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tofu benny with vegan hollandaise

tofu benny with vegan hollandaise_hot for food

Breakfast benny’s are a classic morning meal that I always see on restaurant menus. From smoked salmon to spinach, there’s so many variations – but where’s a benny for the vegans when we need one?! I’ve come to the rescue with my tofu benny with vegan hollandaise. You won’t even realize (or care) that there’s no eggs on this bad boy.

I’ve also had plenty of vegan hollandaise sauces in my time. Some have come close, but none have been perfect. However, after much experimentation and trying to remember what I’ve done time after time while I usually improvise over the stove, I think I’ve got it here at hot for food. Tofu benny with vegan hollandaise is served!

Whether you serve this at the crack of dawn or for a lazy Sunday brunch, my recipes go better together! Grab your blender and pair it with the team green smoothie for a fresh start to your day. 

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tofu benny with vegan hollandaise

This will become part of your regular weekend brunch rotation, guaranteed!

Course Breakfast
Cuisine French
Keyword breakfast, brunch, tofu benny, tofu eggs, tofu eggs benny, vegan hollandaise
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2
Author Lauren Toyota

Ingredients

vegan hollandaise sauce

  • 1/2 C sliced raw almonds
  • 1/2 C unsweetened nondairy milk (or substitute water)
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp ground mustard
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper

tofu benny

  • 1 package smoked tofu (such as Sunrise Soyganic or Wildwood)
  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 5 to 6 C baby spinach
  • 4 tomato slices
  • 2 whole wheat english muffins

Instructions

  1. For the hollandaise sauce, place all the ingredients in a high-powered blender and combine until really smooth. You need to let it blend until the oil starts to emulsify the mixture and it becomes very creamy.

  2. Heat the sauce over the stove in a small sauce pan for a few minutes to warm just before serving. If you overheat it, it will thicken too much. If that happens just add a bit more water or milk to thin it out.

  3. For the benny, cut the brick of smoked tofu into quarters. Heat a non-stick pan or cast iron skillet over medium heat, add the coconut oil and fry the smoked tofu on either side until lightly browned or crisp and heated through. 

  4. Remove the tofu from the pan and add the spinach. Sauté it for a few minutes until wilted and cooked through, but still bright green in color.

  5. Toast your english muffins while you're frying the tofu and spinach.
  6. To assemble, you can add vegan butter to your english muffins if desired. Place some spinach on top, then a fresh tomato slice, a piece of smoked tofu, and then smother with hollandaise sauce.

Recipe Notes

Feel free to improvise this recipe however you like! If you don't have smoked tofu ready-made where you live, you can use medium or firm tofu and season to your liking. Adding mashed avocado or avocado slices, grilled tomato slices, home made coconut fakin' bacon, or Field Roast Sausage heated and sliced or crumbled is also nice. The vegan benny is yours to discover!

20 comments

  • Valerie 3 years ago

    I have yet to find smoked tofu here in the Southern US where I live. Would you happen to have any recipes that would resemble this that I can DIY? I have liquid smoke, so I was thinking about marinating the tofu in that for a bit before frying up, but I honestly have never done that (newly vegan). I love your blog and channel so much, by the way. Y’all have made my transition to veganism SO MUCH EASIER and TOTALLY DELICIOUS. My omnivore husband loves everything I make that y’all have created. Much love, Valerie.

  • Sarah D 3 years ago

    Hi there! Love love love your blog 🙂 Question! Do you have to use coconut oil in this? Could I use olive oil? …. just thinking of what thickens mayo and the like. I am a cheap-o and don’t use coconut oil very often, but totally want to get down on this vegan hollandaise. Help!

    • Jasmin 3 years ago

      I made their recipe a few times now and once used vegan butter instead and it worked just as well 🙂 I think olive oil would change the taste quite a bit.

  • Jasmin 3 years ago

    I discovered your YouTube channel because of the cauliflower bufallo wings (which I loooooove) and I love all the stuff you make. And since this awesome tofu benny recipe was uploaded on youtube I honestly made these 6 times now. Been vegan for 2 years now and I just love how it gets me to discover all the amazing new stuff you can do with food. Thank you for sharing your recipes with the world! And all the best wishes from Germany 🙂

    • Lauren Toyota 3 years ago

      amazing! So glad you like it! Thanks for supporting what we do 😀

  • Rosanna 3 years ago

    I just made this recipe and I will make it again tomorrow!.. I cannot believe how those flavors all blended together.. Only change I made was using cashews instead of almonds.. I didn’t have them on hand but had some cashews soaking!..

  • Vicky 3 years ago

    I made this today and oh my goodness… it was amazing! I’m making it again for dinner I loved it so much. I’ve never tasted smoked tofu pan fried, and I’ll never eat it any other way again! It was absolutely delicious, it tasted like bacon to me. And that hollandaise was 100% spot on. Yum! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Lauren Toyota 3 years ago

      thanks very much! So glad you liked it 😀

  • Jen 3 years ago

    I found the hollandaise sauce didn’t taste that much like the real the thing. The texture and color was spot on. But everything else was perfection.

  • Christeen 3 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing this recipe and all the others you have posted! Everything is delicious! I recently went vegan and thought it’d be boring but your recipes make plant based food so exciting! My non-vegan fiance also likes the food on your blog.

    • Lauren Toyota 3 years ago

      we love when non-vegans get hooked! Thanks for the love and glad you’ve enjoyed the recipes <3

  • Jake 3 years ago

    if you’re looking for hollandaise that taste just like the real stuff.. this is not for you. tastes nothing like real hollandaise. however, tofu is a good sub for poached eggs.

  • Carroll Kolasa 3 years ago

    Yesterday the pierogies, today this recipe. Both super delicious and wonderfull! Thank you!

  • Lauren 3 years ago

    Seriously the best! The sauce tasted just like real hollandaise! So damn good! Thank you for all your great recipes!

    • Lauren Toyota 3 years ago

      so so glad you like this one! It’s one of our faves 😀 Thank you!

  • Natasha 2 years ago

    I tried this but didn’t get blanched almonds! So my sauce had all little crunchy bits in it from the skins of the almonds. It still tasted great, and now I know better for next time lol

  • Mrs M 2 years ago

    Incredible recipe! So good!

  • Marie-Ève Houle 2 years ago

    Your benny sauce is SOOO good, not the same taste than a real hollandaise, BUT an amazing vegan replacement and low fat, low salt in prime!! Thank you for this super recipe!!!

  • Kate 2 years ago

    Is there a way to make smoked tofu for this recipe? Like would soaking it in liquid smoke work or something? I live in Tennessee, and I’m lucky enough as it is to find regular tofu, let alone flavored ones

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