I was a little wary of the cottage cheese ice cream trend but I am sold after making this berry chip cottage cheese ice cream.
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The ice cream doesn’t taste “cheese-y” and has the same scoopability as regular ice cream. Make sure to read the freezing note for tips on freezing.
What you’ll need and variations
Cottage cheese ice cream only requires 5 ingredients.
Who would have ever thought cottage cheese could be ice cream?! I’ve added cottage cheese to smoothies so it’s not too much of a jump to have it as your ice cream.
For this recipe, I used whole milk cottage cheese so it will have higher fat content which adds to the creaminess of the ice cream. Alternatively, try using 1% or 2% fat cottage cheese. Adjusting the fat may make the cottage less creamy but I don’t think it would be a huge difference.
Cottage cheese has less lactose than a cup of milk making it a good option for people with lactose intolerance. If you want to skip the lactose entirely choose a lactose free cottage cheese. This recipe probably wouldn’t work well with vegan cottage cheese.
Raspberries and Strawberries
This ice cream is also going to have some fiber added thanks to the raspberries. A cup of raspberries has 8 grams of fiber.
I only used a couple of strawberries (because that’s all I had) but you could add more. Strawberries bring in a little extra sweetness.
Try swapping the raspberries/strawberries for blueberries.
If you try using blackberries you may want to blend them separately and put them through a sieve before adding them to the cottage cheese. This will help remove any little seeds.
I used manuka honey for this recipe and it really added a deeper flavor to this recipe although you could use any honey you have.
You could also use another type of sweetener such as maple syrup or date syrup. I would stick with a liquid sweetener so that it’s better incorporated throughout your ice cream.
Chocolate and raspberries have to be one of the best flavor combos around. They pair so well together.
Using semi-sweet chocolate plays off the tartness of the raspberries but you could use any type of chocolate. Mini chocolate chips would also work well.
How to make
This recipe comes together pretty quickly and the only piece of equipment that you need is a blender.
The only prep you need to do before blending is washing the berries and then slicing the strawberries. You could easily add in more raspberries or strawberries for a stronger berry flavor.
I used this blender to make the ice cream. It works well, just louder than I like.
Your ice cream will be ready after 5 hours and will be at the perfect texture to scoop.
Freezing note: If you let it freeze longer than 5 hours or overnight the ice cream will be rock solid. If that happens let your ice cream soften for an hour in the fridge.
Is cottage cheese good for you?
Cottage cheese is an excellent source of protein so not only will this ice cream have some fiber it will also be rich in protein making it a solid snack after dinner. There are 12 grams of protein per ½ cup serving of cottage cheese.
On top of that, cottage cheese is an excellent source of vitamin B12 which supports your nervous system and helps you unlock the energy from the food you eat.
Did I mention that there are live and active cultures in cottage cheese?
Check your cottage cheese label to see if that’s on there because if it is that means your cottage cheese has good bacteria to support your gut health.
Can you eat cottage cheese if you’re lactose intolerant?
Cottage cheese is a good option for people with lactose intolerance. The fermentation process that cottage cheese goes through allows for less lactose than you’d find in milk. There are also lactose-free cottage cheeses.
There’s less lactose in cottage cheese because of how it’s made.
What toppings can I add to cottage cheese ice cream?
Whatever you normally put on ice cream works here too! Sprinkle marshmallows, add whip cream, or crumble some cookies for a little crunch.
Could I make other flavors for my cottage cheese ice cream?
This recipe is only limited by your imagination. Change the flavor combo completely and try adding cocoa powder for a chocolate ice cream or try drizzling in peanut butter and adding banana.
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Cottage Cheese Ice Cream (Berry Chocolate Chip)
- 16 oz cottage cheese
- 1 cup raspberries, fresh
- 3 each strawberries, fresh & sliced
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips
- Blend all the ingredients (except the chocolate chips) until smooth.
- Pour mixture into a freezer safe loaf pan.
- Add chocolate chips and mix into your ice cream batter.
- Freeze for 5 hours.
Amanda is a pizza loving registered dietitian nutritionist specializing in mindfulness and gut health. She quickly realized that gut health goes beyond the gut; it is also about honoring our gut feelings. She is the creator of The Mindful Gut™ which uses science and strategy to help people improve their gut health.