Strawberry Banana Cottage Cheese Smoothie (High Protein)

This thick and creamy, easy cottage cheese smoothie is blended smooth with cottage cheese, frozen strawberries, banana, almond milk and honey for a high-protein, sweet shake. It’s simple, delicious and nutrient-packed for a quick snack or breakfast.

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A 16 oz mason jar filled with strawberry cottage cheese smoothie with a stainless steel straw.

Why You’ll Love it

Cottage cheese is taking the recipe world by storm because of its creamy, mild flavor and versatility. It’s a great way to easily add more protein to your day with 14 grams of protein per 1/2 cup of cottage cheese.

It’s super easy to use to make a high-protein smoothie, and doesn’t have the same protein-y, chalky taste of some other protein shakes.

Even if you don’t love the texture of cottage cheese normally, you won’t even notice it in this recipe! The best part about this recipe is that the cottage cheese blends easily into a creamy texture and gives this shake a delicious cheesecake-like flavor.

You only need 5 simple ingredients to make this strawberry cottage cheese smoothie recipe. It’s perfect for busy days when you need a satisfying, healthy snack! Let’s get into exactly how to make it!

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Ingredients You’ll Need

Cottage Cheese: The star of the show, cottage cheese! Good Culture is my absolute favorite brand of cottage cheese to use, but any cottage cheese will work.

Strawberries: Use fresh berries or frozen berries to add lots of fiber, vitamin C, and strawberry flavor to this shake. Keep in mind, if you use fresh strawberries your smoothie will be less milkshake-like.

Banana: Use fresh banana or frozen banana to add natural sweetness and fiber.

Almond milk: Use any milk that you enjoy. You can make this shake even higher protein by using cow’s milk or a milk that’s fortified with extra protein. Personally, I like the nutty flavor that almond milk adds.

Honey: I like to add just a drizzle of honey to this recipe, but you can omit this if you want a lower-sugar smoothie. You can also use maple syrup or any other sweetener you like.

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How to make

  1. Add cottage cheese, strawberries, banana, almond milk and honey to a high-speed blender. Blend on high until creamy and smooth. That’s it, enjoy!

Recipe FAQ

Can you taste the cottage cheese in a cottage cheese smoothie?

Yes and no- the cottage cheese does give the smoothie a mild cheesecake-like flavor, but it doesn’t taste the same as if you’re eating plain cottage cheese. If you’re worried about the texture, don’t! Cottage cheese blends super easily and ends up having a creamy finish.

Should I use fat-free or full fat cottage cheese?

Both will work! Fat-free cottage cheese has less fat and less calories than full fat cottage cheese, but you might find that it’s not quite as creamy. Choose whichever kind of cottage cheese you prefer!

Can I use fresh fruit instead of frozen?

Yes, but if you don’t use any frozen fruit I recommend throwing in a handful of ice cubes for a more milkshake-like and extra thick smoothie.

Variation Ideas

  • Blueberry cottage cheese smoothie: Use frozen blueberries instead of strawberries.
  • Mango strawberry cottage cheese smoothie: Swap the banana for a 1/2 cup of mango.
  • High fiber cottage cheese smoothie: Add even more fiber with a tablespoon of chia seeds or flax seeds.
  • High protein cottage cheese smoothie: Make this smoothie even higher protein by adding a scoop of your favorite vanilla protein powder.
  • Greek yogurt strawberry banana smoothie: Swap the cottage cheese for plain or vanilla Greek yogurt for more of a tangy flavor and equally high protein smoothie.
  • Peanut butter banana smoothie: Add 1-2 tablespoons of peanut butter.
  • Berry cherry smoothie: Swap strawberries for raspberries and cherries.
  • Strawberry cottage cheese smoothie bowl: Add less liquid and add your favorite toppings to turn this into a creamy smoothie bowl!
  • Swap out the milk: Use coconut milk, oat milk or regular cow’s milk instead of almond.

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Strawberry Banana Cottage Cheese Smoothie (High Protein)

A creamy high protein smoothie made with cottage cheese, frozen strawberries, banana, almond milk and honey.
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Course: Breakfast, Snack
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 272kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese
  • 1.5 cups strawberries frozen
  • 1/2 banana fresh or frozen
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 2 tsp honey

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender for 20-30 seconds and blend on high until smooth.

Nutrition

Calories: 272kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 706mg | Potassium: 646mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 110IU | Vitamin C: 132mg | Calcium: 332mg | Iron: 1mg

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