1 1/2 packages Silken soft tofu (21 oz), rinsed and gently patted dry between paper towels
2 1/2 TBL lemon juice
3/4 cup granulated sugar (you can use maple syrup, same amount, instead)
1/3 cup canola oil
1 TBL vanilla extract
2 tsp lemon zest
1 cup chocolate chip morsels (you can used diced fruit instead, strawberries work well)
1 Arrowhead Mills Graham Cracker Crust 9″ ready to use
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a food processor or blender, add in tofu, lemon juice, sugar, oil, vanilla, and lemon zest. Blend until combined and smooth.
Stir in chocolate chip morsels (or fruit). Place crust on cookie sheet to catch any spills and pour tofu mixture into crust. Bake for 35 minutes. The top of the pie should spring back at a light touch to the center. Remove from oven, cool, and refrigerate overnight before slicing. The pie filling firms up as it cools in the refrigerator. Garnish as you like with soy or rice whip topping, lemon zest, chocolate chip morsels, or coconut.
Note: if you use 2 tofu packages, 14 oz each, you will have a little extra filling. Pour extra filling in individual ramekins, leaving a little room to rise, and bake with the pie for the same amount of time. This recipe delivers a light cheesecake consistency.
Soy is rich in protein, iron and isoflavones, which can protect against cancers, like prostate cancer in men and breast cancer in women, as well as lung cancer. Whole, unrefined soy foods are heart healthy and should be consumed daily with 1-2 servings coming from a cup of soymilk, a half cup of tofu, tempeh, edamame, or roasted soy nuts. Tofu is a great exchange for meat, so if you are not 100% vegan, try replacing meat in your dishes with tofu.
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