Cottage Cheese and Peanut Butter

Cottage cheese and peanut butter is made by simply stirring a scoop or two of peanut butter into a serving of cottage cheese. This probably is not something you are going to serve to party guest. Let’s face it, you would likely appear a bit odd and the combination does not particularly portray class.  However, the combination does serve a purpose for some people.

Why eat cottage cheese with peanut butter?

The combination of cottage cheese and peanut butter results in a high protein and lower carb snack. These types of foods are particularly appealing to bodybuilders or athletes who need the protein to build lean muscle, yet don’t want to add a lot of carbs to their diet. Additionally, it is much quicker and easier to make than other high protein/low carb foods like skinless chicken breasts, fish, or eggs.

Cottage cheese & peanut butter nutrition facts

Let’s say you mix two tablespoons of peanut butter with a half cup of cottage cheese. What kind of nutrition is in this combination? You will get about 21 grams of protein and approximately 10 grams of carbs (see the table below). The downside is that the 272 calories are on the high side, but the numbers are still solid overall.

Admittedly, the nutrition of cottage cheese and peanut butter is not as beneficial as something like canned tuna that has about 27 grams of protein, 0 carbs, and only 145 calories per half cup. However, cottage cheese and peanut does provide an alternative to other traditionally high protein foods that you may be sick of eating.

Serving SizeCaloriesProtein FatCarbohydratesFiberSugars
Cottage Cheese Lowfat (1% Milkfat)1/2 Cup (113g)8114 g1.15 g3.07 g0 g3.07 g
Peanut Butter (Smooth Style)2 Tbsp (32g)1917.11 g16.44 g7.14 g1.6 g3.36 g
Totals145 g27221.11 g17.59 g10.21 g1.6 g6.43 g
Source: USDA Nutrient Database

How Does It Taste?

We obviously are huge fans of cottage cheese since this site is devoted to it and other dairy. We also love peanut butter to the point where we could eat spoonfuls direct from the container.

However, something was just off when combining the two foods. The tangy taste of the cottage cheese seemed amplified because of the peanut butter. Also, the peanut butter seemed to take on an unpleasant extra nutty flavor. We didn’t try to add additional mix-ins because we were so turned off by the taste. However, it potentially needed something more like honey or jelly to balance the flavors.

While we were not fans of cottage cheese and peanut butter, we understand why people eat it. Some people just don’t like the taste of cottage cheese and tolerate it for the high protein and other nutritional benefits.

Adding peanut butter helps cottage cheese become more tolerably for some. Also, some people simply just like the combination. We really wish we were one of those people.

4 thoughts on “Cottage Cheese and Peanut Butter”

  1. Thanks for the peanut butetr info. I have been meaning to do this for… a long time now!Question: In trying to prioritize budget-wise, I was wondering if you know about the relative importance of choosing organic peanuts? I seem to remember hearing that peanuts are often crop-rotated with cotton, one of the most sprayed crops- do you know anything more about that? I need to stretch my food dollars, and I live in a state that produces lots of peanuts, so would like to know what to consider to make an informed decision.

  2. I tried this combo years ago. Love it. Also, cottage cheese works same as milk for “un – sticking ” peanut butter from mouth.

    1. Same here. I mildly saute the cottage cheese (about 200 gms) and two dollops of crunchy peanut butter in olive oil. Makes for a satiating afternoon snack.Tasty. I do a bit of extra cardio to burn of those extra cals 🙂

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