Cream Cheese-Filled Banana Bread

With over 40+ banana Bread and banana recipes I don’t know why I’ve never incorporated cream cheese.

I don’t know what I was thinking because I was really missing out.

Cream Cheese-Filled Banana Bread - Banana bread that's like having cheesecake baked in! Soft, fluffy, easy and tastes ahhhh-mazing!

The bread is soft, moist and the cream cheese layer is like having a layer of cheesecake baked into banana bread. No complaints here.

I had ripe bananas and cream cheese getting ready to expire and knew I needed to do something with both. And voila, this bread.

Cream Cheese-Filled Banana Bread - Banana bread that's like having cheesecake baked in! Soft, fluffy, easy and tastes ahhhh-mazing!

I essentially halved my most recent and favorite banana bread recipe to date, Peach Mango Coconut Oil Banana Bread. I love everything about that recipe except it makes two loaves and I knew one loaf of cream cheese-filled banana bread would be plenty. It’s swimsuit season.

It’s an easy, no mixer recipe that goes from bowl to oven in minutes.

Cream Cheese-Filled Banana Bread - Banana bread that's like having cheesecake baked in! Soft, fluffy, easy and tastes ahhhh-mazing!

I use melted coconut oil so there’s no butter to cream and no mixer to dirty. Oil keeps bread softer and springier than butter, and I prefer the taste. Coconut oil adds a nearly imperceptible undertone that’s sweeter and more fragrant than canola or vegetable oil, but substitute with them if you’d like.

I love baking with coconut oil for muffinscakesbreadcookies and more. I used Nutiva Coconut Oil from iHerb.com. Code AVE630 at checkout saves you $10 off your order. I love iHerb for everything like probioticsbulk cinnamonpumpkin pie spiceliquid vanilla stevia dropsbulk white stevia powdermedicinal fancy-grade honeychia seedsface cleansernutritional yeast, and mini chocolate chips.

Cream Cheese-Filled Banana Bread - Banana bread that's like having cheesecake baked in! Soft, fluffy, easy and tastes ahhhh-mazing!

A little sour cream (or Greek yogurt) is extra insurance for a soft, springy, bouncy, fluffy loaf. Using sour creamGreek yogurt, or buttermilk in quickbread and muffin recipes ensures more tender results.

The big river of cream cheese reminds me of the cream cheese in Blueberry and Cream Cheese Muffin Top Bread but this is a thick, bold, unmistakeable layer. It really makes this bread out of this world.

Cream Cheese-Filled Banana Bread - Banana bread that's like having cheesecake baked in! Soft, fluffy, easy and tastes ahhhh-mazing!

I had intentions of making French toast with extra slices from the loaf, but we loved this bread a little too much and it disappeared in a day.

Have a happy, safe, and great Fourth of July holiday weekend to everyone celebrating.

Cream Cheese-Filled Banana Bread - Banana bread that's like having cheesecake baked in! Soft, fluffy, easy and tastes ahhhh-mazing!

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Cream Cheese-Filled Banana Bread

The bread is soft, moist and the cream cheese layer is like having a layer of cheesecake baked into banana bread. It’s an easy, no mixer recipe that goes from bowl to oven in minutes. I use melted coconut oil so there’s no mixer to dirty and oil keeps bread softer and springier than butter. Coconut oil adds a nearly imperceptible undertone that’s sweeter and more fragrant than canola or vegetable oil, but substitute if desired. Sour cream (or Greek yogurt) is extra insurance for a soft, springy, bouncy, fluffy loaf. The big river of cream cheese is thick, bold, unmistakeable, and really makes this bread out of this world.

Yield: one 9x5-inch loaf, about 10 slices

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: about 48 to 50 minutes

Total Time: about 90 minutes, for cooling

Ingredients:

Bread
1 large egg
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup liquid-state coconut oil (canola or vegetable may be substituted)
1/4 cup cup sour cream (lite is okay; or Greek yogurt may be substituted)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 large bananas)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2  teaspoon baking powder
1/2  teaspoon baking soda
pinch salt, optional and to taste

Cream Cheese Filling
1 large egg
4 ounces softened brick-style cream cheese (lite is okay)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray one 9x5-inch loaf pan with floured cooking spray, or grease and flour the pan; set aside.
  2. Bread - In a large bowl, add the egg, brown sugar, coconut oil, sour cream, brown sugar, vanilla, and whisk to combine.
  3. Add the bananas and stir to incorporate.
  4. Add 1 cup flour, baking powder, baking soda, optional salt, and fold with spatula or stir gently with a spoon until just combined; don't overmix; set aside.
  5. Turn about two-thirds of the batter out into the prepared pan, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula and pushing it into corners and sides as necessary; set aside.
  6. Cream Cheese Filling - In a large bowl, add all ingredients and whisk to combine. Alternatively, mix with a hand mixer.
  7. Evenly pour filling mixture over the bread, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula and pushing it into corners and sides as necessary.
  8. Top with remaining batter, smoothing the top very lightly with a spatula as to not disturb cream cheese layer and pushing batter into corners and sides as necessary.
  9. Bake for about 48 to 50 minutes or until the top is domed, golden, and the center is set, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter. Note this is tricky because the cream cheese never gets totally solid so the toothpick test isn't the most accurate. Tip - Tent the pan with a sheet of foil draped over it at the 30 minute-mark if you feel the tops and sides will become too browned before center cooks through. Baking times will vary based on moisture content of bananas, cream cheese, climate, and oven variances. Bake until done; watch your bread, not the clock.
  10. Allow bread to cool in pan for about 15 minutes before turning out on a wire rack to cool completely before slicing and serving. Optionally, serve bread with Honey ButterCinnamon-Sugar Butter, Blueberry ButterStrawberry Butter, or Vanilla Browned Butter Glaze. Bread will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

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73 Responses to “Cream Cheese-Filled Banana Bread”

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    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — July 4, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    I’m a huge fan of banana bread, too, and I love the idea of a cream cheese-filled one. Happy 4th!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 4th, 2014 at 5:17 pm

      Thanks Bianca & Happy 4th to you too!

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    vanillasugarblog — July 4, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    All banana breads should be stuffed with cream cheese!
    Should be law! LOL

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    How to Philosophize with Cake — July 4, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Yum!

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    Kris — July 4, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    I love dessert-for-breakfast recipes! :)

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — July 4, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Dude – AMAZING! That layer of cream cheese is absolute perfection. And the golden brown color is just captured so beautifully! Do you have leftovers? If so, you know I’m driving down for them. SD isn’t that far :)

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 5th, 2014 at 12:41 am

      This was one of those loaves of bread that seriously went FAST! I know I just told you I rarely make 9×5 loaves because they can be almost too big at times….well, this one wasn’t too big, at all! And thanks for all your glowing compliments! :)

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    Paula — July 4, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    A layer of cheesecake in banana bread–2 of my favorites in 1 loaf! You are such a creative whiz Averie! I can see why this went fast ( and French Toast would be wonderful). Happy 4th! I can hear fireworks starting around the neighborhood–we’re going to the basement to escape the noise and watch a movie.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 5th, 2014 at 12:40 am

      Hope you had a nice (and quite, moving-watching) Fourth! And thanks for the creativity compliments :)

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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — July 4, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    Sweet gloriousness I love cream cheese filled bread!

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    Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking — July 4, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    It never ceases to amaze me how some of the best recipes are a result of needing to use certain ingredients before they rot or expire. ;) This might be my favorite banana bread recipe of yours yet! My mom always slathered cream cheese on her banana and zucchini breads, so she’d get a kick out of how you incorporated it into the center. And that thick stripe is just so pretty and inviting! Hope you had a fabulous 4th of July with your loved ones Averie!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 5th, 2014 at 12:36 am

      Thanks and hope yours was great, too!

      some of the best recipes are a result of needing to use certain ingredients before they rot or expire = totally seems to be the case with me!

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    lisatberry — July 5, 2014 at 3:50 am

    Oh my…I was just looking at my bananas saying I need to make a bread..I’m making this one this morning..thank you for the inspiration!!! Looks so good it’s like a banana cream cheese danish.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 5th, 2014 at 9:05 am

      Like a banana cream cheese danish is the perfect analogy! Let me know what you think of it after you try it! Thanks for wanting to make it within hours of the post going live – love that :)

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      • lisatberry replied: — July 5th, 2014 at 3:16 pm

        It came out perfect. We ate it when it was still slightly warm and it was so good…and it’s gone if that tells you anything!!! Thanks for a great recipe. Everyone loved it.

        • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 5th, 2014 at 3:22 pm

          I love that you made it so soon within me posting it and that within hours it’s GONE! That’s the sign of success and glad it was a big hit! :)

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    Molly — July 5, 2014 at 5:34 am

    I am so glad that the firehouse likes baked goods. It gives me an excuse to bake more things, and I just about drooled when I saw this. I have all the ingredients already, woohoo!!!!!!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 5th, 2014 at 9:03 am

      So happy they like goodies (I mean what firehouse wouldn’t, right!) And that’s so nice of you to bake for them!

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    Valerie — July 5, 2014 at 8:17 am

    Mmm…my late morning coffee would love to hook up with a slice or two of this bread! (No mixer bowl(s) to clean!!) :D

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    Arianne — July 5, 2014 at 8:22 am

    The cream cheese filled banana bread looks absolutely delightful!

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — July 5, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Yes, please! Banana bread with a cheesecake filling – this could be my new favorite thing! Pinned!

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    Katy — July 5, 2014 at 9:10 am

    I am a huge cheesecake fan and a huge banana bread fan so I love that you’ve combined the two! This looks like a great dessert, I bet it would be a hit with everyone. Pinned.

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    marcie — July 5, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Cream cheese and banana bread sounds like a match made in heaven. It looks so moist and delicious!

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    tash @ the velvet moon baker — July 5, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Ooo this looks so yummy, i’m in love with the cream cheese layer!

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    Sammi @Sammi Sunshine — July 5, 2014 at 10:46 am

    This has “yes” written all over it! I can’t wait to make it and try it!

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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — July 5, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    I didn’t know it was possible, but you just made banana bread BETTER. Cream cheese inside is the ultimate indulgence. Love it! Pinned, of course!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 5th, 2014 at 3:02 pm

      Thanks Dorothy and I know you would love this banana bread. I know your mom’s banana bread looks like a great one and I want to make that recipe one day but in the meantime, this one was pretty dang tasty :)

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    ines oliveira — July 5, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Wow! Looks amazing, and it’s so original!! :) I loved it!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — July 5, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    What a great banana bread, I love the cream cheese baked right in!

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    Medha @ Whisk & Shout — July 5, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Yum! This did make me think of your nutella filled loaf… and I wasn’t entirely sure if that was from this blog, but I was delighted to see the recipe just below. Now I can’t decide which one to make first! (Both? Probably)

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 5th, 2014 at 3:02 pm

      They’re both great and it depends if you want more chocolate/PB or more banana bread/cream cheese. Enjoy!

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    marla — July 5, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Now this i’ve gotta try. The end. Fabulous with that cream cheese stripe!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 6th, 2014 at 9:37 am

      And I noticed you pinned it – thank you my friend! :)

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    Jenn@eatcakefordinner — July 5, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    This has got to be the most genius banana bread ever!!! Pinned :)

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    Jess @ Sweet Menu — July 6, 2014 at 2:34 am

    What a brilliant idea! Banana and cream cheese is the perfect match, so this recipe has it made! Cant wait to try.

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    Lynn — July 6, 2014 at 6:49 am

    Banana bread = always a win. Cream cheese = also always a win. Banana bread with cream cheese IN IT? Oh.My.Word. This sounds so delicious, and such a fun way to combine flavors without making an icing or glaze. Great idea, Avery! Hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 6th, 2014 at 9:34 am

      Thanks, Lynn! Hope you had a great weekend too!

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    Meagan @ The F&B Department — July 6, 2014 at 7:56 am

    I would have never thought of putting cream cheese INSIDE of a quick bread. Pure brilliance. I may have to try this with blueberry bread!

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    Julie @ This Gal Cooks — July 6, 2014 at 10:51 am

    This is such a beautiful loaf, Averie! Hope you had a great 4th and have a lovely week!

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    Layla @Brunchtime Baker — July 6, 2014 at 11:44 am

    I’m drooling over this bread! Looks perfect :)

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    Julianne @ Beyond Frosting — July 6, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    I am totally going to have to try this!

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    AGS — July 6, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    I’m very excited about this. Not only was I just putting bananas into the freezer, and wondering why my husband had bought 4 things of cream cheese this weekend. . . but about 15 years ago, I had a delicious banana/poundcake at a wedding reception with cream cheese layers. This isn’t that exact thing, but I always, always wanted to eat it again, and this is my chance. Can’t wait!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 6th, 2014 at 6:08 pm

      What serendipity with the bananas almost into the freezer, the 4 tubs of cream cheese, and the banana/poundcake with cream cheese layers (which sounds excellent!) that you haven’t forgotten about 15 years later (gosh wish everyone served food THAT memorable at weddings). Well I hope you enjoy this and let me know how it comes out in comparison to that cake in your memory!

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    Mary Frances — July 6, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    What.on.earth. This is soft and fudgy banana bread to the next level! That ribbon of cream cheese is ridiculous in the best possible way ever. I love how it is a thick layer and there is no way you could miss it! Pinned!

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    Kayla — July 6, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    oh my this looks sooo good! I love the idea of cream cheese in banana bread! I’m glad you came up with it :)

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    Jess — July 6, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Oh my gosh this looks amazing! I’m a huge fan of banana bread and I am definitely going to make this ASAP!!

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    J.S. @ Sun Diego Eats — July 6, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    One of my favorite tips I ever read was in Nigella Lawson’s Domestic Goddess cookbook where she says she eats her dense chocolate loaf cake with cold cream cheese….And now you’ve gone and put it in banana bread! ;)

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 6th, 2014 at 6:02 pm

      I love her and her recipes and that sounds like an incredible cake/pairing of hers!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — July 6, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    This looks incredible! I love that cream cheese filling!

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    Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures — July 7, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    What a great addition! This would make amazing french toast!

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    dina — July 7, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    i know what you mean. i saw something like this on pinterest and it looked good but i never tried it. it looks delicious!

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    raja — July 7, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    I will be trying to adapt this gluten free, please let me know if you have any suggestions for success.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 7th, 2014 at 9:46 pm

      Although I haven’t made it GF, I would replace the AP flour with your favorite and most trusted GF flour blend and I think you will be fine.

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    Andrea — July 7, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    I’ve never seen such gorgeous banana bread. I actually have all of the ingredients but just need to let my bananas ripen. Until then, I will be thinking about this every day…

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    Whisking Mama — July 8, 2014 at 8:21 am

    This is pure genius! Great recipe can’t wait to try!

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    Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner — July 8, 2014 at 10:17 am

    I love cream cheese filling…brilliant idea to add it to a classic banana bread! :)

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    Amy @ The Blond Cook — July 8, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    I LOVE banana bread and I LOVE cream cheese… what a great combination. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

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    Marzia — July 9, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Ohmygosh Averie, this is like the. best. thing. ever. Cream cheese? Banana bread? You’re right, there’s no complaining when you’ve stuffed cheesecake into a banana bread. Sold. Pinned.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 9th, 2014 at 4:18 pm

      Thanks for the compliments and pinning!

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    Lori — July 11, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Your banana bread is very impressive, and form the ingredients should be very tasty.

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    Elena — July 12, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    I substituted pumpkin for the banana, and it was delicious. Great recipe!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 12th, 2014 at 6:49 pm

      Thanks for trying this with pumpkin! I love the way you think! :) Glad you enjoyed it!

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    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence — July 16, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Say whaaaaat? Jorge loves banana bread. I need to make this for him :)!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 16th, 2014 at 7:07 pm

      He’ll owe you :) We loved this one, Brandon!

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    Jennie — July 21, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    This sounds and looks amazing! I’ll definitely be making this.

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    Julie Blanner — July 21, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    I am definitely a bread fan as it is, but wow, this is a whole new level! Yum!

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    Mesha Kuriatnykova — July 23, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    I just have to say I could eat your whole page..lol..I Love Using Cream Cheese in Many Different things..Try Making your own Marinara Sauce with Home Grown Tomatoes..In The Winter you can Used Diced Canned Tomatoes or Whole Tomatoes and crush them ..Use Garlic to your liking, the Same with Oregano at Least a Teaspoon of both and fresh Basil.Winter dried is fine..You can add Onions, sweet white in Winter and Vadalia in the Summer If you like Onions you don’t have to use onions..Cook Separately in Olive oil until carmelized..make Spaghetti pasta Drain and add olive oil to it to keep it from sticking put about 6 to 8 pieces of cream cheese on top of Pasta on each person’s plate and put your onions in your marinara sauce if you made them.Then put a large tablespoon of Marinara Sauce on top of each piece of Cream cheese and mix until it’s creamy .You only need the cream cheese a little bigger than a dice..Mix and eat..You will love this if you like Italian food omg good stuff and you can feed a large family and save money, great food for your family and a great way to have a nice dinner for about 3 bucks ..A Italian Family gave me this recipe ..I added onions and basil.So it’s good without these as well..
    I used to make banana Bread all the Time so i’am going to make this cream cheese banana Bread Ty so much I also love cooking with Coconut oil as well..I buy 5 Gallon buckets of it and olive oil as i also make soap with it..Makes great shampoo to.

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