High Protein Cottage Cheese Oatmeal

Looking to add protein to your morning bowl of oats? Try adding cottage cheese to your oats. It makes them extra creamy and adds a huge boost of protein!

Oatmeal, oatmeal, oatmeal. Obviously I’m a HUGE oatmeal fan, but we need to have a little chat. Do you ever eat oatmeal for breakfast and then are starving two hours later? That is what we need to chat about.

Oatmeal on it’s own doesn’t have much protein in it and unless you’re making it with milk instead of water, not much fat either. So you’re essentially eating a bowl of carbohydrates. I’m not knocking carbs at all (I love carbs!), but what I am knocking is not eating a balanced meal that will keep you feeling full for hours. The perfect formula? Healthy fats, carbohydrates and lean protein.

Bowl of cottage cheese protein oatmeal topped with sliced almonds, coconut flakes, banana, flax seeds and peanut butter. Cottage cheese container and spoon are in the background.

How to Make High Protein Oatmeal?

There are a few different ways that I like to add protein to oatmeal and I’m working on a full blog post covering all of them, but for today’s recipe we’re focusing on cottage cheese!

Pot of oatmeal with cottage cheese being stirred in with a wooden spoon.

How To Make Cottage Cheese Oatmeal

Adding cottage cheese to your morning oats is so easy! You can cook your oatmeal however you would like (stovetop or microwave) and then simply stir in cottage cheese after cooking!

For this particular recipe, I made my base stovetop oatmeal recipe with rolled oats, banana, sea salt and water. Heat over medium-high heat until liquid has been absorbed and the texture is the way you like your oats. Remove the oatmeal from the heat and stir in the cottage cheese. Start with just a 1/4 cup and add more if you’d like. It does slightly change the flavor, but it also makes the oatmeal extra creamy. I love it!

One tip: don’t add the cottage cheese before cooking your oats. The consistency gets weird! It’s much better stirred in after the oats have cooked.

What Type of Cottage Cheese to Use?

The type of cottage cheese you use is up to personal preference. I personally like to use organic dairy products free from antibiotics and hormones (like rbST). If you’re looking for good organic cottage cheese brands I recommend Organic Valley and Nancy’s. I also like Friendship Diaries no salt added, small curd 1% cottage cheese (in the red container). Cottage cheese tends to be really high in sodium so I like that this variety is a little lower than your typical brands. Unfortunately, this brand isn’t organic.

Pot of oatmeal with cottage cheese stirred in with a spoon.

Once you’ve added the cottage cheese to your oatmeal, simply finish things off by transferring the oats to a bowl and add your favorite toppings. This is where you’ll want to think about adding those healthy fats in. For this bowl I used a drizzle of peanut butter, flaxseed, sliced almonds and coconut flakes to add those healthy fats!

Bowl of cottage cheese protein oatmeal topped with sliced almonds, coconut flakes, banana, flax seeds and peanut butter.

If you make this cottage cheese oatmeal, please be sure to leave a comment and star rating below letting me know how it turns out. Your feedback is so helpful for the EBF team and other EBF readers.

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Cottage cheese oatmeal topped with almond slices, coconut flakes, banana slices, and drizzled with nut butter.

Cottage Cheese Oatmeal

  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1


Looking to add protein to your morning bowl of oats? Try adding cottage cheese to your oats. It makes them extra creamy and adds a huge boost of protein!


  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2  banana, sliced (optional)*
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 1/4 cup water, milk or a blend of both
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon + 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
  • 1/4 cup cottage cheese + more if you’d like


  1. Add oats, banana slices and sea salt to a pot. Add water/milk and stir to combine. Add cinnamon and vanilla, if using. Heat over medium-high heat for 8-10 minutes or until all the liquid has been absorbed. Be sure to stir the oats several times while cooking to make sure the banana slices melt into the oats. You’ll know the oatmeal is done when all the liquid is absorbed and the oats are thick and fluffy.
  2. Remove oats from the heat and stir in cottage cheese. Start with 1/4 cup and add more if you’d like.  Transfer oats to a bowl and top with your favorite oatmeal toppings. I used flaxseed, peanut butter, banana slices, almond slices and coconut flakes.


  • You don’t have to cook the oats with a banana, but I like the sweetness it adds. Instead of the banana you could add another natural sweetener to sweeten the oats. Some options: maple syrup, honey, coconut sugar or even stevia.
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 255
  • Sugar: 10g
  • Fat: 3g
  • Carbohydrates: 47g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Protein: 12g

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    1. matt
      February 4, 2021 AT 10:49 am

      Love your recipes! Thank you for your hard work and excellent resources! Curious, I was to add more protein in the form of a whey protein powder, where would I introduce the powder? During the cooking pahes, or after the oats are cooked and blend in the powder along with the cottage cheese? Thanks!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 5, 2021 AT 2:26 pm

        Thanks, Matt! I do have an oatmeal that calls for protein powder and I add it at the very end, so that’s what I would recommend here too.

    2. Melinda Muyargas
      September 23, 2020 AT 11:35 am

      This was yummy! I’ve never had cottage cheese before in my life, but I got a 5 lb tub for free so I’ve been searching for recipes. This was very good, thanks!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 23, 2020 AT 2:44 pm

        Oh yay! So glad you enjoyed this recipe, Melinda. Thanks for giving it a try and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. <3

    3. Alexandria
      July 21, 2020 AT 12:29 pm

      I made this this morning and I was pleasantly surprised! I am definitely throwing this in my breakfast rotation from now on.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 22, 2020 AT 12:23 am

        Ahh yay! So glad you enjoyed this recipe, Alexandria. 🙂 Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I really appreciate it.

    4. Irene J. Lyles
      June 25, 2020 AT 7:05 am

      I really enjoyed this. I love oatmeal and noticed my stomach would hurt after eating microwaved instant Quakers, so I thought I’d try this; plus the added protein is great for my growing teenager! I followed your recipe and added 43 grams of unfiltered raw honey, 2 ounces of strawberries, and half of a banana. It was a hit! 392 calories for this meal! Perfect for my run days.Thank you for sharing it! P.S. No stomach pain afterwards!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 25, 2020 AT 11:45 pm

        Ahh yay!! So glad you’re loving this recipe and that it doesn’t give you stomach pains!! Thanks for giving my recipe a try and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I appreciate it.

    5. Lauren
      April 2, 2020 AT 1:51 pm

      Can this be made ahead of time/ refrigerate and then reheat in the morning or eat cold?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 2, 2020 AT 11:26 pm

        Hey Lauren! I think that would work just fine! 🙂

    6. Judy
      August 3, 2019 AT 9:01 am

      I haven’t tried this yet, but I know it’s going to be great! How do u get the peanut butter to spread so nicely on top? My natural peanut butter is very thick. Thanks for all your awesome recipes. This is my favorite foodie website!

    7. Brennan
      April 20, 2019 AT 8:33 pm

      Do you wait til yours oats are fully chilled before added cottage cheese?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 20, 2019 AT 10:55 pm

        Great question. You don’t need to wait for the oats to chill before stirring in the cottage cheese. You just remove the pot from the heat and stir the cottage cheese in right before serving. 🙂

    8. Cindy
      April 13, 2019 AT 4:24 am

      I’m not a fan of cottage cheese. I add walnuts to my oatmeal for extra protein and I like the crunch.

    9. Maribeth
      April 12, 2019 AT 9:44 am

      Have you ever tried Good Culture cottage cheese? It’s amazing… I crave it.

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