Cottage Cheese Banana Bread Recipe

COTTAGE CHEESE BANANA BREAD

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Have you tried the viral cottage cheese banana bread? Once you try adding cottage cheese to your banana bread, you’ll never want to go back! The cottage cheese is seamlessly incorporated and enhances the banana bread’s moistness without altering its flavor. The cottage cheese not only keeps the bread tender and rich but also adds a boost of protein. It’s perfect for breakfast, a snack, or even dessert.

This recipe has quickly become our favorite way to make banana bread – it’s so incredibly good, that you won’t believe it’s made with cottage cheese! Enjoy the amazing banana flavor in every bite, complemented by a texture that’s both soft and satisfying. Trust us, this will become your go-to banana bread recipe!

Why You Will Love Cottage Cheese Banana Bread

  • Adding cottage cheese is a unique twist that sets this banana bread apart from others.
  • The cottage cheese adds protein and prevents the bread from drying out.
  • It’s easy to incorporate the cottage cheese. Just mix it into the batter.
  • This banana bread is packed with banana flavor and a hint of spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • This recipe is made with simple ingredients and pantry staples.
  • There is no oil or butter needed! The cottage cheese and applesauce keep it moist!
  • It’s a healthier option with less fat than traditional banana bread.
  • This cottage cheese banana bread is versatile. Enjoy it for breakfast, dessert, or as a snack.

What Is Cottage Cheese Banana Bread?

Cottage cheese banana bread is similar to traditional banana bread, with the addition of cottage cheese. The cottage cheese helps prevent the banana bread from becoming dry. It makes it extra moist and tender. Also, it boosts the protein content of this banana bread. Cottage cheese has a mild flavor, so you don’t taste it in your banana bread. Cottage cheese is a healthier alternative to butter or oil that still provides moisture. It truly makes the texture of this banana bread incredible!

Ingredients Needed

Ingredients for cottage cheese banana bread
  • Bananas: Mash four medium-sized ripe bananas for this banana bread.
  • Eggs: You will need two large eggs for this recipe.
  • Cottage Cheese: There is cottage cheese in this banana bread! It makes the texture moist. You can use fat-free, low-fat, or full-fat cottage cheese.
  • Applesauce: Use unsweetened applesauce. The applesauce eliminates the need for butter or oil. Also, it makes this banana bread moist.
  • Vanilla: Add a splash of vanilla extract.
  • Flour: Use all-purpose flour for this recipe.
  • Sugar: Use sugar or a 1:1 sugar substitute such as monk fruit or Swerve.
  • Baking Soda: Helps the banana bread rise when it bakes in the oven.
  • Cinnamon: Add ground cinnamon to the batter for flavor.
  • Nutmeg: Ground nutmeg adds another layer of flavor.
  • Salt: To enhance the flavors and structure of the banana bread.

How To Make Cottage Cheese Banana Bread

Step 1: Add the peeled ripe bananas to a large bowl. Then, thoroughly mash them.

Mashed bananas in a bowl

Step 2: Add the eggs, cottage cheese, unsweetened applesauce, and vanilla extract to the bowl with the mashed bananas.

Cottage cheese banana bread wet ingredients in bowl

Then, mix to combine the wet ingredients.

Mixed cottage cheese in banana bread

Step 3: Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a separate bowl.

Step 4: Add the dry ingredients to the bowl with the wet ingredients a little at a time until the batter is fully combined.

Dry ingredients combined for banana bread

Make sure not to over-mix the batter.

Cottage cheese banana bread batter

Step 5: Lightly spray a 9×5 oven-safe loaf pan with coconut oil or your oil of choice. Then, pour the batter into the pan. Also, you can add a piece of parchment paper to the loaf pan before pouring the batter.

Banana bread made with cottage cheese in loaf pan

Step 6: Bake the banana bread at 350°F for 50-55 minutes. Once done, let it slightly cool and then carefully remove it from the loaf pan. After that, slice the banana bread and enjoy!

Baked banana bread loaf

Serving Suggestions

Slice this cottage cheese banana bread and enjoy it on its own, or with toppings or sides. You can spread butter, or nut butter such as peanut butter, almond butter, or cashew butter. Or, add our strawberry chia jam, blueberry jam, or your favorite jam on top when ready to serve. We love serving it with a side of Greek yogurt or cottage cheese and fruit. It would also be delicious served with coffee or tea.

Expert Tips

  • How To Mash Bananas: The best way to mash the banana is with a potato masher. It’s much easier and faster than using a fork. You can thoroughly mash the bananas or leave some chunks.
  • Use Ripe Bananas: Use spotted ripe bananas for the best, most sweet flavor in your banana bread.
  • Don’t Over-mix Batter: Be mindful not to over-mix the batter. An over-mixed batter may cause the banana bread to become dense.
  • What Size Loaf Pan: Use an oven-safe 9×5 inch loaf pan.
  • How To Know When It’s Cooked: You will know this cottage cheese banana bread is done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Ensure the banana bread is fully cooked before slicing and enjoying it.
  • Evenly Slice: Once baked and cooled, evenly slice the banana bread. Try to slice it evenly so each piece is the same size.

Storage Instructions

This cottage cheese banana bread is great for meal prep and you have a few options on how to store leftovers for later. You can store leftovers at room temperature in an airtight container or wrapped in tinfoil on the counter for one day. Or, store them in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. You can even freeze this banana bread! Let it completely cool, slice it, and store it in freezer-safe bags for 1-2 months. Reheat leftovers in the oven or microwave.

Variations

  • Mix In Chocolate Chips: You can fold 1/4 to 1/2 cups of mini chocolate chips or chocolate chunks into the batter to make chocolate chip banana bread.
  • Make Muffins With The Batter: You can make individual cottage cheese banana muffins with this recipe instead of a loaf. Lightly spray a non-stick muffin pan with oil and pour the batter into the muffin cups, forming about 14-16 muffins. Bake the muffins at 350°F for about 24-28 minutes, or until fully cooked and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Add Chopped Nuts: You can fold some chopped pecans or walnuts into the batter. Or, add some roughly chopped raisins.
  • Sugar Replacement: You can use sugar or brown sugar in this recipe. Or, use a 1:1 sugar-free sweetener such as monk fruit or Swerve.
  • Make It Gluten-Free: To make this banana bread gluten-free, substitute the all-purpose flour for a 1:1 gluten-free all-purpose flour blend.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I Need To Blend The Cottage Cheese?

No, there is no need to blend or whip the cottage cheese for this recipe! Just mix it into the batter with the rest of the wet ingredients. This makes it super easy, no blending is necessary!

Can You Taste The Cottage Cheese?

You can’t taste the cottage cheese in this banana bread! It just adds protein and makes it moist and soft. You can’t tell there’s cottage cheese, it tastes just like classic banana bread.

How Long Does Cottage Cheese Banana Bread Last?

This cottage cheese banana bread will last up to four days when stored in an airtight container in the fridge. Or, freeze it for up to two months.

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COTTAGE CHEESE BANANA BREAD

Recipe by Shawna
5.0 from 4 votes
Course: BreakfastCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

16

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

50

minutes
Calories

90

kcal

This cottage cheese banana bread is moist and tender. Once you try adding cottage cheese to your banana bread, you’ll never want to go back!

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Ingredients

  • 4 medium-sized ripe bananas

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1/2 CUP cottage cheese (fat-free, low-fat, or full-fat)

  • 1/4 CUP unsweetened applesauce

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 ¾ CUP all-purpose flour

  • 3/4 CUP sugar or a 1:1 sugar substitute such as monk fruit or Swerve

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

  • Add the peeled ripe bananas to a large bowl. Then, thoroughly mash them with a fork or potato masher.
  • Add the eggs, cottage cheese, unsweetened applesauce, and vanilla extract to the bowl with the mashed bananas. Then, mix to combine the wet ingredients.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the bowl with the wet ingredients a little at a time until the batter is fully combined. Combine all the wet and dry ingredients but don’t over-mix the batter.
  • Lightly spray a 9×5 oven-safe loaf pan with coconut oil or your oil of choice. Then, pour the batter into the loaf pan. Also, you can add a piece of parchment paper to the loaf pan before pouring the batter so the banana bread is easy to remove once baked.
  • Bake the banana bread at 350°F (177°C) for 50-55 minutes, until fully cooked, when a toothpick inserted comes out clean from the center of the loaf. Once done, let it slightly cool and then carefully remove it from the loaf pan. After that, evenly slice the banana bread and enjoy!

Recipe Video

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Notes

  • The WW points and calories are based on using a sugar-free sweetener and fat-free cottage cheese.
  • WW Points™: 1 point per slice if you make 16 slices of this banana bread, or 2 points per slice if you make 12-15 slices
  • To see your WW Points™ in the WW app for this recipe click here! Or, please manually add the ingredients to the recipe builder.
  • Nutritional information is provided as a reference, using an online calculator. We recommend verifying the information independently. It could vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used.

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Nutrition Facts

16 servings per container


  • Amount Per ServingCalories90
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 0.9g 0%
    • Saturated Fat 0.3g 0%
  • Cholesterol 24mg 8%
  • Sodium 175mg 8%
  • Potassium 132mg 4%
  • Total Carbohydrate 17.9g 6%
    • Dietary Fiber 1.2g 4%
    • Sugars 4.3g
  • Protein 3g 6%

    * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

    6 Comments

    1. Tracy Hicks

      This is a great recipe! So moist and delicious!!😋 You won’t be disappointed if you make this recipe!!

    2. Patricia Malarkey

      Wonderful and easy recipe! Great way to add a little more protein into your day.

    3. This banana bread is my favorite ever!!! I make it every week now! Thank you so much! 👏👍😁

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