Nobody wants to spend extra time in a hot kitchen, but that doesn’t mean you have to go without desserts this summer. The Soyfoods Council offers a wide variety of cool dessert ideas made with convenient soyfoods such as tofu, soy cream cheese and soymilk. When you add soyfoods to your menu, you’re adding a burst of protein, too. As a plant protein, soy provides all the essential amino acids plus a protein quality comparable to animal protein. However, soyfoods are low in saturated fat, and contain no cholesterol. In fact, one serving of soyfoods offers from 7 to 15 grams of protein. The best news of all, though, is that you can make these tempting summer desserts in the freezer rather than the oven.
Peanut Butter Banana Frozen Tofu Pie is a cool, creamy pie with a graham cracker crust. To make the filling in a blender, all you need is silken tofu, peanut butter and a ripe banana. If desired, top the pie with melted dark chocolate, then freeze the pie for at least two hours before serving.
For a tropical twist, chill out with Deluxe Soy Pineapple Pie. This easy summer dessert calls for a graham cracker crust, with a luxurious filling made with extra firm silken tofu. The recipe includes soy cream cheese, frozen pineapple juice concentrate, instant vanilla pudding and pie mix, whipped cream and canned crushed pineapple. No baking needed—just chill before serving.
Cheesecake-flavored vegan ice cream stars in the simple recipe for Vegan Frozen Lemon Cheesecake with Raspberry Sauce. Make the ice cream with firm silken tofu, soy cream cheese, soymilk, agave nectar and vanilla extract. The chilled pie features a graham cracker crust, lemon cheesecake ice cream filling, and a raspberry topping made by blending raspberries with agave nectar.
Soyfoods simplify your summer desserts. Visit the Soyfoods Council website, www.thesoyfoodscouncil.com, for more recipe ideas, including the digital Soyfood Cookbook. The website is a convenient one-stop resource for the latest health and nutrition information about soyfoods, cooking tips, and instructional videos. Bookmark the site and visit it often, because new recipes and resources are constantly being added.
About the Soyfoods Council: The Soyfoods Council is a non-profit organization, created and funded by Iowa soybean farmers, providing a complete resource to increase awareness of soyfoods, educate and inform media, healthcare professionals, consumers and the retail and foodservice market about the many benefits of soyfoods. Iowa is the country’s number one grower of soybeans and is the Soyfoods Capital of the world.
About the Role of Soyfoods in a Healthful Diet: Soyfoods have played an important role in Asian cuisines for centuries. In recent years they have become popular in Western countries because of their nutrition and health properties. Soyfoods are excellent sources of high-quality protein and provide a healthy mix of polyunsaturated fat. In addition, independent of their nutrient content, there is very intriguing evidence indicating soyfoods reduce risk of several chronic diseases including coronary heart disease, osteoporosis and certain forms of cancer. All individuals are well advised to eat a couple of servings of soyfoods every day.