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14 Best Cottage Cheese Snacks (Sweet & Savoury)

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Whenever I need a quick pre-lunch treat or light breakfast, I turn to these delicious cottage cheese snacks!

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Dairy products are a great source of protein, calcium, vitamins A and B12. So a cottage cheese snack can fit well into many healthy meal plans.

And I’m ALWAYS looking for my next protein hit!

If you want to reduce the amount of fat in your snacks, a one-cup serving of low fat cottage cheese contains only 5 grams of fat. It’s a great option for weight loss diets!

Have fun scrolling through these easy cottage cheese snacks! #3 takes only three minutes to prep!

Cottage cheese is a super versatile ingredient so you can enjoy it sweet, savoury and simply on its own. Also free to explore some Indian flavours with paneer recipes at the end of the list (paneer is a great component of many keto Indian recipes too).

Sweet snacks

1. Cottage Cheese Cheesecake

Check out the recipe here
4.25 from 8 votes
Protein: 12g
Calories: 205kcal
Ready in:2 hours 45 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: lovely crunchy, crumbly base

Now you really can have your cake and eat it with this healthy high protein cheesecake. Low on sugar but not low on yum!

2. Blueberry Banana Protein Smoothie

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4.78 from 63 votes
Protein: 27g
Calories: 506kcal
Ready in:5 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: tastes like cheesecake

A superior blueberry and banana smoothie with cottage cheese – a huge protein kick! Try it, love it. And thank us later.

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3. Cottage Cheese with Sweetener

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5 from 4 votes
Protein: 11g
Calories: 121kcal
Ready in:3 minutes

Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp
Bonus: a tasty treat

Combine cottage cheese with maple syrup for a great snack with 11 grams of protein and only 121 calories! It’s my favorite way to snack to save time.

4. Cheese Dip With Nutmeg Chips

Protein: 16g
Calories: 180kcal
Ready in: 16 minutes
Recipe by: PlantBasedWithAmy
Bonus: plenty of filling fiber and protein

Here’s a sweet snack you can also enjoy as dessert. Enjoy this cottage cheese dip recipe with sweet nutmeg chips.

5. Cottage Cheese Smoothie

Protein: 15.9g
Calories: 270kcal
Ready in: 5 minutes
Recipe by: IHeartVegetables
Bonus: silky smooth and nutritious

This strawberry banana smoothie is made with cottage cheese for a uniquely creamy texture! It’s packed with protein and it’s a deliciously filling breakfast for busy days. If you like this, you’ll love our homemade strawberry popsicle – like a frozen smoothie!

6. Cantaloupe with Cottage Cheese & Mint

Ready in: 10 minutes
Recipe by: ArtOfNaturalLiving
Bonus: kid-friendly, delicious and healthy snack or breakfast

Cantaloupe with Cottage Cheese and Mint is a creamy, salty taste sensation. With the mint drizzle, it’s even perfect for company brunch.

7. Orange Coconut Parfait

Protein: 14g
Calories: 400kcal
Ready in: 5 minutes
Recipe by: PlantBasedWithAmy
Bonus: just a few ingredients, you can try different flavors and topping ideas

Ready for a delicious orange coconut parfait? This one takes just minutes to make and is loaded with protein!

Savoury snacks

8. Avocado Toast with Cottage Cheese

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4.93 from 13 votes
Protein: 17g
Calories: 352kcal
Ready in:5 minutes
Recipe by: Hauke

Bonus: tons of nutritional benefits

Avocado Toast with a creamy, cheesy twist! Cottage cheese is the perfect partner to mashed avocado and makes lunch healthy and tasty. Why not try it right away? 😉

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Prep Time:5 minutes
Total Time:5 minutes
Servings:1 servings
Author: Hauke


  • 1 slice wholegrain bread (ideally whole grain)
  • ½ medium avocado
  • 1 tsp lemon (juice)
  • 2 tbsp low fat cottage cheese (or use regular*)
  • 1 spring onions
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste


  • Mash your avocado, add salt and lemon.
    ½ medium avocado, Salt to taste, 1 tsp lemon
  • Add a layer of cottage cheese on the toast.
    2 tbsp low fat cottage cheese, 1 slice wholegrain bread
  • Garnish with chopped green onion and fresh pepper.
    1 spring onions, Black pepper to taste
  • Awe-inspiring! 🙂


*nutritional notes: we’ve used low fat cottage cheese in this recipe to save a few calories and a little fat, though naturally regular cottage cheese works wonderfully in this recipe too.
Here are some more recipes that you may enjoy:
A vegan alternative Avocado Toast with Radish
A different twist Tomato Avocado Toast
A vegetarian classic The Ultimate Avocado Sandwich
Protein packed Bicep Buster Baked Potato
New and exciting Chickpea Pancakes
Super healthy Avocado Chickpea Salad
Smooth and creamy Avocado Salad Dressing
Quick and delicious Manc Special Baked Potato


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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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9. Ranch Dip and Veggies

Protein: 4g
Calories: 43kcal
Ready in: 15 minutes
Recipe by: HealthySeasonalRecipes
Bonus: you can make it ahead and keep leftovers

This easy healthy Ranch Dip and Veggies is super easy and makes a quick and crowd-pleasing appetizer with pureed fat-free cottage cheese. It is also super for a snack.

10. Instant Pot Egg Bites

Protein: 13g
Calories: 166kcal
Ready in: 25 minutes
Recipe by: RecipesFromAPantry
Bonus: suitable for gluten-free, low carb and keto diets

This recipe for Instant Pot Egg Bites is such a great breakfast and meal prep solution (a great egg recipe for brunch and lunch!). You will looooove how easy it is to make perfectly light, fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth egg bites.

11. Cottage Cheese Breakfast Bowl

Protein: 19g
Calories: 371kcal
Ready in: 5 minutes
Recipe by: TheAlmondEater
Bonus: easy to customize with different toppings

This Cottage Cheese Breakfast Bowl is made with cottage cheese and the toppings of your choice. You can make this savory or sweet, and both ways are a delicious and healthy way to start the day or an excellent afternoon snack.

12. 5-Minute Healthy Cottage Cheese Dip

Ready in: 5 minutes
Recipe by: WalderWellness
Bonus: super quick to make, great for making in advance

This savory cottage cheese dip is made with fresh herbs, like chives and parsley. It’s quick, easy, healthy and perfect for serving with vegetables or crackers.

Paneer / Indian cottage cheese recipes

13. Paneer Tikka

Protein: 13g
Calories: 308kcal
Ready in: 20 minutes
Recipe by: EasyIndianCookBook
Bonus: air fryer, stovetop, and oven instructions

Cubes of paneer and vegetables, crunchy & crumbly on the outside, soft & juicy inside is so so good. Paneer tikka is a vegetarian alternative to the very popular chicken tikka. It is very easy to make and can be served as an appetizer at parties and gatherings.

14. Oats Paneer Cutlet

Protein: 4g
Calories: 121kcal
Ready in: 30 minutes
Recipe by: EasyIndianCookBook
Bonus: great for kids’ lunchboxes or make-ahead party appetisers

Paneer oats cutlet is an easy-to-make snack that is packed with flavors. Also called oats tikki, they are basically patties made with cottage cheese, oats, potatoes, and spices. These oatmeal patties are great to build a delicious vegetarian burger.

Cottage cheese snacks FAQs

A fan of the taste of cottage cheese? Here’s more info to prove how good it is!

Is cottage cheese a healthy snack?

Yes, cottage cheese is among the healthiest snacks you can eat.

It’s an excellent source of calcium and protein which contribute to a better metabolism. A cup of low fat cheese has 24 grams of protein that can help build muscle and satisfy people who exercise.

It also has fewer calories than other cheeses making it a great product for weight loss and weight maintenance (read more about healthy weight maintenance here).

If you’re interested in losing weight, check out our free 7-day vegetarian weight loss meal plan for more delicious snack ideas.

If you want to focus on protein-packed meals for building muscle and toning up, this high protein vegetarian meal plan is worth a shot!

What mixes well with cottage cheese?

Cottage cheese mixes well with chopped bananas, peaches, apples, berries, nuts, and chia seeds to make really tasty sweet treats. Cinnamon is a great addition!

You can also take the savory route by adding vegetables of choice sprinkled with black pepper and chopped chives. Just like this savory cottage cheese bowl.

If you don’t feel happy about cooking a lot, you can serve about half a cup of cottage cheese with some simple sweet or savory toppings like a drizzle of honey, maple syrup, lemon juice, sour cream, olive oil or whatever tastes right for you.

Is cottage cheese a good nighttime snack?

Cottage cheese is a perfect idea for a nighttime snack. It contains casein protein that releases into the bloodstream slower than other proteins so that hunger doesn’t disturb your sleep.

Cottage cheese also has tryptophan, an essential amino acid that helps produce melatonin, a hormone that plays a role in sleep.

All things considered, you can eat cottage cheese anytime but be aware that it’s bad for people with lactose intolerance and dairy allergy.

Hope you found something to your taste! Share your thoughts about these cottage cheese snacks in the comments  (and then why don’t you try some of our other cottage cheese recipes)


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