This tasty plant-based smoothie recipe is packed with protein, thanks to silken tofu! It creates a rich and creamy texture, no dairy required!

If you’re looking for an easy way to add protein to your smoothie without adding yogurt, you have to try this tofu smoothie. I promise you won’t be able to taste the tofu at all! But it creates a creamy smoothie with tons of health benefits. Tofu is a great way to add protein to your breakfast smoothie because it has a neutral taste, a silky texture, and it’s easy to blend! It’s a fantastic substitute for yogurt and it’s also budget friendly!

Tofu Smoothie ingredients

Ingredients & Substitutions

  • Tofu- Silken tofu serves as the smoothie’s creamy base, imparting a velvety texture. It doesn’t really add any flavor, but it’s a great way to add plant-based protein, making the smoothie filling. Be sure not to use extra-firm tofu, which can have a grainy texture when blended. Silken tofu is the key!
  • Milk–  Soy milk or unsweetened almond milk enhances the smoothie’s creaminess and provides a liquid element for blending. Soy milk adds protein, but any plant-based milk, such as oat milk, coconut milk, or cashew milk can be used.
  • Berries– Frozen berries, like blueberries, strawberries, or raspberries, add sweetness, fiber, and antioxidants to the smoothie.
  • Protein Powder – Vanilla protein powder can boost the smoothie’s protein content while also adding sweetness. But you can skip it if you don’t like it or don’t have any. This smoothie still has lots of protein thanks to the tofu!
  • Frozen Banana- The frozen banana adds a creamy consistency to the smoothie while contributing natural sweetness. It also imparts a mild banana flavor, complementing the other ingredients. Substitution: Use fresh banana and add extra ice for thickness, or include frozen mango chunks for a different fruity twist.
  • Sweetener- I typically add a little protein powder which adds sweetness, but if you don’t want to add protein powder, you may need to add a touch of sweetness based on personal preference. A little agave nectar or maple syrup works great!

Firm vs. Silken Tofu

Firm tofu and silken tofu are distinct varieties with differences in texture. Firm tofu has a dense and solid texture, maintaining its shape well in cooking and is suitable for grilling or stir-frying. It contains less water. On the other hand, silken tofu has a soft, custard-like texture, ideal for blending into smoothies, puréeing into sauces, or using in desserts. Soft tofu is the best tofu for this smoothie recipe because it has a creamy texture that is easy to blend. This key ingredient adds 9g of protein to this vegan tofu smoothie! You can usually find tofu in the natural products section of the grocery store.

Smoothie Variations

Feel free to use this recipe as a guide and get creative with your smoothie!

  • You can add peanut butter or almond butter for a little healthy fat. Or you can add peanut flour if you want a low-fat way to add a nutty flavor.
  • Add a splash of vanilla extract if you’re not using protein powder. This will help enhance the flavor.
  • ​If you don’t want to use tofu, you can use Greek yogurt instead.
  • Turn this into a green smoothie by adding a few handfuls of baby spinach to the smoothie!
  • If you want more sweetness, try using orange juice instead of plant milk.
Tofu Smoothie

​Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I make this in a food processor? You can make a fruity tofu smoothie in a food processor, but if your food processor is large, you may want to make a double batch so that it’s easier to blend.
  • Can I make this into a smoothie bowl? Yes! Reduce the liquid to 1/4 cup and add a few ice cubes. Be sure to use frozen fruit. This will help create a thick texture that is spoonable!
  • Is this smoothie low-carb? This smoothie is a good source of protein, but it’s not necessarily low-carb because the fruit does contain natural sugars.
  • Are smoothies healthy? Yes! This makes a great breakfast or afternoon snack because it’s a good balance of protein, fiber, carbohydrates, and healthy fats. Some smoothies can be loaded with sugar, so it’s important to make sure you’re balancing the natural sugar from the fruit with protein and healthy fats. My favorite smoothie combination contains fruit, vanilla protein, and healthy fats. This silken tofu smoothie recipe contains all of those!

​Additional Smoothie Recipes

If you’re looking for more protein-rich smoothies, try my peanut butter smoothie bowlstrawberry cheesecake smoothie, or this green smoothie, no banana required! Love a spoonable smoothie? Read my tips for how to make a super thick smoothie.

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Tofu Smoothie

Tofu Smoothie

  • Author: Liz Thomson
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 smoothie 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This tasty plant-based smoothie recipe is packed with protein, thanks to silken tofu! It creates a rich and creamy texture, no dairy required!


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1/2 cup silken tofu
  • 1/41/2 cup soy milk or almond milk
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional)
  • 1 cup frozen berries
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • Sweetener to taste, if needed

Instructions

  1. Blend the tofu, milk, and protein powder (if using) until smooth.
  2. Add the frozen fruit and continue to blend until smooth. Add sweetener to taste, if needed.
  3. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

Keywords: tofu smoothie

Sweetener to taste

Blend until smooth

Pour into a glass and enjoy!