Healthy Cottage Cheese Cheesecake Recipe

This is a sponsored post about Healthy Cottage Cheese Cheesecake Recipe written by me on behalf of Friendship Dairies. All opinions are 100% mine.

I was recently given the challenge to trick a non cottage cheese eater into enjoying a recipe that had hidden cottage cheese. My daughter does not like any baked kinds of pasta I make and as an Italian that is pretty frustrating let alone hard to get around.

Typically I will still make the recipe with ricotta or cottage cheese and just watch her eat around it. Not sure what the hang-up is but now I will be tricking her with this healthy Cottage Cheese Cheesecake recipe that yes replaces traditional cream cheese for Cottage Cheese.

We shall see if she even notices compared to other of our cheesecake recipes. 

Healthy Cottage Cheese Cheesecake Recipe

How to Make a Healthy Cottage Cheese Cheesecake

Healthy Cottage Cheese Cheesecake Recipe

Friendship Dairies™ can be found a few different retailers around, we found it at WholeFoods, but it is known for not being soupy or watered down like our competitors.

I did find that Friendship Dairies cottage cheese did appear much thicker, richer and cheesier and was hopeful it would hold up in our healthy cheesecake recipe. But most importantly would be easily disguised in our dessert recipe. 

Healthy Cottage Cheese Cheesecake Recipe

What should I mix my cheesecake ingredients in?

We added our cottage cheese, Greek Yogurt, and lemon peel into a food processor and started the magical transformation.  You can try a blender or stand up mixer too. 

Healthy Cottage Cheese Cheesecake Recipe

Can I make a cheesecake without Cream Cheese?

The result was in fact a creamy consistency that looks just like a cheesecake made with cream cheese. This cheesecake would be filled with extra protein as a result, something my family does not need to know either, because who wants dessert to be healthy. 

Healthy Cottage Cheese Cheesecake Recipe

How to make a crust for a cheesecake.

Make your cheesecake crust in the food processors as well. We used Cinnamon Graham crackers to provide a unique flavor to the base. 

Healthy Cottage Cheese Cheesecake Recipe

Press your buttery crumb mixture into the bottom of a springform pan and get ready to put together your cheesecake recipe. 

Healthy Cottage Cheese Cheesecake Recipe


Have you ever made a cheesecake before? If you have, if you are just joining us now, you will not know that this healthy cheesecake recipe is actually made with cream cheese.

Well only if you take a hint by the photograph. 


Healthy Cottage Cheese Cheesecake Recipe


What should I top my cheesecake with?

While this was baking, we made a mixed berry topping by simply cooking down frozen berries and sugar in a pot.

Can I make cheesecake the day before serving?

Both the topping and the cheesecake need to cool overnight so this healthy cream cheese cheesecake is the perfect make-ahead dessert as well. 

Healthy Cottage Cheese Cheesecake Recipe

It is time to see if our cottage cheese dislikers, is that even a word, will notice what is in this beautiful dessert. 

Healthy Cottage Cheese Cheesecake Recipe


Simply top your cheesecake with the cooled fruit topping and let the magic transformation begin. 


Healthy Cottage Cheese Cheesecake Recipe


The success of this recipe just proves that Friendship Cottage cheese makes a great supplement in all sort of recipes. It can be blended into dips, spreads, pesto and included in other sharable crowd favorites like pizza, lasagna, and casseroles.

Healthy Cottage Cheese Cheesecake Recipe

Not only does Friendship Dairies™ cottage cheese make the recipe taste better, but you also get up to an extra 15g of protein per serving.

Healthy Cottage Cheese Cheesecake Recipe


So now the taste test of my kids and what they think of my new cheesecake recipe I made this weekend. 


Healthy Cottage Cheese Cheesecake Recipe

Healthy Cottage Cheese Cheesecake Recipe 


Healthy Cottage Cheese Cheesecake Recipe

Healthy Cheesecake with Cottage Cheese

Yield: 8 Slices
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Healthy Cheesecake with Cottage Cheese instead of cream cheese. Cottage cheese Cheese Cake 


  • For the crust
  • 1 1/2 cups cinnamon graham cracker crumbs, crushed in food processor
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • For the cheesecake filling
  • 2 1/3 cups Friendship Dairies cottage cheese
  • 1 cup Non Fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Zest
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups mixed berries, we used frozen
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons water


  1. Line a 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper on the bottom. Spray the sides of the pan with cooking spray.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F / 176°C.
  3. To make the crust
  4. Crush graham crackers in a food processor to measure out 1 1/2 cups. Add the melted butter and pulse until mixed well.
  5. Gently press the crust into the lined pan. Set aside.
  6. To make the cheesecake filling
  7. In a food processor or blender on low speed, blend the cottage cheese, lemon zest and Greek yogurt together until it is smooth.
  8. Add the eggs one at a time and mix until gone. Add the vanilla extract, maple syrup and flour into the cottage cheese mixture and pulse until completely blended.
  9. Pour the cheesecake batter into the pan. Bake in the oven for about 45 minus, until the cheesecake is set.
  10. Set on a cookie rack to cool than place in fridge for at least 4 hours but best overnight.
  11. In a medium saucepan, mix the fruit, sugar and water together. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently or until thickened.
  12. Allow to cool before topping on the cheesecake.
  13. Place the topping on the cheesecake and serve.


Adapted from The work top

Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1 slice
Amount Per Serving Calories 385Total Fat 18gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 90mgSodium 402mgCarbohydrates 42gFiber 2gSugar 30gProtein 14g

All information and tools presented and written within this site are intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information on should only be used as a general guideline.


Be sure to check out my daughter’s reaction to eating this cottage cheese cheesecake!

Healthy Cottage Cheese Cheesecake Recipe

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  1. Found your lovely blog via Twitter, and so glad that I did! I’ve pinned this lish-looking cottage cheese cake to make for my book club soon. Can’t wait to try it, and thanks! –G

  2. Yummy! I love making this kind of cheesecake. The kids go nuts over it, I mix it up with raspberries when they are in season and the flavor really pops with flavor.

  3. Cheesecake is one of my favorite desserts and I am always looking for new ways to enjoy it. This recipe looks like I can definitely replicate it here at home.

  4. I’m not a big cheesecake fan but my husband is would love to make something like this for him. This does look gorgeous however, it looks yummy!

  5. We love our cheeses! Cottage, string, cheddar, ricotta, cream cheese whatever. We even love the stinky cheeses. Haha. I will try your cottage cheese-cheese cake recipe. I don’t think there won’t be much difference in the taste though. Cheese is cheese.

  6. If this is healthy, I will eat healthy for the rest of my life! I don’t even LIKE cheesecake but this looks delicious!

  7. Cottage cheese is great. While I don’t believe in trickery, there’s no need here as we all love it and always have our favorite type on hand.

  8. I’ve always wanted to make cheesecake from scratch but it seemed hard. Your tutorial made it look less intimidating.

  9. I am not a big cheesecake person but my husband sure is. I bet he would love this as a surprise!

  10. This looks so yummy. I never would have thought to use cottage cheese to make it.

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