Imagine a rich, creamy and delicious ice cream that is also healthy, naturally sweetened and high in protein! This Cottage Cheese "Nice Cream" is the perfect refreshing dessert or healthy evening snack. Don't be put off by the idea of cottage cheese in ice cream. When blended, it tastes remarkably like cream cheese, making a perfect blank canvas for the flavour combination of chocolate, peanut butter and banana.
Recently I have been going for long walks on a daily basis and also wanted to increase my protein intake to balance my blood sugars. Cottage cheese was the perfect option for that except for one thing. I prefer smooth, creamy textures like pudding and mousse--"no obstacles". So I decided to blend the cottage cheese with a little maple syrup and I had the perfect high protein snack. This inspired me to imagine where else I could add the smooth texture of blended cottage cheese to increase protein content and this Ice Cream recipe was the result! If you prefer a less sweet dessert, you can omit the maple syrup as an overripe banana adds a lot of natural sweetness.
Have fun experimenting with this recipe by trying your own add ins. Try frozen fruit, chopped nuts, jam, vanilla extract, lemon zest and more!
More Sweet Treats:
- Strawberry Mint Ice Cream (sweetened with honey)
- Chia Seed Lemonade (sweetened with maple syrup)
- Date Cookies
- Rice Cake Chocolate Bars
- Chocolate Covered Dates
- Earl Grey Panna Cotta (sweetened with honey)
Frequently Asked Questions
One cup of cottage cheese is approximately 30 grams of protein and the addition of peanut butter adds another 4 grams of protein.
Add all the ingredients except the milk into your blender. Blend until combined and smooth.
Divide this mixture into an ice cube tray and freeze well.
When mixture is frozen and you are ready to eat the ice cream, add back into the blender. Add the milk and blend to a soft serve ice cream consistency. Add a little more milk only if needed to get the blender going. Enjoy!
Tips for Making Cottage Cheese Ice Cream
- Use well ripened banana in this recipe for maximum flavour and sweetness.
- Pour the blended mixture into ice cube trays and freeze well. Blend from frozen with just enough milk to allow the blender to work well. The ice cream will be a soft serve consistency. Enjoy immediately.
- This recipe makes one serving. Double or triple to serve more people or to have ready in the freezer for another time.
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These peanut butter swirl black bean brownies are so fudgy and so delicious. The texture can’t be beaten! They seriously are like fudge.
These gluten-free buckwheat flour brownies are fudgy and chocolatey. They really call for a tall glass of ice-cold milk.
My recipe for Date Cookies creates a delicious and nutritious cookie filled with oats, nuts and dried fruit. These cookies are similar to an oatmeal raisin cookie but use dates instead.
Cottage Cheese Ice Cream
Cottage Cheese Nice Cream
- 1 cup cottage cheese
- 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup optional
- ½ overripe banana, fresh or frozen
- 3 tablespoon milk (or enough to get blender going)
- Add all the ingredients except the milk into your blender. Blend until combined and smooth.
- Divide this mixture into an ice cube tray and freeze well.
- When mixture is frozen and you are ready to eat the ice cream, add back into the blender. Add the milk and blend to a soft serve ice cream consistency. Add a little more milk only if needed to get the blender going. Enjoy!
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‘Til next time,
Interesting concept for cottage cheese. I have used it in smoothies but never tried it in ice cream. Intrigued for sure.
Ramona Sebastian says
I absolutely love cottage cheese but I never thought of making ice cream with it. Absolutely genius! I really cannot wait to try this. Thanks so much for sharing!
Lauren Michael Harris says
I've never seen ice cream made from cottage cheese but it makes so much sense - can't wait to give this a try!
Sandhya Ramakrishnan says
What a brilliant idea to make healthy ice cream. I can't wait to make it over the weekend. We all love cottage cheese.
I'm all about trying new and unique flavors - I've got to try your ice cream. Wow never would it have occurred to me to use cottage cheese, brilliant!
I'm the only one who likes cottage cheese in my family. I bet they would love this recipe. Saving for later.
I just made this recipe and it came out so delicious! I love the flavor and texture. Definitely going to make it again 😉
This was even tastier than I had imagined! I love how healthy and easy it was. And my son loved it!
I think I've never made ice cream with cottage cheese before. Very excited about the recipe now - the result is amazing!
This is such a great use of cottage cheese! My kid flipped for this and I loved it, too. Yum!
Moop Brown says
I've never thought to make ice cream out of cottage cheese before but this recipe for it seems really unique and tasty.
What can I use in place of the banana to make it low-carb but still smooth (not icey) texture?
Christy Faber says
Hi Monika! The purpose of the overripe banana is for sweetness so that someone could have a treat that is entirely sweetened by fruit. You could totally omit the banana and sweeten with a low carb sweetener instead! Or swap the banana with a low carb fruit like strawberries. But omitting the banana will not effect the smooth creamy texture. Hope this helps!
Stephen Dewig says
Worked great but was slightly salty - next time I might rinse the cottage cheese first.
Christy Faber says
Yes! I definitely recommend that if you find it too salty!
This is the best I’ve tried of this viral trend! Delicious! And such a cool concept! Easy to make too!
Can it be used in a ice cream maker?
Christy Faber says
I haven't tested it but I definitely think it would!
If you run it in the ice cream maker and then enjoy it in that soft serve consistency it would be delicious!
Emma Fraser says
I absolutely love chocolate and peanut butter and this recipe definitely did not disappoint! So creamy and delicious!