Cottage Cheese Pudding “Dirt” Cups

A healthier version of a childhood favorite, these Cottage Cheese Dirt Cups are higher in protein and delicious!

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cottage cheese dirt pudding

Child me would LOSE HER MIND if she saw adult me still making dirt cups (and I mean that in the best way). One of my absolute favorite desserts as a kid was dirt – no, not real dirt, but dirt pudding cups. They’re super simple – chocolate pudding as the base (your mud), crumbled Oreos on top (your dirt), and gummy worms on top (your dirt-dwelling critters). As the summer rolls on, I was inspired to make a grown-up, healthier version of dirt, so I’m so excited to share these Cottage Cheese Dirt Cups with you! 

Cottage cheese is the heath-world’s it girl lately, with everyone realizing it’s a delicious, high protein ingredient (or standalone snack) that’s super versatile. Some folks are bothered by the texture (tiny curds), so blending it is a great option for those who still want to reap the high-protein, low-cal benefits, without the funky texture. These cottage cheese dirt cups have a base of a dark chocolate cottage cheese pudding, which is relatively bitter compared to a classic pudding. The addition of sweet Oreos and gummy worms balances it great in my opinion, but if you’re put off by bitterness (or cottage cheese in general), I recommend using your favorite low calorie chocolate pudding and adjusting your WW calculations etc accordingly! 

cottage cheese dirt pudding

Making Cottage Cheese Dirt Cups

 

These are a perfect summer treat because there’s no baking involved. I don’t know about you, but when the weather is hot, I never want to turn on my oven. These just require a blender and you’ve got an awesome treat that’s equally delicious and nutritious. 

To make these, you’ll need:

  • 1 cup fat free cottage cheese (if not following WW, feel free to use a regular cottage cheese with higher fat content)
  • 3.5 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder 
  • 2 tbsp monk fruit sweetener, or other sweetener of choice (can add more if desired)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 1/2 tbsp of almond milk (only if needed) to thin your pudding/help it blend
  • 3 Oreo thins, crushed
  • 6 gummy worms – I used Smart Sweets worms which are a great no sugar, WW-friendly option 
cottage cheese dirt pudding

Add your cottage cheese, cocoa, monk fruit, and vanilla to a blender. Blend on high speed until mixture is totally smooth and uniform – about 5 min. If needed, add a splash of unsweetened almond milk to thin it out. Taste and adjust sweetness to your liking. Split pudding evenly between two jars (I used small canning jars). Let pudding cups sit in the fridge for 30-60 min, to allow the pudding to firm up. Top with crushed oreos and 3 gummy worms each. Dig in and enjoy!

cottage cheese dirt pudding

Cottage Cheese “Dirt” Pudding Cups

Jacklin Altman
A blast from the past, this childhood fave is all grown up! Packed with protein, this is a healthier version of a classic snack.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Chilling Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 2 servings
Calories 256 kcal

Equipment

  • Blender

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup fat free cottage cheese if not following WW, feel free to use a regular cottage cheese with higher fat content
  • 3.5 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp monk fruit sweetener or other sweetener of choice (can add more if desired)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tbsp almond milk (only if needed) to thin your pudding/help it blend
  • 3 Oreo thins crushed
  • 6 gummy worms I used Smart Sweets worms which are a great no sugar, WW-friendly option

Instructions
 

  • Add your cottage cheese, cocoa, monk fruit, and vanilla to a blender. Blend on high speed until mixture is totally smooth and uniform – about 5 min. If needed, add a splash of unsweetened almond milk to thin it out.
  • Taste and adjust sweetness to your liking.
  • Split pudding evenly between two jars (I used small Ball canning jars).
  • Let pudding cups sit in the fridge for 30-60 min, to allow the pudding to firm up. Top with crushed oreos and 3 gummy worms each. Dig in and enjoy!

Notes

Each dirt cup is 5 WW points if prepared with the above ingredients. You can add it to your WW app here.

Nutrition

Calories: 256kcalCarbohydrates: 56gProtein: 17gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 509mgPotassium: 331mgFiber: 4gSugar: 21gVitamin A: 9IUCalcium: 117mgIron: 4mg
Keyword snack, dessert, chocolate, oreo, pudding, cottage cheese, WW
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