Kid-Friendly Tofu Bites are the perfect meal for busy Back To School nights. These tofu bites are kid approved.
Tofu is often considered a food with an acquired taste. Some people seem to love tofu and some people do not. It is entirely up to you and what you prefer, but before you decide if you love or hate tofu, you need to make certain you are giving it a fair chance.
In our family, we eat a lot of tofu. It is a good option for us as a vegetarian family. We love how it absorbs flavors and spices and it’s a great texture to add to a lot of varied vegetable dishes.
Are you a tofu beginner? Start here with a series of articles that will teach you how it’s made, how to cook it, and why it’s good for you!
Understanding Tofu – a beginners guide – Learn more about how tofu is made (even try it at home if you like!) and what the different types of tofu mean.
Benefits of Tofu – Read about the health benefits of adding tofu into your meal plan.
4 Simple Ways to Cook Tofu – Here I teach you exactly how to cook tofu in four different and easy ways.
Tips for Grilling Tofu – Bonus! One more amazing way to cook tofu that’s perfect for warm weather and just in time for summer!
In sticking with our simple recipe theme, this kid-friendly tofu bites recipe has minimal ingredients. And when I’m cooking, the fewer ingredients, the better! I love being able to see a recipe and count the number of ingredients quickly and easily.
I often feel like when a recipe starts adding a ton of different ingredients, it often loses a bit of that unique flavor as well. When making tofu for toddlers, I think a simple recipe is best!
How to Make Kid-Friendly Tofu Bites
First, start with your favorite gluten-free crackers.
Next up…smash those crackers! This is the most fun part of the recipe! If you have children that are always wanting to help you cook, smashing the crackers is the perfect job for them!
Let them smash away! They’ll have a blast and you’re crackers will be smashed perfectly as well.
While those crackers are being smashed, you can save time by pressing your tofu.
We use the EZ Tofu Press! The EZ Tofu Press (affiliate link) can press virtually all sizes of firm and extra firm tofu. The pressing can be achieved in 15 minutes or less. (Talk about a huge time saver!)
You can prep food (crush those crackers) while turning the knobs every 2 minutes over a 10-15 minute time frame.
The press is substantially faster than spring based tofu presses and it’s easy to clean! If you are cooking tofu you NEED this press! You can buy YOURS on Amazon. (affiliate link)
I honestly can’t say enough about the EZ Tofu Press, it has changed the way we love and enjoy tofu! It makes a world of difference! Plus, it saves a ton of time as well!
Next up, we are going to marinate the tofu chunks in maple syrup. That is a key ingredient to making these tofu bites, even more, kid-friendly. The maple syrup brings a level of sweetness that is truly out of this world!
After marinating in maple syrup, we are pan frying these little kid friendly tofu bites! Before frying, roll the tofu for toddlers in the smashed up cracker bits and get them ready to be cooked!
Trust me…once you start pan frying them, they smell simply amazing. Your mouth will be watering instantly and your kids will be begging for a tasty bite!
Once pan-fried, the crackers turn a delicious golden brown on these kid-friendly tofu bites. You’ll be able to tell that they are done by the browning of the cracker crumbs. The smell is very inviting! I am pretty sure you won’t be able to resist these!
You can also use this same method with zucchini! Delicious!
One Taste of These Kid-Friendly Tofu Nuggets and They’ll Be Hooked!
This tofu recipe for toddlers doesn’t disappoint. They look great, the smell is very inviting, and they taste delicious as well. I am pretty sure you won’t be able to resist these! When I make these in my house, the plate is empty as soon as it touches the table.
They are the perfect bite-sized snack that is kid-approved!
See With Your Own Eyes Just How Simple These Kid-Friendly Tofu Bites Truly Are!
I bet you are getting hungry! I made this short video to show you just how easy the entire process is!
Would I steer you wrong? After watching that video, it looks pretty simple, right? Take notes and watch the video as needed because you are going to be making this a lot! I bet it becomes a family favorite!
You can eat it as is, season with salt and pepper or serve with a side of BBQ sauce for dipping. Regardless, these kid-friendly tofu bites are good!
Let’s get to this recipe! You may just have enough time to make this for dinner tonight! After seeing all these pictures and watching the video, I bet you are super hungry!
- 1 block of extra firm tofu
- 1.5 c gluten-free crackers
- 1/2 c maple syrup
- oil for frying
- Using your tofu press, press the tofu.
- While tofu is pressing, put your crackers into a baggie. Use a rolling pin or your hands to smash/crush the crackers into small crumbs.
- Keep crumbs in the baggie. In a shallow bowl, add the maple syrup.
- Remove tofu from press, cut into bite size pieces.
- Place tofu in maple syrup. Let marinate for 15 minutes.
- Gently spoon tofu bites into baggie with crumbs. Gently turn baggie to help coat the tofu bites with crumbs.
- When crumbs are well covered, stop and warm your skillet over medium heat.
- Add 1 T of oil to start. Gently fry the tofu bites on each side until golden brown.
- Serve immediately. ENJOY! 🙂
Did you make this recipe?Be sure to snap a picture and post it to Instagram with the hashtag #VegetarianMamma! I love seeing our recipes being recreated!
Ah, that was easy! Looking for more tofu recipes? Check these out:
Let’s talk! Leave me a comment below telling me if your kids have ever tried tofu? Do they like it? How do you like to prepare it?