Peppermint Bark Cottage Cheese Ice Cream

This is the BEST Healthier Peppermint Bark Cottage Cheese Ice Cream Recipe with my gluten-free brownie bites with almond flour. The ice cream is made with cottage cheese, maple syrup, all-natural candy canes, and organic chocolate chips. I’m obsessed with this viral trend for no-churn ice cream that is easy, higher in protein, and tastes incredible!

Making no-churn Peppermint Bark Cottage Cheese Ice Cream with gluten-free brownie bites.

My Easy Peppermint Bark Cottage Cheese Ice Cream Recipe is ready in 2 hours without an ice cream maker! It’s made gluten-free with my favorite brownie recipe with almond flour and naturally sweetened with maple syrup. It’s made healthier with the option of all-natural candy canes and organic chocolate chips without any refined white sugar or corn syrup. 

The curdled texture of the cottage cheese is blended smooth, providing the perfect canvas for these classic winter wonderland flavors created with simple ingredients. This peppermint ice cream recipe has to be my favorite of all viral recipes, which can be enjoyed any time of year. It’s not overpoweringly sweet like regular ice cream or overloaded with unnecessary artificial ingredients.

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Why You’ll Love This Peppermint Brownie 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.

Ingredients & Substitutions

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

Almond Butter: You can substitute almond butter with any nut or seed butter like peanut butter or sunflower seed butter.

Maple Syrup: Honey, agave syrup, or brown rice syrup can be used as a substitute for maple syrup.

Almond Flour: If you need a gluten-free alternative to almond flour, you can use oat flour, coconut flour, or a gluten-free all-purpose flour blend.

Coconut Sugar: You can use brown sugar, granulated sugar, or a sugar substitute like stevia.

Egg: To make it egg-free, you can use a flax or chia egg (1 tablespoon ground flaxseed or chia seeds mixed with 3 tablespoons of water) or a commercial egg replacer.

Light Olive Oil: You can use melted coconut oil, vegetable oil, or any neutral oil as a replacement.

Apple Cider Vinegar: You can use white vinegar or lemon juice as a substitute for apple cider vinegar.

Cocoa Powder: Unsweetened cacao powder or carob powder can be used as an alternative to cocoa powder.

Cottage Cheese: Greek yogurt or a non-dairy yogurt (like almond or coconut yogurt) can replace cottage cheese for a non-dairy version while maintaining a higher protein content. You can use whole milk cottage cheese or low-fat, depending on your preference.

Maple Syrup: Honey, agave syrup, or any liquid sweetener of choice can replace maple syrup.

Peppermint Extract: Use peppermint essence or peppermint oil as a substitute for peppermint extract.

Mini Chocolate Chips: You can use regular chocolate chips, dark chocolate, chopped chocolate, or dairy-free chocolate chips for a vegan version.

Peppermint Candies: Crushed candy canes, peppermint chocolate, or mint candies can replace peppermint candies.

Vanilla Extract: You can use almond extract, hazelnut extract, or any other flavor extract for a unique twist.

How to Make My Peppermint Brownie Cottage Cheese Ice Cream Recipe

Step 1: Make the Brownie Bites

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease or line an 8×8-inch square pan with parchment paper.

In a mixing bowl, combine the wet ingredients, including almond butter, maple syrup, oil, apple cider vinegar, and vanilla extract. Mix until well combined.

Add the egg and mix until fully incorporated.

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

Then add your dry ingredients, including almond flour, cocoa powder, coconut sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, and baking powder.

Mix until well combined.

Pour the brownie batter into the prepared baking dish and spread it evenly.

Bake in the preheated oven for about 28 minutes. Allow the brownies to cool completely. Then store them in the fridge until you’re ready to use them.

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

Step 2: Make the Cottage Cheese Ice Cream

In a blender, food processor, or immersion blender, combine cottage cheese, maple syrup, vanilla extract, peppermint extract, and a pinch of salt. Blend until you achieve a smooth texture.

Spread the ice cream in a shallow dish.

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

Step 3: Layer the Cottage Cheese Ice Cream

Smash and roll the entire brownie into a large ball. Break off bite-sized pieces and squeeze them in your hand before dropping them into the ice cream. You can choose to break half, 2/3 or all of the brownie into your ice cream. I typically use 2/3 of the brownie ball.

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

Place the peppermint candies in a zip-top bag and use a rolling pin to crush them. Sprinkle the crushed candies over the ice cream mixture.

Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of mini chocolate chips on top of the crushed candy.

With a spatula, gently turn the ice cream over to submerge the brownies and mix in the crushed candy and chocolate chips. If you stir it too vigorously, you risk breaking down the brownie bits into crumbs.

Cover the container and place it in the freezer for at least 2 hours or until the ice cream is firm.

When ready to serve, scoop the peppermint bark cottage cheese ice cream into bowls or cones and enjoy your homemade treat!

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

Chocolate Peppermint Ice Cream Recipe Notes

Brownie Texture: The brownie chunks in this recipe are more cakelike to hold their shape in the ice cream. Adjust the baking time if you prefer a different texture. Less time will result in a gooey texture, while more time will yield an even firmer brownie.

Candy Canes: If using candy canes as a topping or mix-in, be prepared for the candy to melt a bit when in contact with the ice cream. This can add a nice, crunchy texture. However, if you prefer a less melty texture, add them immediately before serving.

Freezing Time: The ice cream should be frozen for at least 2 hours to achieve the desired consistency. If you take the ice cream out of the freezer after a longer length of time and it is too solid to scoop, then simply leave it out on the counter to thaw for about 10-15 minutes until it softens enough to scoop.

Customize Flavors: Experiment with different flavor variations. You can add mix-ins like crushed cookies, nuts, or other candies for a unique twist.

Dietary Considerations: This recipe is gluten-free, and by using the suggested substitutions, it can be made dairy-free as well.

Serving Suggestions: 

This ice cream is delicious on its own, but you can also enhance it with your favorite toppings like whipping cream, chocolate sauce, fresh fruit or extra crushed candy canes before serving.

Freezer Storage: Once you’ve assembled and frozen the peppermint bark cottage cheese ice cream, keep it stored in the freezer to maintain its texture and prevent melting.

Airtight Container: Transfer any leftover ice cream to an airtight container. Ensure the container is sealed tightly to prevent freezer burn and ice crystal formation.

Protect from Air: To further protect the ice cream from freezer burn, you can place a layer of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the ice cream before sealing the container.

Labeling: It’s a good idea to label the container with the date when you prepared the ice cream. This will help you keep track of how long it has been stored.

Thawing and Serving: When you’re ready to enjoy the ice cream again, allow it to sit at room temperature for a few minutes to soften slightly. This makes it easier to scoop and serve. Alternatively, you can briefly microwave individual servings to soften them. 

Avoid Repeated Thawing and Freezing: To maintain the best quality, avoid repeatedly thawing and refreezing the ice cream, as this can lead to texture changes.

Can I use other flavors instead of peppermint?

Yes, you can definitely customize the flavor of your ice cream. You can use different extracts like vanilla, almond, or mint for mint chip ice cream or even experiment with fruit purees, coffee, or chocolate for unique flavor variations.

What can I use instead of cottage cheese?

If you prefer a non-dairy option, you can substitute cottage cheese with Greek yogurt or a non-dairy yogurt like almond or coconut yogurt for a similar creamy texture.

Can I make this ice cream without an ice cream maker?

Yes, this recipe is a “no-churn” ice cream, which means you don’t need an ice cream maker to make this frozen treat. The freezing process helps achieve the desired consistency.

Is cottage cheese ice cream vegan?

Yes, you can make this recipe vegan by using plant-based substitutes for dairy products. Use non-dairy yogurt and a vegan egg replacement for the brownie bites. Ensure you also choose dairy-free chocolate chips.

How long can I store this ice cream in the freezer?

You can store this ice cream in the freezer for a few weeks, but for the best quality and flavor, it’s recommended to consume it within a month or two for the creamiest ice cream.

Can I serve cottage cheese ice cream with or inside birthday cake?

Yes, this would taste delicious with cake. You could omit the brownies and serve this with a chocolate cake or as a layer inside an ice cream version of the cake.

Can I omit the candies for a lower sugar version?

Certainly, you can omit the candies or reduce the amount of sweeteners to make a lower-sugar version. The brownie bites and other ingredients already contribute to sweetness.

Can I use a different type of brownie bites?

Yes, you can use any store-bought brownies, peppermint brownies, or your favorite fudgy brownie recipe and still enjoy the cottage cheese ice cream taste.

Can I make the brownie bites with an egg substitute for an egg-free version?

Absolutely, you can use a flax or chia egg (1 tablespoon ground flaxseed or chia seeds mixed with 3 tablespoons of water) or a commercial egg replacer for an egg-free version of the brownie bites.

Can I adjust the sweetness level of the ice cream? Yes, you can adjust the sweetness by varying the amount of maple syrup or your chosen sweetener in the ice cream mixture to suit your taste.

Can I double the recipe?

Yes, you can make more than one batch of ice cream at a time.

Making no-churn Peppermint Bark Cottage Cheese Ice Cream with gluten-free brownie bites.

Easy Peppermint Bark Cottage Cheese Ice Cream Recipe

Gluten-Free diet-friendly recipe
This is the BEST Healthier Peppermint Bark Cottage Cheese Ice Cream Recipe with my gluten-free brownie bites with almond flour. The ice cream is made with cottage cheese, maple syrup, all-natural candy canes, and organic chocolate chips. I'm obsessed with this viral trend for no-churn ice cream that is easy, higher in protein, and tastes incredible!
5 from 4 votes
Servings 6
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 28 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 58 minutes

Ingredients
  

Brownie Bites:

  • 3 tablespoons almond butter
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons oil (light olive oil is my fave)
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup almond flour
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder

Cottage Cheese Ice Cream:

  • 1-1/2 cups cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips
  • 12 peppermint candies (or 2 candy canes)
  • pinch salt

Instructions
 

Gluten-Free Brownie Bites:

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease or line an 8×8-inch square pan with parchment paper.
    In a mixing bowl, combine the wet ingredients, including almond butter, maple syrup, oil, apple cider vinegar, and vanilla extract. Mix until well combined. Add the egg and mix until fully incorporated.
    Then add your dry ingredients, including almond flour, cocoa powder, coconut sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, and baking powder. Mix until well combined. Pour the brownie batter into the prepared baking dish and spread it evenly.
    Bake in the preheated oven for about 28 minutes. Allow the brownies to cool completely. Then store them in the fridge until you're ready to use them.

Cottage Cheese Ice Cream:

  • In a blender, food processor, or immersion blender, combine cottage cheese, maple syrup, vanilla extract, peppermint extract, and a pinch of salt. Blend until you achieve a smooth texture.
    Spread the ice cream in a shallow dish.
  • Smash and roll the entire brownie into a large ball. Break off bite-sized pieces and squeeze them in your hand before dropping them into the ice cream. You can choose to break half, 2/3 or all of the brownie into your ice cream. I typically use 2/3 of the brownie ball.
    Place the peppermint candies in a zip-top bag and use a rolling pin to crush them. Sprinkle the crushed candies over the ice cream mixture.
    Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of mini chocolate chips on top of the crushed candy.
    With a spatula, gently turn the ice cream over to submerge the brownies and mix in the crushed candy and chocolate chips. If you stir it too vigorously, you risk breaking down the brownie bits into crumbs.
    Cover the container and place it in the freezer for at least 2 hours or until the ice cream is firm.
    When ready to serve, scoop the peppermint bark cottage cheese ice cream into bowls or cones and enjoy your homemade treat!

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Nutrition

Calories: 368kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 8gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 232mgPotassium: 143mgFiber: 4gSugar: 29gVitamin A: 65IUVitamin C: 0.01mgCalcium: 104mgIron: 1mg
Keyword brownie, candy canes, chocolate ice cream, cottage cheese, date bark, no churn, peppermint
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