Chocolate-Banana Cheesecake in Jars
- 1 cup chocolate wafer crumbs
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 2 large eggs
- 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 large banana, thinly sliced
- Garnish: sliced bananas, sweetened whipped cream, shaved dark chocolate
- In a small bowl, mix together wafer crumbs, sugar, and melted butter. Fill 6 half-pint jars with approximately 3 tablespoons crumb mixture (or to taste), being sure to distribute it evenly. Set aside leftover chocolate crumb mixture.
- In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating to combine. Pour in condensed milk and vanilla, and continue to beat till combined.
- Fill each jar with about 1 1/2 to 2 inches of the cream cheese mixture. Add a layer of banana slices along with some of the reserved chocolate crumbs. Fill each jar with more cheesecake mixture, leaving about an inch of head space.
- Place a kitchen towel in the bottom of a 6-to-8-quart slow cooker to protect the ceramic surface, and place the uncovered jars in the slow cooker insert, making sure they are not touching each other or the sides of the slow cooker.
- Fill a tea kettle with water, and heat just to boiling. Pour enough water into the slow cooker to come halfway up the sides of the glass jars. Cover the top of the slow cooker with several thick sheets of paper towels (we used about four layers of paper towels) to absorb moisture. Cover the slow cooker with the lid, and cook on high for 1 1/2 hours or until the cheesecakes begin to pull away from the sides of the jars.
- Using tongs, carefully transfer the jars to a wire rack. Jars will be very hot. Let cool completely. Screw on the lids, and refrigerate cheesecakes until well chilled, at least 4 hours but preferably overnight.
- Just before serving, top each with additional banana slices, whipped cream, and shaved chocolate. Serve the cakes straight from the jars.