This silken tofu smoothie is creamy, rich, and incredibly delicious! A high-protein plant-based breakfast that will keep you full and satisfied. It is easy to put together and is ready in 5 minutes!
Recently, I tried using them as a substitute for yogurt in my smoothies, and it turned out super well! They add creaminess, richness, and a nice dose of protein to my smoothies.
💚Why add tofu to smoothies
- Significantly bumps up the protein content of smoothies - keeps you satisfied till lunchtime!
- Gives extra creaminess and thickness to the smoothie without affecting its taste
- An affordable ingredient that is easily accessible
- A great dairy-free substitute for yogurts
🍌Freezing bananas for smoothies
It is super easy to freeze overripe bananas! Other than using it in smoothies, they can also be used in baked goods like bread and cookies. Here are the steps to freeze bananas -
- Slice bananas into ¼ - ½ inch coins.
- Arrange them in one layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Pop it into the freezer until they have hardened.
- Transfer frozen bananas into a zip-top bag, and they can be frozen for up to 3 months!
- Before making your smoothie, let frozen bananas thaw and soften for 5-10 minutes at room temperature.
🥛What you will need
📃Ingredient notes and substitutions
- Tofu - Any silken tofu (extra firm, firm, soft) can be used in this recipe. However, other varieties of tofu, like medium or firm tofu, are NOT suitable to be added to smoothies.
- Milk - I am using soy milk. However, other kinds of milk, like almonds, oat, or regular dairy, can be used in place.
- Nut butter - Use your favorite nut butter. I usually go with peanut butter.
- Maple syrup - Feel free to use other sweeteners instead of maple syrup. You can omit it if you like your smoothie to be less sweet.
🔪How to make
All you need to do is to place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Add more milk to adjust the consistency. Enjoy your tofu smoothie immediately.
- Types of tofu - I highly recommend sticking with silken tofu as it has the smoothest texture and is relatively bland in taste. Using other varieties of tofu, like medium and firm tofu, might yield a smoothie with a grainy texture and a prominent taste of tofu.
- Adjust the amount of milk used - If you prefer a thicker smoothie, I recommend starting with less milk and adding more later if needed. The opposite is also true, so feel free to add more milk than this recipe calls for if you prefer your smoothie thinner!
- Blending - Start blending at a lower power and gradually increase the speed as the ingredients start coming together.
- High-speed blender - If you frequently make smoothies, I recommend investing in a high-speed blender like Vitamix. It makes the blender process so much quicker!
Treat this silken tofu smoothie as a base, and layer it with whatever ingredients you fancy! Here are some ideas to get you started:
Chocolate smoothie - Add 1-2 tablespoons of cocoa powder. You can also stir in some cacao nibs for some extra crunch!
Peanut butter smoothie - Use peanut butter as your choice of nut butter. You can also stir in some powdered peanut butter (like PB2) for a more prominent peanut flavor.
Fruits - Instead of bananas use other fruits like frozen berries, mango chunks, and peaches.
Veggies - If you are looking for fun ways to enjoy your greens, try adding them to smoothies! Some veg that works well in smoothies includes frozen spinach, frozen zucchini, or cauliflower that has been steamed and frozen.
Protein powder - If you want to bump the protein content further, add ½ scoop of your favorite protein powder.
Smoothie bowl - You can reduce the amount of milk or add an additional frozen banana/handful of frozen berries. Top your smoothie bowl with more nut butter, granola like my protein granola, and fruit of choice!
Fridge - Tofu smoothie can be refrigerated for 1-2 days. It is normal for the smoothie to turn brownish after a couple of hours as the banana oxidizes.
Freezer - You can freeze them in freezable jars or ice-cube trays for up to 3 months. Let them thaw overnight in the fridge or at room temperature for a few hours before enjoying them.
If short on time, throw a few smoothie cubes and a splash of water or milk in a blender and blend until smooth.
❔Commonly asked questions
Use silken tofu in your smoothie; it has the smoothest texture and a fairly neutral taste. Other varieties of tofu, like firm and medium, have a courser texture, which might yield grainy smoothies. They are also stronger in flavor and might cause your smoothie to taste like tofu.
Technically, tofu is not raw, as it is made from soymilk. However, eating tofu straight out of the packaging is safe after draining off excess water. As with all foods, practice good hygiene when preparing your tofu dish to avoid contamination that might lead to foodborne illness.
As silken tofu is mild in taste, it is easily masked by adding fruits and other ingredients to the smoothie. Hence, you can’t taste it!
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Creamy Silken Tofu Smoothie
- Place all ingredients into a blender.
- Blend until smooth. Serve and enjoy immediately.
- I highly recommend sticking with silken tofu as it has the smoothest texture and is relatively bland in taste.
- If you prefer a thicker smoothie, I recommend starting with less milk and adding more later if needed. The opposite is also true, so feel free to add more milk than this recipe calls for if you prefer your smoothie thinner!
- Start blending at a lower power and gradually increase the speed as the ingredients start coming together.
Nutrition info calculated is just a rough estimate and is provided as a courtesy. Bear in mind that value will vary based on variables like specific brand or type of product used. To obtain the most accurate representation, it is highly recommended that you calculate it on your own with the actual amount and type of ingredient used.