Tofu Desserts: Ideas & Inspiration
Tofu is most commonly known for being the star of savoury dishes and main meals, but it’s also incredibly delicious when used in sweet recipes. Due to its consistency, tofu makes an ideal replacement for cream, eggs and cheese, bringing a thick, buttery texture to all manner of desserts and often making them suitable for vegans in the process. That’s why we’ve pulled together some of our all-time favourite tofu treats for you to have a go at making yourself!
We took a classic French dessert and added our own tofu twist with this super elegant Cappuccino Torte. The creamy espresso and chocolate layers atop a crunchy biscuit base will make you feel you’re dining out in a Parisienne café.
Another classy dessert idea for when you have friends over for dinner is our Hedgerow Syllabub recipe, served with vegan-friendly sable biscuits. It’s an indulgent mix of sloe gin, creamy tofu and succulent blackberries – sure to make an impression. For all you chocolate fans, our delightful Chocolate Orange Tofu Pot will be right up your street – a sweet and creamy chocolate mousse served up with juicy baked satsumas. Thick, blended tofu mixed with chocolate cream, poured over fruit segments and left to cool.
Or how about our Tofu Lemon Tartlets – they’re fresh and zingy in taste, creamy and indulgent in texture. Then bring things back to basics with our classic Tofu Trifle recipe – our vegan take on the traditional British dessert. Smooth, blitzed tofu and vanilla cream spooned over jelly and topped with sliced banana and strawberries. Our Rhubarb & Ginger Tofu Fool is another time-honoured treat – one of the creamiest desserts going, it’s a delicious combination of sweet and sour, topped off with caramelised rhubarb and crystallised stem ginger.
If you’re after something a little different, our Sweet Middle Eastern Tofu Bake is a protein-packed version of Jazar Halwa, a traditional carrot Middle Eastern dessert. Or for a tasty and healthy way to start to the day, this Brazilian Bircher makes a great breakfast treat. Inspired by Swiss nutritionist Bircher Benner, our version combines tofu with soy cream, papaya and fruit juices.
Another surprising use of tofu is to blend it to form a variety of cake mixes, making them lighter, fluffier and a great source of protein. For starters, our Cranberry, Orange, Tofu & Polenta Cake recipe is perfect for afternoon tea, combining delicate tofu with zesty flavours to form a wonderful treat.
You can also use tofu to create a wide variety of cheesecakes. This vibrant Tofu Matcha Cheesecake is truly stunning show-stopper, balanced yet bold with a zesty lime flavour. The crunchy chocolate biscuit base is covered with a deliciously rich tofu and coconut cream topping.
Another vegan delight, our Hibiscus & Back Cherries Baked Tofu Cheesecake is silky smooth, packed with vanilla notes and balanced with sweet hibiscus syrup.
Or for another absolute delight of a dessert, this Pumpkin & Stem Ginger Cheesecake combines a pumpkin and maple syrup cake with an indulgent coconut cream, salted caramel and a ginger biscuit base.
Adding blitzed tofu to your favourite smoothies will not only add in protein, it will also bring about a wonderful milkshake-like consistency. Our refreshing Pineapple & Coconut Tofu Matcha Smoothie is filled with tropical flavours and a creamy tofu texture.
It’s a healthy vegan smoothie is packed with fruity goodness – coconut, pineapple, banana and mango whizzed together with leafy spinach and matcha, then topped with toasted coconut, chia seeds and fresh fruit of your choice.
For an extra special treat, you could try serving up your tofu smoothies inside a piece of fruit. Our Tofu Smoothie Fruit Bowls are creamy, refreshing and packed with antioxidants! Whizz together tofu, banana, nectarine and blueberries with pomegranate molasses and a little acai powder, then serve inside a papaya half and top with pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, coconut flakes or kiwifruit.
For a tropical drink with difference, try this Tofu Pineapple Crush recipe. Organic Original Tofu, sweet maple syrup and chunks of delicious pineapple all blended together until smooth, served over crushed ice and garnished with cacao nibs, coconut chips, mango flakes or grated chocolate.
Tofu Ice Lollies
Another surprising twist on a summer staple, our Strawberry Tofu Popsicles are incredibly refreshing and big in flavour! Blitzed tofu, vanilla-infused soy cream and frozen strawberries all brought together with a crunchy crumble and chocolate topping.
And if all that wasn’t enough, there are loads of other weird and wonderful ways you can experiment with tofu – creamy dips, mayonnaise, salad dressings, icing, sweet pancakes and more! Not to mention burgers, balls, terrines, tarts, soups and loaves. When all’s said and done, tofu really is one of the most flexible and multipurpose ingredients you can imagine!