Cinnamon Raisin Farmer Cheese

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Back in my college days at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, I used to visit a great farmer’s market that had yummy farmer cheese.  It was slightly sweet with a hint of cinnamon and raisins.  Recently shopping at the grocery store I stumbled upon plain farmer cheese and thought I would have to re-create this delicious cheese spread!

Farmer cheese is an unripened cheese that is made using rennet and a bacterial starter to coagulate milk creating the cheese.  The curds separate from the whey and the whey is drained off along with most of the lactose. Farmer cheese can be made from cow, goat or sheep milk.

To create my recipe today, I used Friendship farmer cheese which is carbohydrate free with just a trace of lactose.  (Yes, making it very FODMAP-friendly!) The plain farmer cheese provides 4 grams of protein and just 2.5 grams of fat and only 40 calories for 2 tablespoons.

This tasty cheese spread is great on toasted bagels (of course GF and FODMAPs friendly if you are following the low FODMAP diet), rice cakes, or even as a dip for carrots sticks. 

All you need is some raisins, cinnamon, maple syrup and the farmer cheese and you are all set to make this yummy recipe! FODMAPer tip: limit to 1 tablespoon of raisins per sitting!

Hope you give Farmer cheese a try!  Here’s the recipe.