high protein cottage cheese bread

2 Reasons to Eat This Healthy High Protein Cottage Cheese Bread

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high protein cottage cheese bread

If you, like the rest of the world, are tring to get more protein into your diet, then look no further than this cottage cheese bread! Easy to make a delicious in so many ways! Give it a go!!

In 2015, I posted this no-knead olive and sun dried tomato bread – yup, waaaaay before it was cool.

and then, when baking bread became cool again (aka covid), I made this simple overnight sourdough bread…she’s a beauty!

How to Make A Simple Overnight Sourdough Loaf

Then, as covid measures started to relax and people started to go out again, the bread baking came to a halt (except for those of you like me who will always make bread ;)).

But, what people did ask for was healthier versions of the foods they loved (helloooo Covid 15!!). Bread was still something people loved to see but they were just being more careful around it (and not eating as much as they/we did during covid…after all, it is one of the most comforting foods around!).

So I started playing around with bread recipes. And, as always, when I found myself with a container of cottage cheese in the fridge, I thought, “I wonder if I could incorporate this into the bread to make it a higher protein loaf?” My first attempt was good but I wanted to make sure that it was a good ‘toast’ bread – because I enjoy a slice of bread with almond butter every morning. I changed it up a bit to make sure it was a softer loaf to mimic the toast bread you get at the store. I added extra hemp seeds to increase the protein and I think we got it!!

Here is What You’re Going to Need To Make This Cottage Cheese Bread:

  • all purpose flour (you can sub in gluten free flour that is made for bread baking *
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • active dry yeast
  • granulated sugar
  • eggs
  • butter
  • cottage cheese
  • hemp seeds 

And I know you want to know the reasons I love this cottage cheese bread more than most lately, right??

The 2 Reasons I’m Loving This Cottage Cheese Bread:

  1. I’m reaching that stage in life where my body is starting to change and my doctor told me I should be getting enough protein AND calcium in my diet. So, that’s the first reason for enjoying this cottage cheese bread (cottage cheese has calcium because it’s dairy and is one of the highest sources of protein). If you wanted to read this article on 10 reasons to eat more protein, that’s a good start!!
  2. I love this bread because it makes two loaves and I jsut love how this toasts up! A perfect vehicle for my breakfast almond butter toast!!

I made this recipe in a bowl (below) but you an totally do this in a stand up mixer!  Make a well in your flour and add your dry ingredients (including the yeast) …

high protein cottage cheese bread

…then add your warm water, beaten egg, butter and cottage cheese!  Mix the wet ingredients in that ‘well’ to combine the wet ingredients and then start introducing the flour a bit at a time…

high protein cottage cheese bread

…until it becomes a ball (below). You can see the bits of cottage cheese in the dough but they magically disappear once the loaf is cooked! Then cover the bowl and put it in a dry, draft-free place (my fave place is the microwave!!) until it is doubled in size..

high protein cottage cheese bread

Like this! Then, dump it onto a floured surface and knead it back into a ball.

high protein cottage cheese bread

Then you want to divide it into two equal portions…

high protein cottage cheese bread

…place it into two loaf pans and brush the top with either a bit of beaten egg or heavy cream.

high protein cottage cheese bread

..then sprinkle a good dose of hemp seeds on each loaf!!

high protein cottage cheese bread

Ain’t she a beauty??

high protein cottage cheese bread

Let it double in size (about an hour) in the pan…

high protein cottage cheese bread

All baked up, it’s incredibly golden brown!!

high protein cottage cheese bread

They slice up beautifully and you are now ready to have the most epic toast ever!

high protein cottage cheese bread

Below is a gluten free version I tried. It was good but didn’t rise as well as the regular version. As you can see below, it slices even nicer than the regular version and makes great toast!!

high protein cottage cheese bread

But, if you’re gluten free, it might be worth a shot!!

high protein cottage cheese bread

Mmmmm almond butter toast, anyone??

high protein cottage cheese bread
high protein cottage cheese bread

Cottage Cheese Bread

Looking for a soft sandwich bread that is great toasted and has an extra kick or protein to keep you full longer?  Look now further…this is your loaf!!


  • 1/2 cup warm 100 degrees water
  • 2 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar, divided
  • 3 cups all purpose flour (you can sub in gluten free flour that is made for bread baking *
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 large egg an extra egg for washing the bread
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp hemp seeds for sprinkling
  • extra oil or egg (to use as brush for the top of loaf)


  • In a one cup measure, add ½ cup of warm water (roughly 100 degrees) and add inthe yeast; add a 1/3 (about a tsp) of the sugar. In a few minutes (or when you start seeing bubbles, add the remaining sugar)
  • In a large bowl, add flour, salt and baking soda and mix well.
  • Add the yeast mixture to a mixing bowl (with a paddle attachment) and add in the egg, cottage cheese and oil and mix it into the wet mixture.
  • Begin to add in the flour and mix until the dough is incorporated into a ball; knead the ball for a few minutes and then change to a dough hook if you have one. Mix for another 5 minutes and then put back into an oil-coated bowl, cover with a towel or plastic wrap and place in a dark, draft-free place until doubled in size (about 1-2 hours)
  • Once it has doubled, punch the dough down and divide in two, form into loaves; place into loaf pans, brush with additional beaten egg or oil (if using) and sprinkle with hemp seeds; cover again and place back in a dark place for an additional 45 minutes until proofed again.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Once they have risen again, uncover and place into the hot oven for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool before slicing.
  • Serve immediately or store in an airtight container for up to a week or freeze for 3 months