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We've all seen the come back of good old-fashioned cottage cheese thanks to Instagram and Influencers duplicating their favourite desserts made with this seemingly magical white-whey.


So, what's all the fuss about? Cottage cheese is a dairy product made from the curds of cow's milk and well-known for its high protein content. Typically, cottage cheese contains around 11-14 grams of protein per 100 grams, which makes it a serious go-to for protein-rich food.


But what makes cottage cheese so hot-right-now is because, as a complete protein, it contains all the essential amino acids that the body needs to function properly. This makes cottage cheese a valuable addition to a high-protein diet, particularly for individuals looking to build muscle, manage their weight, and for those interested in their overall health.


Particularly for women over 40, and those battling the dreaded weight gain that comes hand in hand with menopause, protein is an essential component of a weight loss-friendly diet due to its ability to increase feelings of fullness, supporting muscle maintenance, and promoting a higher metabolic rate.


To pay homage to cottage cheeses' biggest comeback since the 70s, we thought it only apt to include a few mind-blowingly yummy desserts that are not only easy to make, but you can eat them without any guilt-factor whatsoever. In fact, eating these desserts is a must to ensure health and vitality. See what I did there? You're welcome. You can thank me later.


BLUEBERRY COTTAGE CHEESE CAKE RECIPE


Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup low-fat cottage cheese (a rich source of protein)

  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (provides additional protein)

  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup (for a touch of sweetness)

  • 1 egg (contributes protein and helps bind the ingredients)

  • A pinch of salt (for flavor enhancement)

  • Coconut oil or butter for greasing the ramekin


Blueberry Protein Jam:

  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries or raspberries (adds antioxidants and natural sweetness)

  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds (supply fiber and healthy fats, also contribute to protein content)

Instructions:


Begin by preparing the protein-packed blueberry jam:

  • In a skillet, cook the frozen blueberries for approximately 2 minutes until they become soft.

  • Stir in the chia seeds and continue to cook for a minute.

  • Transfer the mixture into a jar and refrigerate it to allow the chia seeds to absorb liquid, creating a jam-like texture.


Instructions:

  • Preheat your air fryer to 375°F (or your oven to 350°F).

  • Grease a ramekin with a small amount of coconut oil or butter to prevent sticking.


In a small food processor, combine the following ingredients to create a protein-packed cheesecake batter:

  • 3/4 cup of low-fat cottage cheese (rich in protein)

  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (for an extra protein boost)

  • 1 teaspoon of maple syrup (adds sweetness)

  • 1 egg (provides protein and helps bind the mixture)

  • A pinch of salt (for enhanced flavour)


Ingredients: Blend the ingredients until they form a smooth and creamy mixture.

Pour the cheesecake batter into the greased ramekin.

Place the ramekin in the preheated air fryer for 12 minutes (or in the oven for 25 minutes at 350°F). Bake until the cheesecake is set and slightly golden on top.

Allow the cheesecake to cool down.

Once cooled, spread the protein-rich blueberry jam on top of the cheesecake.








EASY 3-INGREDIENT COTTAGE CHEESE CHOCOLATE MOUSSE


Ingredients:

  • Cottage cheese: this chocolate protein mousse can be prepared with either full-fat or low-fat cottage cheese. Although both are great, the full-fat version will add a richer taste.

  • Cocoa powder: use natural, unprocessed cocoa powder for a healthier protein mousse without added sugars.

  • Preferred sweetener: for a sugar-free chocolate mousse, you can use any sweetener of your choice, such as maple syrup, honey, coconut sugar or brown sugar.

Instructions: In a small food processor, combine and whizz all the ingredients. Store in the fridge for up to three days.


COTTAGE CHEESE COOKIE DOUGH


Ingredients:

  • 500gms low fat cottage cheese blended

  • 3 tbsp. (18g) powdered peanut butter or vanilla protein powder

  • 1-2 tbsp. calorie-free sweetener I used one that's twice as sweet as sugar

  • 1 tbsp. natural peanut butter or cashew butter

  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

  • Dash salt optional

  • 1 tbsp mini chocolate chips or sugar free chocolate chips, or cacao nibs


Instructions:

  • Blend cottage cheese just until smooth and no large clumps remain. OR use plain Greek yogurt (a little more tangy).

  • Mix in remaining ingredients and enjoy!




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