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 a Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl 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 the delicious recipe details.
Why You’ll Love This Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl 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: Substitute an equal amount of plain Greek yogurt for a creamier texture. For a dairy-free option, blend silken tofu until smooth and use it as a base.
Maple Syrup: Replace maple syrup with an equal amount of honey, or agave nectar for a different natural sweetener.
Cocoa Powder: If you have cacao powder, you can use it as a substitute for cocoa powder. For a caffeine-free alternative, use carob powder.
Natural Unsweetened Creamy Peanut Butter: Swap peanut butter for almond butter if you prefer or have allergies. Use sunflower seed butter for a nut-free version.
Vanilla Extract: If you have vanilla bean paste, use it for a richer vanilla flavor. Substitute vanilla extract with vanilla powder, using a smaller amount due to its concentrated flavor.
Chopped Peanuts: Swap peanuts with chopped almonds for a different nutty crunch. Use chopped sunflower seeds for a nut-free option.
Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Mini Chocolate Chips: If you need dairy-free options, choose chocolate chips labeled as vegan or dairy-free. For a less sweet and more intense chocolate flavor, use cacao nibs instead of chocolate chips.
How to Make Chocolate Peanut Butter Cottage Cheese Ice Cream
Step 2. Pour and Drizzle
Pour the ice cream into a shallow dish or pan. This will allow the ice cream to cool and thaw more quickly.
Warm the peanut butter on the stove or microwave until it is runny. Then drizzle the peanut butter over the ice cream.
Step 3. Sprinkle and Swirl
Sprinkle the mini chocolate chips and chopped peanuts on top of the ice cream. Using a spoon, swirl all the ingredients together in small circles.
Step 4. 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.
Sweetness: Taste the ice cream mixture before you pour it into the container for sweetness. Add more maple syrup if you would like it to taste sweeter.
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.
Heavenly Serving Suggestion
You can take this Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Cottage Cheese Ice Cream to a new divine level by eating it on top of my Gluten-Free Chewy Brownies. It’s so satisfying on so many flavor levels! The natural sweetness reveals all the subtle flavors typically suffocated by too much white sugar in ice cream and brownies. Seriously, this made it to my TOP 10 list of MOST DELICIOUS DESSERTS.
Is Cottage Cheese Ice Cream Healthier Than Traditional Ice Cream?
One half-cup serving of traditional Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream has 20 grams of sugar. And it’s made with processed white sugar. This recipe has 16 grams of sugar. And it’s naturally sweetened with maple syrup.
Traditional ice cream only has 5 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
- Higher calcium
- Allows control over all the ingredients!
More Healthier Dessert Recipes
Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Cottage Cheese Ice Cream
- 1-1/2 cups cottage cheese (Daisy brand is my fave)
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup natural unsweetened creamy peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons chopped peanuts
- 2 tablespoons Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Mini Chocolate Chips
- Warm the peanut butter on the stove or microwave until it is runny. Then drizzle the peanut butter over the ice cream.
- Sprinkle the mini chocolate chips and chopped peanuts on top of the ice cream. Using a spoon, swirl all the ingredients together in small circles.
- 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.
Really liked this recipe! I could make mine keto using an Allulose syrup and 100% cacao choc chips! Followed the recipe and simply mixed it every 30 min after putting it in the freezer to avoid crystals to form, and it reached a really nice creamy consistency without it being icy!! Helps to let it sit in the counter for a bit after taking it out of the freezer, before scooping!