Cottage cheese with fruit is the perfect healthy breakfast or snack, with a creamy texture and delicious natural flavors to boot. The combination of creamy cottage cheese, fresh fruit, keto granola, and a touch of sweetness makes this easy recipe a great choice for those seeking out tasty eats that are both high protein and low carb.
This might just be the easiest breakfast to make, which is exactly why I wanted to share it! Cottage cheese and fruit bowls are a go-to when I want something equally fresh, filling and quick to throw together.
Cottage cheese is the star of this dish and deserves the spotlight.
Despite its reputation, it has made an epic comeback and I'm here for it! It's not only super tasty but full of essential nutrients like calcium, vitamin B12, potassium, phosphorous, selenium, and vitamin A.
I love its versatility and I think it's making a comeback since it's very similar to Greek yogurt (with even more grams of protein per serving). Plus, you can enjoy it sweet or savory (have you tried my Savory Whipped Cottage Cheese Dip?).
This cottage cheese with fruit recipe only requires a few super simple steps: grab your serving bowls and assemble a layer of cottage cheese, low-carb granola (or chopped nuts), and top with fresh berries.
It'll be your new favorite way to get your fruit fix!
why this recipe works
It can be tough to find foods that satisfy your sweet tooth without encountering a bunch of unnecessary added sugars and carbs.
These cottage cheese breakfast bowls are a fantastic way to lower your carb count, increase your protein intake, and enjoy the natural sweetness you crave when you're limiting sugar (been there).
Cottage cheese is a great option because it has a high protein content in comparison to yogurt.
The fresh berries give it a natural sweetness and contain lower amounts of sugar and carbs than other fruits. You also have the option to add honey or your favorite sugar-free sweetener to your cottage cheese bowl for extra sweetness.
And, of course, we can't forget about the granola! Granola diversifies the texture of this healthy breakfast making it oh-so crunchy and delicious.
You can buy your favorite keto-friendly granola from the store, or make your own homemade granola if you so wish! The world is your bowl of cottage cheese and fruit, if you will.
My cottage cheese and fruit bowls are:
- A delicious breakfast, healthy lunch or light snack that is nutritious and will help you meet your macros.
- Easily customizable to fit your needs.
- A simple way to refuel without worrying about carbs or sugar.
- Perfect for those busy mornings when you need to be out the door in a hurry.
ingredients for cottage cheese with fruit
Here's a look at all the ingredients you will need to make cottage cheese with fruit bowls.
Modify this list however you like- the great thing about this "recipe" is you can truly make it your own!
Top it with your favorite fruit, add nuts or chia seeds for crunch, add a drizzle of maple syrup or agave nectar or blend the cottage cheese first to give it a creamy, whipped texture.
Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page for the full ingredient amounts in the printable recipe card.
- Full-fat cottage cheese. This creamy cottage cheese pairs with the berries and granola deliciously. I prefer full-fat over low-fat cottage cheese and I personally love the ingredients/macros in Good Culture.
- Berries or fruit of choice. I like to use fresh blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, or blackberries. Stone fruits, like fresh peaches and plums are also delicious toppings when they're in season! (The bowls pictured have a few slices of juicy plumcots.)
- Keto granola or chopped nuts. Gives this cottage cheese and fruit a satisfying crunch.
- Honey (optional). A light drizzle of honey adds an extra touch of sweetness and rich flavor to the bowls. You can substitute honey with liquid monk fruit drops or allulose if you want a more keto-friendly option.
- Chia seeds (optional). This superfood adds an extra boost of nutrition.
Sweetener substitutes: Liquid allulose, pure monk fruit drops, stevia drops, or my sugar-free simple syrup all work well, too, if you're looking for a keto-friendly sweetener. You can use other all-natural sweeteners, like maple syrup or agave, but keep in mind that will increase the amount of sugar.
Other mix-ins: Try out different flavors by adding toppings like unsweetened coconut flakes and nut butters.
super simple cottage cheese fruit bowls
The best thing about this cottage cheese and fruit recipe is that all you have to do is layer everything up in a bowl and serve!
It's easy, crunchy, sweet, and a delicious breakfast, lunch, or snack that you can whip up in a matter of minutes.
Here's a look at the steps required but be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page to view the full recipe card.
If desired, mix the cottage cheese with honey or sugar-free sweetener of choice. Portion the cottage cheese into two bowls. Rinse and dry your fresh fruit, then slice if needed.
Top the cottage cheese with your favorite kind of granola, then add the berries/fruit layer.
Finish off with a drizzle of honey and a sprinkle of chia seeds on top (optional). Enjoy!
tips for the best results
- Fruit selections can be modified based on your own macro goals.
- Make sure to sweeten the cottage cheese to your own taste preference. Monk fruit and stevia are ultra-concentrated, and a little bit goes a long way. If using liquid allulose or my keto simple syrup, you may need more than 1 tablespoon. Simply stir it into the cottage cheese before adding all the toppings.
- To keep this low-glycemic, choose berries over higher-sugar fruits. If you don't have fresh berries, frozen berries are a great option too! Let them defrost for 5-10 minutes before assembling your cottage cheese and fruit breakfast bowl.
- If you don’t like the texture of cottage cheese, you can try making your own whipped cottage cheese! For a blended/whipped cottage cheese, add cottage cheese to a blender or food processor and add sweetener to taste. Blend/process until the curds break down and the cottage cheese is smooth and creamy.
- Store leftovers in an airtight container separately, with the fruit and cottage cheese stored in the fridge
what to serve with cottage cheese and fruit
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- 1-½ cups full-fat cottage cheese
- ½ cup keto-friendly granola, grain-free granola or chopped nuts of choice
- ½-¾ cups berries (I like strawberries, blueberries, raspberries or blackberries)
- 1 tablespoon honey, divided (optional) *see notes for substitutes
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds (optional)
- Divide the cottage cheese between two bowls.
- Top the cottage cheese with the grain-free granola and berries (or fruit of choice).
- Drizzle the honey on top and sprinkle with the chia seeds. Serve and enjoy immediately!
- For a more keto-friendly sweetener option, you can substitute the honey for liquid allulose or a sugar-free maple syrup. To sweeten the cottage cheese bowls with pure monk fruit drops, stevia drops, or my sugar-free simple syrup, I recommend mixing the sweetener into the cottage cheese first and adding it to taste. Monk fruit and stevia are ultra-concentrated, and a little bit goes a long way.
- Other mix-ins and toppings include unsweetened coconut flakes, nuts, and nut butters.
- To keep this low glycemic, choose berries over high-sugar fruits. Feel free to modify however you like!
whipped cottage cheese
- For a blended/whipped cottage cheese, add cottage cheese to a blender or food processor and add sweetener to taste. Blend/process until the curds break down and the cottage cheese is smooth and creamy (a consistency similar to yogurt).
- Store leftovers in an airtight container separately, with the fruit and cottage cheese stored in the fridge.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 322Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 371mgCarbohydrates: 24gNet Carbohydrates: 19gFiber: 5gSugar: 14gProtein: 15g
This nutritional information is approximate and is provided for convenience as a courtesy.