This High-Protein 2-Ingredient Cottage Cheese Bread Deserves Every Drop of Hype

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ICYMI, grandma’s favorite snack is having a major comeback moment. Like all good trends, cottage cheese is back with a fiery vengeance. And before you knock it for being blech, know that cottage cheese is being served in some actually-very-appealing forms of late. (Cottage cheese ice cream, for one, is so worth the hype.)

To that end, it's time to try turning cottage cheese into one of our favorite foods of all time: bread. Indeed, we’ve recently been introduced to fluffy, high-protein cottage cheese bread and we're never looking back. It's a one-two punch—cottage cheese packs 25 grams of protein per cup serving and helps keep the bread moist and tender. Ahead, find three delicious cottage cheese bread recipes, from savory to sweet, that’ll give you a whole new perspective on this once-polarizing ingredient.

3 cottage cheese bread recipes that will change your life (or at least the way you think about cottage cheese)

1. Cottage cheese banana bread

@rachlmansfield COTTAGE CHEESE BANANA BREAD!??don’t knock it until you try it because wowowowow the texture this adds to the banana bread is??it also adds some extra protein to the loaf. it makes a great breakfast or snack bread and you only need a few ingredients to make it. LINK IN BIO TO RECIPE! #cottagecheese #bananabread #creamcheesebananabread ♬ Just Can’t Get Enough - The Black Eyed Peas

Few things are more of a bummer than dry banana bread... but with a little help of cottage cheese, you’ll never make a brick-hard loaf again. In a recent TikTok video by @rachlmansfield, we learn how to make cottage cheese banana bread with just eight ingredients. To start, the recipe developer combines a few overly ripe bananas (about two) in a bowl and mashes them using the back of a spoon. Then she adds three eggs, a heaping half cup of cottage, a splash of maple syrup, and some vanilla extract and gives it a good stir.

Then add the dry ingredients: almond flour, baking powder, and some cinnamon to spice things up. Of course, you can stop right there, but if you’re in the mood for a few fun mix-ins, Mansfield suggests adding walnuts, chocolate chips, or blueberries. And for all the cottage cheese haters out there, this is by far the best way to enjoy (and easiest way to conceal) it. You’re welcome, picky eaters.

2. 5-ingredient cottage cheese bread

@carolinagelen cottage cheese bread #cottagecheese #bread #homemadebread ♬ Sunday - HNNY

Wait. A. Minute. Is @carolinagelen seriously telling us that you only need five ingredients to make a delicious loaf of crunchy, crispy, and pillowy-soft-on-the-inside cottage cheese bread in this recent TikTok video? Yes, yes indeed. According to her, the key to making better-than-wonder-bread loaves is blending together egg whites and cottage cheese until they’re silky smooth. By doing so, Gelen explains that you’ll achieve results similar to brioche or milk bread—which makes for the perfect sandwich or French toast-making recipes.

Aside from the cottage cheese and egg white mixture, Gelen adds a few essential ingredients to form the dough. This includes lukewarm water to activate active dry yeast, bread flour, and salt. To achieve the perfect texture, she kneads the dough on a floured surface and places it into a parchment-lined loaf pan before throwing it into the oven. As it bakes, the loaf rises out of the pan, forming a delicious, bakery-worthy crispy, crunchy, and golden-brown exterior. Cottage cheese, whomst?

3. 2-ingredient cottage cheese bread

@lilsipper_official ??? for thisecasking, no its not egg-y! ? More recipes on my IG✌? 1 c egg white powder (liquid egg whites will not work) 1 c water 1 c cottage cheese Bake for 30 min. Extended versin on my IG ??? #viralcottagecheese #cottagecheese #cottagecheeserecipes #lowcarbbread #eggwhitebread ♬ original sound - Lilsipper

Okay, just when we thought we had found the easiest cottage cheese bread recipe of all time, we came across this two-ingredient version (made with just egg whites and cottage cheese) by @lilsipper_official. Similar to making angel food cake, you’ll want to start by whipping egg whites until soft peaks form. Meanwhile, you’ll want to blend cottage cheese until it’s smooth and silky. Once you have both components ready to go, quickly and gently fold them together. To avoid deflating the air bubbles trapped in the egg whites, you’ll want to use a flipping motion with a spatula when mixing slowly.

Finally, you’ll want to transfer the ingredients into a parchment-lined loaf pan and bake for 30 minutes at 350ºF. The result? A literal cloud-like bread that will take your breath away. It’s ethereal, light, and airy—much like a giant nimbus cloud making its way across a clear blue sky. Seriously, cottage cheese never looked so good (and appetizing).

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