Cottage Cheese Ice Cream; A Healthy Dessert Alternative That Actually Tastes Good

I know what you’re thinking.. Cottage cheese? YES. I am late to this party because cottage cheese has been having a moment now for a few months. I did not, I mean, I could not believe the hype, BUT I’m here to tell a different story.

It’s actually GOOD. Gavin HATES cottage cheese and he couldn’t believe how tasty this was. Just see the video for yourself! Most people do not like cottage cheese due to the consistency and I completely agree, but the first step in this recipe is to BLEND the cottage cheese until smooth. And once you add a sweet component, it no longer tastes like cottage cheese.

I get it. It still sounds absolutely nuts, and I’m a dietitian! You really have to try it for yourself. So let’s talk about the BENEFITS of cottage cheese.

Protein

Cottage cheese is a dairy product. It is a GOOD source of protein as it contains casein protein. Casein protein is a slow absorbing protein that can help you to feel fuller longer. For those of you who often feel the need to eat a midnight snack, you might not be eating enough calories throughout the day or you might need to incorporate a post dinner snack. The plus side of having a high protein snack before bed that contains casein protein is that it will help you with muscle building and recovery.

Versatile

Cottage cheese is very versatile and can be a great post workout snack, a midday snack, a great option for breakfast, and now a replacement for ice cream. Well, not a total replacement, but I have been eating cottage cheese ice cream for the past 3 weeks and I am a very happy camper!

Bone Health

Cottage cheese also helps to maintain bone health, as well as reducing risk of bone fractures. It contains various nutrients that are an important part of a balanced diet, such as calcium, potassium, phosphorus and B vitamins.

Probiotics

A huge win in my book is that cottage cheese contains probiotics. Probiotics are essential for a healthy gut and a healthy gut can be responsible for weight loss, as well! A healthy gut can also improve nutrient absorption. How? Probiotics are a live bacteria that help to maintain the good bacteria in the body, creating a balance between the good and bad for optimal digestion.

Blood Sugar

If I haven’t already talked about the benefits of protein and blood sugar control on the blog, then let’s go over the benefits. Protein is VERY crucial to managing blood sugar levels. A lot of individuals with prediabetes or diabetes consume carbohydrates alone all day long wondering why their blood sugar is on a rollercoaster. When adding protein to a carbohydrate rich snack or meal, your blood sugar acts differently. Because protein takes longer to digest than carbohydrates, this helps to reduce that spike in your blood sugar once you digest a carbohydrate. So where am I getting at? Cottage cheese CAN be that protein. Instead of having fruit (a carbohydrate) by itself, have cottage cheese with it to enhance your snack, but also increase satiety and blood sugar control!

I could go on and on about the benefits, but let’s move on the recipe.

TIPS

Let’s not be confused. There IS added sugar in this recipe and there needs to be otherwise it would taste like cottage cheese… and that’s not the goal here.

The added sugar I chose to mix with the cottage cheese was maple syrup. You could add honey instead depending on your preference. Personally, I like the flavor that maple syrup provides when I bake with it or add it to simple recipes like this.

The total carbohydrates will be higher in this cottage cheese ice cream as I add blueberries, graham crackers, and maple syrup. Let me tell you know, this is NOT a low carb snack, however, with an appropriate portion size, it is a moderate amount of carbs. IF you want to make this low carb, I would not add the graham crackers or blueberries into the mixture. I would add these separately! Still just as tasty in my opinion.

There are many different varieties of flavors I’ve tested out:

Blueberries + graham crackers = Blueberry cheesecake

Strawberries + graham crackers = Strawberry cheesecake

Sprinkles + chocolate chips = Ice cream sundae

I have YET to try adding peanut butter and chocolate chips to make a Reese’s peanut butter flavor. Personally, I like blending up the cottage cheese with maple syrup and then adding toppings from there.

*PRO TIP*

If you DO NOT serve the whole batch in one night, DO NOT freeze the whole mixture. It becomes VERY hard and difficult to defrost. What I do now is leave the entire batch in the fridge and only freeze individual portions the night of. If you do this, only put about ¼ of the mixture in the freezer 2 hours before serving. It also depends on the container you use, I use pyrex, which is glass. I am unsure how quickly the mixture would freeze in tupperware or other containers.

In this video, you will see how it is normally made where you freeze the whole batch. Like I said, you do not have to do this, but if you’re having other people over and it’s served in one night, this is a great option!

It’s also important to experiment with your toppings. Not everyone loves blueberries or chocolate chips. The world is your oyster! Let me know in the comments of a combination you want to try or a combination you’ve experimented with and liked yourself, I’d love to try it out! Enjoy!

Blueberry Cheesecake Cottage Cheese Ice Cream

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 5 servings

Equipment

  • 1 Blender

Ingredients
  

  • 16 oz Cottage cheese 4%
  • 1/4 cup Maple syrup
  • 5 sheets Graham crackers
  • 3/4 cup Blueberries 1/2 cup to be blended in mixture, 1/4 cup when freezing

Instructions
 

  • Add 16 oz of cottage cheese to blender cup.
  • Add 1/4 cup maple syrup and 1/2 cup blueberries to cottage cheese. Blend until smooth texture. Remove mixture to freezer safe container.
  • Crush 5 whole sheets of graham crackers.
  • Add 1/4 cup additional blueberries and crushed graham crackers.
  • Freeze for 3-4 hours. If making individual servings, freeze for 1-2 hours (see tips in blog post).
  • Remove from freezer and enjoy!

Video

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