Best Cottage Cheese Cookies and Cream Ice Cream GF

This is the best-tasting Cottage Cheese Cookies and Cream Ice Cream with homemade gluten-free Oreo cookies with almond flour and sweetened with maple syrup. The protein cottage cheese ice cream base is made with cottage cheese, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. And it has mini-chocolate chips sprinkled throughout for the perfect sweet treat.

Bowl of cookies and cream cottage cheese ice cream with homemade gluten-free oreo cookies.

This is the best-tasting Cottage Cheese Cookies and Cream Ice Cream with homemade gluten-free Oreo cookies for a sweet treat that is higher in protein than traditional ice cream. The cottage cheese ice cream base is made with cottage cheese, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. The easy and delicious chocolate sandwich cookies are made gluten free with almond flour, and sweetened with maple syrup. The cream filling uses your favorite white chocolate chips mixed with cashew butter. You can also use store-bought cookies to save time and quickly satisfy your sweet tooth.

My version of the viral cottage cheese ice cream recipe is the perfect dessert to support a healthier diet with clean ingredients without refined sugar. This is one of my favorite recipes of the viral food trends to increase protein intake with minimal added sweetener. It’s fun to make and even more to enjoy as a healthier dessert for any special occasion.

What type of cottage cheese should I use in cottage cheese ice cream?

You want to use a plain, full-fat or double-cream variety for the best texture and flavor. It’ll blend up super smooth and creamy, just like classic ice cream!

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Why You’ll Love This Cookies n Cream Cottage Cheese Ice Cream Recipe

  • You only need a few simple ingredients.
  • It is super easy to make for an impressive result.
  • The flavor-rich ingredients make it taste amazing!
  • All the ingredients are easily digestible for a gentle tummy.
Bowl of cookies and cream cottage cheese ice cream with homemade gluten-free oreo cookies.

Ingredients & Substitutions

Here is everything you need to make the best-tasting cookies and cream cottage cheese ice cream:

Cottage Cheese: You can use your favorite type of cottage cheese. I recommend using full-fat cottage cheese or whole-milk cottage cheese for a creamier, thick texture. Greek yogurt or a dairy-free yogurt alternative can be used for a similar texture and flavor.

Chocolate Chips: You can use semi-sweet chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, mini-chocolate chips, chocolate sprinkles, or shaved chocolate.

Maple Syrup: Honey, agave syrup, or any other liquid sweetener can be used.

Vanilla Extract: Use any other flavor extract or skip it for a different flavor profile.

Salt: Omit if you prefer to reduce sodium intake.

Gluten-Free Oreo Cookies

Oreo Cookies: You can use any chocolate sandwich cookies. I recommend my homemade gluten-free Oreo cookie. You can also use storebought gluten-free Oreo cookies.

Almond flour: You can substitute other gluten-free flours, such as oat flour, brown rice flour, or quinoa flour.*

Tapioca flour: This flour helps to bind the cookies and give them a chewy texture. You can substitute cornstarch or potato starch.

Maple syrup: You can substitute other liquid sweeteners, such as agave syrup, brown rice syrup, or coconut sugar.*

Cocoa powder: You can use unsweetened or sweetened cocoa powder.

Coconut oil: You can substitute another vegetable oil, such as olive oil or avocado oil.*

Vanilla extract: You can substitute another extract, such as almond extract or peppermint extract.

Cinnamon: You can omit the cinnamon if you don’t like it.

Salt: You can omit the salt if you prefer.

White chocolate chips: You can substitute another type of chocolate chips, such as semisweet chocolate chips or milk chocolate chips.

Cashew butter: You can substitute another nut butter, such as almond butter or peanut butter.

*I have not tested this substitution.

Bowl of cookies and cream cottage cheese ice cream with homemade gluten-free oreo cookies.

How to Make My No-Churn Cookies and Cream Ice Cream with Cottage Cheese and Chocolate Chips Recipe

Here are easy, detailed, step-by-step instructions for the best way to make homemade ice cream with chocolate sandwich cookies and chocolate chips. They’re also repeated in the recipe card at the bottom of this blog post.

Step 1: Make the Gluten-Free Oreo Cookies

Making your own Oreo cookies is optional. You can also use store-bought chocolate sandwich cookies.

Preheat your oven to 350°F.

Combine the almond flour, tapioca flour, maple syrup, cocoa powder, coconut oil, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt in an upright mixer, mixing bowl, or food processor. Mix until well blended. 

Roll the dough to 1/4″ thickness between two sheets of parchment paper. Cut out circular cookies with a cookie cutter and place them on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. 

Optional: You can add a decorative stamp using the next smaller size in this nested cookie cutter set. Lightly press the scalloped edge of the cookie cutter centered on each cookie. Then poke a small hole in the center of each cookie.

Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes. 

Combine the white chocolate chips and 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl and heat in 20-25 second intervals, stirring in between until melted. Stir in the cashew butter until well combined. Allow to cool slightly, and then pour into a piping bag and pipe onto one-half of the cookies. Allow to set until the cream is slightly firm but still tacky. Then, gently press the remaining half of the cookies on top. You can leave the cookies on the counter to harden or set them in the fridge to speed it up.

This is the best homemade gluten-free vegan oreo cookie recipe with almond flour, cashew butter, vegan white chocolate, maple syrup, and coconut oil, without refined white flour, sugar or powdered sugar.
This is the best homemade gluten-free vegan oreo cookie recipe with almond flour, cashew butter, vegan white chocolate, maple syrup, and coconut oil, without refined white flour, sugar or powdered sugar.
This is the best homemade gluten-free vegan oreo cookie recipe with almond flour, cashew butter, vegan white chocolate, maple syrup, and coconut oil, without refined white flour, sugar or powdered sugar.

Step 2: Make the Homemade Cottage Cheese Ice Cream

In a high-speed blender, food processor, or immersion blender, blend the cottage cheese, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and salt until smooth. 

Adding maple syrup to the cottage cheese ice cream.
Mixing the cottage cheese ice cream in a food processor.

Step 3: Assemble the Cookies and Cream Ice Cream

Spread the ice cream in a shallow dish, bowl, or loaf pan. Roughly chop 6-8 homemade oreo cookies and spread over the ice cream.

Fold in the chocolate chips with a spatula.

Cover the container and freeze for at least 2-3 hours or until firm.

Remove the ice cream from the freezer and let it sit at room temperature for a few minutes to let the ice cream thaw.

Scoop the ice cream into bowls or cones and enjoy!

Chopping the oreos on a cutting board.
Folding the mini chocolate chips and oreo cookies into the cottage cheese ice cream.
Bowl of cookies and cream cottage cheese ice cream with homemade gluten-free oreo cookies.

Homemade Cookies and Cream Cottage Cheese Ice Cream Recipe Notes

Cookie Dough Texture: The cookie dough should be dry enough that you can roll a ball in your hand without it sticking. Add more almond flour or milk to adjust to the right consistency.

Cottage Cheese Texture: Blend the cottage cheese until smooth to ensure a creamy ice cream texture. Some small curds are okay and can add a nice texture to the ice cream.

Sweetness Level: Adjust the amount of maple syrup or sweetener to taste. You can also use sugar-free or low-calorie sweeteners if preferred.

Additional Favorite Ice Cream Flavor Combinations

Here are some different variations for more sweet treats with higher protein content:

You can add these additional flavor combos or your favorite toppings to the vanilla ice cream with cottage cheese base.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cottage Cheese Ice Cream: cocoa powder, natural peanut butter and chocolate chips.

Strawberry Cheesecake Cottage Cheese Ice Cream: frozen or fresh strawberries or fresh fruits, cream cheese and crushed graham crackers

Carrot Cake Cottage Cheese Ice Cream: Use a carrot cake mug cake cubes, cream cheese frosting with lemon juice, and add pumpkin pie spice to the cottage cheese mixture.

Banana Salted Caramel Cottage Cheese Ice Cream: fresh banana, and almond butter.

Freezing: Pour the ice cream in a freezer-safe container. Press a layer of plastic wrap or parchment paper directly onto the surface of the ice cream before sealing the container with its lid. This helps prevent ice crystals from forming.

Thawing: When ready to serve, let the ice cream sit at room temperature for a few minutes to soften slightly before scooping.

Scooping: Use a sturdy ice cream scoop or spoon to scoop the ice cream. Dip the scoop in warm water between scoops for easier serving.

Refreezing: It’s best not to refreeze melted ice cream, as it can become icy and lose its creamy texture. Try to scoop only the amount you plan to serve.

What are the health benefits of cottage cheese in cottage cheese ice cream?
Cottage cheese is a nutritional powerhouse packed with protein, calcium, and other beneficial nutrients. This protein helps build and repair muscle, while the calcium and vitamin D support strong bones. Additionally, cottage cheese can aid weight management by keeping you feeling fuller for longer and may even help regulate blood sugar.

Does cookies and cream cottage cheese ice cream taste like regular ice cream?
Cottage cheese ice cream has a similar texture and creaminess as regular ice cream but with a subtle ‘cheese’ flavor. I intentionally use the least amount of added sweetener as possible yet still have it be emotionally satisfying to make it a healthier option. So, it may not taste quite as sweet as traditional ice cream, but it still has delicious flavor. And it leaves me feeling just as good even after I eat it. But you can modify the recipe and add more sweetener to meet your preference. And you still get the added nutritional benefits and high protein in cottage cheese.

Do I need an ice cream maker to make homemade ice cream?
No. You simply mix the ingredients, pour them into a shallow dish, and allow it to freeze for several hours.

Is this cookies and cream cottage cheese ice cream high in protein?
Cottage cheese itself is naturally high in protein, so yes, this ice cream is higher in protein than traditional options. 

Can I use store-bought Oreo cookies in this cookies n cream ice cream recipe?
Yes, you can use premade Oreo cookies or any other favorite cookie variety including chocolate chip cookies, and peanut butter cookies.

How long does cottage cheese ice cream take to freeze?
The ice cream needs at least 2-3 hours to be solid enough to scoop and 4 hours to completely freeze.


Bowl of cookies and cream cottage cheese ice cream with homemade gluten-free oreo cookies.

Best Cottage Cheese Cookies and Cream Ice Cream GF Recipe

Gluten-Free diet-friendly recipe
This is the best-tasting Cottage Cheese Cookies and Cream Ice Cream with homemade gluten-free Oreo cookies with almond flour and sweetened with maple syrup. The protein cottage cheese ice cream base is made with cottage cheese, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. And it has mini-chocolate chips sprinkled throughout for the perfect sweet treat.
5 from 6 votes
Servings 5
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 42 minutes

Ingredients
  

Cottage Cheese Ice Cream:

  • 1-1/2 cups cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 pinches salt
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 6 oreo cookies

Gluten-Free Homemade Oreos:

  • 1-1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil (melted)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Oreo Cookie Cream Filling:

  • 2/3 cup white chocolate chip
  • 3 tablespoons cashew butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil

Instructions
 

Homemade Oreo Cookies:

  • Making your own Oreo cookies is optional. You can also use store-bought chocolate sandwich cookies.
    Preheat your oven to 350°F.
    Combine the almond flour, tapioca flour, maple syrup, cocoa powder, coconut oil, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt in an upright mixer, mixing bowl, or food processor. Mix until well blended. 
    Roll the dough to 1/4" thickness between two sheets of parchment paper. Cut out circular cookies with a cookie cutter and place them on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. 
    Optional: You can add a decorative stamp using the next smaller size in this nested cookie cutter set. Lightly press the scalloped edge of the cookie cutter centered on each cookie. Then poke a small hole in the center of each cookie.
    Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes. 
    Combine the white chocolate chips and 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl and heat in 20-25 second intervals, stirring in between until melted. Stir in the cashew butter until well combined. Allow to cool slightly, and then pour into a piping bag and pipe onto one-half of the cookies. Allow to set until the cream is slightly firm but still tacky. Then, gently press the remaining half of the cookies on top. You can leave the cookies on the counter to harden or set them in the fridge to speed it up.

Cookies and Cream Cottage Cheese Ice Cream:

  • In a high-speed blender, food processor, or immersion blender, blend the cottage cheese, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and salt until smooth. 
    Spread the ice cream in a shallow dish, bowl, or loaf pan. Roughly chop 6-8 homemade oreo cookies and spread over the ice cream. Fold in the chocolate chips with a spatula.
    Cover the container and freeze for at least 2-3 hours or until firm.
    Remove the ice cream from the freezer and let it sit at room temperature for a few minutes to let the ice cream thaw.
    Scoop the ice cream into bowls or cones and enjoy!

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Notes

Cookie Dough Texture: The cookie dough should be dry enough that you can roll a ball in your hand without it sticking. Add more almond flour or milk to adjust to the right consistency.
Cottage Cheese Texture: Blend the cottage cheese until smooth to ensure a creamy ice cream texture. Some small curds are okay and can add a nice texture to the ice cream.
Sweetness Level: Adjust the amount of maple syrup or sweetener to taste. You can also use sugar-free or low-calorie sweeteners if preferred.

Nutrition

Calories: 299kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 10gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 594mgPotassium: 247mgFiber: 3gSugar: 22gVitamin A: 91IUVitamin C: 0.04mgCalcium: 111mgIron: 1mg
Keyword cookies and cream, cottage cheese ice cream, protein dessert
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5 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Made this last night and it was a hit!! We made the gluten free Oreos too and we love that they are healthier!!!

  2. 5 stars
    I’m so excited to share this healthy and delicious recipe with you! It’s one of my favorites and I hope you love it, too 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    For someone that is gluten free, it’s so satisfying I can still have this as a treat, thanks for this!

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