Easy Mint Chocolate Chip Cottage Cheese Ice Cream

This is the easiest and best-tasting Mint Chocolate Chip Cottage Cheese Ice Cream Recipe for a high-protein frozen treat. It uses only five simple ingredients: cottage cheese, maple syrup, vanilla extract, peppermint extract, and chocolate chips. It’s ready to enjoy in 2 hours without an ice cream maker.

Mint chocolate chip cottage cheese ice cream in a white bowl.

This is the easiest and best-tasting Mint Chocolate Chip Cottage Cheese Ice Cream Recipe for a high protein frozen treat. This delicious cottage cheese ice cream is made with only five simple ingredients, including cottage cheese, maple syrup, vanilla extract, peppermint extract, and chocolate chips.

Unlike traditional ice cream made in an ice cream machine, all you need for this nice cream is a blender or food processor. This is one of my family’s favorite homemade ice cream recipes for an afternoon snack, sweet treat, or healthier dessert.

Does chocolate chip mint 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 of cottage cheese.

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Why You’ll Love This Mint Chocolate Chip 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.
Mint chocolate chip cottage cheese ice cream in a white bowl.

Ingredients & Substitutions

Here is everything you need to make the best-tasting chocolate mint 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 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.

Peppermint Extract: Use a good-quality peppermint extract.  

Salt: Omit if you prefer to reduce sodium intake.

Mint chocolate chip cottage cheese ice cream in a white bowl.

How to Make My No-Churn Mint 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 mint flavor and chocolate chips. They’re also repeated in the recipe card at the bottom of this blog post.

Step 1: 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, peppermint extract, salt, and green food coloring until smooth. Add enough food coloring for your desired green hue.

Mixing cottage cheese ice cream in a food processor.

Step 2: Assemble the Mint Ice Cream

Spread the ice cream in a shallow dish, bowl, or loaf pan.

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, garnish with a few mint leave for a pop of fresh mint and enjoy!

Chopping chocolate chips on a cutting board.
Stirring chocolate into mint cottage cheese ice cream.
Mint chocolate chip cottage cheese ice cream in a white bowl.

Homemade Chocolate Chip Mint Cottage Cheese Ice Cream Recipe Notes

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.

Peppermint Flavor: Taste the ice cream after adding 1/4 teaspoon of peppermint extract. You can add more for a stronger mint flavor. But be careful not to add too much or it can taste like toothpaste.

Additional Favorite Ice Cream Flavor Combinations

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

You can add these additional flavor combos to the cottage cheese ice cream base.

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

Strawberry Cottage Cheese Ice Cream: frozen or fresh strawberries or fresh fruits 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.

Storage

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.

Do I need an ice cream maker to make Mint Chocolate Cottage Cheese Ice Cream?

No. You simply mix the ingredients, pour them into a shallow dish, and allow it to freeze for several hours.

Is this mint chocolate 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 omit the green food coloring from the no-churn ice cream?
Yes, the food coloring is optional and can be omitted if you prefer not to use it.

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.

Mint chocolate chip cottage cheese ice cream in a white bowl.

Easy Mint Chocolate Chip Cottage Cheese Ice Cream

Gluten-Free diet-friendly recipe
This is the easiest and best-tasting Mint Chocolate Chip Cottage Cheese Ice Cream Recipe for a high-protein frozen treat. It uses only five simple ingredients: cottage cheese, maple syrup, vanilla extract, peppermint extract, and chocolate chips. It's ready to enjoy in 2 hours without an ice cream maker.
5 from 3 votes
Servings 4
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 1-1/2 cups cottage cheese
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips

Instructions
 

  • In a high-speed blender, food processor, or immersion blender, blend the cottage cheese, maple syrup, vanilla extract, peppermint extract, salt, and green food coloring until smooth. Add enough food coloring for your desired green hue.
  • Spread the ice cream in a shallow dish, bowl, or loaf pan.
    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, garnish with a few mint leave for a pop of fresh mint and enjoy!

Video

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Notes

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.
Peppermint Flavor: Taste the ice cream after adding 1/4 teaspoon of peppermint extract. You can add more for a stronger mint flavor. But be careful not to add too much or it can taste like toothpaste.

Nutrition

Calories: 256kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 10gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 251mgPotassium: 244mgFiber: 3gSugar: 23gVitamin A: 110IUCalcium: 112mgIron: 1mg
Keyword cottage cheese ice cream, mint chocolate chip, protein dessert
Did you make this recipe?Please let me know in the comments below how it turned out 🙂

3 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Super easy recipe! I used dark chocolate chips and my husband and I loved it! And he’s not usually crazy about cottage cheese.

    1. Thank you, Beatrice! My husband doesn’t like cottage cheese plain but loves it blended down and added into recipes 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    I’m so excited to share this ice cream recipe with you! Chocolate Mint has been my favorite flavor since I was little. I hope you enjoy this healthier sweet treat 🙂

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