into a delicious, kid-friendly breakfast in this Breakfast Banana Split. Who doesn’t want dessert for breakfast?Breakfast Banana Split | CaliGirlCooking.com

It’s time to have some fun with our food! Let’s start with this festive, tasty, KID-FRIENDLY Breakfast Banana Split. It’s got all of the fun of a classic banana split, yet it’s healthy enough to be acceptable for breakfast. That’s my kind of meal!

The idea for this recipe (if you can call it that) came to me while I was working out at the gym, as many of my great ideas do. I’m not sure what spurred it, sometimes things just pop into my head as I’m zoning out on the elliptical. But once I thought of it, I couldn’t get the idea out of my head. I needed to make a Breakfast Banana Split ASAP!

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Let me tell you a little story to set the scene for this idea.

When I first moved to Santa Barbara almost four years ago, I hunkered down in my brother and sister-in-law’s casita for a few months until my job went from temporary to permanent. I had a pretty sweet little set-up there, a futon bed, a full bathroom to myself, and a little nook with a mini-refrigerator. I did not have a kitchen, but luckily my fam didn’t mind me popping into the house and whipping something up, especially if it involved me making something that there three young kids, my niece and nephews, would eat.

While I lived there, I took a little bit of a challenge upon myself. Like most kids, my niece and nephews were not huge fans of foods that held any sort of nutritional value, so my challenge was to find ways to make food that they would love to eat while secretly sneaking in some healthy fruits and veggies. My greatest success with them was when I made “breakfast popsicles,” which were basically a big batch of smoothie loaded with greens (and sometimes other veggies,) poured into popsicle molds and frozen overnight. I mean, what kid doesn’t want to eat popsicles for breakfast?

As soon as the idea came to me for these Breakfast Banana Splits, I knew they’d be one of these dishes that kids will just jump at the chance to eat in the morning. I don’t have any children of my own (yet) but I look forward to exercising my nutrient-hiding creativity once again, and I know a Breakfast Banana Split will be making a frequent appearance on our household menu.

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So here’s how it goes down: Banana sliced lengthwise, just like the classic setup. Heaps of plain nonfat Greek yogurt in place of the ice cream, because we’re making this acceptable for breakfast. Loads and loads of toppings (mostly healthy, some a little more indulgent.) Finally, we can’t forget the cherries on top!

The great thing about this Breakfast Banana Split is that it’s incredibly versatile. I decided to use toppings like flaked coconut, chopped pineapple, date caramel, strawberry jam, toasted nuts and cacao nibs, but you can really use whatever you like (or whatever you have in your pantry!) Some other ideas you could include are freeze-dried fruit, melted almond or peanut butter or hemp seeds. The possibilities really are endless.

Whether this is a true “recipe” or not, you have to admit it’s a pretty genius breakfast option, especially when you have finicky little ones.

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What are some ways you sneak nutrient-rich foods into your picky eaters’ diets?

Breakfast Banana Split
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

The classic soda fountain treat is given a healthy spin and turned into a delicious, kid-friendly breakfast. Who doesn't want dessert for breakfast?

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: breakfast, fruit, kid-friendly, weekday, yogurt
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 622 kcal
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 1 banana, peeled and split lengthwise
  • 3/4 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon strawberry jam, melted
  • 1 tablespoon date caramel (see Recipe Notes)
  • 1/4 cup chopped pineapple
  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons toasted coconut flakes
  • 2 tablespoons cacao nibs
  • 2 maraschino cherries
Instructions
  1. Place banana halves on either side of a sundae dish or larger, shallow bowl. Scoop Greek yogurt in between banana halves and add toppings. Don’t forget the cherries on top!

Recipe Notes

To make the Date Caramel (will make extra): Soak 20 pitted dates in warm water for 10 minutes. Drain and place in a food processor with 4 tablespoons water and 4 tablespoons unsweetened vanilla almond milk. Pulse until a smooth puree forms into a thick caramel consistency. Store any extra in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts
Breakfast Banana Split
Amount Per Serving
Calories 622 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 9mg3%
Sodium 77mg3%
Potassium 958mg27%
Carbohydrates 76g25%
Fiber 10g42%
Sugar 49g54%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 76IU2%
Vitamin C 32mg39%
Calcium 215mg22%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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