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This simple cottage cheese smoothie is made with strawberries, banana, and a touch of lemon juice, vanilla, and cinnamon for added flavour. High in protein (21g per serving), this breakfast or post-workout snack tastes like a creamy milkshake!

Strawberry banana cottage cheese smoothie in two glasses.

If you’ve tried any of my smoothie recipes, you’ll know that plain greek yogurt is one of my favourite creamy protein sources to add to my morning breakfasts. Cottage cheese is having a moment though, and I just had to hop on the trend of swapping out my greek yogurt for cottage cheese!

The result? We swapped the classic tang and sourness of Greek yogurt with something a tad more sweet and salty. The saltiness of cottage cheese helps to strengthen the flavours of the other ingredients, and the addition of lemon juice provided an acid to truly round everything out. It was thick, creamy, and absolutely delicious!! Think milkshake meets strawberry cheesecake vibes 🙂

Want more dietitian-designed recipes with cottage cheese? You may also enjoy my fan-favourite cottage cheese pasta bake, this herbed cottage cheese dip, or these cottage cheese with fruit bowls!

Here’s a look at the ingredients:

Recipe ingredients in small bowls.

A note on fruit: I used both frozen strawberries and frozen banana for this recipe. Using frozen fruit helps to thicken up your smoothie and removes the need for ice to make things cold. Ice tends to water down the flavours, so I much prefer using frozen fruit if possible. If preferred, you can swap the strawberries with another fruit, like raspberries or blueberries.

Type of cottage cheese: I like to use at least a 2% fat cottage cheese (if not higher). The higher the fat content, the more creamy this smoothie will be.

Please note that these pictures are meant to provide a helpful visual overview of the recipe. Full ingredient measurements and detailed instructions are located in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post!

Visual guide: how to make cottage cheese smoothie

Smoothie ingredients in a blender.

STEP 1: Start by adding all smoothie ingredients into a high-speed blender, starting with milk and cottage cheese at the bottom (this helps make blending easier).

Cottage cheese smoothie in a blender.

STEP 2: Blend until smooth! Taste and adjust sweetness or spices as desired, then pour into 2 large glasses. Enjoy cold.

My go-to blender

Cottage cheese nutrition benefits

Cottage cheese is best known as a high protein source – 1 cup of cottage cheese provides about 28 grams of complete protein!

Cottage cheese is also a source of many vitamins and minerals, including:

  • calcium
  • vitamin B12
  • selenium
  • phosphorus
  • riboflavin (B2)
  • magnesium
  • folate
  • vitamin B6
Strawberry banana cottage cheese smoothie in a glass.

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This strawberry banana cottage cheese smoothie tastes like a creamy milkshake! High in protein, it's perfect for a filling breakfast or a post-workout snack.
Strawberry banana cottage cheese smoothie in two glasses.
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups almond milk, unsweetened (or other milk of choice)
  • 1.5 cups cottage cheese
  • 1 large banana, frozen (or 2 small)
  • 2 cups strawberries, frozen
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • Optional: ice cubes, until cold (if not using frozen fruit)

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender, starting with the milk.
    NOTE: If you are NOT using frozen fruit, you may want to use less milk or else your smoothie may be too runny. Try 1 or 1.5 cups and go from there.
  • Blend on high until smooth and creamy. Feel free to adjust flavours or amounts of liquid until desired taste/consistency is reached. Enjoy!

Notes

*LEFTOVERS: While best enjoyed fresh, you can keep leftovers in an airtight jar in the fridge for the next day! Simply give the smoothie a bit of a stir before drinking.
*FROZEN FRUIT: I recommend using frozen berries and bananas if possible. They help to make this smoothie thick and creamy. Plus, there is no need to water down the flavours with any ice as it will be cold enough!
*RECIPE MODIFICATIONS:
  • Want to try this with other fruit? This smoothie would also taste amazing using raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, etc. in place of strawberries.
  • I used unsweetened almond milk for this recipe, but you may use any type of milk or milk alternative of your choice. To keep things added sugar free, simply opt for an unsweetened version. Cows or soy milk would increase the protein content even more.
Calories: 304kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 824mg | Potassium: 642mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 284IU | Vitamin C: 95mg | Calcium: 462mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition

As a dietitian, I create recipes with whole food ingredients that provide the nutrients needed for optimal health. My nutrition philosophy does not focus on numbers; however, I understand that this information can be helpful.

Do note that the nutrition info provided is an estimate and I cannot guarantee correctness of the displayed values. These numbers will differ depending on brands used, recipe modifications, and amount eaten. If you require specific nutrition information due to medical reasons, please consult with your dietitian or physician.

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