Cottage Cheese Ice Cream

4.55 from 24 votes

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Prepare to be 🤩 amazed by this 3-ingredient Cottage Cheese Ice Cream, which is incredibly delicious and packed with protein! This treat is a nutritional powerhouse! I’ll be honest—I’m not too fond of cottage cheese on its own, but when it’s whipped, blended, or mixed into a recipe like this, it becomes an absolute game-changer. Inspired by my friend Lainie Kates, this recipe took the internet by storm. Whether you enjoy it as a dessert or a post-workout treat, this protein-packed delight won’t disappoint!

Why You’ll Love Cottage Cheese Ice Cream

You’ll love this 3-ingredient Cottage Cheese Ice Cream for its simplicity, high protein content, and delicious taste. It’s perfect for a post-workout snack or guilt-free 🍧 dessert. Even if you’re not a fan of cottage cheese, you’ll be amazed by its creamy transformation in this frozen treat. This easy-to-make recipe offers so many flavor possibilities because you can choose any 🍌 fruit you like! Enjoy a nutritious and satisfying treat any time of day!

How to Prepare Cottage Cheese Ice Cream

🥣 Blend all ingredients using a food processor, blender, or stick blender.

🍁 Sweeten to taste (I use maple syrup).

🧊 Transfer to a cottage cheese container or a freezer-safe container.

⏲️ Stir every hour until frozen to your liking.

❄️ If the ice cream gets “icy,” re-blend for a smoother texture, or enjoy as soft-serve.

🍓 Enjoy your Protein Cottage Cheese Ice Cream!

Nonna’s Tip 🍧

Be sure to use full-fat cottage cheese because low-fat cottage cheese becomes too icy. 

Protein Cottage Cheese Ice Cream

Variations and Substitutions for Cottage Cheese Ice Cream

The flavor possibilities for this Cottage Cheese Ice Cream are endless, so get creative, and don’t forget to tell me in the comments what you try! Do remember though, if you are changing or adding ingredients, you may have to experiment and adjust the quantities.

  1. Try your favorite fruit combinations, such as a mix of berries (strawberries, blackberries, and 🫐 blueberries) or a tropical blend (pineapple, mango, and coconut).
  2. Instead of maple syrup, use your preferred sweetener, such as agave nectar, stevia, honey 🍯 or monkfruit.
  3. Add some chia seeds for a different texture and more fiber.
  4. Mix in some chocolate chips or nuts before ❄️ freezing.
  5. Add a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg for some spice.

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Best Served With

  • Traditional ice cream toppings such as sprinkles, 🥥 coconut, whipped cream, chocolate sauce, nuts, etc.
  • A hard shell, such as in my Magic Shell Ice Cream Bowl

Common Questions

Can I use low-fat cottage cheese for this Cottage Cheese Ice Cream?

Please use full-fat cottage cheese as low-fat will become too icy.

What if I don’t like the taste of cottage cheese?

If you don’t like cottage cheese, this is the perfect treat for you because you won’t be able to taste it!

Can I add different fruits to this ice cream?

Feel free to use any fresh fruits of your choice. You can make this any flavor you enjoy.

What sweeteners can I use in the Cottage Cheese ice cream?

You can use honey, maple syrup, or agave. Use any sweetener you like and taste and adjust.

How can I prevent ice crystals from forming in the ice cream?

Be sure to stir it once every hour so that ice crystals don’t form, or you can leave it and re-blend after it’s frozen.

How long should I leave the ice cream in the freezer?

I left mine for 4 hours but keep an eye on it. Leaving it too long can result in an icy texture, so you may have to wait for it to thaw.

Cottage Cheese Ice Cream

Prepare to be 🤩 amazed by this 3-ingredient Cottage Cheese Ice Cream, which is incredibly healthy, delicious and packed with protein!
4.55 from 24 votes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 people
Author: The Modern Nonna
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Freezing Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes


  • 500 grams full fat cottage cheese (do not use low-fat), one medium tub
  • fruits of choice, I used 7 strawberries + 1/4 banana
  • drizzle sweetener of choice, to taste, I used maple syrup


  • Combine all the ingredients in a food processor, blender, or bowl using a stick blender.
  • Make sure to measure with your heart and add as much or as little sweetener as your heart desires. I used 2 tablespoons of maple syrup but I am leaving that up to you.
  • Pour the mixture back into the cottage cheese container or a freezer-safe container with a lid. I prefer to stir it every hour until it is frozen or to your liking.
  • If the ice cream becomes too icy, you can re-blend it after it's frozen for the perfect texture if you wish. You can also enjoy it as soft-serve.
  • Enjoy as is for the perfect protein packed treat!



Calories: 245kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 28g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 43mg, Sodium: 788mg, Potassium: 260mg, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 350IU, Calcium: 208mg, Iron: 0.2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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