Not only are smoothie bowls totally trendy, but they are pretty darn delicious too. These super-bowls are filling, nutrient-packed, and can be packed with anything from leafy greens, tropical fruit, to creamy avocado. In this case silken tofu.
Silken tofu is a great choice for adding plant-based protein to a smoothie. It has a light and silky texture (hence the name), its neutral in flavor, and has a pudding like consistency — making it beautiful for creamy and blended foods — like this simple protein smoothie bowl.
Why tofu is a great choice for a plant-based protein smoothie bowl
Tofu is naturally gluten-free, low calorie, contains no cholesterol and is an excellent source of protein and calcium, plus other important nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, iron, magnesium, selenium, and zinc. It’s the perfect replacement for dairy (and even works as an egg replacement) making it a great choice for vegetarian and vegan desserts, sauces, dressing and dips and of course smoothies.
Creating your own protein smoothie bowl
Making a smoothie bowl has got to be one of the simplest things to do. It takes mere minutes and is perfectly adaptable. You’ll want your smoothie bowl to be like an extra thick smoothie. Thick enough that you can eat it with a spoon and not with a straw. That’s right, the result will be a thick, rich, and creamy consistency that’s almost ice cream-like, albeit soft ice cream. And an important factor to that much needed thickness is… well keep in mind… all those toppings. It’d really be a shame if all those delicious toppings were to sink to the bottom.
Silken tofu has a high water content so doesn’t require any additional liquid. In general, a smoothie bowl with have about 1/3 less liquid then a smoothie and you will need a thickener to make it extra creamy, such as silken tofu, avocado, nut butter, Greek-style yogurt or bananas, or a combination thereof. Instead of tofu, you can even add cooked white beans for more plant-based protein. And of course, you could add in plant-based protein powders too. Then add your choice of fruit and if you like, even some greens.
Smoothie bowl toppings:
- More berries
- Hemp seeds
- Chia seeds
- Roasted unsalted sunflower seeds
- Raw or roasted nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts, etc.)
- Flaked unsweetened coconut
- Anything else you like (ahem, I’m not talking smarties and gummy bears here!:) )
This is very simple protein smoothie bowl made with sweet in season strawberries. Any mix of berries would do, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries, whatever you prefer. Even frozen. And if you want a little extra sweetness, then add a banana or other sweetener of choice.
1 package of organic silken tofu, drained
400 g of fresh or frozen berries (I used strawberries)
1 small banana or sweetener of choice, to taste (optional)
TIP: If you’re using fresh berries, you may want to add some ice cubes to the blender to make the smoothie bowl cold.
1. Add the smoothie ingredients to a blender and blend until creamy and smooth. Yep, that’s it.
2. Taste and adjust flavor as needed, then divide between serving bowls and top with desired toppings!
NOTE: A smoothie bowl is best eaten fresh but leftovers can also be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1-2 days. I store leftovers in a sealable glass jar and bring it to work for quick to-go breakfast.