Looking for a quick and nutritious breakfast that packs a ton of protein? These blended cottage cheese breakfast bowls are loaded with cottage cheese that's been whipped to a fluffy consistency, then topped with fruit, nuts, or whatever you like. It's a delicious and customizable breakfast that is perfect for busy mornings!
Cottage cheese is certainly having its moment right now. Thanks to social media, blended cottage cheese (whipped cottage cheese) is all the rage. Now, normally I hate food trends because they come and go- but some have become staples in my kitchen- like this Fall inspired butter board and now, blended cottage cheese.
Growing up in the 1980s, cottage cheese had a bad rep. I think because it was associated with "diet" food. If you are like me- or most people- the texture of cottage cheese was just never appealing. I mean it's labeled as curds, and is it me, or is the word "curd" just not appetizing?
Blended cottage cheese, is just as it sounds, cottage cheese that's been blended or whipped to a light, fluffy consistency- similar to yogurt. It has a delightful mouthfeel, with a perfect blend of creamy, tangy, and a little salty. It's also pretty versatile and works well with a ton of ingredients, like fresh fruit and nuts, just to name a few.
Why this recipe works
- It's quick and easy
- Completely customizable
- Nutritious and protein packed
- Pairs well with a variety of toppings
- Can be made sweet or savory
You only need your favorite cottage cheese and some toppings.
- Cottage cheese- Small or large curd, fat or low-fat
- Sweetener- Honey, maple syrup
- Toppings- Fresh or dried fruit, granola, nuts, seeds, flax etc.
See recipe card for quantities.
To whip up the cottage cheese, you will need a food processor or blender.
Here are the steps needed for blending the cottage cheese.
Place your cottage cheese inside a blender or food processor.
Blend on high or pulse until smooth, about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Pause to scrape the sides if needed.
"Jen"tle reminder: Don't overwhip the cottage cheese. The heat from the blender can make the cottage cheese runny if you blend it too long. Whip until light and fluffy.
Toppings for blended cottage cheese
You can customize your blended cottage cheese bowls however you like. That's what's great about them! So use what you have on hand, or get super creative. Here are some of my faves to try.
- Fruit- Fresh or dried fruit. I love using fresh berries such as blueberries, strawberries or blackberries.
- Nuts- Nuts add a wonderful texture. Try adding any nut you have on hand. I love sliced almonds or pistachios.
- Seeds- Chia, and hemp seeds are full of nutrition and fiber and add a little texture. Pumpkin or sunflower seeds are other great options.
- Granola- Try it with my homemade granola, or use your favorite store bought brand.
- Cereal- My favorite hack for when I don't have granola. I just crush some cereal on top for crunch.
- Sweetener- This is optional. Once I add my fruit, I feel like it doesn't need any sweetener, but you may want to add a drizzle of honey, agave, maple syrup, or date syrup.
- Jam- Add a swirl of your favorite jam, in place of a sweetener. It tastes just like dessert!
Want to make it savory? Try adding tomatoes, cucumbers, grilled veggies, or fresh aromatic herbs such as chives. My husband loves ketchup on cottage cheese (eeek-not for me), but salsa would be a great addition. Want even more protein? Top your savory blended cottage cheese bowls with my chili-fried eggs!
Blended cottage cheese is best eaten right after it is whipped. You can, however, store any leftovers, covered in the fridge for up to 2 days. The longer it stays after it has been whipped, the more watery it will become.
If your cottage cheese looks a little dry after starting to blend, add a splash of milk, and be sure to pause and scrape down the sides of the blender to help it along.
Neither is more "healthy" for you per se. Low-fat yogurt and cottage cheese are similar in calories, however, cottage cheese has an average of 25 grams of protein per cup, depending on the brand.
Not always! This will depend on the brand. Read labels carefully if you are following a gluten-free diet as some brands contain wheat starches.
If you love blended cottage cheese, then try my other whipped recipes.
Blended Cottage Cheese Breakfast Bowls
- Blender or food processor
- 2 cups (16 ounces) cottage cheese any curd size: low-fat or full fat
- 1-2 teaspoon sweetener, such as honey or maple syrup optional
- fresh or dried fruit, nuts, seeds, granola, etc. for topping
- In a blender or food processor, add your cottage cheese. Blend or pulse on high for 30 seconds to a minute until light, fluffy, and no curds are visible. You may need to pause and scrape down the sides of your container to fully incorporate.2 cups (16 ounces) cottage cheese
- Divide the cottage cheese between 2 bowls. Add sweetener if using, and top with fruits, nuts, granola, or whatever you feel like. Serve immediately.1-2 teaspoon sweetener, such as honey or maple syrup, fresh or dried fruit, nuts, seeds, granola, etc.