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Cottage cheese with fruit can be enjoyed as a delicious breakfast, healthy snack, or even a light dessert! Sweet berries, gooey honey, and refreshing mint mix together with creamy cottage cheese for a winning combination everyone will love! This tasty fruit recipe is naturally gluten-free, refined sugar free, soy free, and ready in just 5 minutes!
Start your day with a protein-packed meal that will keep you fueled for hours! Cottage cheese breakfast bowls are an easy way to load up on healthy nutrients without having to spend a bunch of time in the kitchen. Breakfast is often said to be the most important meal of the day, so you want to be mindful of what you are choosing to eat. These cottage cheese and fruit cups are a great option with the best flavor ever!
The best part? This easy recipe only takes 5 minutes of your time. You’ll throw together the fresh ingredients into your cottage cheese bowl, and enjoy! It really is the easiest and quickest fruit bowl to make for busy mornings. I am confident it will become one of your new favorite recipes.
This healthy breakfast with cottage cheese can be easily customized with different flavors. For this recipe we share our favorite way to enjoy a bowl of cottage cheese, but feel free to switch things up. Use your favorite fruits or toppings and get creative! If you aren’t sure how to eat cottage cheese for breakfast, keep on reading!
👩🏽🍳 Why You’ll Love This Cottage Cheese Breakfast Bowl
- Low Calorie: This breakfast fruit bowl recipe is low in calories, making it a good option for anyone on a weight loss journey. One half cup serving of low-fat cottage cheese has 80 calories and a full-fat cottage cheese has 110 calories. And the entire breakfast bowl has under 200 calories total!
- Healthy: Have you seen those pre-made cottage cheese fruit cups at the grocery store? This recipe is like a healthier version of the Daisy cottage cheese with fruit – because it’s lower in sugar and has no processed ingredients, but tastes just as good! Additionally, the benefits of cottage cheese alone make this a healthier alternative to many breakfasts. Adding in fresh berries and chia seeds in this healthy fruit snack is a fantastic way to help meet your daily values of vitamins and minerals.
- Versatile: There are so many different ways to enjoy this breakfast cottage cheese bowl! See some suggestions in a later section.
- Easy Meal Prep: This is the perfect recipe to prepare ahead of time! Make this cottage cheese and berries the night before for an easy breakfast that will save you time in the morning.
- High Protein Content: Thanks to the cottage cheese and chia seeds, these cottage cheese fruit cups are a high-protein breakfast! One half cup of cottage cheese has 14 grams of protein, and chia seeds add even more.
- Balanced Blood Sugar: The combination of protein, fiber, and fat in this quick breakfast help keep blood sugar levels balanced with minimal spikes.
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While breakfast with cottage cheese might sound unusual, I promise you won’t regret giving it a try! Make these cottage cheese and fruit bowls with simple, healthy ingredients. Check out the recipe card for exact measurements.
- Berries: Cottage cheese with blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries adds a natural sweetness! They are a great source of antioxidants and complement this recipe perfectly.
- Kiwi: Kiwi adds a fun pop of color and flavor to this cottage cheese breakfast bowl, and is a good source of vitamin c.
- Cottage Cheese: Creamy cottage cheese is a great way to increase your protein intake. It has a mild flavor that pairs well with many other foods!
- Chia Seeds: Get an extra dose of protein and dietary fiber thanks to chia seeds.
- Mint: Fresh mint leaves add a refreshing taste in this healthy cottage cheese breakfast.
- Honey: No added sugar here! Add a touch of sweetness to this cottage cheese and fruit recipe with raw honey, which is natural and unrefined. You can also leave this out for a zero sugar option!
🍲 Ingredient Substitutions
- Other Fruit: Get creative and use whatever fruit you have on hand! Go to the FAQ section for more ideas of fruit that goes with cottage cheese.
- Seeds: If you do not have any chia seeds, feel free to use other seeds or even nuts. I love hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, flaxseeds, or chopped pecans.
- Cottage Cheese Alternatives: If you really aren’t a fan of the taste of cottage cheese, try this recipe as a fruit bowl with thick Greek yogurt or ricotta cheese.
- Basil: Instead of mint, you can try this fruit and cottage cheese bowl with basil! Fresh basil pairs really well with strawberries and honey!
- Sugar: If you prefer, swap the honey in this recipe for coconut sugar, agave, or maple syrup, or omit it altogether.
🔪 How To Make Cottage Cheese With Fruit
With only a couple simple steps, you will have a healthy breakfast or refreshing snack! Here is how to make these cottage cheese fruit bowls:
Prepare Fruit: Thinly slice the kiwi fruit and strawberries. Shred the mint leaves.
Assemble Bowl: Place ½ cup cottage cheese into a serving bowl. Top with fresh strawberries, fresh blueberries, fresh raspberries, kiwi, chia seeds, shredded mint leaves and a drizzle of honey.
Serve: Make any final adjustments, garnish if desired, and enjoy.
💭 Expert Tips
- Creamier Cottage Cheese: Not everyone loves the texture of cottage cheese. For an extra creamy texture with your cottage cheese filling, place the cottage cheese into a high speed blender or food processor. Blend until smooth then top with toppings. You can also make whipped cottage cheese by using a beater.
- Apple Cinnamon Cottage Cheese: Make this cottage cheese bowl with diced warm apples and cinnamon. This is a perfect variation for the fall season, or any time that you want something extra cozy and comforting.
- Blueberry Cottage Cheese: Lean into the blueberry flavor a bit more by adding a warm blueberry topping. Heat some frozen blueberries on the stove top with a splash of water. You can thicken the sauce with some arrowroot or cornstarch, if desired.
- Peach Cobbler Cottage Cheese: Add in fresh peaches, cinnamon, and crunchy granola as a healthy spin on peach cobbler! The creaminess of the cottage cheese pairs so well with peaches. You’ll love the finished product.
- Savory Toppings: Replace the fresh fruit with savory options like tomatoes, avocado, bell peppers, and cucumbers. For a healthy lunch, serve on toast with a drizzle of olive oil and black pepper. Want more savory cottage cheese recipes? Use these breakfast toast ideas for inspiration on flavor combos!
🍽 Serving Suggestions
This cottage cheese and fruit bowl is perfect as is with a glass of orange juice, but can be easily customized too! I love adding in a drizzle of peanut butter, homemade granola like this high protein granola, sprinkle of coconut flakes, and hemp seeds or pumpkin seeds. You can even use this recipe for the filling of these fruit pancake tacos for a delicious, hearty breakfast!
🙌 Dietary Adaptations
This cottage cheese with fruit recipe is gluten-free, grain free, soy free, and refined sugar free making it an excellent choice for those with special dietary needs!
You can even find a lactose free cottage cheese option if you are lactose intolerant. If you are vegan or dairy-free, this recipe won’t work for you, but you could try out a vegan cottage cheese alternative. You can use this recipe as inspiration for other breakfast bowls or snacks, like a breakfast fruit salad bowl or porridge bowl with fruit.
Cottage cheese fruit bowls are best fresh, but can be refrigerated for a short duration. I do not recommend freezing this, as it is easy enough to prep quickly from fresh ingredients. Here is how to store and keep this cottage cheese with fruit:
To Store In The Fridge: If you have leftovers or plan to make this ahead of time and store for later, cover tightly with plastic wrap or transfer to an airtight container. Enjoy the next day for best results.
If you are not sure of which fruit to eat with cottage cheese, it is truly versatile and easily pairs well with most fruits. While we go with berries and kiwi for this recipe, you can also try other fruits such as cherries, mandarin oranges, peaches, mango, banana, and other stone fruits.
Absolutely! Cottage cheese is low in calories, high in protein, and relatively low in fat. One serving contains 2.5g – 4.5g of total fat, 3g total carbohydrate, 14g of protein, and 80-110 calories. It is a good source of nutrients with vitamin B, selenium, calcium, and phosphorus. It is a fermented food with probiotics, which is great for gut health. Pairing it with fruit and chia seeds gives you a light yet filling breakfast with protein and fiber, and some healthy fat.
Cottage cheese is very versatile, and can be used for both savory or sweet recipes. You can add cottage cheese on top of toast, use it as a creamy dip with veggies and crackers, or put a dollop on top of waffles or pancakes. It is also great on bagels with everything but the bagel seasoning. Anywhere that you might use plain yogurt, cream cheese, or sour cream, you can most likely use cottage cheese instead!
Yes! Cottage cheese is a great choice for a bedtime snack! It contains tryptophan that helps you fall asleep faster for a well-rested night of sleep. It is easily digestible, light, and nourishing. Additionally, it is popular among bodybuilders since it is high in casein protein. You will get a sustained release of amino acids which can help reduce muscle breakdown.
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Cottage Cheese With Fruit
- Thinly slice the kiwi fruit and strawberries.
- Shred the mint leaves.
- To serve, place ½ cup of cottage cheese into a serving bowl.
- Top with fruit, chia seeds, shredded mint leaves and a drizzle of honey.
- Serve and enjoy.
- For a smoother, creamier cottage cheese filling place the cottage cheese into a high speed blender and blend until smooth then top with toppings.
- Other fruits that can be used: cherries, mandarins, peaches, mango, banana.
- Serve immediately or prepare ahead of time and store in the fridge.
- Substitute the honey with maple syrup or coconut sugar if preferred. Or omit the honey for a recipe that has only 12 grams of natural sugar and 0 grams of added sugar per serving!