Pairing cottage cheese with fruit is about to change your breakfast game! By mixing the sweetness from fresh fruit with tangy, creamy cheese, you’ll make a delicious bowl that’s rich in protein and super satisfying. Perfect to kickstart your morning!
Why You’ll Love It
This recipe is my go-to when I want a quick and easy protein-rich breakfast.
The mix of creamy cottage cheese, fresh fruit, and crunchy granola creates a perfect balance of textures and flavors that’s both nutritious and satisfying.
Plus, it’s easy to customize since you can switch the toppings for anything you like or have available.
And you can whip up in a flash when you are short on time.
What more could you want from a healthy breakfast that takes 5 minutes to make?
Why Cottage Cheese for Breakfast?
I love a cottage cheese breakfast as it’s low in calories, high in protein, and super filling! It’s also suitable for both sweet and savory breakfast recipes, which makes it incredibly versatile.
Give it a try, and you won’t look back!
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Cottage cheese: Low in fat, it keeps you full for longer and contains tons of protein.
- Mixed fresh fruits: I like using mixed berries like strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries. They’re fiber-rich and contain plenty of nutrients. But you can add any fruit like bananas, mangoes, apples, or peaches.
- Granola: A spoonful of granola is amazing for extra sweetness and texture. I usually add my homemade oil-free granola, but feel free to use store-bought.
- Honey or maple syrup: This is optional, but just a drizzle of maple syrup or honey will sweeten things up.
- Cinnamon, vanilla, or nutmeg: For an optional punch of warm, spicy flavor.
- Nuts or seeds: Chia seeds, flax seeds, peanuts, slivered almonds, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds are all good options for crunch.
How to Make Cottage Cheese with Fruit
Step-by-step overview. Full ingredients and instructions are in the recipe card below.
Assemble: Place the cottage cheese in a bowl as a base layer (photo 1). Then top it with granola (photo 2).
Add the washed fruit – mixed berries in my case (photo 3), and drizzle with maple syrup or honey (photo 4). If you want, you can sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg, or vanilla powder.
Other Topping Ideas
- Make it nutty: You can add nuts, seeds, or a swirl of almond butter for healthy fat.
- Make it vegan: You can use vegan cottage cheese to make this recipe vegan-friendly!
- Make it tropical: Don’t want to use berries in this breakfast bowl? Mango, pineapple, dried coconut flakes, and bananas are all delicious ideas!
- Make it savory: If you don’t fancy a sweet bowl, avocadoes, cherry tomatoes, olives, or cucumber can all be great alternatives to berries.
- Make it zingy: A bit of lemon and lime zest and a squeeze of juice can make this cottage cheese with fruit taste brighter. A couple of crushed-up fresh mint leaves will also add to the flavor!
It’s best to eat this cottage cheese fruit bowl immediately, as it tastes way fresher.
If you’ve already assembled everything, eat it within one day, as the fruits will become soggy very quickly.
If you store everything separately, each ingredient will last until its respective expiry date.
Just for reference:
- Cottage cheese: Will generally last for up to 1 week in the fridge once it’s opened, but always check individual expiry dates!
- Fresh-cut fruits: Usually last around 3 – 5 days in the fridge. You can extend the life of your fruit by lining an airtight container with kitchen tissue to absorb excess moisture.
If you try this cottage cheese with fruit recipe, please leave a comment and a rating and let me know how much you liked it!
Cottage Cheese with Fruit
- 1 cup cottage cheese - full-fat or low-fat, as per your preference
- ½ cup mixed fresh fruits - strawberries, blueberries, banana slices, etc.
- 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup - optional
- A pinch of cinnamon - vanilla, or nutmeg (optional)
- 1 tablespoon nuts or seeds like almonds - chia seeds, or flaxseeds (optional)
- Granola - optional
- Wash and cut the fresh fruits into bite-sized pieces.
- In a bowl, place the cottage cheese as the base layer.
- If using, top the cottage cheese with granola and then with the cut fruits.
- If you prefer, drizzle a tablespoon of honey or maple syrup over the top for some added sweetness.
- Sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg for added flavor if you like.
- Add a sprinkle of nuts or seeds for extra crunch and extra nutrition.
- Serve immediately.
- Assembled Bowl: If you’ve already assembled the bowl with cottage cheese and fruits, you should eat it within one day when stored in the refrigerator. The fruits can become soggy and lose their freshness.
- Separate Components: If you store the cottage cheese and fruits separately, they can last according to their individual expiry dates:
- Cottage Cheese: Generally lasts up to 1 week in the fridge once opened, but always check the expiry date.
- Fresh Cut Fruits: Usually last 3-5 days in the fridge.
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