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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!

4-Ingredient Toasted Coconut Breakfast Spread

Yield: 2 1/2 cups

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 2-4 minutes


  • 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.

Making this recipe? Why not take a quick shot and share it on Instagram! Make sure to tag it #ASpicyPerspective so we can see what you're cooking!

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

  1. Brian @ A Thought For Foodposted February 11, 2013 at 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. Cassieposted February 11, 2013 at 7:43 am

    This is a great ides Sommer, so creative!


  3. Paula - bell'alimentoposted February 11, 2013 at 8:06 am

    What a great idea Sommer!


  4. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggiesposted February 11, 2013 at 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 Kitchenposted February 11, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Great ideas for a filling start to the day!


  6. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchenposted February 11, 2013 at 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 @ ShugarySweetsposted February 11, 2013 at 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 Pinchposted February 11, 2013 at 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 Flakeposted February 11, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Sounds so good right now!! Lovely!


  10. naomiposted February 11, 2013 at 8:53 am

    LOVING this, so fresh and healthy!


  11. Heather Christoposted February 11, 2013 at 8:59 am

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


  12. Lizposted February 11, 2013 at 9:22 am

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


  13. Heather @ Heather's Dishposted February 11, 2013 at 9:27 am

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


  14. DessertForTwoposted February 11, 2013 at 9:52 am

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


  15. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Doughposted February 11, 2013 at 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. Gabyposted February 11, 2013 at 10:25 am

    sounds like the perfect way to start your day!


  17. marlaposted February 11, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Such a creative spread!! Sounds delish!


  18. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cookingposted February 11, 2013 at 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 @ youngbrokeandhungryposted February 11, 2013 at 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@AKitchenAddictionposted February 11, 2013 at 1:41 pm

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


  21. Katie@Cozydeliciousposted February 11, 2013 at 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 Housewifeposted February 11, 2013 at 2:10 pm

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


  23. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted February 11, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    I love toasted coconut, what a great spread!


  24. Marjoryposted February 11, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Sounds delicious. Can’t wait to try it.


  25. Marian (Sweetopia)posted February 11, 2013 at 3:41 pm

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


  26. Kate@Diethoodposted February 11, 2013 at 4:07 pm

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


  27. Barbara | Creative Culinaryposted February 11, 2013 at 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 Cooksposted February 11, 2013 at 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 Kraayenburgposted February 11, 2013 at 4:56 pm

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


  30. Lorettaposted February 11, 2013 at 5:13 pm

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


  31. Belinda @zomppaposted February 11, 2013 at 8:24 pm

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


  32. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted February 11, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    This sounds wonderful! I would love this for breakfast.


  33. Diane {Created by Diane}posted February 11, 2013 at 10:20 pm

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


  34. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.posted February 11, 2013 at 10:57 pm

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


  35. Jeanetteposted February 12, 2013 at 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@hungryhealthygirlposted February 12, 2013 at 8:04 am

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


  37. Elizabeth@ Food Ramblingsposted February 12, 2013 at 11:37 am

    bookmarked!! can’t wait to make :)


  38. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidenceposted February 12, 2013 at 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!posted February 12, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Start your day with coconut?

    Yes, please!


  40. a farmer in the dellposted February 12, 2013 at 5:31 pm

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


  41. Amy Tongposted February 12, 2013 at 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 natureposted February 12, 2013 at 10:04 pm

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


  43. Chung-Ah | Damn Deliciousposted February 12, 2013 at 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 Kitchenposted February 13, 2013 at 2:07 am

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


  45. Tara @ Unsophisticookposted February 13, 2013 at 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 dabblesposted February 13, 2013 at 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 Adamsposted February 13, 2013 at 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. Angieposted February 14, 2013 at 8:26 am

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


  49. JulieDposted February 14, 2013 at 4:34 pm

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


  50. SweetSugarbelleposted February 19, 2013 at 6:38 pm

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


  51. JanetFCTCposted February 23, 2013 at 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 Danielsposted March 14, 2013 at 7:56 pm

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


  53. Amandaposted August 20, 2013 at 6:09 am

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


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    Yummy! Will definitely try it.


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