20 High Protein Cottage Cheese Recipes



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There are so many ways to eat cottage cheese from pancakes and oatmeal to pasta and eggs and I’m sharing 20 healthy cottage cheese recipes that are all delicious and packed with protein!

Cottage cheese has been all the rage this year thanks to a few recipes that went viral, but there are so many different ways to eat cottage cheese.

You can eat it plain, add it to oatmeal for breakfast, make cottage cheese pasta for a protein-packed dinner or make a cottage cheese dip to serve as an appetizer for a party. The options are truly endless and today I’m sharing 20 of my favorite high protein cottage cheese recipes to get you started!

Collage photos of cottage cheese scrambled eggs, cottage cheese bark, cottage cheese pasta and cottage cheese ice cream.

Is Cottage Cheese Healthy?

Yes! Cottage cheese is an excellent source of protein, calcium, vitamin B and other essential nutrients. It’s also relatively low in calories and carbs. To put things in perspective, one half cup of 4% whole milk cottage cheese is packed with about 14 grams of protein, 100 calories and only 3 carbs. It’s an excellent ingredient to incorporate into your diet especially if you’re looking to amp up your protein count.

What Type of Cottage Cheese is Best 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 Good Culture cottage cheese, 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.

Cottage Cheese Recipes

Here are 20 of my favorite cottage cheese recipes that are healthy, protein-packed and absolutely delicious. Enjoy!

A large stack of cottage cheese pancakes on a plate with maple syrup topped with fresh blueberries and blackberries.
4.82 from 22 votes

Cottage Cheese Pancakes

These cottage cheese pancakes are soft, fluffy and packed with over 20 grams of protein per serving. Plus, they're kid-approved and easy to make with only 7 simple ingredients.
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Two mason jars with cottage cheese overnight oats with metal spoons and topped with fresh berries.
5 from 7 votes

Cottage Cheese Overnight Oats

These cottage cheese overnight oats taste like dessert, but are packed with over 20 grams of protein. They're easy to make, perfect for meal prep and easily customizable. 
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Two mason jars with strawberry cheesecake overnight oats topped with fresh strawberries.
4.89 from 9 votes

Strawberry Cheesecake Overnight Oats

These strawberry cheesecake overnight oats are rich, creamy and taste like you're having a slice of cheesecake but in oatmeal form. They're gluten-free, easy to make and perfect for meal prep!
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A spoon in a white bowl of cottage cheese cookie dough.
4.95 from 72 votes

Cottage Cheese Cookie Dough

This edible cottage cheese cookie dough is the ultimate protein-packed dessert! It's gluten-free, egg-free, naturally sweetened and comes together in just 10 minutes with 7 simple ingredients. 
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Cottage cheese chocolate chip cookies on a metal cooling rack.
4.72 from 81 votes

Cottage Cheese Cookies

These high protein cottage cheese cookies are soft, chewy and made with only 7 ingredients. They're gluten-free, egg-free, low sugar and have 8 grams of protein per cookie.
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Two cottage cheese smoothies topped with fresh raspberries.
5 from 17 votes

Cottage Cheese Smoothie

This cottage cheese smoothie is thick, creamy and tastes like dessert. Plus, it's packed with over 17 grams of protein. No protein powder needed!
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Frozen cottage cheese bark with dark chocolate and granola cut into squares and served on a white plate.
4.91 from 22 votes

Frozen Cottage Cheese Bark

This frozen cottage cheese bark with peanut butter, chocolate and granola is the perfect refreshing treat. It's healthy, creamy, easy to whip up and packed with protein.
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Scoops of cottage cheese ice cream in a bowl served with a spoon.
4.92 from 175 votes

Cottage Cheese Ice Cream

You only need 4 simple ingredients to make this viral cottage cheese ice cream! It's super creamy, thick and packed with over 20 grams of protein!
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Cottage cheese oatmeal topped with almond slices, coconut flakes, banana slices, and drizzled with nut butter.
4.40 from 108 votes

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!
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White bowl with cottage cheese and roasted strawberries
4.82 from 11 votes

Roasted Strawberry Cottage Cheese Bowl

This strawberry cottage cheese bowl pairs roasted strawberries with cottage cheese for a delicious, protein-packed breakfast or snack.
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Stack of banana chocolate chip pancakes topped with banana slices and maple syrup.
4.50 from 57 votes

Banana Cottage Cheese Pancakes

These healthy cottage cheese pancakes are made with banana, oats, cottage cheese and egg whites. They're packed with protein and insanely filling.
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Five apple pancakes stacked on one another on a white plate with diced apples and maple syrup on top.
4.77 from 30 votes

Healthy Apple Pancakes

Healthy apple pancakes made with oats and cottage cheese. They taste decadent, but are packed with protein and fiber. 
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Stack of pumpkin pancakes, drizzled with peanut butter and maple syrup, with a bite taken out of the stack.
4.65 from 42 votes

Healthy Pumpkin Pancakes

Healthy pumpkin pancakes made with oats and cottage cheese. Full of pumpkin spice flavor and packed with protein and fiber, these pancakes are the perfect way to fuel a fall morning!
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Cottage cheese pasta garnished with fresh basil and parmesan cheese in a bowl.
4.97 from 29 votes

Creamy Cottage Cheese Pasta

This high-protein cottage cheese pasta combines ground turkey and pasta with a creamy cottage cheese marinara sauce. It comes together in less than 30 minutes for a quick weeknight meal that the whole family will love!
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Whipped cottage cheese spread across a plate with a drizzle of olive oil and crushed red pepper.
5 from 2 votes

Whipped Cottage Cheese

This whipped cottage cheese dip comes together in about 5 minutes with only one ingredient. It's creamy, tangy, packed with protein and delicious served as an appetizer or snack with pita chips and fresh veggies.
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Hot honey whipped cottage cheese in a shallow bowl topped with with a drizzle of hot honey, olive oil, crack of black pepper, fresh basil and chopped pistachios. There are two pita chips in the bowl.
5 from 8 votes

Hot Honey Whipped Cottage Cheese Dip

This hot honey whipped cottage cheese dip combines tangy cottage cheese with spicy sweet honey, pistachios and fresh basil. It's the perfect balance of sweet and savory and makes for an easy but impressive appetizer that everyone will love!
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Cottage cheese eggs garnished with chives on a plate with toast and a salad with greens and cherry tomatoes.
5 from 13 votes

Cottage Cheese Scrambled Eggs

These cottage cheese eggs are a great way to switch up your morning breakfast! They're super easy to make and result in fluffy, creamy eggs that are high in protein.
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A cottage cheese salad with cucumber, tomatoes, seasoning, and fresh herbs in a large bowl.
5 from 22 votes

Cottage Cheese Salad

This cottage cheese salad combines fresh veggies and herbs with cottage cheese for a simple, yet flavorful salad that's low in calories, but packed with 29 grams of protein.
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Healthy buffalo chicken dip.
5 from 5 votes

Healthy Buffalo Chicken Dip

This healthy buffalo chicken dip is the perfect game day appetizer and sure to be a crowd favorite. It's made lighter with Greek yogurt and cottage cheese, but is still creamy, spicy and absolutely delicious.
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A dish of healthy spinach artichoke dip with chips.
5 from 15 votes

Healthy Spinach Artichoke Dip

This healthy spinach artichoke dip is made with Greek yogurt, cottage cheese and avocado mayo. It's lighter, super creamy and delicious served as an appetizer with tortilla chips or bread.
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20 High Protein Cottage Cheese Recipes + Cottage Cheese Pancakes

There are so many ways to eat cottage cheese from pancakes and oatmeal to pasta and eggs and I'm sharing 20 healthy cottage cheese recipes that are all delicious and packed with protein!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 2


  • ½ cup all-purpose flour, or whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup full fat cottage cheese, I used Good Culture 4%
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup, plus more for topping
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon almond milk, optional


  • Combine flour, baking powder and cinnamon in a medium mixing bowl.
    All the dry ingredients for the cottage cheese pancakes in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add cottage cheese, eggs, maple syrup and vanilla to a blender or food processor and blend until combined and smooth. Alternatively, if you don't have a blender you can whisk your wet ingredients together in a mixing bowl.
    All the wet ingredients for the cottage cheese pancakes in a blender.
  • Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir to combine. If your batter seems too thick add in the almond milk and stir to combine again.
    The wet and dry ingredients for the cottage cheese pancakes combined in a large mixing bowl to create the batter.
  • Heat pan or griddle to low-medium heat and spray with non-stick spray. Once hot, scoop out about a quarter cup of batter at a time and pour onto pan. You may have to use a spoon to spread the batter into a circle shape if your batter is pretty thick. You should be able to make 8 pancakes. Cook until little bubbles form and the edges of the pancakes are solid enough to put a spatula underneath, about 4-5 minutes.
    A cottage cheese pancake is cooked on a cast iron skillet.
  • Flip the pancakes and cook for 2-3 additional minutes.
    A crisp golden, brown, cottage cheese pancake in a cast iron skillet.
  • For serving, place four pancakes on each plate, top with a drizzle of maple syrup and serve with fresh berries or toppings of choice.


Serving: 1/2 recipe (4 pancakes) | Calories: 286kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 194mg | Sodium: 655mg | Potassium: 107mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g

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


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Course: Breakast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cottage cheese pancakes
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