High-Protein Chocolate Cottage Cheese Toast

This high-protein cottage cheese toast will quickly become your new favorite breakfast or snack, with the delicious combo of Real California Cottage Cheese, cacao powder, almond butter and chocolate chips.



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Disclosure:  By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Real California Milk products and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest.  I was not compensated for my time.

What makes for a good breakfast or healthy snack?  In my (personal and professional) opinion, it’s something that meets one or more of the following criteria:

  • It’s filling (protein, fat and/or fiber-rich).
  • It’s quick and easy to make.
  • It’s yummy.
  • It contains chocolate.  

Just kidding on that last one (kind of), but it just so happens that my recipe for this Chocolate Cottage Cheese Toast fits all of those requirements.  The recipe is inspired by Real California Milk, who is sponsoring this month’s breakfast and snack recipe contest for The Recipe Redux.  Before we get to the recipe, let’s take a minute to talk about Real California Milk!  Did you know that California is the leading producer of milk, ice cream, butter, non-fat dry milk and whey protein concentrate?  And it’s the second largest producer of cheese and yogurt.  To make sure you’re getting the best dairy products from the more than 1,400 family-owned California dairies, just look for the Real California Seals.



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Now I’m getting hungry so let’s bring it back to the recipe, shall we?  When I was in college, cottage cheese was my JAM.  I would snack on it all the time, but I’d always eat it plain.  The first time I saw someone put it on toast, I thought Huh?  But you have to eat cottage cheese with a spoon!  How out of touch I was back then!  The older and wiser me now knows that you can enjoy cottage cheese in SO many delicious ways, including mixed into oatmeal or smoothies and spread onto toast.  So move over, avocado!  It’s time for cottage cheese toast to have it’s moment in the spotlight.



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Just a few simple ingredients come together for this delicious breakfast or anytime snack that I promise will be satisfying and nutritious.  It’s easy to toss together, too!  Start with your favorite slice of bread (I love Ezekiel Sprouted Whole Grain) and just pile on the yum.  Cacao powder mixes in with the cottage cheese to create a chocolate fix without any added sugar and the drizzle of almond butter boosts the protein and fiber content even more.  Then top with a sprinkle of chocolate chips, just because.  😉  Each slice boasts 19 grams of protein and 4.5 grams of fiber!  And did I mention that it has chocolate?  

Chocolate Cottage Cheese Toast

Serves 2
A delicious twist on traditional cottage cheese toast using cacao powder, almond butter and chocolate chips!


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Total Time
5 min

Total Time
5 min

Ingredients
  1. 1 cup Real California Cottage Cheese
  2. 1 teaspoon cacao powder
  3. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  4. 2 Tablespoons almond butter
  5. 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  6. 2 slices bread (I used Ezekiel Sprouted Whole Grain)
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, stir together Real California Cottage Cheese, cacao and vanilla.
  2. Toast your favorite bread in a toaster or toaster oven.
  3. Spread 1/2 cup of cottage cheese on each slice of toast. Drizzle with 1 Tbsp almond butter per slice. Top with chocolate chips.
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For even more Real California Milk breakfast and snack ideas, check out the links below from fellow Recipe Reduxers.  

How do you enjoy cottage cheese?  What’s your favorite way to sneak chocolate into breakfast and snack time?

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Adventures in Portland-Part 3

Welcome back.  Are you sick of hearing about my Portland trip yet?  If so, #sorrynotsorry because I’m here to recap the final day of my trip (part 1 and part 2), which might just have been the best of all!  

After a full 8 hours of sleep on Saturday night, I was ready to tackle my last day in Portland.  While several of the SCAN educational sessions seemed interesting to me, I decided to skip them altogether to take full advantage of my time in the Pacific Northwest.  My brain was a tad bit fried from the previous two days of sessions and I knew I would regret not experiencing some amount of nature while in Portland.  Even though I played hooky from the symposium, I still got up early and went to the group yoga class, sponsored by Spright and led by Heather.  The class was held on the top floor of our hotel with a beautiful view of Portland.  



Photo cred: Yogi Heather!



Photo cred: Yogi Heather!

The class was pretty challenging (lots of planks and balancing falling), but it was a great way to start the day.  Heather’s playlist was awesome and it was fun to practice with so many fellow RD’s.  

After yoga, I quickly popped back to my room to throw on my sneakers and make sure my suitcase was all packed up.  I really had to jam everything in the suitcase, given the amount of Portland coffee, chocolate and souvenirs I purchased…Oops!  If I had more time, I would have loved to head even further North in Portland to some of the more scenic trails, but for the sake of time, I opted to walk West to Washington Park, visit the Rose Garden and hike portions of the Wildwood and Magnolia Trails.  



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I spent almost 3 hours exploring and soaking up those lush green surroundings. I can’t get over how walkable Portland is!   I simply walked my way out of the city and into these gorgeous trails.  Happy place, for sure!

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Heading back toward downtown, I realized how close I was to Blue Star Donuts, a coffee and donut shop that markets themselves as donuts for grown-ups.  Blue Star might not be as well known (yet) as VooDoo, but it definitely has a following.  Sunday morning was probably one of the worst times I could have chosen to check it out, but I love me some donuts, so I waited in line anyway.



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They definitely had more “up-scale” flavor offerings (if that is possible with donuts) and unique flavors like Raspberry Rosemary and Bourbon Basil.  I opted for a Passion Fruit with Cacao Nibs and grabbed a Cinnamon Sugar to stuff in my suitcase for Boyfriend.



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Holy donuts, these donuts were delicious!  My passion fruit one was fresh, sweet and actually a little spicy.  It was also pretty big and I couldn’t finish the whole thing, but YUM.  Blue Star wins over Voodoo in my book for sure!

After the hike/donut excursion, I quickly packed up and checked out of the hotel, Ieaving my bags at Concierge so I could wander the city some more.  Kelly and I were planning to head to the airport together for our red-eye flights back to the East coast, so we decided to meet for a late lunch before hopping on the light rail.  Unsure of where to go for our last meal in Portland, someone suggested to her that she visit Petunia’s Pies & Pastries for vegan and gluten-free treats so we headed there while still debating lunch options.  Turns out, the bakery not only has a lunch menu, but the options were right up our alley!  We each ordered a Veggie BBQ Bowl and shared some molasses cornbread.  



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Talk about yum!  I love how this beautiful veggie-tactic bowl was on the menu at a bakery.  From my experiences in Portland, it seems like vegetarian and health-conscious meals are the default and more indulgent/less nutritious options are less prevalent.  Which, ya know, is how it should be! 😉  Before we left Petunia’s for the airport, I snagged a chocolate cookie for my carry-on as one final delicious end to a weekend of good food and touristy adventures. 

Until next time, Portland! xo



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