Warm (pseudo) baked apples that are cooked in brown sugar until perfectly tender and bursting with cinnamon flavor? Gimme. Even better? Add in a secret ingredient that makes all the difference and takes this healthy breakfast/snack/dessert over the top!
I have been a huge lover of this secret ingredient ever since I was little. I grew up eating it with yogurt and granola (something I got from my mom) and in the BEST lasagna ever, which is a recipe from my tiny asian Obachan. Funny how a little Japanese woman can make lasagna better than any Italian restaurant, right?
What is this magical and perhaps underrated ingredient? Cottage cheese!
Lucky for me, it turns out that cottage cheese just happens to be a great healthy addition to my diet! With 13g of protein for only 90 calories (for 2% fat cottage cheese) Daisy Brand Cottage Cheese contains none of the additives and preservatives found in other leading brands, and is a smart snack on its own or as a healthy substitution in a recipe! Daisy Brand is a 4th generation, family owned dairy business, focused on making high quality, limited ingredient dairy products. The company is one of the leading brands for cotage cheese, and trust me, it makes a difference. I’ve gone through times where I’ve tried to get by with other brands, but they just don’t compare to the creamy and fresh texture that Daisy provides.
To help show how versatile cottage cheese is, I created this super quick and easy recipe that will not only satisfy your sweet tooth (sweet and salty flavors=HEAVEN), but will be a great addition to your healthy recipe collection! Oftentimes I’m in a big rush in the morning as I run around the house trying to get ready for my classes, but this breakfast, snack, or dessert comes together by simply microwaving cinnamon, brown sugar, and some freshly cut apples to spiced and tender perfection, then adding some cottage cheese to the mix to give it a great salty kick and protein boost.
Since I don’t always have time to snack during my busy day, I depend on a breakfast that will keep me full and energized! Daisy Brand Cottage Cheese does the trick perfectly!
Want more healthy, delicious, and easy recipe? Here’s a goldmine of great options!
- 2 granny smith apples, peeled and cut into cubes
- ½ tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup 2% Daisy Cottage Cheese
- optional: walnuts and honey for serving
- Stir together the apples, coconut oil, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a medium-sized microwavable bowl.
- Microwave for 2-2:30 minutes or until apples are soft. Stir to mix the flavors and serve with the cottage cheese and top with chopped walnuts and a drizzle of honey. Enjoy!
Disclosure: While this recipe is sponsored by Daisy Brand, all opinions are, of course, my own and this recipe is an Apple of My Eye original created to show the versatility of Daisy cottage cheese.