Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cottage Cheese Ice Cream

Tastes like the real thing but Gluten-Free and Nutrient Dense with my Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Energy Bites! This is the easiest recipe with a crowd-pleasing result. Enjoy all the health benefits of cottage cheese and almond butter naturally sweetened with maple syrup. There’s not a spec of refined sugar, corn syrup, or artificial ingredients in sight!

How to make the best Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cottage Cheese Ice Cream that is naturally sweetened and gluten-free

My recipe delivers a delicious flavor that rivals the original but with nutrient-dense ingredients to leave you feeling great even after you eat it! 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 Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream. 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 Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cottage Cheese Ice Cream

  • It’s naturally sweetened with maple syrup 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.

Ingredients & Substitutions

Cottage Cheese: For a dairy-free option, use dairy-free yogurt or blended silken tofu. Cashew cream can also be used to achieve a creamy texture.

Maple Syrup: Replace maple syrup with honey, agave nectar, or another liquid sweetener of your choice.

Vanilla Extract: Vanilla bean paste, vanilla powder, or scraped vanilla bean seeds can replace vanilla extract.

Cookie Dough Chunks: Instead of traditional cookie dough, you can make my Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Energy Bites.

Remember that substitutions might affect the taste, texture, and overall outcome of the recipe. Always do a small test batch when making significant substitutions, especially if you have dietary restrictions or specific taste preferences.

How to Make Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cottage Cheese Ice Cream

Step 1. Premake the Cookie Dough Bites

View my recipe and video for my Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Energy Bites.

You can also use store-bought cookie dough or make your own from your favorite recipe.

Step 2. Combine all the Ingredients

Combine the cottage cheese, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt in a medium-size mixing bowl. My favorite is this glass batter bowl. Mix the ingredients until smooth using an immersion blender.

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Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Step 3. 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.

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Step 4. Crumble the Dough

Break the Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites into smaller chunks and drop them into the ice cream.

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Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Step 5. Add the Chocolate Chips

Sprinkle the mini chocolate chips over the ice cream. Then submerge all the cookie dough bites into the ice cream using a spatula.

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Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

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.

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Storing Ice Cream: After the ice cream has set and you’ve enjoyed your serving, cover the remaining ice cream tightly with plastic wrap or transfer it to an airtight container. This will prevent ice crystals from forming and help maintain the ice cream’s texture and flavor.

Freezer Storage: Store the covered ice cream in the freezer. Make sure the freezer temperature is consistently set to around -10°F (-23°C) for optimal texture retention.

Long-Term Storage: While the ice cream will be best within the first few weeks of freezing, it can generally be stored for up to 2-3 months. Over longer periods, ice crystals may form, affecting texture and flavor.

Is Cottage Cheese Ice Cream Healthier Than Traditional Ice Cream?

One half-cup serving of traditional Chocolate Cookie Dough Ice Cream has 16 grams of sugar. And it’s made with processed white sugar, corn syrup, other artificial ingredients, and preservatives. This recipe has 14 grams of sugar. And it’s naturally sweetened with maple syrup.

Traditional ice cream only has 2 grams of protein, but this recipe has 14 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
  • Higher calcium
  • Allows control over all the ingredients! 

Recipe Notes

Customization: Feel free to experiment with additional mix-ins, such as chocolate chips, crushed nuts, or other fruit variations. Be mindful of the moisture content of the added ingredients, as it could impact freezing.

Thawing: If the ice cream becomes too firm in the freezer, let it sit in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes or out on your counter for 10 minutes before serving. This will help soften it slightly and make scooping easier.

Serving Suggestions: Consider serving the ice cream in gluten-free cones or alongside fresh berries for an extra pop of color and flavor.

Dietary Preferences: This recipe can be adapted to various dietary preferences. For dairy-free options, substitute dairy ingredients with suitable alternatives, such as plant-based cottage cheese.

Texture Variation: Due to the use of cottage cheese and natural ingredients, the texture of this ice cream may differ slightly from traditional commercial ice cream. Embrace its unique creaminess and enjoy the wholesome flavors.

Presentation: Before serving, you can garnish individual portions with additional chocolate chips or melted chocolate syrup.

How to make the best Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cottage Cheese Ice Cream that is naturally sweetened and gluten-free

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cottage Cheese Ice Cream

Gluten-Free diet-friendly recipe
Tastes like the real thing but Gluten-Free and Nutrient Dense with my Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Energy Bites! This is the easiest recipe with a crowd-pleasing result. Enjoy all the health benefits of cottage cheese and almond butter naturally sweetened with maple syrup. There's not a spec of refined sugar, corn syrup, or artificial ingredients in sight!
5 from 1 vote
Servings 5
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 1-1/2 cups cottage cheese
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips

Instructions
 

  • Premake the cookie dough bites. View my recipe and video for my Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Energy Bites.
  • You can also use store-bought cookie dough or make your own from your favorite recipe.
  • Pour the ice cream into a shallow dish or pan. This will allow the ice cream to cool and thaw more quickly.
  • Break the Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites into smaller chunks and drop them into the ice cream.
  • Sprinkle the mini chocolate chips over the ice cream. Then submerge all the cookie dough bites into the ice cream using a spatula.
  • 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.

Video

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Nutrition

Calories: 154kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 7gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 433mgPotassium: 139mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 88IUCalcium: 76mgIron: 0.1mg
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