Tofu is great for a lot of things, especially when blended with fruits as it gives the smoothies a light and creamy quality which I really enjoy.
I try to incorporate healthy ingredients and supplements into my smoothies whenever possible, so I decided to try my hand at making a silken tofu smoothie recipe.
And for those of you who might be a bit skittish about using tofu instead of bananas or yogurt to make your smoothies creamier, have no fear, this stuff only enhances the smoothie (and it’s good for you too!).
What is “silken” tofu?
Silken tofu is a specific type or “style” of tofu in that it is much creamier and softer then the “extra firm” tofu that is often used as a meat substitute due to its meatier and chewier qualities for example. Silken tofu is a very soft style of tofu and as the name implies, it is very silky tasting, like a fine yogurt.
This stuff can be eaten straight just with a spoon, but be careful as it can break apart easily unlike harder tofu types. This recipe also calls for soy milk as well, so as always I reccomend that you only use organic ingredients for everything if possible, but especially soy.
This is because 90% of U.S. grown soy is genetically modified, let alone non organic. Same goes for many exports from other countries too, so keep it healthy and stick with organic if at all possible please :).
This smoothie recipe calls for the use of frozen mixed berries, but if you only have access to frozen berries of a single type, I reccomend using either strawberries or raspberries. The particular blend I use is an organic blend of frozen berries from the BJ’s wholesale club chain of stores found along the whole east coast of the U.S. which has strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries (a 3 pound bag of frozen organic berries for 10$!). You can also find frozen organic mixed berries at whole foods, trader joes, or many small organic grocery stores, even some of the more traditional grocery stores carry this type of item now.
Mixed Berry Silken Tofu Smoothie Recipe
(Always use organic produce and ingredients whenever possible!)
- 1 cup organic soy milk
- 1/2 cup soft silken tofu
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 2 key limes, juiced
- 2 cups mixed berries
- 1 cup fresh pineapple chunks
- 2 tablespoons organic honey or organic blue agave syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- (optional) 1 tbsp spirulina powder (high in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and protein)
- Pour the milk into the blender first.
- Pour/squeeze the fresh lemon and lime juice into the blender next.
- Put your silken tofu in next.
- Add in the rest of the remaining ingredients in whatever order you see fit.
- Blend till desired consistency. Enjoy!
Servings (yield) : Makes about 2 servings
Notes : Depending on what type of blender you use, you may need to place all of your liquids, juices, and soft tofu in first along with the frozen berries and blend that once to break down the frozen berries, and then put in the rest of your ingredients for an additional blending cycle. If you know your blender can’t handle frozen produce well, use fresh berries instead and a handful of ice cubes.
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