4-Ingredient Toasted Coconut Breakfast Spread

4-Ingredient Toasted Coconut Breakfast SpreadA quick and easy breakfast recipe to help start your day off right! This creamy whipped Toasted Coconut Breakfast Spread has a secret ingredient that will give you a little pep in your step throughout the day.

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Lt. Dan is the weekend breakfast chef in our family. He loves to wake up on a Saturday morning and tinker around the kitchen, for what seems like an eternity, making various breakfast scrambles and french toast.

However, most mornings I am all about the quick and easy breakfast recipe. Our weekday mornings are a whirl-wind of lunch-packing, speedy breakfasts, and securing hair bows. There is certainly no time for “tinkering.”

Providing fast breakfast options for the family, that keep them away from neon-colored cereals, is a must.

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Years ago, when I used to spend all my spare time at the gym, I would eat cottage cheese like it was going out of style, because it’s a convenient low-fat source of  protein.

Nowadays, I like to sneak cottage cheese into all sorts of kid-friendly dishes, for the very same reason.

Did you know you can whip cottage cheese?

If you put cottage cheese in the food processor and press puree, it will break up all the curds and whip them into a smooth silky cream.

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That makes low-fat cottage cheese a healthy substitute for other beloved dairy products, like cream cheese and sour cream. Today’s quick and easy breakfast recipe, is a Toasted Coconut Spread made with Real California Milk low-fat cottage cheese, to start off the day on the right foot.

Toasted Coconut Breakfast Spread is easy to whip up on Monday morning (or Sunday evening) and serve throughout the week. I just scoop it back into the cottage cheese container and pop it in the fridge until ready to serve.

The combination of the smooth creamy (slightly salty) pureed cottage cheese, with the toasted coconut and touch of honey makes it a perfect go-to option for everyone in the family.

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I simply toast the coconut in the oven, then whiz the ingredients in the food processor. Done.

Then I serve the Toasted Coconut Breakfast Spread on english muffins with a sprinkling of chopped macadamia nuts on top. You can also use this spread as an oatmeal topper, layer it in fresh fruit parfaits, as a dip for fruit kebabs, or between graham crackers.

A quick and healthy, creamy-dreamy breakfast option everyone will love!


Yield: 2 1/2 cups

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 2-4 minutes

4-Ingredient Toasted Coconut Breakfast Spread


  • 16 ounces Real California Milk Low Fat Cottage Cheese
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup shredded coconut


  1. Preheat to oven to 400 degrees F, and spread the coconut evenly over a baking sheet.
  2. Place the baking sheet in the oven on the upper rack. Toast the coconut for 2-4 minutes. *Do not take your eyes off the coconut, it can turn from white to black in a matter of seconds. Cool the coconut on the baking sheet.
  3. While the coconut is cooling, place the cottage cheese, honey and vanilla extract in a food processor (or blender.) Puree until smooth. Add the toasted coconut and pulse to combine.
  4. Scoop the breakfast spread back into the cottage cheese container and refrigerate until ready to use.

Suggested Serving Methods: Spread on toasted english muffins or bagels and sprinkle with chopped macadamia nuts. Dollop on top of warm oatmeal. Or use in fresh fruit parfaits.

More Breakfast Options:

Truffle Parmesan Biscuits

Strawberry Rhubarb Yogurt Muffins

Savory French Toast Breakfast Sandwich ~ Real California Milk

For more ideas, visit my “Breakfast Breakthroughs” Pinterest Board!

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65 Responses to “4-Ingredient Toasted Coconut Breakfast Spread”

  1. #
    Brian @ A Thought For Food — February 11, 2013 @ 7:25 am

    I’d never thought of making a spread out of cottage cheese. Sounds like the perfect way to start the day!


  2. #
    Cassie — February 11, 2013 @ 7:43 am

    This is a great ides Sommer, so creative!


  3. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — February 11, 2013 @ 8:06 am

    What a great idea Sommer!


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    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — February 11, 2013 @ 8:11 am

    The husband will not go NEAR cottage cheese, but perhaps if it was whipped, I could persuade him. :) This sounds delicious!


    • Sommer — February 11th, 2013 @ 7:38 pm

      Kiersten, a lot of people who don’t like the texture of cottage cheese, love this spread. If you try it on him, let me know what he thinks!


  5. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — February 11, 2013 @ 8:17 am

    Great ideas for a filling start to the day!


  6. #
    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — February 11, 2013 @ 8:19 am

    Sommer, I’m nutty about anything coconut-y! Your dairy-coconut breakfast spread with a kiss of honey looks simply divine. So easy peasy for frenetic weekday mornings. The Big Lug enjoys whipping up his Kitchen Sink scrambles on the weekends, too. (Keep him!) We are lucky gals. xo


  7. #
    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — February 11, 2013 @ 8:20 am

    I’ve never thought of whipping cottage cheese. LOVE that it can replace sour cream in recipes. Thanks Sommer!!!


  8. #
    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — February 11, 2013 @ 8:25 am

    I would have never thought of this, Sommer. I absolutely love honey and coconut together so I am sure this is wonderful.


  9. #
    Jenny Flake — February 11, 2013 @ 8:49 am

    Sounds so good right now!! Lovely!


  10. #
    naomi — February 11, 2013 @ 8:53 am

    LOVING this, so fresh and healthy!


  11. #
    Heather Christo — February 11, 2013 @ 8:59 am

    So creative Sommer! I would never think of this- yummy!


  12. #
    Liz — February 11, 2013 @ 9:22 am

    What a great idea Sommer! Another new breakfast item to add to my list! )


  13. #
    Heather @ Heather's Dish — February 11, 2013 @ 9:27 am

    Oh, I love the whipped cottage cheese tip! Now I know how I can get my hubby to partake :)


  14. #
    DessertForTwo — February 11, 2013 @ 9:52 am

    The only way I’ll eat cottage cheese is pureed! I love this recipe!


  15. #
    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — February 11, 2013 @ 10:07 am

    This looks so incredibly yummy. I need a little pep in my breakfast routine and this is the perfect recipe for it!


  16. #
    Gaby — February 11, 2013 @ 10:25 am

    sounds like the perfect way to start your day!


  17. #
    marla — February 11, 2013 @ 10:42 am

    Such a creative spread!! Sounds delish!


  18. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — February 11, 2013 @ 1:01 pm

    Wow, I love this Sommer! What a delicious addition this would be to a bagel or slice of cinnamon-raisin bread. Yummy!


  19. #
    Nicole @ youngbrokeandhungry — February 11, 2013 @ 1:15 pm

    I have never though about whipping cottage cheese before! And this spread seems like the kind of breakfast I need in the morning. Healthy and quick.


  20. #
    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — February 11, 2013 @ 1:41 pm

    This is so creative! This would make a great addition to my afternoon snack!


  21. #
    Katie@Cozydelicious — February 11, 2013 @ 2:03 pm

    This looks wonderful. I am not usually excited about cottage cheese, but this spread looks so tasty! I have to try it.


  22. #
    Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife — February 11, 2013 @ 2:10 pm

    What a great healthy kick this has, so smart with the cottage cheese!


  23. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — February 11, 2013 @ 2:55 pm

    I love toasted coconut, what a great spread!


  24. #
    Marjory — February 11, 2013 @ 3:00 pm

    Sounds delicious. Can’t wait to try it.


  25. #
    Marian (Sweetopia) — February 11, 2013 @ 3:41 pm

    Um, creamy dreamy breakfasts are my *favorite*. I need this, asap.


  26. #
    Kate@Diethood — February 11, 2013 @ 4:07 pm

    I wanna spread that on everything!! Sounds so, so good! What an awesome idea!!


  27. #
    Barbara | Creative Culinary — February 11, 2013 @ 5:08 pm

    Sounds great Sommer and a real surprise from cottage cheese! I can’t help it; each and every time I read ‘Lt Dan’ I think Forrest Gump. :)


    • Sommer — February 11th, 2013 @ 7:35 pm

      Haha! We all do. :)


  28. #
    Jersey Girl Cooks — February 11, 2013 @ 4:55 pm

    This sounds delicious and something i would never have thought of. I am going to try it as I love cottage cheese.


  29. #
    Russell van Kraayenburg — February 11, 2013 @ 4:56 pm

    Mmm! I want to eat bowls and bowls of this spread by the spoonful. Would that be weird?


  30. #
    Loretta — February 11, 2013 @ 5:13 pm

    This is pure genius Sommer! I’d put it on almost everything…


  31. #
    Belinda @zomppa — February 11, 2013 @ 8:24 pm

    That’s a beautiful and inventive way of starting the day right!


  32. #
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — February 11, 2013 @ 7:39 pm

    This sounds wonderful! I would love this for breakfast.


  33. #
    Diane {Created by Diane} — February 11, 2013 @ 10:20 pm

    I just love coconut and can’t wait to have this for breakfast :)


  34. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — February 11, 2013 @ 10:57 pm

    Nope, I didn’t know you can whip cottage cheese!! This sounds so tasty for breakfast or a snack!


  35. #
    Jeanette — February 12, 2013 @ 6:24 am

    I use pureed cottage cheese in all sorts of dips and spreads for my kids and friends – love it as a healthier protein-rich alternative to cream cheese. This is a fantastic breakfast idea – I’ve made strawberry “cream cheese” using pureed cottage cheese and fresh strawberry puree – my son loves it so I I know he’s love this coconut spread.


    • Sommer — February 12th, 2013 @ 8:57 am

      Pureed cottage cheese is unbelievably versatile, isn’t it? I’ll have to try the strawberry cream cheese!


  36. #
    kim@hungryhealthygirl — February 12, 2013 @ 8:04 am

    I love all of these ingredients!! Great way to put them together!


  37. #
    Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings — February 12, 2013 @ 11:37 am

    bookmarked!! can’t wait to make :)


  38. #
    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence — February 12, 2013 @ 12:04 pm

    Mmm I love coconut, and I eat cottage cheese almost everyday, but I’ve never thought to combine the two! I’m going to have to give this a go!


  39. #
    Colette @ JFF! — February 12, 2013 @ 12:58 pm

    Start your day with coconut?

    Yes, please!


  40. #
    a farmer in the dell — February 12, 2013 @ 5:31 pm

    you are a genius! I love this idea. Thanks for my breakfast tomorrow morning!


  41. #
    Amy Tong — February 12, 2013 @ 10:03 pm

    My weekday morning sounds totally like yours! LOL…I’m always rushing cos I’m not a morning person and want to wake up at the latest minute I could! :P

    I didn’t know I can whip cottage cheese! This is wonderful to know so I can substitute with other creamy, fatty stuffs I crave all the time. :) Can’t wait to give this toasted coconut spread a try. I love and adore toasted coconuts!


  42. #
    ashley - baker by nature — February 12, 2013 @ 10:04 pm

    This looks SO tasty! And I don’t even like cottage cheese!


  43. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — February 12, 2013 @ 11:42 pm

    I am definitely in need of quick and easy too! Can’t wait to make this and slather it on everything!


  44. #
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — February 13, 2013 @ 2:07 am

    How easy is that?! I’m on a serious coconut kick lately too.


  45. #
    Tara @ Unsophisticook — February 13, 2013 @ 9:16 am

    My kids aren’t really fans of cottage cheese, but I bet they’d eat this if I didn’t tell them!


  46. #
    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — February 13, 2013 @ 1:31 pm

    No, I’ve never thought to whip up cottage cheese. But it sounds like something I’d like, especially when made into this yummy spread!


  47. #
    Katie Adams — February 13, 2013 @ 7:41 pm

    OMG Sommer! I just made this recipe and it is awesome! It will be really hard to keep around. I know my hubby will love it too!


  48. #
    Angie — February 14, 2013 @ 8:26 am

    Never would I have thought to incorporate coconut into breakfast, but I’m loving it!


  49. #
    JulieD — February 14, 2013 @ 4:34 pm

    I love this! What a great idea for a spread!!


  50. #
    SweetSugarbelle — February 19, 2013 @ 6:38 pm

    I am excited to try this! I just bought bagels!!!


  51. #
    JanetFCTC — February 23, 2013 @ 4:08 pm

    I have been on a huge coconut kick lately so methinks I need to go out and buy some cottage cheese hehe


  52. #
    Janine Daniels — March 14, 2013 @ 7:56 pm

    Great combination of flavors…just finished inhaling a good sized portion!


  53. #
    Amanda — August 20, 2013 @ 6:09 am

    I love this idea of this… you make food so exciting!!


  54. #
    Mani — December 22, 2013 @ 8:19 pm

    Yummy! Will definitely try it.



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