Cottage Cheese Bagel

// Quick & delicious cottage cheese bagel recipe with vanilla bagel & strawberry jam. Perfect for a healthy breakfast or snack, ready in 2 mins.



This cottage cheese bagel recipe offers a super delicious and easy-to-follow option for breakfast, brunch, or an afterschool snack. Prepared with a vanilla bagel, cottage cheese, and your choice of jam, this cottage cheese bagel comes together in just 2 minutes.

Loaded with protein, this easy sweet bagel recipe is a perfect way to start your day.

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Gourmet bagel with cottage cheese and dollops of jam, adorned with almond flakes, presented on an ornate tray with warm, ambient lighting.

You will need only 3 ingredients and 2 minutes of your time to whip up this easy, delicious, and satisfying breakfast.

Another great thing about this bagel is that it is a vegetarian recipe that can also be made vegan and gluten-free with slight changes.

About Cottage Cheese Bagel

When you combine the creaminess of cottage cheese with sweet and luscious strawberry jam and top it over the iconic American breakfast staple—the bagel, you get an enticingly delicious breakfast bite. 

A 2-minute cooking time makes it a perfect meal for those busy mornings when you want a quick, delicious, yet healthy breakfast idea.

The mildly flavored vanilla bagel mingles beautifully with the simplicity of cottage cheese and the sweetness of strawberry jam. This easy dish is a classic example of how you can turn a boring bagel into an exotic dish in just 2 minutes using some handy kitchen ingredients.

Each bite of this bagel is an exploration of beautiful flavors, diverse textures, and nutrients, all wrapped up in one.

Imagine a mildly flavored bagel slathered with a mix of creamy cottage cheese and sweet jam, topped with a hint of sweet jam or fresh fruits, and the crunchy goodness of almonds. It is the essence of a vegetarian bagel breakfast that is both satisfying and nutritious.

I made this bagel as an experiment when I had some leftover bagels at home. My daughter wanted a quick snack, and all I had was some cheese, a bagel, and jam. So, I combined them all and made this gorgeous-looking bagel.

As a final garnish, I topped the bagel with some more homemade strawberry jam and almond flakes. My daughter just gobbled it up in no time, and then I knew that I had found another breakfast favorite for her.

After that day, I have tried it with different jams and marmalades, and the strawberry one is the most favored of them all. So, I have decided to share this exact recipe with you guys.

To make these bagels, all you need to do is combine the cottage cheese and jam. Place it on a sliced bagel, top with more jam and nuts of your choice, and it’s done!

Whether you love cheese and jam or are looking for a healthy breakfast idea, this cottage cheese bagel has your name written all over it.

Cottage cheese bagels are not just about combining two ingredients; they’re about creating a harmony of flavors.

This delightful DIY bagel breakfast is quite a versatile recipe, that can also be made using a variety of bagels - be it whole wheat, plain, or even sweet potato bagels. 

Additionally, cottage cheese can be swapped with cream cheese, goat cheese, or ricotta cheese. I have used strawberry jam, but you can also use mixed berry jam, blueberry jam, raspberry jam, peach jam, apricot jam, or any other jam of your choice. 

You can even use fruit compote in this high protein bagel recipe. I didn’t use any fruits here, but you can also add strawberries or any other seasonal fruits and berries of your choice to make it fruity and more refreshing.

There are countless possibilities for sweet bagel toppings.

All in all, if you love cottage cheese recipes, then you are going to love it too. So, are you ready to try this easy and innovative bagel recipe?

A vanilla bagel topped with cottage cheese and strawberry jam, sprinkled with almond slices on a textured tray with soft bokeh background.

This Cottage Cheese Bagel

  • Has various flavors and textures

  • Can also be made vegan & gluten-free

  • Is vegetarian & nutrient-rich

  • Is versatile and customizable

  • Keeps you satiated for hours

  • Is an ideal start for any day

  • Is quick and easy to prepare

  • Tastes so delightful

  • Makes a satisfying meal

  • Is packed with protein

  • Is ideal for a weekday breakfast or weekend brunch

Ingredients

  • Bagels: As the name suggests, the bagel is the star of this recipe. I have used a vanilla bagel here, but you can go for any bagel of your choice. You can choose from classic plain, whole grain, or even sweet potato bagels for the base.

  • Cottage Cheese: It is another key ingredient of this breakfast bagel recipe. I have used ¼ cup cottage cheese.  full fat cottage cheese here, as it adds a lot more creaminess and taste.

However, if you want a lighter or low-fat version of this bagel recipe, then you can also opt for low-fat cottage cheese.

  • Jam: To sweeten it up and make it fruity, I have used homemade strawberry jam here. You can also use other jams or marmalades of your choice. You can also go for honey or maple syrup to sweeten cream cheese to your liking.

  • Topping: I used almond flakes to add some nutty crunch and nutrients. You can also sprinkle the bagel with other nuts and seeds such as walnuts, pecans, pistachios, chia seeds, flaxseeds, or pumpkin seeds.

Variations

Cottage Cheese Honey Bagel

Love honey and cottage cheese? Then swap strawberry jam and sweeten the cottage cheese using honey. You can also add sweet-scented spices like cardamom and cinnamon.

Mixed Berry Cottage Cheese Bagel

Fresh berries add a burst of flavor and color. To make this version, add 2 tablespoons of chopped mixed berries to the cottage cheese. Also, replace strawberry jam with mixed berry jam or compote.

Chocolate Cottage Cheese Bagel

Enjoy eating chocolate and cottage cheese? Then why not combine them both? It is a lovely treat for those who adore decadent chocolate desserts. 

For this variant, simply spread the bagel with chocolate syrup or the spread of your choice. You can even use melted chocolate here. Also, add some chocolate chips to the cottage cheese mixture and finally drizzle the bagel with melted chocolate.

Cottage cheese jam bagel served on an antique tray, with a white marble background.

Serving Suggestions

This high protein cottage cheese bagel recipe can be served with a side of fruit or a smoothie for a complete meal. You can also serve it with a hot cup of coffee, caramel chai, or even with a glass of refreshing strawberry milk for an extravagantly satisfying breakfast or brunch.

If you are planning to serve it for a brunch party, then you can also include apple bagel, blueberry mug cake, chocolate orange mug cake, chocolate crepes, chocolate banana bread, caprese croissant sandwich, and almond flour cookies.

Toppings: For an indulging presentation, you can also drizzle it with strawberry sauce or chocolate sauce.

Storage Suggestions

Cottage cheese bagels taste best when served fresh right after spreading the cottage cheese. If you want to store this bagel, then you can store the cottage cheese mix separately.

Simply mix the cottage cheese with jam and store it for up to 4 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

When you want to eat, simply slice the bagel. You can use the bagel as it is or toast them before adding toppings. Spread the cottage cheese and jam mixture. Top it with more jam and sprinkle with some nuts. Your quick and delicious breakfast is ready to be served.

Anupama’s Tips & Tricks to make the best Cottage Cheese Bagel

  1. Toppings: I have topped this bagel with some jam and almond flakes. You can go with any topping of your choice. You can even sprinkle them with cinnamon sugar.

  2. Toasting: I have used the bagel without toasting, but you can also toast it in a pan or in an air fryer until golden brown for the perfect texture before assembling.

  3. Quality ingredients: Cottage cheese is the star of this recipe, so make sure you are using high-quality cottage cheese for the best taste and texture.

  4. Experiment with Flavors: Feel free to experiment with a variety of fruits, nuts, or spices to make it suitable for your taste buds.

  5. Fruits: You can also top this bagel with a bunch of seasonal fresh fruits.

  6. Flavorings: I have not added any flavorings here, but you can try adding spices such as a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg, or cardamom. You can also add a dash of vanilla or almond extract to the cottage cheese mixture.

  7. Sweetener: Instead of strawberry jam, you can also opt for natural sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup.

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FAQ

Can I use any type of bagel?

Absolutely, you can use any of your favorite varieties of bagel here.

Is cottage cheese healthy?

Yes, cottage cheese is considered healthy as it is a great source of protein and calcium, making it a nutritious option for any meal.

How can I make my cottage cheese bagel more filling?

For a sweet version, try adding some sliced fruit like banana. You can also make a savory version of this cottage cheese bagel more filling by adding some chopped hard-boiled eggs or bacon.

Can I make a vegan cottage cheese bagel?

To make a vegan version of this bagel recipe, make sure to swap cottage cheese with vegan cottage cheese alternatives such as tofu cottage cheese or cashew cottage cheese.

Can I make a gluten free cottage cheese bagel?

Surely you can. If you are gluten intolerant, then make sure that you use a gluten-free bagel for your base.

Can these be made in advance?

You can make the cottage cheese topping ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator. Always assemble fresh in the morning for the best taste and texture.


Cottage Cheese Bagel (Step-by-step photo instructions)

How To Make Cottage Cheese Bagel

  1. Slice the vanilla bagel in half and keep it aside. Tip: If you like a crispy bagel, feel free to toast it slightly.
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  3. In a mixing bowl, add cottage cheese and 1 tablespoon of strawberry jam, or to taste. Mix well until well combined.
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  5. Place the vanilla bagel halves on a serving plate. Top the bagels with the cottage cheese jam mixture.
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  7. Sprinkle them with almond flakes, and top with some more jam.
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  9. Your Cottage Cheese Jam Bagels are ready to be served. Enjoy them as a delicious breakfast, or a late-night snack with your favorite drink.
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Cottage Cheese Bagel [Recipe]

Recipe Image
Quick & delicious cottage cheese bagel recipe with vanilla bagel & strawberry jam. Perfect for a healthy breakfast or snack, ready in 2 mins.
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(Rating: 5 from 6 reviews)

Prep time 🕐 Cook time 🕐 Total time 🕐
2 mins
Category ☶ Cuisine ♨ Serves ☺
Breakfast American 2
Nutrition Info ⊛ Serving size ⊚
191 calories 1

INGREDIENTS

For Cottage Cheese Bagel
  • 1 vanilla bagel
  • 1/4 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 tablespoon strawberry jam, or any jam of your choice
  • For topping:
  • 1 tablespoon strawberry jam
  • 1 tablespoon almond flakes

INSTRUCTIONS:

How To Make Cottage Cheese Bagel
  1. Slice the vanilla bagel in half and keep it aside. Tip: If you like a crispy bagel, feel free to toast it slightly.
  2. In a mixing bowl, add cottage cheese and 1 tablespoon of strawberry jam, or to taste. Mix well until well combined.
  3. Place the vanilla bagel halves on a serving plate. Top the bagels with the cottage cheese jam mixture.
  4. Sprinkle them with almond flakes, and top with some more jam.
  5. Your Cottage Cheese Jam Bagels are ready to be served. Enjoy them as a delicious breakfast, or a late-night snack with your favorite drink.

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NOTES:

  1. I have topped this bagel with some jam and almond flakes. You can go with any topping of your choice. You can even sprinkle them with cinnamon sugar.
  2. I have used the bagel without toasting, but you can also toast it in a pan or in an air fryer until golden brown for the perfect texture before assembling.


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