Cottage Cheese Protein Shake

A cottage cheese protein shake, packed with 51g of protein per serving.

The shake is ideal for bodybuilders and gym enthusiasts. It is high in calories, and energy boosting, to power your workouts. 

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Cottage Cheese Protein Shake being poured into a tall glass cup

Cottage Cheese Protein Shake (Bodybuilder’s Choice)

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Boost your workout with the Bodybuilder’s Choice Cottage Cheese Protein Shake. Packed with muscle-building protein for fitness enthusiasts!

  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x


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  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese (unsweetened )
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter (unsweetened)
  • 1 cup frozen mango or pineapple chunks
  • 1 handful of spinach (washed)
  • 1 cup milk (low fat)
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder


  1. Grab a BlendJet, Nutribullet, or a Ninja blender and add the frozen fruit and spinach first, followed by the rest of the ingredients listed.
  2. Process until completely smooth. For about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Serve and enjoy!


*For recipe variations and more, scroll past the recipe!

  • Author: Ella Waterworth
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Category: Smoothie
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free


  • Serving Size: 1 smoothie
  • Calories: 542
  • Sugar: 41g
  • Fat: 8
  • Carbohydrates: 49g
  • Fiber: 4.9g
  • Protein: 51g

Cottage Cheese VS. Yogurt In Shakes

A side shot of a glass cup filled with Cottage Cheese Protein Shake and surrounded by spinach

Should you use yogurt or cottage cheese in your smoothies and shakes?

The answer is, that it very much depends on your goals and taste. 

But, I will break down the pros and cons of each:

Cottage Cheese: Pros

a container of cottage cheese with a spoon in it

Cottage cheese is a fantastic addition to smoothies and shakes for its high protein content.

It’s also rich in calcium, supporting bone health. The creamy texture of cottage cheese can make your drinks thicker and more satisfying.

Finally, it’s a versatile ingredient, blending well with various flavors, from sweet fruits to savory options, and can be a good low-fat alternative to other dairy products.

Cottage Cheese: Cons

The use of cottage cheese in smoothies might not be suitable for everyone.

Its distinctive texture, even when blended, can result in a grainy consistency that some might find unappealing.

The flavor of cottage cheese is somewhat tangy, which can overpower the taste of other ingredients if not balanced properly.

Additionally, cottage cheese is higher in sodium compared to other dairy options like yogurt, which could be a concern for those monitoring their salt intake.

Yogurt: Pros

creamy yogurt in a ceramic bowl

Yogurt is a popular choice in smoothies and shakes for its creamy texture and slightly tart flavor, which can enhance the taste of your drink.

It’s a rich source of probiotics, beneficial for gut health.

Yogurt also provides a good amount of protein and calcium.

Yogurt: Cons

While yogurt offers many benefits, there are some downsides to consider.

Some yogurts, especially flavored varieties, can be high in added sugars, contributing to increased calorie intake.

In comparison to cottage cheese, yogurt generally has a lower protein content.

The tartness of yogurt might not blend well with certain flavors, and its thinner consistency compared to cottage cheese can result in less creamy shakes or smoothies.

Cottage Cheese Protein Shake Benefits

Cottage Cheese Protein Shake being poured into a tall glass cup

This cottage cheese smoothie has many, many benefits.

Some of the main benefits include:

  • High Protein Content: The combination of cottage cheese, peanut butter, milk, and protein powder makes this smoothie a rich source of protein, which is crucial for muscle repair, growth, and overall bodily function.
  • Bone Health: The calcium from cottage cheese, and milk contributes to strong bones and teeth.
  • Rich in Vitamins and Minerals: This smoothie provides a variety of vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin A from spinach and mango, Vitamin C from fruits, and iron from spinach.
  • Fiber Benefits: The fiber from the spinach and fruit aids in digestion.
  • Healthy Fats: Peanut butter adds healthy fats to the smoothie, which are essential for brain health and can help keep you satisfied.
  • Immune System Support: The Vitamin C from the fruits,  helps support the immune system.
  • Energy Boost: The natural sugars in the fruit provide a quick source of energy, making this smoothie a great option for breakfast or a pre-workout snack.
  • Antioxidant Properties: Both spinach and mango contain antioxidants, which help combat oxidative stress in the body.

Some other cottage cheese smoothie recipes of mine you should try also include: cottage cheese smoothie bowl, and chocolate cottage cheese smoothie.

All of which are also packed with many benefits!

cottage cheese green smoothie surrounded by spinach and fresh mango

Recipe Variations

This cottage cheese protein smoothie can easily be customized to suit your preferences and dietary requirements.

I tested several variations which worked well.

Some of  these you could try include:

  1. No Protein Powder Version: For a no-protein powder shake, use 1 cup instead of 1/2 cup of cottage cheese. Simply do not add the protein powder listed in the recipe.
  2. Antioxidant Berry Power: Adding berries like strawberries or blueberries to your cottage cheese smoothie can enhance the smoothie’s taste and add more fiber and nutrients to the shake.
  3. Cinnamon Spice Touch: Sprinkle in 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg. These spices not only add a warming flavor but also have anti-inflammatory properties.
  4. Nut-Free Variation: Not many people like nuts, or can eat nuts. You can swap the peanut butter for either 1/4 avocado, or 1 tablespoon of sunflower seed butter.

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Ella Waterworth
Ella Waterworth

Founder & Recipe Developer at Smoothies N Cookies

Ella Waterworth is the founder of Smoothies N Cookies and she is a professional smoothie recipe creator. She gained extensive knowledge of creating smoothies by working for Smoothie King for several years.

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