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Light & Fruity Cottage Cheese Dessert Cups

Updated on August 29, 2014

Tired of feeling guilty after dessert?

You know you shouldn't have that bit of icy sweetness calling from your freezer... but you can't help yourself. So you slyly wander into the kitchen, grab yourself a spoon, and sneak off into the darkness to have your way with the carton...

No? That's not you? Don't lie to me... I do it too!!

Well, I finally have some good news for both of us. This dessert cup is unexpectedly filling, surprisingly light, quick to make, satisfies the sweet tooth, and it won't send you into that guilt-ridden "just ate a quart of ice cream" bout of depression. You'll also find that the ingredients compliment each other well, bringing out individual characteristics for a flavor of harmony.

You'll need some serving bowls... I like to use 6oz dessert bowls for these because they allow the layers to fit onto each other quite nicely. But don't let that stop you... A cappuccino cup or small drinking glass will work just as well.

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: 3 dessert cups


  • 2 medium Kiwis, peeled
  • 12 sweet cherries, pitted
  • 3/4 cup cottage cheese, low-fat
  • 24 (20-25g) milk chocolate chips


  1. After peeling your kiwi, cut each fruit in half lengthwise.
  2. Slice three of the four kiwi halves thinly, as shown in the photos.
  3. Cut the remaining kiwi half lengthwise into three equal wedges.
  4. Layer sliced kiwi at the bottoms of serving cups (each cup should receive half a kiwi), taking care to distribute evenly. I like to fan the slices out in a circular pattern, personally...
  5. Quarter 12 pitted fresh sweet cherries, separate into three equal piles (originally four cherries each).
  6. Place eight cherry quarters (that's two cherries, half of each pile) into serving cups on top of kiwi.
  7. Place a quarter cup low-fat cottage cheese onto fruit in serving cups, pressing down lightly to cover the fruit entirely.
  8. Place remaining cherries around cup perimeters, spacing evenly. Each cup should receive eight quarters (again that's two cherries, half of each original pile).
  9. Gently bury remaining kiwi wedges in cottage cheese, preferably in the centers and no more than half way down.
  10. Apply the magic of chocolate! Place eight chips around each kiwi wedge.
  11. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to three hours.

A Note About Chocolate

In our family, chocolate is an ever-present entity... it's like a house guest that isn't allowed to leave.

The key to not overpowering a fruity dessert with chocolate is moderation. Each of these dessert cups contains only 8 chocolate chips. That's about 8 grams - enough to satisfy but only half a standard serving.

For this recipe, I used Ghirardelli milk chocolate "premium baking chips." If you do a lot of baking (or, like me, you simply love using chocolate in your food), I recommend buying in bulk.

Nutrition Info

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 dessert cup
Calories 131
Calories from Fat27
% Daily Value *
Fat 3 g5%
Saturated fat 2 g10%
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 19 g6%
Sugar 15 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 8 g16%
Cholesterol 8 mg3%
Sodium 186 mg8%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

What do you think?

5 stars from 1 rating of Light & Fruity Cottage Cheese Dessert Cups


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    • Eddie Dagstanyan profile image

      Eddie Dagstanyan 4 years ago from California

      Glad you like the idea, Vespa. Seems like the cottage cheese makes the chocolate and fruit flavors mellow out a little, almost blending them. :) Enjoy!

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      What a delicious and healthy dessert/snack! Cottage cheese is so high in protein that it makes a person feel full. I just love the combo of chocolate and cherries, although I never would have thought to pair it with cottage cheese. I look forward to trying this! I'll use Ghiradelli 60% cacao chips since they're my favorite. Thanks!

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      Eddie Dagstanyan 4 years ago from California

      Thanks, Thelma. I think a nice, ripe peach would work wonderfully here. Great idea! :)

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      Thelma Raker Coffone 4 years ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

      Sounds delicious and healthy. I'm not a fan of kiwi but think I will substitute peaches. Love the chocolate!

    • Eddie Dagstanyan profile image

      Eddie Dagstanyan 4 years ago from California

      Thank you all! I'm glad to see that it's a useful idea. :)

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      I love healthy desserts like this. I have a major sweet tooth and am always looking for healthier ways to combat it. This is perfect!

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      rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Now this is my kind of dessert! This recipe looks delicious and simple. It is definitely a must try. Thank you for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      This sounds so good! Very healthy, and I like the fact that you added chocolate chis. voted up and shared!