A healthy gluten free berry Cheesecake, does that exist? Well, I found a leap hole. It’s a blended version. A delicious and nutritious smoothie that’s protein packed and full of antioxidants. I’ll take this cake with a whole lotta goodness!
10 days ago I was about to leave for New Zealand. Bags were packed, I finished teaching my last class at the gym, and the house was clean. Until I looked in the fridge.
Berries, cottage cheese, coconut milk, banana….
Uh oh. These cannot be thrown away or go to waste. Should i throw it all in my freezer (amongst the rest of my food I’m saving?) Oh no, not my precious cultured organic dairy, my antioxidant rich berries, my creamy coconut milk. They might get freezer burn and too icy. You get my dilemma, right?
I needed to do something with them ASAP! Luckily my obsession with all things berry took over and I blended up a protein rich smoothie sans protein powder. Oh my heavens, this was delicious! And yes, it did taste like cheesecake, but I will get to that in a minute.
First, let’s talk about the cottage cheese. We love the organic cultured Nancy’s brand. It’s the only cottage cheese brand that settles well due to the natural fermentation. Consider it the kefir of cottage cheese! It’s tangy. It’s rich. It’s my favorite.
In my opinion, I would consider this smoothie “primal” for sure. The benefits of the cultured organic cottage cheese are amazing i tolerated well. It provides beneficial bacteria for the gut, complete amino acids, and calcium.
And you know what? It adds a nice protein kick to a smoothie. Hence this recipe.
- 1 cup frozen berries
- ½ cup organic cottage cheese (or coconut kefir/yogurt for vegans)
- 1 cup coconut or almond milk
- dash of cinnamon
- 2 tbsp coconut flour or almond flour
- ¼ tsp butter extract
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- ½ banana
- (optional add ins -> hemp protein, vanilla whey, honey, etc).
- first blend up all your fruit and milk. Scoop in cottage cheese or yogurt and blend again. Add in cinnamon and extracts, blend one last time.
- Serve up!
Looking to make it vegan or dairy free. no prob! The extracts and extra ingredients help with the real “cake” taste. Plus I gotcha covered with the protein, just add in a scope or two of your favorite pea or hemp protein. Trust me when I say you’ll be hooked. As in, you’re gonna be making this recipe all Spring! Plus it’s just pretty to look at, right?
Okay okay, enough dairy talk, go make this! And while you are it, go buy yourself some butter extract, it does wonders!
5 days and counting until Ironman New Zealand, so stay tuned!
In the meantime, I’m enjoying all the downtime, the picture taking, and the delicious local food and wine. It truly is our home away from home.
What’s your favorite smoothie combo sans protein powder?
Happy Meatless Monday!