Frozen Cottage Cheese Bark (40 Calories, High-Protein Snack)
This frozen cottage cheese bark is an easy frozen snack for healthy food lovers.
Packed with high-quality protein from milk, low in fat, and low in calories, these frozen bites are guaranteed to fix any sweet tooth.
Cottage cheese is a delicious ingredient to make so many amazing recipes.
I have created many tasty, nutritious recipes with it, and this cottage cheese bark is my new favorite frozen sweet snack.
It will keep you full with 4 grams of protein per bite, and you will love the creamy texture and sweet maple nut flavors.
What Is Cottage Cheese Bark?
Cottage cheese bark is a sweet frozen snack, similar to a frozen yogurt bark with a creamy texture like my cottage cheese ice cream.
It consists of blended cottage cheese with flavors, sweetener, and nut butter. Then, you can spread it on a baking sheet, add any fruits and toppings, and freeze it.
How To Make Cottage Cheese Bark
It takes under 10 minutes to make this cottage cheese bark and in less than 3 hours. You will serve 16 pieces of creamy frozen yogurt-like bites.
If you love yogurt bark, you must try this new trend. Cottage cheese bark is higher in protein than yogurt bark and requires only a few wholesome ingredients:
- Cottage Cheese – Full-fat, low-fat, or fat-free, any plain cottage cheese you love works in this recipe.
- Almond Milk – This thins out the cottage cheese and makes it easier to blend. It also removes the gritty, grainy texture of cottage cheese.
- Sugar-Free Maple Syrup – I like this monk fruit erythritol syrup. It has no calories or sugar and adds a delicious sweet flavor to the frozen bark. Feel free to use honey, maple syrup, date syrup, or any unrefined liquid sweetener you love.
- Vanilla Extract
- Nut Butter – I love peanut butter or almond butter, but any other nut butter like cashew will work as well.
For the toppings, you can add pretty much anything sweet you love including:
- Berries – I add frozen berries when they are not in season or use fresh berries if you can find some. The best are raspberries, strawberry slices, and blueberries.
- Other Fruits – Banana slices, pomegranate, or kiwi fruits taste delicious.
- Nuts and Seeds – Add sliced almonds, chopped pecans, or hemp seeds for a boost of protein.
- Granola – Add a pinch of your favorite granola.
- Chocolate Chips – plain or melted.
First, select a baking sheet that fits the size of your freezer because you will pop it in the freezer tray. Set it aside.
Cover the baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly oil it with coconut oil or olive oil.
Blending The Cottage Cheese
In a high-speed blender or food processor, add the cottage cheese, almond milk, maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and nut butter.
Blend on high speed until smooth and creamy. You can thin it out with more almond milk if it gets difficult to blend, or use the tamper attachment of the blender to stir the mixture as you blend.
Tasting And Adjusting
Taste, adjust the sweetener now if needed blending a few seconds to incorporate.
Spread the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet.
Now, sprinkle any toppings you like on top of the mixture. You can also add dollops of melted chocolate or peanut butter and use a toothpick to swirl in.
I like to add berries and chopped almonds.
Freeze the bark for at least 2 to 3 hours or until it’s hard.
Cutting The Bark
When the bark is hard and solid, pull out the bark from the baking sheet and place it on a chopping board.
Next, warm the blade of a long sharp knife under a flame. This is optional, but I found it easier to cut the bark into nice squares.
Then, press the knife blade onto the frozen cottage cheese bark and cut it into 16 pieces.
Place the pieces of frozen bark in an airtight container in the freezer, where you can keep it for up to one month.
Eat straight out of the freezer. It’s hard and icy at first, and it gets creamy after 5 to 10 minutes at room temperature.
You can use this recipe to create a range of cottage cheese bark flavors.
Try some of the options below:
- Chocolate Cottage Cheese Bark – Add 1 1/2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder to the blender. Then, add 3 tablespoons of dark chocolate chips on top of the bark.
- Strawberry Cottage Cheese Bark – In the blender, add 1/2 cup of fresh strawberries. Add dollops of strawberry jam on top of the bark mixture and swirl it in using a toothpick.
- Coconut Cottage Cheese Bark – Replace the almond milk with coconut cream, and add toasted coconut, sliced almonds, and chocolate chips on top of the bark mixture before freezing. It tastes like an almond joy!
- Protein Bark – Stir one scoop of vanilla protein powder in the blender, and add more milk to thin it out, or it gets hard to blend into a creamy texture.
Below are some ingredient substitution ideas to adapt this frozen treat if you need them:
- Nut-Free – Replace the almond milk with regular milk or oat milk, soy milk, and coconut milk. Then, swap the peanut butter for sunflower seed butter. Finally, remove the almonds on top of the bark and use seeds like sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, or coconut flakes.
- Low-Fat – Use low-fat cottage cheese and swap the nut for more fruits.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are my answers to your most common questions about this recipe
You can use frozen cottage cheese in your smoothie or shake it to thicken the drink and add proteins.
You can also freeze blended cottage cheese with honey or sweetener you love and freeze it as bark on a lined baking sheet.
Yes, you can freeze cottage cheese into an ice cube tray and pop out one or two to add to your blender. Blend until creamy and smooth.
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Frozen Cottage Cheese Bark
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