Cottage Cheese Ice Cream is a viral dessert here to stay. Try this blackberry cheesecake variation. It tastes just like a cheesecake filling churned into ice cream and 18g protein/serving!
High-Protein Cottage Cheese Ice Cream
If you’ve been anywhere on the internet lately, I’m sure you’ve heard of the viral cottage cheese ice cream.
I know what you’re thinking, this sounds a little bit, odd, but hear us out. It’s actually quite spectacular!
Cottage cheese ice cream is made by blending cottage cheese and a sweetener such as honey or maple syrup and then freezing it until it reaches ice cream consistency. It truly tastes like a rich cheesecake ice cream and if you flavor it properly, you’ll never miss ice cream again!
Oh, and, did we mention that cottage cheese ice cream has 18g protein/serving?!
Today, we’re sharing our very own high-protein ice cream recipe made with cottage cheese, blackberries, honey, and graham crackers for a blackberry cheesecake cottage cheese ice cream variation.
Why you’ll love it!
Tastes just like cheesecake!
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What You Need for Cottage Cheese Ice Cream
- Cottage cheese: the star ingredient of cottage cheese ice cream is obviously cottage cheese. We recommend a full-fat cottage cheese such as 4%.
- Honey: we’re using honey as our sweetener, but you can also use maple syrup, agave, or cane sugar.
- Blackberries: since we made a blackberry cheesecake flavor, you need fresh blackberries.
- Graham crackers: it wouldn’t be a cheesecake without graham cracker crumbs, would it?!
What kind of cottage cheese should I use?
We recommend using full-fat cottage cheese (~4%) for this recipe for a few reasons.
- Texture: full-fat cottage cheese has less water/moisture, making the texture more like ice cream and less like an icicle.
- Taste: full-fat cottage cheese will give this a true cheesecake taste.
- Blend: place cottage cheese, honey, and vanilla in a high-speed food processor. Process on high until creamy. This should take around 3-5 minutes.
- Flavor: add 1 cup of blackberries and pulse to break them up.
- Freeze: transfer the ice cream into a bread pan and then sprinkle on the remaining berries. Crush a few graham crackers on top and cover. Freeze for at least 4-6 hours or over night.
- Serve: remove the ice cream from the freezer. For the frozen yogurt, snip off the corner of the plastic bag, and pipe the frozen yogurt into a cup or cone. Yum! For the ice cream, let it thaw for around 15 minutes and then scoop the ice cream into a bowl.
Freeze time: There is a sweet spot in freezing this ice cream and it’s right around 6 hours. If you freeze it too long, it will be as hard as a brick and need to thaw a bit before eating. But, if you freeze it just long enough, it will have the perfect creamy consistency!
- Sweetness: start with 1/4 cup honey and add more, as desired.
- Type of cottage cheese: We suggest using full-fat cottage cheese instead of low-fat cottage cheese. It’s not only richer and more cheesecake-like, but has less liquid, making the texture more like ice cream/custard.
- Berries: The blackberries can be replaced with any type of berry.
- Sweetener subs: Agave syrup or maple syrup can be used in place of honey.
- Freeze time: The time it takes for the mixture to firm up will vary depending on the freezer.
Instead of blackberries and graham crackers, use:
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip: add 1/4 cup peanut butter and 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips.
Lemon Blueberry: use 1 cup + 1/3 cup blueberries, plus the zest from 1 lemon.
Store cottage cheese ice cream in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months
Blackberry Cheesecake Cottage Cheese Ice Cream
- Add the cottage cheese, honey, and vanilla extract to a high-speed food processor. Process on high until thick and creamy, between 3-5 minutes.
- Next, add 1 cup of blackberries to the food processor and pulse until the blackberries are just broken up and combined. The cottage cheese will turn a slight purple color.
- Pour the mixture into a bowl or a loaf pan. Crumble two of the graham crackers on top and fold them into the mixture until combined.
- Top with the remaining blackberries and crumble one last graham cracker over the top. Option to top with salt.
- Cover and place in the freezer for at least 4-6 hours or overnight.*
- Serve in a dish or on an ice cream cone.
Tips & Notes
- Honey- start with 1/4 cup honey and add more, as desired.
- We suggest using full-fat cottage cheese instead of low-fat cottage cheese. It’s not only richer and more cheesecake-like, but has less liquid, making the texture more like ice cream/custard.
- The blackberries can be replaced with any type of berry.
- Agave syrup or maple syrup can be used in place of honey.
- The time it takes for the mixture to firm up will vary depending on the freezer.
Photography: photos taken in this post are by Ashley McGlaughlin from The Edible Perspective.