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Tofu Shapes with Hummus

With the help of a cookie cutter, you can turn pan-fried tofu into kid-friendly party food.



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1 cup cooked or canned chickpeas
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¼ cup gluten-free honey mustard
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1 Tbs. honey
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2 Tbs. lemon juice
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½ cup olive oil
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1 lb. superfirm tofu, cut into
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½-inch-thick slices
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1 cup puffed rice cereal
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¼ tsp. ground cumin
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2 large egg whites
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2 Tbs. olive oil, for frying


To make Hummus:

1. Pulse chickpeas, honey mustard, honey, and lemon juice in food processor until coarsely chopped. With motor running, add olive oil, and purée until smooth.

To make Tofu Shapes:

1. Place tofu slices on paper-towel-lined baking sheet. Cover with paper towels, and place another baking sheet on top. Weigh down, and drain 30 minutes.

2. Pulse cereal and cumin in food processor until finely ground. Transfer to bowl. Whisk together egg whites and 1 Tbs. water in separate bowl.

3. Preheat oven to 400°F. Cut tofu into shapes with cookie cutters. Dip Tofu Shapes into egg whites, then into cereal mixture. Coat baking sheet with cooking spray.

4. Heat oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Fry Tofu Shapes in oil 1 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer to prepared baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes, or until firm. Serve with Hummus.

Nutrition Information: 

6 g
Total Fat: 
14 g
Saturated Fat: 
2 g
11 g
<1 mg
191 mg
2 g
4 g
Serves 12 (makes 12 small shapes)

Comments on this Recipe

Why would you feed these to kids knowing that tofu is filled with estrogen?

Would (vegan) egg replacers work for this type of recipe?

These nuggets are incredibly crunchy and delicious with the hummus.

To Anon- Maybe ground flax seeds and water would be a good binder? I was wondering the same thing!!! :)

What would you use if you do not use eggs?? I am a vegetarians, but really try to be a vegan to the best that i can.

Which type of egg replacer should I use?

My 5 year old niece doesn't like any kind of spice. Is there any other flavoring that would need to be added to make these tasty, or would they appeal to a kid without the cumin?

Hummus came out great! Had a problem with my tofu because I made the mistake of not grinding the puffed rice enough. They really do mean a FINE powder, or you lose the shape and they don't cover properly. Try to wipe excess egg white off tofu before breading. This is difficult because it's so slippery. Use one hand for dipping in egg white, and the other for breading. Again, this is harder than it sounds. I recommend dropping the eggy tofu into rice powder and gently shaking it around or using a spoon to cover as much a possible before picking it up. This is to keep your fingers from getting gunky. Bread all tofu before putting it in the frying pan and oven. My other mistake was that I breaded the tofu and put them in the pan as they were being made. It wasn’t very efficient. Now I know what to do, I’ll definitely try this again. You can’t taste the cumin in the rice powder though, and without the hummus it’s very bland. Can anyone recommended other herbs or seasoning that might give this recipe a little more flavor without making it unhealthy?

I used egg replacer with soymilk (though I think water would be fine). I didn't have puffed rice cereal, so I substituted corn and rice cereal. My daughter likes things pretty plain, so I omitted the cumin, and she loved them! They were a fun, kid-friendly recipe to make:)

Kids are great and all but I'm 25 and I'm making this for ME! Adults like cute shaped foods too!! Anyway I made a much smaller batch since I was just making it for one person and subbed the cumin for garlic powder and a smidge of turmeric (cumin has its place. just not as a main flavor IMO). I also added a little tamari soy sauce to the egg white and water. I didn't make the hummus because I cant have chickpeas. I did, though, double batter one of my cute little tofu chunks (after frying it and before baking it) as an experiment because I had a little left over and while its a little messy I think double battering might be worth it for an extra layer of crunch. pretty good over all. (also if anyone is worried about spice flavors, its tofu and rice puffs, they're pretty flavorless by themselves and any kid friendly spice will blend right in to the rice puff mixture. ex: most of the kids i know like oregano and that'd be pretty tasty)