Creamy thick cottage cheese smoothie, made with no banana, and no protein powders!
It’s a clean healthy drink, that tastes like dessert and packs an incredible amount of protein (18g per serving).Print
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1/3 cup frozen pineapple chunks
- 1/3 cup cottage cheese (unsweetened)
- 1/2 cup of milk (low-fat)
- 1 tbsp peanut butter (unsweetened)
- 1/3 tsp vanilla extract
- Add all the ingredients to your blender jug, starting with the frozen fruit first, followed by the rest of the ingredients.
- Process until completely smooth. For about 2-3 minutes.
- Serve and enjoy!
*For recipe tips, smoothie variations, and more, scroll past the recipe!
- Prep Time: 3 minutes
- Cook Time: 2 minutes
- Category: Smoothie
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Vegetarian
- Serving Size: 1 smoothie
- Calories: 282
- Sugar: 21g
- Fat: 10g
- Carbohydrates: 30g
- Fiber: 5.1g
- Protein: 18g
Blender Suitability For The Recipe
Before you start making this smoothie, take a look at the blender’s suitability for this smoothie recipe.
I tested 8 different blenders, only one of which wasn’t compatible.
Blender models not listed in the list above are blenders I have not personally tested with this recipe.
This means I cannot guarantee that the recipe will work with blenders not listed above.
Cottage Cheese Smoothie Benefits
This high protein cottage cheese smoothie is not just delicious, but it also contains numerous benefits too.
From bursting with vitamins from both the strawberries and pineapple to containing high amounts of protein from the peanut butter and cottage cheese.
The full list of benefits of this cottage cheese smoothie includes:
- Rich in Protein: Cottage cheese and peanut butter provide a good source of protein, without the need for high processed protein powders.
- High in Vitamins and Antioxidants: Strawberries and pineapple are loaded with Vitamin C and antioxidants, which support immune health and combat oxidative stress.
- Good for Bone Health: The calcium in milk and cottage cheese contributes to strong bones and teeth.
- Heart-Healthy Fats: Unsweetened peanut butter provides healthy fats, which are beneficial for heart health and can help with satiety.
- Digestive Health: The fiber in strawberries and pineapple aids digestion and promotes gut health. Pineapple also contains a digestive enzyme called bromelain.
- Low in Added Sugars: By using unsweetened cottage cheese and peanut butter, makes this smoothie relatively low in sugar.
- Energy Boosting: The combination of natural sugars from fruits and the sustained energy from protein and fats make this smoothie a great energy booster, especially as a breakfast option or pre-workout snack.
You can use some of your leftover cottage cheese, by trying some of my other nutrient-dense cottage cheese smoothie recipes.
Cottage cheese might not be the most palatable food on its own, but it blends so well with various ingredients.
And for that reason, there are multiple different variations you could try.
If a strawberry cottage cheese smoothie isn’t something you fancy right now, you could swap the berries for many other fruits.
Some tested variations you could try include:
- Add More Protein: You can increase the protein content more, without using protein powders. Simply use 1 cup of cottage cheese, and reduce the milk to 1/4 cup instead of 1/2 cup.
- High Calorie Tropical Variation: Swap the dairy milk with full fat coconut milk, for a delightfully, thick satisfying tropical blend.
- Nut-Free Version: Swap the peanut butter for 1/4 avocado. The avocado will provide richness and thickness just like the peanut butter would.
- Don’t Have Vanilla Extract? Use vanilla-flavored almond milk instead of dairy milk and vanilla extract as listed in the recipe.
- Boost With Greens: Spinach works very well with berries and cottage cheese. Incorporate a handful of leafy greens, like kale or spinach.
- Swap The Fruits: You can swap the raspberries for another berry, preferably frozen. The pineapple can be swapped for mango, papaya, and banana if you don’t avoid it.
Cottage Cheese Smoothie FAQs:
I did receive numerous questions regarding the smoothie, which I think future readers could find useful.
Some of the most popular questions from the community included:
Is This Cottage Cheese Smoothie Good For Weight Loss?
The smoothie is suitable for people who are trying to lose weight, thanks to its low calorie content, and high amount of protein per serving, aiding in satiety.
Can I Add Protein Powder To The Smoothie?
Yes, you can absolutely add protein powder. If you are not avoiding protein powder, adding a scoop can help increase the protein content in the smoothie.
When Is The Best Time To Drink This Smoothie?
For breakfast! I love drinking this cottage cheese smoothie for breakfast, and sometimes before going to the gym.