This Cottage Cheese Breakfast Bowl is made with cottage cheese, nuts and your favorite berries for a quick, protein-packed breakfast. It can be made ahead the night before, and it's easy to customize to your liking!
It's a cottage cheese kind of morning! Eggs may be my go-to breakfast, but I think it's good to switch it up every now and then, especially when I wake up craving something sweet.
Of course you can go with savory oatmeal or chickpea pancakes or blueberry muffins, but do you ever think to eat cottage cheese for breakfast? ME EITHER, until now. An easy way to switch it up is to add nuts and fruit on top for a delicious, protein-packed breakfast.
Why you'll love this breakfast bowl
- It uses cottage cheese as a base, meaning it's loaded with protein
- It's easy to customize with different fruit and nuts
- It can be prepared the night before
- Cottage cheese: You can't make a cottage cheese bowl without cottage cheese!
- Nuts: Nuts add a nice crunch to this breakfast bowl. I opted to use walnuts, but you can use whatever kind you have on hand.
- Fruit: I used fresh raspberries, but any kind of berry will work in this recipe
- Cinnamon: This is optional, but cinnamon makes everything better, right?
Honestly, this recipe is super easy. But, I'm going to walk you through a few different ingredient options if you don't want to follow the recipe exactly as written.
Step 1: Choose your nuts. I opted to use a combination of almonds and walnuts, but any kind of nut will work in this recipe. If you're allergic to nuts or just don't like them, you could use old fashioned oats or nut-free granola instead.
Step 2: Choose your fruit. Again, most any fruits will do, but I like to think berries pair really well with nuts and cottage cheese. Plus, who doesn't enjoy berries with breakfast? If it's wintertime and berries aren't in season, try a banana instead!
Step 3: Add the cottage cheese. This step doesn't really need explaining, but you're going to need cottage cheese for this cottage cheese bowl (obviously...). You can opt for low fat, 2% or 4% depending on your preference.
- Other topping options include: shredded coconut, nut butter and/or chia seeds
- Unsure of what kind of cottage cheese to buy? Opt for a brand with no added sugar. Simply check the ingredients and compare brands.
Can I make this recipe ahead of time?
You can! Simply prep it, place it in the refrigerator and you'll be good to go in the morning.
Is there a way to make this a savory bowl?
Yep! Many brands of cottage cheese make savory-flavored options, like chive. Or, you can simply use plain cottage cheese and top it with cucumber, tomatoes and bell peppers if you prefer.
If you made this recipe, be sure to leave a comment and star rating below!
Cottage Cheese Breakfast Bowl
- 1/4 cup almonds
- 1/4 cup walnuts
- 3/4 cup cottage cheese
- 1/2 cup raspberries
- 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
- Add all ingredients to a bowl and enjoy!
UPDATE NOTE: This post was originally published in May 2014. It was updated with new text in May 2020.