This 5-Minute Cottage Cheese Bowl topped with tropical fruit (think banana, mango, and clementines!) is an easy, healthy, protein-packed breakfast or snack idea! Add a sprinkle of chia seeds for an extra boost of fiber and enjoy a healthy start to your day.
I LOVE a 5-minute breakfast idea and these cottage cheese bowls are the perfect protein-packed, easy-to-make breakfast or snack. They take very little time or effort to come together and taste so incredible. Also, there are tons of different flavor combos that you can try, depending on what fruit and mix-ins you have available!
If you’re in a breakfast rut, a mix of cottage cheese with toppings like fruit, chia seeds, and whatever else you’re craving is a great way to start your day with a healthy, high-protein breakfast to fuel your body as you work to create healthy eating habits. I also love adding cottage cheese to my scrambled eggs or making cottage cheese toast as another super quick, high-protein breakfast option.
I’ve found it’s helpful to enjoy a balanced meal in the morning that’s a good combination of protein, carbs, healthy fats, and fiber to keep myself from being hungry between meals and mindlessly snacking.
HEALTHY TIP: Cottage cheese is one of my favorite ingredients for adding protein to meals. It gives these egg white muffins an extra boost of protein and makes them perfectly fluffy. And it’s a wonderful ingredient for making protein pancakes without having to use protein powder!
Only a handful of ingredients are needed to make this cottage cheese bowl recipe. It’s so simple to whip up, completely customizable, and tastes so fresh and delicious. Here’s everything we like to use to make them:
- Cottage cheese: Adds protein, plus vitamins and minerals like B vitamins, calcium, phosphorus, and selenium. Use any favorite brand. We like good culture 2% cottage cheese.
- Banana: Adds natural sweetness and delicious flavor.
- Mango: Succulent, sweet, and aromatic, mangos give these cottage cheese breakfast bowls the taste of the tropics.
- Clementine: For a flavor that’s sweet, juicy, slightly tart with a refreshing taste.
- Seeds: Use a sprinkle of chia seeds or hemp seeds (or both) to add texture and an extra boost of nutrition.
- Cinnamon: Just a dash to finish the bowls with a touch of warmth.
How to make this recipe
Simple ingredients lead to a simple breakfast bowl recipe! Every ingredient combines and creates the best taste and texture of smooth and creamy with a tropical flavor. A total party in your mouth!
Place the cottage cheese in a bowl. Next, top with fresh fruits, and chia and/or hemp seeds. Finish with a sprinkle of cinnamon and enjoy!
- Want to take this on the go? You can layer the ingredients in a cup or mason jar, similar to how we store mango overnight oats. This makes it easy to hold and everything stays in place.
- Make it sweeter: If you’d like to add a bit more sweetness than what the fruit offers, you can drizzle honey or maple syrup over the top. You can also stir monk fruit sweetener into the cottage cheese before topping the bowl.
- Don’t care for cottage cheese? You can make these exact bowls using Greek yogurt instead of cottage cheese! Easy peasy swap.
There are so many different mix-ins and topping options to change the flavor of this bowl and make it your own. Here are some of our favorite ideas:
- Fresh fruit: Any fruit will work. Aside from mango, banana, and clementines, we love to use strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, peaches, pineapple, kiwi, and apples.
- Nut butter: Any kind of nut or seed butter would be delicious drizzled over the top. Try homemade peanut butter, almond butter, or cashew butter.
- Nuts: A little added crunch would be a great texture contrast to the creamy cottage cheese and soft fruit. We love a sprinkle of chopped almonds, pecans, walnuts, pistachios, or cashews.
- Make it savory: To make a savory cottage cheese bowl, top it with ingredients such as tomato, cucumber, avocado, everything but the bagel seasoning, chives, and/or anything else you’d like.
- Other options: To add more texture and heartiness, try topping with stovetop granola, shredded unsweetened coconut, cacao nibs, or mini chocolate chips.
This cottage cheese bowl is the BEST recipe to make on a busy day or even the day before. They are quick and easy to put throw together ahead of time and grab straight out of the refrigerator.
- Can you make cottage cheese bowls ahead of time? Yes! They are best fresh and made at the time of enjoying but you can prep these a day in advance. It’s best to have the fruit prepped and stored in an airtight container in the fridge (separate from the cottage cheese). Then, all you have to do is simply add the ingredients that are already prepped. If preferred, you can go ahead and add the fruit to the cottage cheese in an airtight container or a tightly wrapped bowl. However, the fruit may get a little mushy.
More easy breakfast recipes
- Savory Oatmeal
- Chocolate Chia Overnight Oats
- Spinach Oat Pancakes
- Scrambled Eggs with Cauliflower Rice
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5-Minute Cottage Cheese Bowl with Tropical Fruit
- 3/4 cup cottage cheese
- ¼ sliced banana
- ¼ fresh chopped mango
- 1 clementine
- 1-2 teaspoons chia seeds or hemp seeds or both!
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- Place the cottage cheese in a bowl. Next, top with fresh fruits, and chia and/or hemp seeds. Finish with cinnamon and enjoy!