Frozen Berry Whip is a refreshing, high-protein alternative to store-bought frozen desserts that is budget-friendly, made with real food, and only uses 3 ingredients.
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Summertime begs for fresh, frozen treats and minimal cooking. My health begs for treats that aren’t ice cream or popsicles, and my budget begs for something affordable.
So these days, we make Frozen Berry Whip. It’s a refreshing, high-protein alternative to store-bought frozen desserts that takes minimal effort and only uses 3 ingredients.
You can find variations of this recipe in many places, but this one is based on a dessert I found in the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook.
This Recipe Is:
- Minimal ingredients (only 3!)
- Real food
- High-protein (cottage cheese for the win!)
- Takes 5 minutes to whirr together
- Flexible – try any berry (or peaches) you have on hand (one reader said that they make it with ricotta cheese!)
How this Recipe Helps Us Save Money & Eat Healthy
- Because Frozen Berry Whip only uses 3 ingredients, it’s easy for me to ensure that we have all the elements in our kitchen.
- It’s made with all real food ingredients that our great-grandmothers would recognize.
- Cottage cheese is an inexpensive source of protein.
- Except for that narrow window each year when they are in season, frozen berries are usually less expensive than fresh.
- Since most of the sweetness comes from the berries, we only need a minimal amount of honey.
- We freeze the leftovers (try it in popsicle molds!), so nothing goes to waste.
Should I Get a Food Processor?
First, this recipe.
I bought my first unbranded food processor for five dollars at a yard sale. It was a cheap plastic thing that lasted another five years of almost daily use.
If you have food allergies and are on a tight budget, I highly recommend a food processor. We were gluten-free and dairy-free for many years, and the food processor helped me whirr together allergy-free alternatives that otherwise would have cost a lot of money.
We use our processor to make:
- Healthy chocolate peanut butter cookies
- Chocolate peanut butter dessert hummus
- Grain-free peanut butter banana muffins (um, we like peanut butter)
- The best black bean brownies
- 1-ingredient banana ice cream
- Budget-friendly hummus
When my yard sale find bit the dust, I got an 8-cup Black & Decker replacement. It works great and was far more affordable than my dream Cuisinart. It comes with a slicing & shredding attachment that I highly recommend. We use it to simplify prepping these veggies:
- shredded cabbage
- sliced peppers ( to freeze – mostly for breakfast sautes)
- sliced onions
- shredded zucchini (for this baked oatmeal)
My kids enjoy berry whip, but it doesn’t replace ice cream. If yours feel the same way, try making this into popsicles as a healthier, high-protein frozen treat.
After a lot of research, we use these popsicle molds as a healthy balance between expensive stainless steel popsicle molds and that super cheap breakable nonsense at most grocery stores during the summer.
Why Stop at Dessert?
When the ingredients include berries and cottage cheese, why limit Frozen Berry Whip to a healthy dessert? I eat it for breakfast, snack, and sometimes straight up for lunch.
Gather all 3 ingredients.
Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth and creamy, stopping every now and then to scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula.
Serve in a bowl and eat with a spoon. Don’t share unless you really like the person.
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- 1 cup cottage cheese
- 1 cup frozen berries, (any kind!)
- 2 tbsp honey or maple syrup, (or to taste)
- Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth and creamy, stopping every now and then to scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula.
- Serve in a bowl and eat with a spoon. Don't share.
You can refrigerate leftovers if you plan to eat them within 24 hrs. Otherwise, store leftovers in the freezer. Allow the berry whip to thaw overnight in the fridge and give it a good stir before eating. Or if you can't wait, scrape off little sheets of berry whip with a spoon like you work at a rolled ice cream shop.
You can use your preferred sweetener for Berry Whip. THM's original recipe calls for a pinch of stevia. I use maple syrup and honey, and both versions are delightful. Make it work for you!
Scoop the leftovers into popsicle molds and store them in the freezer. Enjoy as a high-protein treat later. This may work for kids who don't like the berry whip by itself.
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Nutrition InformationYield 1 Serving Size 1.5 cups
Amount Per Serving Calories 458Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 37mgCarbohydrates 71gFiber 6gSugar 61gProtein 26g
Please note: The actual calories and nutrition of this dish will change depending on what ingredients you use. Nutrition information is not always accurate.
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