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Frozen Cottage Cheese Bark

By August 4, 2023August 16th, 2023Gluten Free, Vegetarian

Frozen Cottage Cheese Bark is a creamy high protein treat you can feel good about eating. This recipe is a little tangy, a little sweet, made with chocolate and almonds. It’s incredibly healthy and easy to make. There are only 6 ingredients. Your whole family will love it!

Frozen Cottage Cheese Bark stacked

Cottage cheese is the latest food craze. It’s a high protein curdled milk product with a mild flavor and creamy texture. Some brands include live and active cultures known as probiotics. These probiotics improve your overall gut health, keeps your heart healthy and helps boost your immune system.

I often enjoy a bowl of cottage cheese with blueberries or peaches for breakfast. It’s super satisfying and keeps me full until mid afternoon.

Since it’s such a healthy food, I thought why not make a dessert out of cottage cheese?

This frozen cottage cheese bark with chocolate and almonds is my new favorite summer treat. It’s delightfully refreshing and oh-so-healthy. You have to try it!

Frozen Cottage Cheese Bark on plate

What Is Frozen Cottage Cheese Bark?

It’s a simple frozen dessert of creamy cottage cheese, blended with a little sweetener, poured into a pan and then frozen. It can be made with different flavors, like almond, peanut butter, strawberry or raspberry. Yon can then customize it with assorted toppings, such as chocolate, nuts, granola or fruit . The taste is sweet and a little tangy. The texture is creamy and smooth. Nuts give it a nice crunch.

In this recipe I use a combination of almonds and chocolate. It’s so good!

Frozen Cottage Cheese Bark on parchment cut

Why You Will Love This Recipe

  • Super Healthy – It’s full of protein, calcium and probiotics.
  • Cold and Creamy – A cool and creamy snack to keep in your freezer all summer.
  • Easy to Make – There are only 6 ingredients. Just blend, swirl, top and freeze.
  • Adaptable – It’s a versatile recipe you can make with the flavors you like best.
  • Easy to Store – You can keep them in an air tight container in the freezer for up to 3 months but you’ll probably eat them sooner.
Frozen Cottage Cheese Bark on plate close up

Ingredients

All the ingredients can be found in your local health food store or supermarket.

  • Cottage Cheese – It’s best to use an organic, pasture raised cottage cheese. The animals are sustainably raised and taken care of with kindness. Full fat cottage cheese is the creamiest but low fat will also work. I like Good Culture brand, it has probiotics and isn’t too tart.
  • Maple Syrup – I like the mild sweet taste of maple syrup but honey will also work. For low carb use liquid monk fruit sweetener.
  • Almond Butter – It gives the cottage cheese a nice nutty flavor and a little texture. Use unsalted. Any nut or seed butter can be substituted but it will have a different flavor.
  • Vanilla and Almond extracts -These enhance the flavor of the cottage cheese.
  • Chocolate Chips – The melted chocolate chips swirled into the bark makes it divine. I use Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips. They taste great and are free from any allergens. For low carb use Lilly’s Chocolate Chips, they are sweetened with stevia. Any brand will work.
  • Tamari Almonds – I love the salty taste and crunch these almonds give the bark when sprinkled on top. Roasted almonds would also be good. You can substitute your favorite nuts or seeds.
Frozen Cottage Cheese Bark ingredients

How To Make

Step 1: Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler, stir until smooth. Let sit on top of the water in the double boiler to keep warm. Coarsely chop the almonds.

Step 2: Blend cottage cheese with almond butter, maple syrup, vanilla and almond extract in a food processor or high speed blender, until smooth. Scrape down the sides as needed. Don’t over blend.

Step 3: Pour cottage cheese mixture onto a parchment lined baking sheet and form into a rectangle.

Step 4: Drop teaspoon size dollops of the melted chocolate onto the cottage cheese layer about 1 1/2 inches apart. You should get about 12. Use a fork to swirl the chocolate around.

Step 5: Sprinkle the chopped almonds on top.

Step 6: Freeze for 2-3 hours until firm. Remove from the freezer and cut into squares.

Step 7: Serve immediately, it will begin to melt right away. Store remainder in an air tight container in the freezer.

Variations

You can customize your frozen cottage cheese bark to create different flavors. Here are a few ideas:

  • Substitute the chocolate. Instead of chocolate swirl in your favorite jam.
  • Make a fruit flavored cottage cheese bark: Blend 3/4 cup of strawberries with the cottage cheese and sweetener to make it strawberry flavored. I would skip the nut butter but still swirl in the chocolate. Strawberries and chocolate yum!
  • Make the bark nut free. Leave out the nut butter. The bark can be made with just the cottage cheese and sweetener. Use a different topping.
  • Change up the toppings. Here are a few good ideas: Toasted coconut, granola, chocolate chips, sliced fruit.
Frozen Cottage Cheese Bark on parchment cut into pieces

Frequently Asked Questions

What if my blended cottage cheese mixture is too thin to stay on the parchment?

That happened to me the first time I made it, I must have over blended it. If you notice your cottage cheese is very thin, it will spread too much on the parchment and won’t stay in a rectangle shape on the baking sheet. If that happens use a 7″ by 11″ baking pan lined with parchment paper. It will hold the shape better.

What is the best type of cottage cheese to use?

It’s best to use an organic, pasture raised cottage cheese. The animals are sustainably raised and taken care of with kindness. Full fat cottage cheese is the creamiest but low fat will also work. I like Good Culture brand, it has probiotics and isn’t too tart.

Can I add more sweetener?

Yes absolutely. These cottage cheese bars are not very sweet. Taste before pouring onto the parchment paper. If you like your treats sweet, add more maple syrup.

How long will the frozen cottage cheese bark stay outside of the refrigerator.

Not very long. It’s like ice cream it will start melting after about 3-4 minutes.

If you have not tried frozen cottage cheese bark, it is a must-try! It is easy to make and you only need 6 simple ingredients.

Frozen Cottage Cheese Bark in a pile

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If you like this recipe, try these other summer desserts:

Mini Strawberry Cheesecakes (Vegan, Paleo)

Vegan Strawberry ‘Ice Cream’

Vegan ‘Ice Cream’ 3 Flavors

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Frozen Cottage Cheese Bark


  • Author: Ingrid DeHart
  • Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x

Description

Frozen Cottage Cheese Bark is a sweet and creamy high protein treat. This recipe is made with chocolate and almonds. It’s incredibly healthy and easy to make.


Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler, stir until smooth. Let sit on top of the water in the double boiler to keep warm. Coarsely chop the almonds.
  2. Blend cottage with almond butter, maple syrup, vanilla and almond extract in a food processor or high-speed blender, until smooth. Scrape down the sides as needed. Don’t over blend or it will get too thin.
  3. Pour cottage cheese mixture onto a parchment lined baking sheet and form into a rectangle shape, using your spatula, about 1/4 inch thick.
  4. Drop teaspoon size dollops of the melted chocolate onto the cottage cheese about 1 1/2 inches apart. You should get about 12. Use a fork to swirl the chocolate around.
  5. Sprinkle the chopped almonds on top.
  6. Freeze for 2-3 hours until firm. Remove from the freezer and cut or break into pieces.
  7. Serve immediately. Store remainder in an airtight container or freezer bag.
  8. When frozen, let sit at room temperature for 1-2 minutes for best texture.
  9. Don’t let the cottage cheese bars sit out of the freezer for more than 3-4 minutes they will begin to melt.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours
  • Category: Snacks, Desserts
  • Method: Blend
  • Cuisine: Paleo, Gluten Free, Vegetarian

Keywords: cottage cheese, frozen cottage cheese bark, frozen snack

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6 Comments

  • Janice says:

    Delicious dessert! Love the cottage cheese bark! Thank you Ingrid for this great recipe:

  • Arthur says:

  • Kristin says:

    This seems to have the incorrect nutritional information attached. I’d like to try it, but as a diabetic, I need to have accurate nutritional info.

    • Ingrid says:

      Hi Kristin, thank you for reaching out I’m not sure why you think the nutritional information isn’t correct. I use a plug in called Nutrifox which allows me to put in the exact nutrients for the brand of cottage cheese, Good Culture, I used and the Enjoy Life chocolate chips. While none of the nutrition information plug-ins are 100% accurate, it should be very close. Let me know what you think is off.

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