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Cheesecake Pancakes

Cheesecake for Breakfast!

If the Cheesecake Factory and IHOP ever had a baby, it might look something like this:

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My dad likes pancakes

And he absolutely loves my Blueberry Pie Pancakes.

So I knew that’s what I wanted to make for him on Fathers’ Day. (Yes, I still make him breakfast on Fathers’ Day. Even though I’m an adult, I’ll always be my father’s child. Therefore, every Fathers’ Day I’m lucky enough to spend with Dad, I’ll treat him to breakfast in bed.) Seeing as this was a special occasion, I didn’t want to make just any old blueberry pancakes…


And so, I created cheesecake-topped Blueberry Pie Pancakes.

This breakfast came together in about ten minutes flat! I even squeezed in an 8-mile run and still got breakfast made before Dad woke up. (I mixed the dry ingredients for the pancakes the night before.)

Cheesecake Sauce

(Also known as “Cinnamon Roll Frosting”)

  • 1/4 cup mori-nu silken-firm tofu (50g)
  • 3-4 tbsp cream cheese style spread (such as Tofutti non-hydrogenated)
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tbsp milk of choice (depending on desired thickness)
  • sweetener to taste (such as sugar, stevia, agave, etc.)
  • optional: feel free to blend in 1/4 cup berries

Combine all ingredients in your blender or food processor and blend until smooth. I used the Magic Bullet short cup. (If you have a larger food processor, you might want to double the recipe for better blending.) Makes about 2/3 cup.  This pretty much tastes like cream cheese frosting in liquid form. You might even try doubling the recipe and maybe even adding a 1/2 cup of fruit and extra milk for a fruit-cheesecake milkshake!

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This sauce would also go well on my Healthy Red Velvet Pancakes.

Have you ever been to The Cheesecake Factory?

I’ve actually never eaten at The Cheesecake Factory. And I’ve only been to IHOP once (many years ago). I ordered crepes and excitedly dug into the mound of whipped cream on top… except it wasn’t whipped cream at all; it was sour cream!

Published on June 20, 2011

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  1. Liz @ Tip Top Shape says

    I LOVE Cheesecake. I also love Cheesecake Factory. I have one right by my apartment and my friends and I go fairly often (compared to other places downtown). Their bread is amazing. Especially the brown (whole wheat, maybe?). So good.

    • Jessica says

      It’s their pumpernickel bread and it’s amazing. Whenever I go there, I tell the waiter to only bring the brown bread. All they do is smirk and say okay – but they understand it’s sooooo good! Outback Steakhouse also has some amazing pumpernickel bread, which is on the same status I’d say.

  2. Qi Ting @ Misadventures of Fat free Baking says

    Looks delicious! Some on your carrot cake pancakes will be good too!
    My favourite cake of all time is cheesecake, especially light Japanese Cheese cake. Those are soooo good!
    I heard yogurt can replace cheese in cheesecake too! Including soy yogurt. (Just a suggestion to cheesecake-deprived vegans out here!) 😀

  3. tea-bag says

    i’ve been to the cheesecake factory many times – they have some pretty healthy salad options if you know what to look for! i don’t like “american-style” cheesecakes, they’re far too sweet for me! i like european style, old-school cheesecakes that are more savory (and smaller!).

  4. Tara says

    I love cheesecake, but I can only handle a few bites since it is so heavy! Last night my mom and I split peanut butter chocolate chip cheesecake. I bet that would taste amazing in pancake form!

  5. Lauren W says

    This is the perfect solution to a Ihop craving with all of the yumminess and none of the fake or bad for you stuff! 😀 Thanks for being a genius Katie!

  6. Crystal says

    Omg, the title of this post alone was enough to make me start drooling. I want to dive into a stack of those….

  7. hippierunner says

    I’m not a cheesecake fan but I bet your pancakes could convince me of otherwise! So sweet of you to make breakfast in bed for your dad; I wanted to do that but by the time I had woke up at 8, my dad had already ran 10 miles and showered!

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Wow! Can your dad rub off on my dad? I try to get him to run with me… I succeeded once, and I took Henry too. My dad was tired even before Henry! And he never went again :(.
      My mom is hard to make breakfast for, because she’s an early riser too… maybe we need to get up at 3am???

  8. Ragnhild says

    What a great start to the day for your dad, these looks awesome! I made your Blueberry pie pancakes for my friends- and they loved them! I guess a little cheesecake frosting wouldt hurt! Especially when it has tofu in it 😉
    Im not actually a huge cheesecake fan. Pre-vegan, I prefered brownies and chocolate over cheese- and cream- cakes. I have tasted a few raw cheesecakes that I have looved though, and I want to try out one with tofu too- just to check 🙂
    Have you ever made the cheesecake from The Candle Cafe cookbook? It looks delicious on the photo!

  9. Ally says

    Hi CCK! My husband and I had a blueberry pizzert for our Sunday brunch and it was fantastic! I can’t wait to try the blueberry pancakes with the cream cheese frosting…your recipes just keep getting better and better! I had a question: I have 1/2 a dozen peaches sitting in my kitchen and was wondering if you had any ideas on how to use them? I am up for anything (i.e. peaches and cream oatmeal?). HELP?! 🙂

  10. M. says

    I stay away from Cheesecake Factory. Way too many calories for someone trying to lose weight! Your version sounds much healthier and just as delicious as IHOP, or maybe even more so!

  11. Jenny says

    Not to be a hater or super negative, but… I hate cheesecake. I rarely say “hate” – it’s such a strong word – but it rather accurately describes my feelings towards cheesecake… Not too ironically, my first cheesecake was at “The Cheesecake Family”! I can’t remember what my family and I were having as our main dishes – my memories have been blurred because the end of the meal ended with CHEESECAKE. Ugh. My mom encouraged me to try it since I love cheese, and this was a cake… with cheese.

    Um, well, my 11-year-old self thought “Okay… there’s no cheese that can’t be bad”. Wrrrong. I didn’t realise that cheesecake was made of the only cheese I dislike – cream cheese. Ick!

    I think I’ll try your topping but omit the cream cheese and up the tofu instead… Otherwise, genius idea! And how sweet of you to still make breakfast for your dad. 🙂 My Dad lives super far away, otherwise I think I’d want to do the same!

    Have a great Monday~

    • Jenny says

      Hm, I dislike The Cheesecake Factory so much that I botched its name. Yes obviously I meant “Cheesecake FACTORY” not family. XD I would be so sad if my family were one of cheesecakes… I might actually not like my family members if that were the case…

  12. Emilia says

    Those pancakes look fantastic, perfect for fathers day! Despite the yum-licious looking photo, I don’t like cheesecake. It’s rare that I meet a dessert I’m not a fan of, but cheesecake is one of them. I find it too rich for something without chocolate! Then again, I’ve only ever had cheesecake that tastes like soap.

  13. claudia says

    where can you find non-hydrogenated tofutti? at my grocery store they only have the hydrogenated kind 🙁

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      I actually find it at my regular grocery store, Kroger. But Whole Foods usually has it too, since they never sell items with hydrogenated oils. It comes in a yellow package, as opposed to the other one (which is white).

  14. Lindsay@LivingLindsay says

    I love cheesecake!! When I had Carter and was breastfeeding, I would eat a huge bowl of Breyers’ Strawberry Cheesecake ice cream every night. So. good. It has bits of cheesecake and strawberries AND pieces of graham cracker. So heavenly. I obviously don’t eat it that much anymore – but I like this healthier option and I KNOW you’ll be sharing a milkshake recipe soon – or at least one can hope 🙂

    Cheesecake Factory is amazing – food is okay, cheesecake is outstanding. So many different flavors!!!! It’s really hard to choose which one to get. A good problem to have I suppose.
    Enjoy your day Katie!

  15. Lauren says

    Yum, I bet your dad loved these! I tried to go to the Cheesecake factory on valentine’s day one year because they don’t take reservations, but instead there was a 4+ hour wait. No thanks, I can’t wait for food that long!

  16. Vogelstar says

    Ok I will be getting some tofutti today. I would much rather eat these babies than the cholesterol laden stuff at the big chains. Ps I’m making more cookie pops – but I’m hiding this batch from the boy

  17. Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) says

    Your dad is a LUCKY guy!! That sauce sounds AMAZING!! I saw some toffee vegan cream cheese once and I think that would be AMAZING in this sauce! Mmmmm…

    I actually haven’t had cheesecake since I became vegan a while back! I definitely NEED to rectify this! 😛

  18. A Tablespoon of Liz says

    I love cheesecake, and pancakes, this looks delicious. I also love the Cheesecake Factory, but I haven’t eaten there in aaages. I also don’t know if I’ve ever had their cheesecake… I think I was too overwhelmed with all the choices!

  19. Michaela says

    aw, so glad u posted this recipe first 🙂
    I ADORE cheesecake! Me and cheesecake = ♥ One of the few dairy things I miss is one of my friend´s cheesecake. It is made with quark (containing only 0.1% fat), vanilla and cinnamon and tastes devine. But I think the only reason I miss it is because I have never had any vegan substitutes! Must try your recipe 🙂

  20. Lauren @ What Lauren Likes says

    I’ve never been to the Cheez Cake Factory. IHOP yes though! I bet yours taste better than theirs though 🙂 I do not like CheeseCake that much actually :O I know…but thats just me! The pictures look amazing though!!

  21. Adam says

    these sound and look delicious!

    before I went vegan i used to love cheesecake.. and yes cheesecake factory has excellent cheesecakes, and so many different varieties, that was the best part really, trying the different flavors.. I was never all that crazy about their regular menu items, all way too indulgent, especially considering the over the top indulgent cheesecake you’re likely to have when you go there lol

  22. kaila @ healthy helper! says

    I think I am one of those very few people in the world that DON’T like cheesecake!! GASP! I know right? I’ve just never been a fan 🙁 But I do loooove pancakes so I am willing to try anything once!

  23. Mary @ Bites and Bliss says

    Who DOESNT like cheesecake?! haha! Well..I can handle a bite or two before it gets too sweet for me unless it’s homemade and I can control the sweetness factor. In that case there’s no control. 😉

  24. Moni'sMeals says

    As someone who does not LOVE cheese cake, you sure make this look yummy!

    I will try it out. 🙂

    As far as IHOP, haha, I use to go there every day in HighSchool! oh memeories. 🙂

  25. Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free says

    I’ve been to Cheesecake factory once….all I can remember was that it was dark and loud, and the only thing I could remember seeing on the menu was pasta? And it was expensive? I don’t know, really…haven’t been there in so long!

  26. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga says

    Beautiful pancakes and i love the topping!!!!!!!! YUM!! Glad that everyone’s prodding in yesterday’s comments made these the big reveal!

    Do you like cheesecake? = ooooh yeah! Real cheesecake, raw vegan GF cheezecake, it’s all good.

    And have you ever been to The Cheesecake Factory? = a zillion times and there’s one 5 mins from my house and it’s always PACKED. I have to walk past it on my way into the mall. I skip the C.Factory and head straight for Anthropologie, mac store, Sephora, etc. 🙂

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      LOL yes! That is why I switched away from ever doing those “what I eat” posts. Well, that and the fact that I just hate doing those posts! I don’t bother to make my meals look pretty at all. When I’m hungry, I just wanna eat. I want food, not art ;).

  27. Dawn @ Blonde on a Mission says

    I love cheesecake, but I think I’ve only had it a couple of times. And weirdly enough, I’ve never had the cheesecake at the Cheesecake Factory, but I have been there! Their food is deliciously the most unhealthy thing you could ever eat, so I don’t go there more than once a year.
    These pancakes look amazing! Do you think the cheesecake topping could be used to make mini cheesecake bites?

  28. Amanda Jewell says

    OMG. Katie, you would freaking LOVE the Cheesecake Factory. Prior to my dairy allergy & going vegan, I was obsessed with one particular cheesecake from there:

    Feel free to shed tears of happiness

  29. Nathalie says

    I enjoy cheesecake, but I’ll admit it’s not my first choice in flavors. But, reading this post, I was inspired to try making a breakfast NOT chocolate or carrot cake-themed. So I made lemon pancakes, with lemon mousse with frozen cassis (black currants). When I eat it at work tomorrow I’ll bring mah camera so I can take purdy pictures. I figure you wouldn’t mind more homage photography of pancakes =D

  30. LizAshlee says

    Cheesecake…not my fav…I am a chocolate chip cookie kinda gal…well, brownies too…mmm…I don’t know…I guess cheesecake is not high priority…but I do like the sounds of your healthy version!

    I have been to the Cheesecake Factory a few times in the past..not in recent years though…

    Photo of you and your dad in the previous post is adorable…you look gorgeous!

    Have a fantastic day!! 🙂

  31. Kim says

    Hi! I’m in love with your desserts and am excited to try them as soon I finish this 10 Day Juice Fast I’m on! I’m mostly vegan but can’t do soy. Can I substitute anything for the soy in this icing?

  32. Gabbie says

    Just made these oh sooo good they didn’t taste like a healthy pancake just delicious definitely a regular for weekend breakfasts

  33. Kat Creamer says

    I made these last week. They were so thick and fluffy! I did a dance of joy while making them(I eat and cook)! I multiplied the recipe for my family to 5. We are no where near as skinny as you, so I will have to multiply it a bit more. My husband actually LOVED the cheesecake sauce. He insists it should be called vanilla ice cream sauce. I didn’t tell anyone what was in any of it till they ate some. “Oh, by the way, it is all vegan. The sauce? Yeah, it has tofu in it.” We had this for dinner, so sausage and bacon added to the plate to keep my carnivores happy. I have major desire to be a vegetarian, but I feel less meat in our diets would be a great thing. I am lactose intolerant, so there being no dairy in the recipes helps me immensely. I know that I will not need to alter anything else to make it taste like it should lol. Thank you soooooo much! I will be trying your sugar cookie oatmeal next, but with vanilla chai instead of the sugar cookie tea.
    Thank you chocolate covered skinny minny Katie!
    Kat Creamer

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      I’m a vegan, so I don’t eat those things. So I like to offer alternatives for people who are vegan or or people who would just rather not eat dairy, whatever the reason may be (health, ethics, allergies, etc.).

  34. Samantha says

    Mmm, just made this with raspberries so its a really pretty pink color, tastes great! I’m going to drizzle it over your ultimate chocolate fudge pie for valentines day 😉 I can’t wait to put this masterpiece together!

  35. Pam Spencer says

    I can’t eat anything with soy because it interfers with some of the medications I take. Any ideas on what I could substitute for the tofu?

  36. Allyson says

    I just made the sauce for these and it is so good!!!! I made it without the tofu and I used non-vegan cream cheese. I also did maple syrup (no measurements) and the more I added the better it got! SOOOOOOOO good with your cinnamon bun baked oatmeal (boatmeal)!!!! <3 thanks for sharing all your recipes! Do you make them all up?

  37. Lindsey says

    I made these for dinner last night and my husband said, “If it’s so easy and cheap to make things that are healthful and taste this good, why is everything in restaurants so crappy?” Sort of a philosophical backhanded compliment for you 🙂

  38. Chanelle says

    Wow! I just made this for my Deep-Dish Cinnamon Roll Pie that is in the oven right now and I can’t believe how amazing it is! I was a little nervous being that I don’t use tofu very often, but you really would never know that was the base of this. I used fat free cream cheese, 2 1/2 T unsweetened vanilla almond milk, and 1 1/2 T sugar… perfection. I will have to make more with the rest of my tofu for the Blueberry Pie Pancakes (one of my favorite recipes EVER)!

  39. Christine says

    I love the Cheesecake Factory. I have tried many of their cheesecakes and my favorite is the white chocolate caramel macadamia with blondie crust! Maybe you can remake this one. Please!!!!!! (It’s on my bucket list to try every flavor! )Well…..we can’t be good all the time!!!

  40. Shannon says

    Very yummy recipe Kate, I loooooove pancakes, but don’t know quite how to cook them just yet, but still they were delicious. I am mostly vegetarian, so your sight is amazing. Thank You

  41. Jess says

    Made this with egg&banana pancakes and it was amazing. And I was craving cheesecake so I made a single serve of it using this recipe but bumping down the milk and bumping up the tofu just a bit. Soooo amazing. You rock.

  42. Isaac says

    Is there anything you could replace the tofu and cream cheese with besides dairy (I do not tolerate dairy very well). I love your recipes!

  43. Jennie says

    In this luscious recipe, is there any sub for the tofu? I absolutely cannot do soy in any form. Someone may have asked and had this answered, but I haven’t looked thru all of the pages.

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