With a smooth and creamy texture, and a slightly sweet flavor, this protein-packed Cottage Cheese Dip with cinnamon and vanilla is a perfect topping for bread or crackers or dip for fruit! I partnered with Kalona Supernatural on this recipe because I love the flavor of their cottage cheese and that they use organic milk from grass-fed cows raised on sustainable family farms.
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Healthy Cottage Cheese Dip
For some reason, cottage cheese always seems to be one of those foods that I forget about—until I buy a container and then I’m so excited to have it in the house! Both of my girls eat it paired with fruit at daycare and school, so I decided to turn it into a dip to offer it up in a new way. This Cottage Cheese Dip is simply blended smooth with a few flavorings so the end result is super versatile. And the flavor is so good!
Nutrition in Cottage Cheese
Cottage cheese is a great source of protein and calcium, as well as the fats that little kids need for proper brain development and growth. So definitely reach for full-fat options when you can!
Protein in Cottage Cheese
A half cup of cottage cheese has 13 grams of protein, so even if your kiddo doesn’t eat quite that much in one sitting, a few tablespoons are an awesome way to include protein in their diet. This dose of protein will help their bellies stay full until the next meal or snack.
Ingredients in Cottage Cheese Dip
This cottage cheese recipe is super simple! All you need is cottage cheese, maple syrup (or honey), cinnamon, and vanilla extract. The flavors are comforting and classic and pairs well with all sorts of other foods. And if you want to serve this to a baby under the age of 1, you can simply omit the sweetener or use unsweetened applesauce instead.
How to Make Cottage Cheese Dip Step-by-Step
Here’s a look at the process involved in this simple cottage cheese dip.
- Add all of the ingredients into a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.
- Use as a spread or dip and transfer any leftover into an airtight container and use within 3-5 days. So easy!
Tips for Making the Best Cottage Cheese Dip
I think the best tasting cottage cheese—and cottage cheese dip—has some fat in it, so reach for one with 2% or 4% milk fat if you can. This will help bellies feel fuller longer and it has a more creamy mouthfeel, which tends to go over well! You can also sweeten this to taste according to your preferences.
What can I serve this with?
My little one likes this by the spoonful and it’s a nice option if your kids don’t love the texture of regular cottage cheese since it’s smooth like ricotta cheese or Greek yogurt when blended up. Here are some other ideas for using this cottage cheese dip.
- Spread it onto toast or in a sandwich with jam.
- Spread it on pancakes or waffles in place of (or in addition to!) maple syrup.
- Use it as a dip for fresh fruit or sweet veggie straws (like the sweet potato variety).
- Spread it on a whole grain tortilla, add a banana, roll up, and slice into rounds.
- Add to a graham cracker with sprinkles for a fun snack idea!
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LET ME KNOW IF YOU MAKE THE RECIPE—I’D LOVE TO HEAR WHAT YOUR FAMILY THOUGHT OF IT!
Creamy Cottage Cheese Dip with Cinnamon and Vanilla
- 1 cup cottage cheese (2% or 4% fat, drained slightly if your cottage cheese has a lot of liquid)
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend very smooth.
- Spread onto toast, tortillas, graham crackers, or waffles. Use as a dip for fruit. Serve with a spoon!