Finding a high-protein, low-carb snack can be a challenge. But this cottage cheese protein pudding is here to help! Packed with protein and containing just a few simple ingredients, it’s an easy and delicious way to fuel your body before or after a workout. Plus, it’s super versatile – you can customize it with your favorite fruits, nuts, and spices.
Macro Breakdown & Calories
- 296 Calories
- Carbohydrates: 30 g
- Protein: 17 g
- Fat: 13 g
This cottage cheese protein pudding is a great source of protein, carbs, and healthy fats.
Protein is essential for building and maintaining muscle mass, while carbs provide energy for working out and repairing muscles.
The healthy fats in this pudding will help to keep you feeling full and satisfied. Plus, the cocoa powder adds a touch of sweetness and flavonoids, which are beneficial antioxidants.
- Cottage cheese: I used low-fat large curd cottage cheese to make this pudding, but any type will work for this recipe. Choose the fat percentage based on your personal needs and keep in mind that the curd size doesn’t matter too much once it’s blended.
- Peanut butter: Adds some healthy fats and a delicious flavor to the pudding. You could also use almond butter, sunflower seed butter, or any other nut or seed butter you like.
- Vanilla extract: Adds flavor and depth of flavor to the pudding. You can use pure vanilla extract, vanilla bean paste, or even vanilla extract powder.
- Honey: A touch of sweetness that balances out the tart cottage cheese and peanut butter.
- Banana: You can either choose to add the banana into the food processor with all of the other ingredients to blend the flavor in, or you can slice it and use it as a topping, instead. I personally like to use a ripe banana in this recipe for sweetness and creaminess
- Cocoa powder: Adds a delicious chocolate flavor to the pudding. You could also use cacao powder or any other type of unsweetened cocoa powder.
How To Make Cottage Cheese Protein Pudding
Add all of the ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth. If you’re using a ripe banana, there won’t be any need for additional liquid – but if your banana is a little green, you may need to add a touch of water or milk until the mixture reaches your desired consistency.
Pour the pudding into a serving dish and top with sliced fruit, nuts, seeds, or any other toppings you like. Serve immediately or store in the fridge for later. Enjoy!
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There are a few ways you can customize this recipe based on your nutritional needs.
For example, while cottage cheese is the base and the main source of protein in this pudding, but you could also use Greek yogurt or silken tofu. All of these options would add around 15-20 grams of protein per cup.
Another way you can customize this recipe is by adding different flavorings.
If you’re not a fan of chocolate, you can omit the cocoa powder and use vanilla extract, cinnamon, or another spice.
Or if you’re looking for a sweeter pudding, add more honey.
You can even make this a completely vegan recipe by replacing the cottage cheese with silken tofu and the honey with maple syrup.
You can also use different fruits such as blueberries, strawberries, or mango for a unique flavor. I would recommend going for fresh over frozen fruit, though, just because frozen fruit can mess with the texture.
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How To Store & Meal Prep:
If you want to make a larger batch of cottage cheese protein pudding, just double or triple the recipe and store it in an airtight container in the fridge. It should last for about 3-4 days.
You can also meal prep this cottage cheese protein pudding by dividing it into individual servings and freezing them. That way, you can have a healthy snack ready to go whenever you need it. Just let the frozen pudding thaw for a few minutes before enjoying it.
Is Cottage Cheese High In Protein?
Yes, cottage cheese is high in protein. It contains around 15 grams of protein per cup.
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About The Author
Kelsey Butler is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a Master’s in Nutrition Sciences. She is an expert in nutrition research, coaching, content creation, and recipe development. Kelsey takes a mindful approach towards health and values building relationships with all foods. She understands the importance of providing recipes that anyone can enjoy, no matter their dietary needs. When she’s not focusing on nutrition, Kelsey has a passion for cooking, the outdoors, running, and travel.