Though it may seem a bit odd to make creamy desserts out of soybean curd, tofu is an ideal substitute for dairy products when looking for a vegan alternative. The tofu takes the place of eggs and dairy, such as butter, cream cheese, and heavy cream, and is the perfect vehicle for bringing all of the other flavors together. Let’s check it out!
Vegan No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie
Similar to a french silk pie, this vegan chocolate peanut butter pie is smooth and silky, with a satisfying mouthfeel. It calls for only four ingredients, including semisweet vegan chocolate, the only sugar included in the recipe. Once the chocolate is melted, combine with the remaining ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Then pour into the pie shell and refrigerate until chilled. Sprinkle with a bit of cocoa powder for a professional-looking finish.
Easy Vegan Sweet Potato Pie
This vegan sweet potato pie recipe uses a premade crust and canned sweet potatoes, making it quick and easy to put together. The silken tofu helps create a creamy texture, while the firm tofu helps the pie set up. Cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg contribute warm spices, making this a pie any Southerner would be proud of.
Vegan Tofu Chocolate Cake
Instead of butter and eggs found in typical chocolate cake recipes, this vegan version subs in silken tofu, offering the same binding properties while providing moisture and creaminess to the batter. Cocoa powder combines with the dry ingredients, while the tofu and its liquid are blended with maple syrup and almond milk. Once mixed together, the batter bakes into a rich, chocolate cake ready for the vegan frosting of your choice.
Tofu Banana Cream Pie
From the graham cracker crust to the whipped topping, everything about this tofu banana cream pie is dairy-free. A bit of coconut in the crust complements the coconut milk and oil in the banana and tofu filling—feel free to sprinkle on a garnish of flaked coconut for the perfect finishing touch.
Peanut Butter Tofu No-Bake Pie
This peanut butter tofu pie recipe can be put together in no time, calling for blending just five ingredients until smooth and pouring into a vegan pie crust. Serve it plain or make it fancy by drizzling it with melted chocolate and sprinkling over chopped nuts and/or crushed pretzels.
This tofu cheesecake comes together easily when you make the crust and the filling in the food processor. This luscious dessert uses silken tofu, cashews, and coconut cream in place of the dairy and eggs in traditional cheesecake recipes. The crust is made of oats, almonds, and coconut sugar, and oil, adding another layer of flavor.
When making desserts including tofu, most recipes will call for silken tofu rather than firm or extra-firm tofu, so be sure you’re using the right kind. You can feel good about enjoying these tofu-based treats as most of them are lower in fat than other desserts, much lower in cholesterol, and they provide a bit of protein, too.