Give our creamy cottage cheese with honey and caramelized walnuts a try – it's a quick, nutritious, and satisfying treat that you can whip up in just about 15 minutes!
Do you like cottage cheese? Then, try our simple and delicious cottage cheese with honey recipe. The creamy cheese is paired with sweet honey and topped with crunchy, caramelized walnuts. Perfect for breakfast, a snack, or dessert, this combo brings together the goodness of honey, smooth cottage cheese, and the nutty texture of walnuts.
⭐Why does this recipe work?
- Quick and easy: Whip up a delicious dish in no time. A fuss-free recipe for busy days.
- Nutritious: A good protein source, it is packed with goodness for a wholesome treat.
- Versatile: Enjoy it as a snack, high-protein breakfast, or dessert. Make it your own by adjusting ingredients to suit your taste.
- Cottage cheese is made from cow's milk curds. It's soft, creamy, a bit lumpy, and has a mild, slightly tangy taste. It can be found in different types, like small-curd or big-curd versions, and it comes with varying levels of fat in the milk, including full-fat and low-fat choices. You can use either low-fat or full-fat.
- Honey: The clear, runny sort. You will need some to mix with the dairy and some to caramelize the walnuts.
- Walnut halves or chunky chopped walnuts, the pieces should not be too small.
- Cinnamon for extra flavor. You can replace it with a bit of vanilla extract or other spices like cardamom, nutmeg, or allspice.
- Yogurt: This recipe also works well with Greek yogurt. If you use yogurt, there is no need to blend it; it's already smooth.
- Nut butter: Add one tablespoon of peanut butter or almond butter to the mixture and blend well.
- Spices: As mentioned above, you can leave out the cinnamon or replace it with vanilla or other spices.
- Nuts: Use other nuts such as almonds, pecans, macadamia, or pistachios.
- Other toppings: Replace the walnuts with diced fruit or fresh berries like strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries. Top the cottage cheese and honey bowl with a sprinkle of granola instead of nuts. Add a few chocolate chips if you like.
- Protein boost: Add a scoop of protein powder for an extra protein kick.
👩🏻🍳How to make cottage cheese with honey?
Place the cheese and honey in a food processor.
Blend it until smooth. Transfer to a bowl.
Melt the butter in a small pan.
Add cinnamon and honey. Stir well.
Add walnuts. Gently let them caramelize for 4-5 minutes. Stir often.
Transfer to a plate lined with parchment paper and let cool.
It's recommended to opt for a food processor instead of a blender. Blenders may require more scraping, and there's a risk of turning the mixture into a liquid.
Consider the capacity of your food processor; my larger one performs optimally when blending between 1 lb (450 g) and 1.5 lb (750 g). If you go below 1 lb, it can be a bit challenging as the cheese tends to stick to the sides, requiring frequent scraping. But that depends on your food processor.
I prefer full-fat cottage cheese (4-5% fat); it’s milder and creamier. Low-fat (1-2% fat) is also fine but a bit tangier.
No, but I recommend it; whipped cottage cheese is divine - super creamy and versatile. You can skip the honey, mix in spices, fresh herbs, or red pepper flakes, and create a savory dip. Try our Cottage Cheese Dip.
Store the dip and the caramelized walnuts in separate containers. You can refrigerate the honey dip for 4-5 days. You can store the walnuts in an airtight container at room temperature for at least one week.
Don’t freeze the cottage cheese mixture! Although safe, freezing alters the texture, resulting in a grainy consistency you probably won't find appealing.
🍽️How to serve?
Bowl: Top the blended cottage cheese bowl with the caramelized nuts, an extra drizzle of honey, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Fruit dip: Serve it as a sweet dip alongside fresh fruit like apples, peaches, strawberries, or bananas.
Toast or bagels: Spread the honey cottage cheese on toast or bagels for a delicious and satisfying breakfast. Leave out the nuts or top the bread with them.
Pancake or waffle topper: Use it as a topping for pancakes or waffles for a sweet and creamy touch.
Oatmeal: Mix leftovers into your morning oatmeal for a creamy and sweet addition.
Give my quick recipes a try for your next family meal! Feel free to reach out if you need any assistance!
Cottage Cheese with Honey
- Food processor Notes 1, 2
- Small pan
- 1 cup cottage cheese 250 g Notes 3, 4
- 2 ½ tablespoons honey divided + a bit more to drizzle on top
- 1 teaspoon butter
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ cup walnut halves 60 g, Note 5
- Blend: Place the cottage cheese and 1 ½ tablespoons of the honey in a blender or food processor. Blend for about a minute, stopping to scrape down the sides if necessary until it becomes smooth and creamy. Transfer to small serving bowls.1 cup cottage cheese + 1 ½ tablespoons of the honey
- Caramelize the walnuts: Melt the butter in a small pan. Stir in the cinnamon and 1 tablespoon of honey. Add the nuts and let them caramelize on low heat for 4-5 minutes, often stirring. The honey mixture should become thicker, a bit darker (but not too dark), and it should coat the nuts.1 teaspoon butter + ¼ teaspoon cinnamon + 1 tablespoon honey + ½ cup walnut halves
- Cool: Transfer the nuts to a plate lined with parchment paper and let them cool. It will only take a few minutes.
- Serve: Top the cottage cheese with honey with the caramelized walnuts. Drizzle with a bit more honey and sprinkle with cinnamon.
- Food processor or blender: I recommend using a food processor instead of a blender. Blenders may require more scraping, and there's a risk of turning the mixture into a liquid.
- Consider the capacity of your food processor; my larger one performs optimally when blending between 1 lb (450 g) and 1.5 lb (750 g). If you go below 1 lb, it can be a bit challenging as the cheese tends to stick to the sides, requiring frequent scraping.
- Cottage cheese: Full-fat or low-fat. I prefer full-fat.
- Blending is not a requirement, but I strongly recommend it; I adore blended cottage cheese.
- The walnut topping is optional but delicious. You can caramelize other nuts. Instead, you can use uncaramelized, just roasted nuts, or top the mixture with fruit instead of nuts.