5 Healthy Cottage Cheese Breakfast Recipe Ideas

A cottage cheese breakfast has become a staple for a good reason. It’s packed with protein, calcium and other essential nutrients and makes for an easy way to change up your go-to breakfast meals.

Not only is it a healthier alternative to many breakfast favorites, but its versatility allows it to seamlessly integrate into various recipes. From savory scrambles to sweet baked goods, cottage cheese can be a substitute for heavier dairy products, adding creaminess and nutritional value without the extra calories and fat.

What does cottage cheese work as a substitute for?

  • Cream cheese
  • Ricotta
  • Sour cream
  • Greek yogurt
  • Mayonnaise

Today, we’re diving into five popular breakfasts using cottage cheese to make healthy and delicious recipes for your morning routine or fun weekend breakfast. Whether you’re a big fan of it or just beginning to ease into cottage cheese as a substitute in your favorite meals, you’ll find these breakfasts delicious.

In this blog post, I’ll share some of my favorite breakfast recipes with cottage cheese including cottage cheese with eggs, muffins, pancakes, chia pudding and overnight oats. Let’s dive in!

Five High Protein Breakfast Ideas

1. Cottage Cheese Scrambled Eggs

The perfect 5-minute egg and cottage cheese recipe for those dabbling into cottage cheese. It’s an easy, high-protein breakfast you make before your workday. The eggs will be soft, fluffy and delicious. Eat them on their own or add it on top of avocado toast!

cottage cheese eggs on toast

Ingredients for 1 serving:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup low-fat or full-fat cottage cheese
  • salt + pepper to taste
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 slice of sourdough, toasted
  • chili oil crunch for topping


  • Crack eggs in a bowl and whisk until completely broken down.
  • Grease a skillet and then add in the scrambled eggs, turn heat to medium and then add in the cottage cheese.
  • Use a spatula and combine the cottage cheese into the eggs. Mixing consistently until the eggs start to scramble, season with salt and pepper and keep mixing. This will take about 3-5 minutes.
  • Serve on top of avocado toast and enjoy!

2. Cottage Cheese Blueberry Muffins

Need an easy breakfast meal prep option? These high protein muffins are soft, fluffy and incredibly moist. The cottage cheese keeps the muffin fluffy without changing the taste! Plus, blueberries are filled with antioxidants so this is a healthy muffin alternative!

cottage cheese blueberry muffins in tins

Ingredients for 7 muffins:

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted. may sub any other oil or butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar, may sub cane sugar or monk fruit sweetener
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  • 1 cup plain whole milk cottage cheese, I like Good Culture
  • 1/4 cup milk, any nut or seed milk works
  • 2 eggs
  • 1.5 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries, tossed in flour


  • Preheat oven to 375F and prepare a muffin tin by lining it with muffin liners in every other muffin cavity.
  • In a large bowl mix together the melted coconut oil, coconut sugar, vanilla, milk, and eggs. Whisk until ingredients are well incorporated. Then, mix in the cottage cheese.
  • Next, add in the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon and use a rubber spatula to fold until the ingredients are just incorporated.
  • Toss the fresh blueberries in a touch of flour until each one is well coated. Then add them into the batter and gently fold until they are well incorporated.
  • I like to use a double cookie scoop to add batter to muffin tins, but you can use a spoon as well. Top the batter off with more blueberries if desired and bake for 23-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Let cool completely before removing from the liners to help prevent sticking. Enjoy muffins warm for best results.

3. Gluten-Free Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Pancakes with extra protein? You bet. Plus, they’re gluten free! These breakfast pancakes are packed with protein, light and fluffy and another breakfast that works for meal prepping! 

gluten free pancakes topped with blueberries

Ingredients for 6 pancakes:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup low fat or regular cottage cheese, I used good culture
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup almond milk, or any other milk of choice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1.5 cups oat flour, may sub a gluten free 1:1 flour blend or all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda 


  • Blueberries
  • Yogurt
  • Maple syrup


  • In a mixing bowl, add in eggs and whisk well.
  • Then, add in cottage cheese, maple syrup, vanilla extract and almond milk.
  • Next, add in oat flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Fold until a thick batter is formed. 
  • Preheat a skillet and grease with non-stick spray or butter.
  • Then, add 1/4 cup of batter to the greased pan and cook until bubbles form on the outer edges, about 2-3 minutes. Flip and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  • Serve with yogurt, blueberries and maple syrup.

4. Cottage Cheese Chia Pudding

Chia pudding with cottage cheese is the best way to get a power-packed breakfast to keep you feeling energized throughout the day. Chia seeds are fiber-filled, which can reduce cholesterol levels and promote heart and intestinal health.

chia seed pudding with cottage cheese

Ingredients for Chia Pudding (2 servings)

  • 3/4 cup milk, or any other milk or nut milk alternative
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese, I like good culture
  • 1/2 cup fresh strawberries
  • 3 tbsp local honey, may sub maple syrup, agave, date syrup or sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup chia seeds


  • Fresh strawberries
  • Sliced almonds
  • Chocolate shavings
  • Almond butter
  • Pistachios


  • In a blender, add in the cottage cheese, milk, honey, vanilla and strawberries. Blend for 30 seconds or until ingredients are well incorporated.
  • Next, pour strawberry milk over chia seeds and mix well with a whisk. Let it sit on the counter for 5 minutes and then whisk again.
  • Cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours.
  • When ready, give it a good mix with a spoon and serve with more fresh strawberries, sliced almonds and chocolate shavings if desired.

5. Cottage Cheese Overnight Oats

Need an easy prep breakfast for a busy weekday? These overnight oats will only take you a few minutes to make. They’re filled with healthy fats, fiber and packed with protein to keep you feeling good and full throughout your morning. 

The apple gives you the perfect crunchy bite and makes you feel like you’re eating apple pie for breakfast. You can also substitute any fruits, and eat them either hot or cold – your preference!

apple and cottage cheese overnight oats

Ingredients for 2 servings:

  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese, I like Good Culture brand
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup, can sub honey, agave, date syrup
  • 1/2 cup milk, or any other milk or nut milk alternative
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup cup chopped honey crisp apple, or any other apple
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats


  • Chopped apples
  • Almond butter
  • Cinnamon


  • In a blender, add in cottage cheese, maple syrup, milk, cinnamon, and apples. Blend until smooth and creamy. 
  • Next, mix together the oats and chia seeds in a medium bowl. Then add in the milk mixture and mix until fully combined.
  • Cover and store in the fridge for a minimum of 4 hours or best overnight.
  • When ready, give the oats another mix and then serve with fresh apple slices, almond butter and more cinnamon.


What cottage cheese brand should I use? 

My favorite is Good Culture!

Have you shared any more cottage cheese recipes?

Yes, try these healthy cottage cheese desserts: cottage cheese cookie dough and cottage cheese ice cream.

Is cottage cheese a breakfast food?

Yes! You can absolutely use cottage cheese as a substitute for a nutritious breakfast. It’s become more popular over the last few years as a healthy alternative!

Have another question?

I may have answered in the original post. Head to the original blogs for more details (linked above) on how to make any of these cottage cheese breakfasts.

If you make any of these Cottage Cheese Recipes, I would really appreciate a comment and rating down below. Don’t forget to take a picture and tag me over on Instagram, Tiktok or Pinterest!

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