Cottage cheese breakfast bowl

Cottage cheese breakfast bowl

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With our easy-to-follow recipe for cottage cheese bowls, starting the day right is simple and easy! Perfect for weekends or days when you have some time to spare in the morning, this breakfast bowl will satisfy your sweet tooth and prepare you for the day ahead. Flavoured with apple juice and vanilla, folded with creamy skyr, and served with baked plums, it is full of taste and texture. Try it when you are in the mood for a chewy, creamy, flavourful breakfast!


Baked plums
  • Preheat the oven to 200°C (conventional oven).
  • Halve the plums and remove the stones. Cut the plums into smaller pieces. Place them in a small ovenproof dish and sprinkle with cane sugar.
  • Bake the plums in the middle of the oven for about 20 minutes and let them cool.
Barley and cottage cheese bowl
  • Scrape the seeds out of the vanilla pod. Save the vanilla seeds.
  • Bring apple juice to a boil in a thick-bottomed saucepan and add the pearl barley and empty vanilla pod.
  • Cook the grains over low heat, with the lid on for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Cover the grains and refrigerate them until they are completely chilled.
  • Mix the cold grains with vanilla seeds, cane sugar, and cottage cheese.
  • Gently fold skyr into the grains.
  • Taste and adjust the flavour.
  • Divide the porridge between four glasses and top with the baked plums.

It is not always necessary, but you can rinse pearl barley before cooking to freshen up the grains and remove residual starches, which can sometimes make the dish slightly cloudy. To do this, rinse them in a colander or fine-mesh sieve under cold running water.

Questions about cottage cheese breakfast bowls

A pearl barley and cottage cheese breakfast bowl makes for an excellent breakfast to begin the day in style. If you want to read more about it, you can have a look below where we have answered some of the most frequently asked questions about it.

How to make a cottage cheese bowl sweet?
Sweetness is a true breakfast treat! And using cottage cheese does not mean you take away the sweet touch. The best way to make it sweet is to cook the barley in sweet liquid rather than water. Apple juice is a great choice since its sweet-tart flavour pairs nicely with the mildly nutty barley. Using sweet spices like vanilla to infuse the boiling liquid with flavour and sweetness is also a good idea. Additionally, you can serve it with sweet toppings! For example, with baked, fresh, or dried fruit on top. Doing this is sure to leave you with a tasty breakfast bowl to satisfy your sweet tooth.
What do you serve with a cottage cheese breakfast bowl?
A pearl barley and cottage cheese breakfast bowl tastes great with fruit like plums, nectarines, and mango. You can serve it with either fresh, dried, or baked fruit depending on your preferences. Dried or baked fruits taste sweeter than fresh ones but differ in texture with the former being chewy, while the latter is typically tender. Meanwhile, fresh fruits or berries can provide more brightness and various textures from crunchy to soft. If all these possibilities sound good to you, you can, of course, top it with a mix of different fruits.
How long is a cottage cheese bowl good for?
This cottage cheese breakfast bowl is best served right away, but it is good for about 1-2 days. Cover the glasses with cling film and a lid and store them in an airtight container in the fridge. You should store the porridge separately from any toppings to maintain all components' freshness and texture.


Baked plums
Red plums
Cane sugar
2 tbsp
Barley and cottage cheese bowl
Vanilla pod
Apple juice
¼ l
Pearl barley
100 g
Cane sugar
1 tbsp
Cottage cheese
100 g
150 ml

Sweet and creamy cottage cheese breakfast bowl

A breakfast bowl with cottage cheese and pearl barley is as delicious as it is filling. Boiled in vanilla-infused apple juice, it absorbs the sweet-tart flavour to make a deliciously complex porridge. The taste of barley is relatively neutral, allowing it to absorb flavours from other ingredients. The combination of floral vanilla and sweet-tart apple juice makes the mild, slightly nutty-tasting barley wonderfully flavourful and perfect for a breakfast bowl full of chew and texture.

If you are on the lookout for more great breakfast bowls, you should check out our recipes for Greek yogurt bowl, simple and delicious chia bowl, and skyr bowl with granola and fruit as well. All are different and delicious enough to deserve a spot in your rotation of breakfast recipes.

Pearl barley bowl mixed with cottage cheese and creamy skyr

The addition of cottage cheese and creamy skyr will make your pearl barley breakfast bowl that much creamier and scrumptious. Cottage cheese brings a creamy and slightly tangy element, while skyr creates a velvety and smooth consistency.

The flavour of cottage cheese complements the flavour of the nutty pearl barley and introduces a bit of savouriness into the sweet dish. Meanwhile, the creamy skyr balances the subtle earthiness of the barley, creating a well-rounded flavour profile. Together they serve to make a richer breakfast bowl with a luxurious mouthfeel that combines creaminess and chewiness.

Serve with sweet baked plums on top

Baked plums make for a terrific topping! Plums are known for their sweet, vibrant, and slightly tart flavour profile. When red plums are baked with a bit of cane sugar, it intensifies their natural sweetness and brings out their juiciness even more. The heat from baking also softens them, making them deliciously tender.

The juicy texture of baked plums contrasts the creamy and chewy texture of the pearl barley mixed with cottage cheese and skyr. This interplay of textures provides a delightful, irresistible mouthfeel. Also, their vibrant colour adds visual appeal to the dish, adding a pop of brightness and freshness, making this breakfast bowl even more appetising.

Add your own touch

A very simple way to change up your barley and cottage cheese bowls is to use additional spices to infuse them with flavour. A few suggestions that complement the vanilla and apple juice used to flavour the pearl barley include cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom.

Another way to experiment with the recipe is by changing up the toppings. If you do not have time to bake plums, you can use fresh ones. Other baked, fresh, or dried fruits like nectarines, mangoes, or dates will also make for tasty toppings. Mix and match different spices and fruits to discover your favourite combinations among the many cottage cheese bowl ideas.