Breakfast Cheesecake Cupcakes

Breakfast Cheesecake Cupcakes are an easy twist on a parfait to make for a delicious morning. Slightly sweet, floral, and fresh.

Breakfast Cheesecake Cupcakes from Handle the Heat

Breakfast Cheesecake Cupcakes

I know what you’re thinking… cheesecake cupcakes for breakfast?? She’s lost it.

I assure you, I haven’t! These cupcakes are basically a twist on the standard and often boring parfait. They are comprised of a crunchy granola crust, low-fat cream cheese and yogurt filling, and topped with fresh berries. There’s not much sugar, either. See, can have your cake and eat it (for breakfast) too! The idea for these babies actually came to me when Jared and I went to Sedona a few weeks ago. I had a breakfast parfait that had a fantastic cinnamon granola layer. Our breakfast view was of some beautiful red rock mountains and as I ate my parfait the idea to turn it into a cheesecake cupcake popped into my head. My most popular post, much to my continued surprise, is for Cookies & Cream Cheesecake Cupcakes. Sometimes I’ll think of fun twists on the cheesecake cupcake idea since you guys seem to love them so much. I think you’ll like this particular variation too – who wouldn’t want a breakfast cheesecake cupcake?!

Recipe Rundown
Taste: Slightly sweet, floral, and fresh, with a little kick of warmth from the cinnamon.
Texture: The granola crust is crunchy while the filling is thick and luscious. I love the burst of freshness from the berries on top.
Ease: Very easy. You make make these, pop them in a container in the fridge, and pull them out for breakfast throughout the week.
Appearance: I just love anything with fresh berries – they’re like little gems.
Pros: Easy twist on a parfait to make for a delicious breakfast. Plus I cut a lot of fat and sugar so you wouldn’t have to feel guilty for eating cupcakes for breakfast.
Cons: None.
Would I make this again? Yes!


Breakfast Cheesecake Cupcakes

Yield: 12 cupcakes

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 5 hours


Cinnamon Granola Crust:

3/4 cup old-fashioned oats
1/3 cup toasted sliced almonds, walnuts, or pecans, or a combination
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon honey

Cheesecake Filling:

8 ounces Neufchâtel cheese (1/3-less fat cream cheese), at room temperature
7 ounces low-fat plain Greek yogurt
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon fresh orange zest
1 large egg
1 large egg white
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

Blueberries, sliced strawberries, blackberries, or raspberries for topping


For the crust:

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a standard muffin tin with paper liners.

In a medium bowl, combine all the crust ingredients. Divide the crust between the muffin cups, pressing down slightly to fill the bottom of each cup. Bake for 10 minutes, or until lightly browned and fragrant. Reduce oven temperature to 325°F.

For the filling:

In the bowl of an electric mixer or food processor, combine the cream cheese, yogurt, sugar, honey, vanilla, and zest until well combined. Add in the egg, egg white, and flour and beat or process until just combined. Do not overmix. Divide the batter between the muffin cups.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the filling is firm at the edges but still slightly jiggly in the center. Place the muffin tin on a cooling rack and let cool completely before chilling in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours. The cupcakes can be store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Top with fresh berries before serving.

Recipe by Tessa of Handle the Heat

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19 Responses to “Breakfast Cheesecake Cupcakes”

  1. #
    Tieghan — June 5, 2013 at 5:22 am

    Cheesecake for breakfast! what an awesome idea!! These sound and look perfect!

  2. #
    Ashley Nevis — June 5, 2013 at 7:26 am

    These look amazing! I might just have to get in the kitchen and make them tonight so I can have breakfast for the rest of the week! :)

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    marcie@flavorhtemoments — June 5, 2013 at 8:13 am

    These sound so heavenly! I absolutely love that granola crust, too.

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    Mimi @ Culinary Couture — June 5, 2013 at 8:28 am

    This is a genius idea Tessa! I love it!

  5. #
    Rachel @ Bakerita — June 5, 2013 at 8:38 am

    I’ll admit, I did think “cheesecake cupcakes…for breakfast…?” extremely skeptically when I read the title of your post, but these do sound amazing and breakfast-worthy! Love the idea – so creative! I definitely need to make these soon. They’re too intriguing not to try. Pinned!

  6. #
    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — June 5, 2013 at 9:09 am

    This is so great! I’m definitely a fan of dessert for breakfast

  7. #
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — June 5, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Best breakfast ever! I have to make these as soon as possible!

  8. #
    DessertForTwo — June 5, 2013 at 9:59 am

    You’re a genius! I’ve been looking for an excuse to eat cheesecake for breakfast! Hooray! Pinned! :)

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    Diane @ Vintage Zest — June 5, 2013 at 10:39 am

    That’s so funny, because I had a yogurt snack cup (nothing special at all) that was featured several times for some reason! It’s funny which posts become popular, and which are passed are over… These are DEFINITELY getting made ASAP!

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — June 5, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    I could definitely get into having cheesecake for breakfast! What a great idea!

  11. #
    Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes — June 5, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    I just adore the idea of slightly naughty desserts like this! So sweet, so indulgent, such a great way to start the day… love it, Tessa!

  12. #
    Kiran @ — June 5, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    I don’t mind cheesecake cupcakes for breakfast. No, really :)

  13. #
    [email protected] — June 5, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Oh, I’m so all over this!!! I’d love it with my morning tea, and one would definitely not be enough! Beautifully done!

  14. #
    Cupcake Passion — June 6, 2013 at 6:12 am

    How amazing idea! This seems really delicious and healthy. It’s absolutely appropriate to be a breakfast cupcake.

  15. #
    Rachel - A Southern Fairytale — June 9, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Those pictures are absolutely stunning! Cheesecake is one of our favorite treats, and I love how you combined them with granola and berries and added a healthy twist! Wonderful. :-)

  16. #
    dena — June 15, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Because of its name I was worried that the recipe would be something more like a sweet cheese omelet or danish in cupcake form, which would not interest me. Boy, am I glad I’m wrong … these look awesome!

  17. #
    Sherri @The Well Floured Kitchen — June 21, 2013 at 3:32 am

    Oh my these look delicious! The granola crust is genius! My kids are going to love this breakfast..

  18. #
    Bailey — August 8, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    these look so good! but could you make the crust without any nuts ?

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    Elise — January 6, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    These look AMAZING! I can’t wait to try them. Do you think it would work with only greek yogurt? Hubby can’t eat cheese. :S

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