Try this mouthwatering and refreshing cottage cheese with pineapple recipe – a delicious snack that's easy to make and customize. Learn how to whip up this treat that is both wholesome and satisfying.
Looking for a simple yet delicious breakfast, nice light lunch, healthy snack, or dessert? Have a small bowl of cottage cheese with pineapple - a delightful fusion of sweet and creamy flavors.
Let's dive into the details of this delectable pineapple and cottage cheese recipe, including how to make it, additions, and substitution options.
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Why does this pineapple cottage cheese combo work?
- Amazing flavors: Cottage cheese with pineapple is a fantastic creamy, sweet, and fruity blend.
- Simple, quick, and convenient: This easy recipe requires three simple ingredients and is incredibly easy to make. It doesn't require any cooking or complex preparations. Whether you're in a rush, need a quick snack, or want to satisfy your sweet tooth, this recipe is a go-to choice.
- Customization: It's a versatile dish that allows various additions and substitutions to be tailored to your taste.
- Healthy yet indulgent: While focusing on the delightful taste, it's also a relatively healthy option. This kind of cheese provides protein and calcium, and pineapple offers vitamins and natural sweetness. The addition of honey is optional for those who want a touch of indulgence.
- Cottage cheese: Opt for your favorite brand; it can be full-fat or low-fat, large or small curd cheese. You can whip it or leave it as it is. You can use as much or as little as you desire.
- Pineapple: Canned pineapple, preferably unsweetened, to keep this recipe as healthy as possible. If using fresh pineapple, go for the ripest, juiciest piece you can find. However, if you use fresh, you should consume the mixture immediately; it contains enzymes that will cause dairy products to curdle and turn slightly bitter.
- Honey: For a drizzle of extra sweetness. You can replace it with maple syrup, brown sugar, or another sweetener.
- Cinnamon: It’s optional, but we love it. It adds a burst of warm flavors.
How do you make cottage cheese with pineapple?
- Prepare the pineapple: Drain it well in a sieve. If the pineapple chunks are too large, cut them into bite-sized pieces. Crushed pineapple is also ok; drain it well before using.
- If using fresh fruit, start by peeling and chopping it.
- Whip the cheese in a food processor or blender (1,2). For detailed instructions, check out our Whipped Cottage Cheese recipe.
- Alternatively, leave the cottage cheese as it is. We love its whipped creaminess, but cheese in its genuine lumpy, curd-like form is also excellent; it’s a matter of personal preference.
- Combine dairy with honey to taste.
- Assemble: Place a few pineapple pieces at the bottom of small bowls or jars. Scoop the cheese on top. Arrange the remaining fruit on top.
- Sprinkle it with cinnamon and drizzle more honey over the top if desired. You can also layer the ingredients in a large bowl.
Additions and Substitutions
- Additions: You can also use other berries or chopped fruit. Add a handful of fresh blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, or strawberries.
- Nuts for crunch: Toss in some chopped almonds or walnuts for a delightful crunch. Add a sprinkle of shredded coconut for extra flavor and texture.
- Dairy substitutions: If you prefer a slightly tangier taste, use Greek yogurt for a different twist.
- You can also use whipped ricotta or combine Greek yogurt with cream cheese or mascarpone. In this case, the dish will be more suitable as a dessert.
- Spices: Add other warm and cozy flavors to the mix. Sprinkle the pineapple with pumpkin pie or carrot cake spice mix, allspice, cardamom, or nutmeg.
- Garnish with fresh mint or lemon balm leaves.
- Make a smoothie: Blend cottage cheese and pineapple with some ice and a touch of honey for a creamy and satisfying smoothie. If using fresh pineapple, drink the smoothie immediately.
- Fresh pineapple: When you mix pineapple with dairy, a substance called bromelain breaks down the main protein in milk, which is called casein. This process turns casein into smaller pieces, known as peptides, which can sometimes taste slightly bitter.
- Drain excess liquid: If the cheese is too watery, strain it through a fine-mesh sieve to remove excess liquid. This will help maintain a creamier texture.
- Control sweetness: Adjust the sweetness to your liking. You can add a drizzle of honey or a sprinkle of brown sugar if you prefer it sweeter. Taste as you go to get the balance just right.
How to serve?
- Serve in small bowls or jars.
- Mix the cheese with finely chopped pineapple and use the mixture to fill crepes or top pancakes.
- Spoon it over waffles and add an extra drizzle of honey.
- Add some to your morning muesli, use the mixture for making overnight oats, or add some to granola.
- To make a decadent dessert out of it, fold in some whipped cream or cool whip into the mixture.
If you use fresh fruit, it’s preferable to avoid leftovers. If you have leftovers, cover and refrigerate them. Consume within a day or two to maintain the best quality.
You can use the leftovers to make a fruit salad. Chop and add other fruit or berries to the mixture. If necessary, thin the cottage cheese mixture with a little full-fat or skim milk.
You can whip ricotta, cream cheese, or a mixture of cream cheese and yogurt, or mascarpone and yogurt.
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Cottage Cheese with Pineapple
- Food processor or blender optional, Note 1
- 2 cups cottage cheese 16 oz/ 450 g, Note 2
- 1 can pineapple 10 oz/ 280 g, chopped, Note 3
- 2 tablespoons honey + more to taste, Note 4
- a dash of cinnamon
- Prepare the pineapple: Drain well. If the chunks are too large, cut them into bite-sized pieces. If using fresh fruit, peel and chop it.1 can pineapple
- Optional: Whip the cheese in a food processor or blender until smooth, light, and fluffy. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl once or twice to ensure everything blends evenly. It takes 1-2 minutes.Alternatively, leave the cottage cheese as it is; it’s a matter of personal preference.2 cups cottage cheese / 450 g/ 16 oz
- Combine cottage cheese with honey to taste. Start with 1-2 tablespoons and add more as desired.2 tablespoons honey
- Assemble: Place some pineapple chunks at the bottom of the serving bowls or jars. Scoop the sweetened cheese into small serving bowls or jars. Arrange the remaining pineapple on top. Sprinkle it with cinnamon and drizzle a little more honey over the top if desired.a dash of cinnamon
- You can whip the cottage cheese in or leave it as it is.
- Cottage cheese: Full-fat or low-fat are both ok.
- Pineapple: Canned pineapple, preferably unsweetened. If you use fresh pineapple, you should consume the mixture immediately. When you mix pineapple with dairy, a substance called bromelain breaks down the main protein in milk: casein. This process turns casein into smaller pieces, known as peptides, which can sometimes taste slightly bitter.
- Sweetener: You can replace honey with maple syrup, brown sugar, or another sweetener of choice.