Banana Cheesecake Squares

I first tried a loaf pan, but the “bread” part was not quite done enough. I wanted moist and banana-full bread PLUS cheesecake. Next, I tried a medium square pan (like you’d use for brownies), and got the perfect combination of moist banana bread and cheesecake!
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INGREDIENTS
For bread:
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil (or coconut oil)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 3 mashed (very ripe) bananas
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
For Cheesecake mixture:
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 4 ounce cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoon all-purpose flour
DIRECTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray one square pan with floured cooking spray, or grease and flour the pan, set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, add the egg, brown sugar, honey, vegetable oil, sour cream, vanilla, and whisk to combine. Add the mashed bananas and mix together.
  3. Add 1 cup all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, pinch of salt and cinnamon. Stir gently with a spoon until just combined.
  4. Spread 2/3 of the banana batter into the prepared loaf pan with a spatula.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine cream cheese ingredients and spread over mixture on top. Top with remaining banana batter and smooth very lightly with a spatula as to not disturb cream cheese layer and pushing batter into corners and sides as necessary.
  6. Bake for about 25-30 minutes, just until the center is set, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Cool and serve.

ENJOY!!           James 1:12

Eat healthy and grow “America Strong!”

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We, both David and I, have always had a passion for growing flowers and plants, deeply rooted from our Grandmothers’ teachings. We, like everyone, began to make a more conscience effort to eat healthy and naturally grown fresh food. Since we have 80 acres, we began by adding a “small” acre and a half vegetable garden. When people began driving an hour or two, just to buy our home grown tomatoes and cucumbers, we realized there was a real need in many communities for busy families like ours.

An 1840’s General Store situated on our property. Because it is right next to my garden spot, and had a porch to cool off in our hot Georgia summer, it quickly became our on-site “Farmers Market”. The old General Store, once the central hub for a bustling railroad community, also served many important roles in the community of Goggans, and was even a United States Post Office (until the 1960’s). This building is a Historical landmark, and sits adjacent to the old “Doctor’s Building”, which is rumored to have served as a Courthouse, jail, and dentist office. There is a church and cemetery where the founding families of “Goggans” were laid to rest. The wagon trail road where the townsfolk would ride down to the creek, is still visible in the winter. The history on our property, rich with farming and community purpose, greatly inspired us to serve our community in a new and exciting way. We believe the old General Store served it’s greatest purpose, by inspiring our Farmers Market To You program.

 James 2:14-26  tells us that our faith is dead without works. Our business model is based upon that. The first fruits of our harvest is always given to God. While it is not necessarily the “temple” as it was thousands of years ago, there are many worthy organizations in our community with structures in place, which help us to effectively share the fresh healthy fruits and vegetables with the people in need.

This recipe blog post by Tisha Johnson Matthews, of Sweet Basil Farm & Gardens. Special thanks to J. David Matthews, of Barnesville, Georgia for support and patience with all that I try and test.

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