Cottage Cheese Ice Cream

cottage cheese ice cream
cottage cheese ice cream

You only need 4 simple ingredients to make this viral cottage cheese ice cream! It’s super creamy, thick, and packed with over 20 grams of protein!

Cottage cheese ice cream has taken the internet by storm, thanks to Lainie Cooks on TikTok. After seeing so many people make and love it, I knew I had to share the recipe on the Takeout Food blog!

Scoops of cottage cheese ice cream in a bowl served with a spoon.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It’s a high-protein dessert or snack that’s packed with over 20 grams of protein per serving!
  • It comes together quickly with just 4 simple ingredients!
  • No ice cream maker required!
  • Can easily be customized to make your favorite ice cream flavor.

Ingredients for cottage cheese ice cream: honey, cottage cheese, chocolate chips and peanut butter.

Ingredients Needed

  • Cottage cheese – the key component of this recipe, providing a creamy texture and rich flavor with plenty of protein.
  • Honey – for the sweetener, we’re using honey, which pairs nicely with the cottage cheese. Feel free to swap it with maple syrup or your preferred liquid sweetener.
  • Peanut butter – brings a nutty flavor and adds a touch more protein to this recipe. You can use almond butter or any nut/seed butter of choice if you have a peanut allergy or aren’t a fan of peanut butter.
  • Chocolate chips – a delicious addition that adds some crunch and chocolatey goodness to the ice cream.

Blended cottage cheese ice cream in a food processor.

How to Make

  1. Blend: Add cottage cheese, honey, and peanut butter to a food processor or high-speed blender. Pulse/process until smooth and creamy. Stir in chocolate chips.
  2. Freeze: Transfer the cottage cheese ice cream mixture back into the cottage cheese container or a loaf pan. Place it in the freezer for about 4 hours, or until hard.
  3. Serve: Remove from the freezer and let thaw for 5-10 minutes, just until you can easily scoop it. Use an ice cream scoop to scoop into bowls and enjoy.

Scoops of cottage cheese ice cream in a bowl served with a spoon.

How to Serve

  • In a bowl or cone: Scoop the ice cream into a bowl or an ice cream cone and enjoy it as you would with any other ice cream.
  • Toppings: Get creative with your favorite toppings, such as fresh fruit, chopped nuts, granola, or a drizzle of honey or chocolate sauce.
  • Parfait-style: Layer the ice cream with fresh fruit, yogurt, or whipped cream for a delicious and visually appealing treat.
  • Sandwich: Place a scoop of the ice cream between two cookies or waffles for a fun and satisfying dessert.

Ice cream scoop scooping cottage cheese ice cream from loaf pan.

Flavor Variations

There are so many ways to get creative with this cottage cheese ice cream and create different flavors. Here are some ideas to get you started.

  • Chocolate: Add in 1/2-1 tablespoon of cacao powder or cocoa powder plus the chocolate chips or cacao nibs for a chocolatey treat!
  • Fruity: Blend in your favorite frozen fruit, such as strawberries, blueberries, bananas, mango, or peaches for a fruity twist. You could also add a swirl of your favorite jam or strawberry chia jam!
  • Nutty: Swap the chocolate chips for chopped nuts like almonds, pecans, walnuts, or pistachios.
  • Spiced: Add a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, or pumpkin pie spice for a warm and comforting taste.
  • Coffee: Mix in a shot of espresso or a spoonful of instant coffee powder for a delightful coffee-flavored ice cream.
  • Vanilla: Add vanilla bean paste from 1/2 – 1 vanilla bean pod or vanilla extract for vanilla goodness.
  • Strawberry cheesecake: Add some frozen or fresh strawberries and crushed graham crackers for a delicious strawberry cheesecake combo!

Ice cream scoop scooping cottage cheese ice cream from loaf pan.

How to Store

  • In the freezer: Transfer the cottage cheese ice cream to an airtight container and store it in the freezer for up to 2 weeks. Be sure to cover the surface with a piece of plastic wrap before sealing the container to prevent ice crystals from forming.
  • Thawing: Allow the ice cream to sit at room temperature for about 5-10 minutes before scooping and serving. This will make it easier to scoop and provide a creamier texture.


Q: Can I use low-fat cottage cheese instead of full-fat?
A: Yes, you can use low-fat cottage cheese. However, the full-fat version will yield a creamier texture.

Q: Can I use a different sweetener instead of honey?
A: Absolutely! Feel free to swap the honey with maple syrup or your preferred liquid sweetener.

For more delightful ice cream recipes, be sure to check out our collection of Cottage Cheese Recipes and other Dessert Recipes on Takeout Food.

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