Easy Cottage Cheese Cheesecake

1 Cheesecake291 cals

We’re back! Yes, it’s still 2020 and no, I’m not retiring. Gearing up for 2021 (which is going to be the best year ever as we all deserve it!) I’m gonna start by throwing a quick little healthy Cottage Cheese Cheesecake your way!

This cheesecake is simple, made to be a single serving, cheap, and super easy to make.

Cottage Cheese Cheesecake

All you need for the cheesecake mix is a food processor or blender. No mixing bowls means less time cleaning up and could all use some more time…I think.

Add into your processor or blender 1 large whole egg, 1/2 cup of cottage cheese, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract, 1 tablespoon of your favorite sweetener, 1 scoop of your favorite flavor protein powder, and 1 tablespoon of a complimenting flavor Greek yogurt.

Process all of those together until smooth.

You could now mix in nuts, chocolate chips, or anything else you want but I’m opting out of that today.

You now have a couple options here for your cottage cheese cheesecake. Ready? No crust and less carbs or crust and more carbs, simple!

Cottage Cheese Cheesecake Crust

For a crust all you have to do is mix together some graham cracker crumbs and a little butter. Press those into the bottom of your dish or pan and bake it on 375/190C for 5-7 minutes or until it looks golden brown.

Yes, just regular graham cracker crumbs and some butter. These single serving cheesecakes are small enough that you’re really not adding that many calories to the recipe by using a crust.

Remember, everything in moderation.

Whether you’re using a crust or not, follow by pouring your mix into a pan or something oven safe that’s the size you want, and baking it on 325F/162C for around 20-25 minutes.

Depending on how small or big your pan is, it could take more or less time.

Take it out, let it sit, and put your cottage cheese cheesecake in the fridge for a few hours. That’s it, you’re done!

You can double or triple this recipe to make a few servings at a time and switch up the variation by using different flavor powders and yogurt.

Another tip I’ll throw at you here is that you can top this with things like sugar free pudding or jello, pumpkin, healthier pie fillings or make your own with fresh fruit, protein frostings to add more protein to the recipe, nut butters, whipped cream, and much more.

Think outside the box and this recipe will never get old.

Want an even quicker cheesecake? Try our Microwave Protein Cheesecake next!

Easy Cottage Cheese Cheesecake Recipe

Easy Cottage Cheese Cheesecake

Satisfy your cheesecake cravings while dieting with this easy to make and healthy Cottage Cheese Cheesecake that's packed with protein!
4.73 from 168 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cottage cheese, cottage cheese cheesecake, healthy cheesecake, protein cheesecake
Servings: 1 Cheesecake
Calories: 291kcal
Cost: $.50

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Ingredients

Crust

  • 15 g Graham Cracker - Crumbs Your Choice
  • ½ Tablespoon Butter - Your Choice

Cheesecake

  • 1 Large Whole Egg
  • ½ Cup Cottage Cheese - Use Reduced or Full Fat if you want
  • ½ Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Tablespoon Sweetener - Your Choice
  • 1 Scoop Protein Powder - Your Choice
  • 1 Tablespoon Greek Yogurt - Complimenting Flavor

Instructions

Crust

  • Mix together your Graham Cracker crumbs and Butter.
  • Press it into your Cheesecake dish or pan.
  • Bake on 375F/192C for around 5-7 minutes.

Cheesecake

  • Add all of your ingredients for the Cheesecake into a food processor or blender.
  • Process or blend everything together until smooth.
  • Pour your mix into your Cheesecake dish or pan.
  • Bake on 325F/162C for around 20-25 minutes.
  • Let it cool, wrap it up, and put it into the fridge for a few hours.

Video

Notes

Top or add into it anything you want – unlimited variations!
Calories listed are for the Cottage Cheese Cheesecake without the crust. Here are the calories for the crust:
Calories Per Small Crust:
  • Calories: 115
  • Fat: 7g
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Sodium: 140mg
  • Carbs: 12g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Sugar: 2.5g
  • Protein: 1g
 

Nutrition

Calories: 291kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 364mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 6g

56 Comments

  1. Tiffany on September 9, 2023 at 7:33 am

    Can you freeze these? Will it alter the flavor or texture? I’m hoping to make a week’s work at a time

    • Derek Howes on October 14, 2023 at 11:53 am

      As long as you wrap them good you should have no problem freezing them.

  2. Jenn on June 25, 2023 at 12:34 pm

    5 stars
    Hi Derek, could you provide the nutritional information for the cheesecake the same way you have it listed for the crust. I’m really looking for the carbohydrates to make it Diabetic friendly.
    I can tell you they smell amazing, and letting them cool is harder than it sounds.

    • Derek Howes on June 27, 2023 at 3:30 pm

      Hi Jenn! The listed calories and macros (291) are for the cheesecake portion, the curst is separate. Hope this helps!

  3. Pat on June 20, 2023 at 11:42 am

    5 stars
    W0w! Hands down best protein hack I’ve ever come across. Thank you!

  4. Maryanne on May 17, 2023 at 6:03 am

    I distributed the recipe (didn’t make the crust) in 6 small silicone cups, baked them in the air fryer for 8 minutes at 180 and they were delicious!! Had a fabulous basque cheesecake-esque top!!!

    • Diane on June 6, 2023 at 3:46 pm

      5 stars
      I added fresh blueberries to mine it was delicious!! Everyone loved it couldn’t believe it was made with cottage cheese!!

    • Trish on June 20, 2023 at 9:56 pm

      5 stars
      Ate the whole cake in two days Best diet cheesecake EVER

  5. Kenny on April 22, 2023 at 6:46 pm

    DO NOT PUT IN A 8oz RAMEKIN…. Lol mine overflowed. Otherwise pretty good!

    • Derek Howes on May 10, 2023 at 6:51 pm

      Lol, I’m sorry that happened but glad you liked it!

  6. Nicholas Gaitan on March 30, 2023 at 2:12 pm

    I have chocolate protein powder. I bet using that and a little extra cocoa powder would be a great cheesecake. Have you done this version? Just curious.

    • Derek Howes on March 31, 2023 at 3:30 pm

      Hi Nicholas. Yes, it’s delicious!!!

  7. Diane Nicola on March 15, 2023 at 12:25 pm

    5 stars
    This is divine. Just making sure the calories for cheesecake needs to be added to calories for crust to make it about 410 calories.

  8. tricia on March 14, 2023 at 7:59 am

    Is this recipe a single serving or will it serve more than one person?

    • Derek Howes on March 16, 2023 at 11:38 am

      I eat it as a single serving but this is completely dependent on your appetite.

  9. Mia on March 11, 2023 at 11:16 pm

    How many calories is this? It says calories per small crust. What does that mean?

    • Derek Howes on March 16, 2023 at 11:45 am

      Cheesecake: 291 Calories / Crust: 115 Calories. Separated for those that might not want a crust. Hope this helps Mia!

  10. Michele Knezaurek on February 16, 2023 at 9:13 pm

    I made this in the ramakin and it was DELICIOUS!!! Thank you!
    Have you ever made them in a muffin pan to make little ones for a party. I’m going to try it tomorrow with a blueberry compote on top. I’ll let you know how it goes.

    • Derek Howes on February 27, 2023 at 6:43 pm

      I have. there’s actually something similar here. Let me know how you like them if you try them! Thanks Michele

    • Laureen on March 19, 2023 at 3:27 pm

      I did and that they were great.

  11. Joan on February 9, 2023 at 10:21 am

    Can this be microwaved?

    • Derek Howes on February 10, 2023 at 1:11 pm

      Hi Joan! Without a crust? Possibly. I do think the texture may change a bit.

  12. Abigail on November 17, 2022 at 11:38 am

    Could I use gelatin in place of protein powder?

    • Derek Howes on January 12, 2023 at 2:47 pm

      Not for the same macros/texture but let me know how it turns out if you try it!

  13. Philis Hileman on July 12, 2022 at 6:36 pm

    5 stars
    Thank you so much for sharing your recipe. I have been eating this for a few months. Now my husband switched from his Cashew Cheesecake to this one (with Blueberries on top) and said this is his favorite dessert ever. Amazing. Thank you so much again for giving others so much enjoyment with your creativity.

    Amazed by His grace,
    Philis

    • Derek Howes on July 22, 2022 at 8:37 am

      Thanks for the awesome feedback Philis!!!

    • Sarah on August 9, 2022 at 11:50 am

      I tried another cottage cheesecake recipe first. It was OK but not that great. When I couldn’t find the first recipe I looked up this one thinking it was the same. It turned out A LOT better. It’s so similar to the first one I didn’t notice it was different until later. Just a few tweaks really made it come together. Thank you!!

  14. Jolene Hubert on June 19, 2022 at 10:16 am

    Can this be made crustless? Gluten free.

  15. Mir on June 3, 2022 at 1:38 pm

    Hi! Have you ever tried scaling this recipe up (doubling or tripling etc.) to make a full-size cheesecake? If so how do the cook times/ratios of ingredients change?

    • Derek Howes on August 23, 2022 at 1:06 pm

      Unfortunately, no. It’s definitely possible, just make sure to keep an eye on it! You can scale the recipe within the recipe card.

  16. Jen on April 24, 2022 at 10:13 pm

    Hi Derek, do I bake the graham crust first, then pour in the cheesecake mixture to bake till that part is done? Looking forward to trying this one!

  17. Anita Paul on March 7, 2022 at 6:40 pm

    5 stars
    I just made this for dessert and it was AMAZING!! I had a tub of quark that i have been looking for ways to use, and tonight I tried it instead of the cottage cheese. Absolutely GORGEOUS!!!! I used vanilla almond skinny syrup instead of vanilla extract, and reduced the amount of protein powder (1.5 scoops of salted caramel for 2 portions), I used SKYR yoghurt instead of greek as I only had that on hand, added a pinch of konjac powder to thicken … I made enough for 2 portions but had to really stop myself from eating both. Thank you so much .. this is definitely a recipe I will be repeating again and again and again. I can’t believe how creamy it tastes and only comes to 240 calories per portion.. oh and I added a sprinkling of cinnamon, peanut butter powder and powdered erthritol when I was eating it to sweeten it a bit more .. divine. Thanks again! Am going to try out some of your other desserts next 🙂

    • Derek Howes on March 8, 2022 at 5:30 pm

      Thanks for the awesome feedback Anita! I hope you like whatever you try next just as much!

  18. Psh on February 16, 2022 at 5:33 am

    5 stars
    Thank you so much for this recipe. I am amazed at how good it is. I have been eating some every day for the last couple weeks.

    • Derek Howes on February 23, 2022 at 8:27 am

      One of my favorites! Thank you

  19. Darrin H on February 12, 2022 at 1:00 pm

    How much Graham crackers and butter? It doesn’t say.

    • Derek Howes on February 23, 2022 at 9:33 am

      It’s really your choice – I use around 1/2 serving (15g) Graham Cracker Crumbs and 1/2 Tablespoon Butter. Hope this helps!

  20. Robin on January 28, 2022 at 12:08 pm

    Could you please tell me the gram cracker to butter ratio you used ?

    • Derek Howes on February 23, 2022 at 9:38 am

      Hi Robin! I added my suggestions to the recipe card. I usually shoot for 15g Graham Cracker Crumbs and 1/2 Tablespoon Butter. Hope this helps!

  21. T on January 9, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    I’ve made this every night for the past week. So easy and good, will play around with toppings eventually. Hope to see you more in 2022. miss ur channel being active

  22. Elian on November 23, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    5 stars
    I feel fat asf I just ate 2 of these and my body is trying to digest 86g of protein. Amazing recipe but I don’t even want to eat anything anymore for ever. Haven’t felt like this since I was last at a buffet. You’re the man Derek.

  23. Andrew on April 26, 2021 at 10:51 pm

    What size dish did you use for this?

    • Derek Howes on February 24, 2022 at 8:08 am

      16-18 Ounce Ramekin (I’ve since listed it in the recipe card).

  24. Lenka on March 27, 2021 at 6:50 pm

    How big was the baking pan you used ? 🙂 cheers!

    • Derek Howes on February 24, 2022 at 8:12 am

      Hi Lenka! 16-18 Ounce Ramekin (I’ve listed it in the recipe card now).

  25. Chelsea Barzal on February 11, 2021 at 3:51 pm

    5 stars
    My husband and I made this for my birthday using the PEScience Vanilla powder and monkfruit sweetener. It was incredible and we made it the following evening as well! It will be a great dessert for us in the future.

    What we learned:
    1) A shallow dish is better.
    2) Definitely allow time to cool, this will make sure it is more the cheesecake experience.

    • Derek Howes on February 27, 2021 at 6:54 pm

      Happy belated birthday Chelsea!

      • Tammi on December 14, 2022 at 10:34 am

        Can I make this without yogurt?



      • Derek Howes on January 12, 2023 at 10:41 am

        Are you looking to substitute it?



    • June Durff on February 17, 2022 at 8:19 am

      I don’t have protein powder. Can I eliminate it.

      • Derek Howes on February 23, 2022 at 9:15 am

        Hi June! You can but the macros/flavor will change. If I were to omit the protein powder I’d use more sweetener/extract.



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