This cottage cheese smoothie recipe is a great way of adding extra protein and calcium to a regular smoothie. The cottage cheese blends to a smooth texture, and adds a natural creaminess. Cheesecake smoothie anyone? Or maybe think of it as a healthy milkshake!
What you'll love about the recipe
- This high protein smoothie will leave you feeling full and satisfied. With over 12g of protein per serving, it's a great breakfast to start to the day.
- Cottage cheese is natural, cheaper and much better tasting than protein powder! This protein shake is made from real food:)
- Cottage cheese smoothie is low in fat. Yet it's got a delicious creaminess that you'd expect with a milkshake, especially when blended. If you don't like the texture of cottage cheese, have no fear, you won't even know it's hiding in there!
- A quick, easy, no cook healthy breakfast for kids and adults with just 3 ingredients.
- Or enjoy as a protein snack at any time of day. Ideal pre and post workout.
- Can use frozen fruit for a budget friendly smoothie.
- Naturally sweetened with fruit (no added sugar) and gluten free.
Ingredients for high protein smoothie
Cottage cheese. Blended cottage cheese is the magic ingredient which allows you to make a high protein smoothie with no protein powder. Make sure you use natural (plain) cottage cheese. I used a low fat natural cottage cheese, but use whichever you prefer.
Milk thins the smoothie to a drinkable consistency, and adds more protein and calcium. I used skimmed milk but you can use any type of milk.
Fruit. This cottage cheese smoothie recipe is designed to be flexible so you can use whatever fruit you prefer. In total, you want about a cup of chopped fruit. One small banana is about half a cup, but omit the banana and replace with other fruit if you want a no banana smoothie. Berries are a very healthy choice as they are high in fibre and lower in sugars. Strawberries make this a real hit with children, as do blueberries. Or make a tropical fruit smoothie with pineapple or mango.
You can use frozen fruit to make an ice cold smoothie or fresh fruit if you prefer.
If you want to add a little extra sweetness (it will vary depending on the fruit that you use) add a teaspoon of honey or low sugar jam.
How to make cottage cheese smoothie
The process for making this cottage cheese smoothie is incredibly simple and it'll be ready to drink in 5 minutes.
I use an immersion blender to make the recipe as it means less washing up. The mixture will break down easily so there's no need for a high powered blender.
Prep any fruit if required by peeling banana, hulling berries etc.
Add the milk, cottage cheese and fruit to the blender. I put the milk in the bottom as it makes the mixture easier to blend.
Blitz until smooth.
- Freeze leftover bananas to use in this cottage cheese smoothie. Cut into discs and store in an airtight container. Frozen banana makes the smoothie really creamy! (You can also use frozen banana in this super creamy nice cream recipe.)
- You can also freeze leftover berries, mango etc. Even if the fruit is a little over ripe, it'll still make a great smoothie.
- If you like very thick smoothies or would rather enjoy this recipe as a smoothie bowl, reduce the milk to a couple of tablespoons. Or (as I prefer) stir a couple of tablespoons of chia seed into each serving. Chia seed will naturally thicken the smoothie, as well as being packed with nutrients including omega 3 oils. It also adds a little extra protein and fibre.
Storage and serving
Ideally, this cottage cheese smoothie should be consumed straight away. Once fruit has been pulverised, some of the vitamins will start to oxidise, and the smoothie can discolour slightly. However, if you've got some smoothie left, just pop it in the fridge and drink it up within 24 hours.
Frequently asked questions
Yes, you can substitute cottage cheese for yogurt in a smoothie. Use an equal amount of cottage cheese and blend as usual.
Cottage cheese is a brilliant way of adding protein to your shakes and smoothies. It's high in protein, low in fat and is a good source of vital vitamins and minerals such as calcium. Cottage cheese is a natural, wholesome food - personally I'd much rather be eating real food than packaged protein powders.
Other healthy cottage cheese recipes
Cottage cheese is a really versatile healthy ingredient which I use regularly in recipes. It's low in fat and a good source of protein, vitamins and minerals. And blended cottage cheese is virtually undetectable in recipes, it just adds a lovely creamy texture.
If you enjoy healthy smoothies you might also like this green smoothie made with apple sauce and frozen spinach.
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Cottage Cheese Smoothie
- ½ cup cottage cheese
- 1 cup milk
- 1 small banana
- ½ cup frozen blueberries
- Prepare the fruit as necessary.
- Add the milk, cottage cheese and fruit to a blender. Blitz until smooth.
- Fruit can be varied to suit your taste. You'll need a cupful of chopped fruit in total. Banana is optional, so omit it if you prefer and replace with other fruit.
- Leftover fruit can be frozen, and used to make smoothies at a later date.
- For a very thick smoothie or smoothie bowl, reduce the milk to a couple of tablespoons. Or add two tablespoons of chia seed per serving.
Please note nutritional information is per serving and is provided for guidance only.