Salted Caramel Banana Cottage Cheese Ice Cream

It’s VIRAL for a reason! Creamy, dreamy & delicious salted caramel banana cottage cheese ice cream with gluten-free vanilla wafer bits & an easy, naturally sweetened almond butter salted caramel sauce.

How to make the best Viral Salted Caramel Cottage Cheese Ice Cream that is naturally sweetened and gluten-free

When I heard you could make homemade ice cream using cottage cheese, I was definitely skeptical. But now that I’ve tried it, I am a believer!! And you need to try it too! I’ve elevated Cottage Cheese Ice Cream to Salted Caramel Banana Cottage Ice Cream. I also show you how to make gluten-free vanilla wafer bits that taste add crunch, texture, and flavor! And, oh, is it heavenly!!

Like me, you might be wondering if it’s healthier than traditional ice cream. At the end of this post, I share my conclusion and delicious recipe details.

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Why You’ll Love This Salted Caramel Banana Cottage Cheese Ice Cream:

  • It’s naturally sweetened with maple syrup, and fresh bananas without any processed white sugar.
  • All the ingredients are easily digestible for a gentle tummy.
  • It’s super quick and easy to make.
  • The simple ingredients are affordable and easy to find.

How Do You Make Salted Caramel Banana Cottage Cheese Ice Cream?

Step 1. Make the Vanilla Wafer Bits

Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl. Blend the ingredients with a spatula until a dough forms. To determine whether your dough is dry enough, break off a tablespoon-sized ball and try rolling it in your hands. If it’s too wet to roll, simply mix in 1 tablespoon of almond flour until you reach a dry enough consistency to roll a ball of dough.

Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Step2. Form the Cookies

Continue forming dough balls and flatten them into cookie shapes on a piece of parchment paper. You may need to rub some butter on the palms of your hands so the dough doesn’t stick to them. Press the cookies to about .25″ thickness. They don’t have to look perfect since they will be broken up into pieces in the ice cream.

Bake at 350 degrees for 13 minutes. Allow them to cool.

Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Step 3. Make the Salted Caramel

Combine the ingredients in a small bowl. Mix with a fork until blended.

Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Step 4. Blend the Ice Cream

Combine the cottage cheese, bananas, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt in a mixer or the cup from a Nutribullet. Blend until smooth.

Step 5. Pour the Ice Cream

Pour the ice cream into a shallow dish or pan. This will allow the ice cream to cool and thaw more quickly.

Step 6. Freeze & Enjoy

Place the ice cream in the freezer for at least two hours or until it is firm. Then remove the ice cream and enjoy! If it is too hard to scoop, allow it to cool on the counter for 10-15 minutes until slightly thawed.

Is Cottage Cheese Ice Cream Healthier Than Traditional Ice Cream?

One half-cup serving of traditional Salted Caramel Ice Cream has 32 grams of sugar. And it’s made with processed white sugar, brown sugar, sugar water, and corn syrup. This recipe has 18 grams of sugar. And it’s naturally sweetened with maple syrup.

Traditional ice cream only has 6 grams of protein, but this recipe has 12 grams of protein!

My conclusion is YES, this recipe is healthier than traditional ice cream for the following reasons:

  • Naturally sweetened
  • Lower glycemic value
  • MUCH higher protein
  • Allows control over all the ingredients!
How to make the best Viral Salted Caramel Cottage Cheese Ice Cream that is naturally sweetened and gluten-free

Gluten-Free Salted Caramel Banana Cottage Cheese Ice Cream

It's VIRAL for a reason! Creamy, dreamy & delicious salted caramel banana cottage cheese ice cream with gluten-free vanilla wafer bits & an easy, naturally sweetened almond butter salted caramel sauce.
5 from 1 vote
Servings 5
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes

Ingredients
  

Vanilla Wafer Cookie Bits

  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons tapioca flour
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon oil (extra light olive oil is my fave)
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • pinch salt

Salted Caramel Almond Butter Sauce

  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • dash salt

Cottage Cheese Ice Cream

  • 1-1/2 cups cottage cheese
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions
 

Vanilla Wafer Cookie Bits

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF
  • Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl. Blend the ingredients with a spatula until a dough forms. To determine whether your dough is dry enough, break off a tablespoon-sized ball and try rolling it in your hands. If it's too wet to roll, mix in 1 tablespoon of almond flour until you reach a dry enough consistency to roll a dough ball.
  • Continue forming dough balls and flatten them into cookie shapes on a piece of parchment paper. You may need to rub some butter on the palms of your hands so the dough doesn't stick to them. Press the cookies to about .25" thickness. They don't have to look perfect since they will be broken up into pieces in the ice cream.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 13 minutes. Allow them to cool. 

Salted Caramel Almond Butter Sauce

  • Combine the ingredients in a small bowl. Mix with a fork until blended. 

Cottage Cheese Ice Cream

  • Combine the cottage cheese, bananas, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt in a mixer or the cup from a Nutribullet. Blend until smooth.
  • Pour the ice cream into a shallow dish or pan. This will allow the ice cream to cool and thaw more quickly.
  • Break the vanilla wafer cookies into small pieces and sprinkle over the ice cream. 
    Then drip the salted caramel sauce across the top of the ice cream.
    Sprinkle a dash of coarse salt over the ice cream.
    Gently stir the ice cream with a spatula to dunk the cookie pieces and caramel sauce to create a marbled pattern.
  • Place the ice cream in the freezer for at least two hours or until it is firm. Then remove the ice cream and enjoy! If it is too hard to scoop, allow it to cool on the counter for 10-15 minutes until slightly thawed.

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Keyword almond butter, banana, cottage cheese ice cream, gluten free, naturally sweetened, nilla wafers, salted caramel, vanilla wafers
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