Make this creamy and delicious smoothie with cottage cheese when you want a protein boost without protein powder. Each serving has 18 grams of protein! Naturally sweetened with frozen fruit (banana and blueberries), this 4-ingredient recipe blends up in a flash for a high protein breakfast smoothie or post-workout snack.

Head over to my smoothie recipes page for even more healthy smoothie inspo!

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As a Registered Dietitian, I try to get my protein from whole food sources instead of protein powder whenever possible.

That’s why I have so many healthy recipes using protein rich foods, including cottage cheese recipes and Greek yogurt recipes!

With 14 grams of protein per serving, eating cottage cheese for breakfast or a snack is a smart choice if you’re trying to boost your protein intake.

If you can’t quite get on board with the texture of cottage cheese, you have to try it blended up in this cottage cheese smoothie recipe. (Or, try making whipped cottage cheese).

When you blend cottage cheese in a smoothie, it becomes super creamy, similar to the texture of a Greek yogurt smoothie.

You’ll taste the sweet flavors of the frozen blueberries and banana, while sipping on nearly 20 grams of protein!

This 4-ingredient smoothie is vegetarian, gluten free, and nut free. It takes 2 minutes to prepare! This recipe serves two but can easily be halved for a single serving smoothie.

cottage cheese smoothie ingredients measured out

Ingredients

  • Cottage cheese: The hero of this recipe! Cottage cheese becomes smooth and creamy when blended up and provides a majority of the protein in this smoothie. I used 4% full-fat cottage cheese, but you could use any fat content.
  • Milk: Regular cow’s milk or soy milk are my favorite liquids for smoothies. One cup of either choice has 8 grams of protein, which is significantly higher than other plant milks or juices.
  • Frozen blueberries: Frozen blueberries contribute sweet flavor, antioxidants, dietary fiber, and the most beautiful color to this smoothie!
  • Banana: Use frozen bananas if you want this smoothie to be thick (like a protein shake with cottage cheese), or fresh bananas if you prefer a thinner smoothie. I’ve tried both and they are equally as delicious! Ensure your bananas are quite ripe, speckled with brown spots on the peel, for maximum flavor and sweetness.

Kitchen equipment needed

You’ll of course need a blender to make this smoothie.

I’ve tested it using both my high powered Vitamix blender and my NutriBullet.

The large Vitamix is best for 2+ servings, and the NutriBullet works perfectly for a single serving.

Instructions

cottage cheese smoothie ingredients in a blender before being blended
1. Add all the ingredients to your blender. Put the milk and cottage cheese in first, followed by the fruit to ensure easy blending.
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2. Blend on high for 30 seconds to a minute, or until the smoothie is completely smooth and creamy.

Pour the smoothie into two glasses and enjoy!

This smoothie is best enjoyed right after you prepare it. If you do want to prep it in advance, I recommend storing it in an airtight container in the fridge and enjoying within 24 hours.

Cottage cheese nutrition benefits

Cottage cheese is known for its high protein content, but did you know it provides other valuable nutrients?

In addition to 14 grams of protein, one half cup of cottage cheese has:

  • 80 mg calcium (6% of your daily needs)
  • 0.71 mcg vitamin B12 (30% of your daily needs)
  • 0.186 mg riboflavin (14% of your daily needs)
  • 10.17 mcg selenium (18% of your daily needs)
  • 151.42 mg phosphorus (12% of your daily needs)
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More cottage cheese recipes

Looking for other creative ways to enjoy cottage cheese? Here are a few of my favorite cottage cheese breakfast recipes:

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Protein-Packed Blueberry Banana Cottage Cheese Smoothie

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  • Author: Alex Aldeborgh, RD
  • Prep Time: 1 minutes
  • Blend Time: 1 minute
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Smoothies
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Make this creamy and delicious smoothie with cottage cheese when you want a protein boost without protein powder. Each serving has 18 grams of protein! Naturally sweetened with frozen fruit (banana and blueberries), this 4-ingredient recipe blends up in a flash for a high protein breakfast smoothie or post-workout snack.

Head over to my smoothie recipes page for even more healthy smoothie inspo!


Ingredients

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  • 1 cup milk (or unsweetened soy milk)
  • 1 cup cottage cheese, full fat
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 2 ripe frozen bananas (or fresh, if you want a thinner smoothie)


Instructions

  1. Put all the ingredients in a blender in the order listed.
  2. Blend on high for 30 seconds to a minute, until completely smooth with no chunks.
  3. Pour into two glasses and enjoy right away.

Notes

This smoothie is best enjoyed right after you prepare it. If you do want to prep it in advance, I recommend storing it in an airtight container in the fridge and enjoying within 24 hours.