3 ingredients, a knife and an oven = you have no excuse not to try these crispy, no oil, baked tofu fingers.
In fact, add this to your weekly food prep rotation immediately!
You know when you’re craving crispy fried chicken fingers but you’re dedicated to health excellence and reaching your ideal weight? Now, you make these instead…
And do you want to know the craziest thing? You are going to be amazed at how something without salt, oil or sugar can taste so darn amazing!
Epic to be precise…
Yes! These little baked tofu fingers are so darn crispy that you can literally stack them into a Jenga tower of plant-based deliciousness!
Really, this recipe was one of the happiest “mistakes” of my nutritarian life.
After going on a mental strike–I was completely over my standard veggie-broth-sauteed tofu–I needed that mouth feel of something crunchy and savory (oh, and packed full of protein to boot).
I was jonesing for chicken fingers. Just think Gollum hiding in the mountains, eyes bulging as he covets his precious… Yeah, chicken fingers were not going to happen!
So, I put my nutritarian thinking cap on…
I live by the code AHVR–always have veggies roasting (you can read up on that here), so I thought why not roast tofu?
I sliced up some firm tofu (I always have some on hand in the fridge) and used nutritional yeast as the “breading” and to add that savory, umami taste.
I sprinkled them up with my favorite Costco brand no-salt seasoning and baked them in the oven till super crisp!
YES! It’s that incredibly simple!
Are you ready to give this a go?
Even if you think you hate tofu (blasphemy!), you need to try this. No excuses! This is going to happen! Even my 8-year-old and almost-5-year-old love these crispy tofu fingers too!
But hold on a sec, we need to talk about something first…
Which Nutritional Yeast is Best?
After learning about the 7 vitamins you need to avoid supplementing, I’m here to tell you that you need to be careful about which nutritional yeast you buy.
Dr. Fuhrman warns that folic acid can be harmful and even toxic to our bodies.
I thought I was “safe” with the Whole Foods brand shown above. It lists “folate” instead of the bad-for-you folic acid. But I found out that folate is not naturally occurring in nutritional yeast. There are loads of other amazing nutrients that are naturally occurring, but folate ain’t one of them!
So, if you have a nutritional yeast brand that lists either folate or folic acid, it’s been fortified.
You need a brand that specifically says non-fortified.
Try this Sari Foods Non-Fortified Nutrtional Yeast brand:
This is one of the only brands I’ve found that is non-fortified.
That being said, realistically there are going to be times you might have to used fortified–even I run into this! It’s nice to aim for the absolute best for your health but sometimes our pocketbooks (and ordering-ahead-of-time skills) just can’t absorb the splurge.
Just remember, even eating fortified nutritional yeast–you are sooo much more healthy than you used to be befor your started your nutritarian journey!
Okay, I think we’ve covered it all!
You are officially ready to bake these up and blow your nutritarian mind at their sheer, crispy deliciousness!
I seriously cannot wait for you to dig into these highly-dunkable and dip-able tofu fingers–may I suggest this nutritarian BBQ sauce to start!
Crispy No-Oil Baked Tofu Fingers
- 2 packages firm tofu (I use 14 ounce packages)
- 1/2 cup nutritional yeast (you won't use it all)
- no-salt sasoning, to taste
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside (or use a Silpat pad).
Drain tofu and press slightly with napkins or paper towels. Cut each tofu block into 12 equal slices. Slice the block in half, then slice each half in half again--now you have fourths. Cut each fourth into 3 slices, about 1/4 inch thick.
Pour 1/2 cup nutritional yeast into plate. Coat each slice of tofu in nutritional yeast. Start with the edges then do the larger sides, this will minimize buildup on your fingers. Lay each slice on your prepared baking sheet.
After all slices are coated, sprinkle liberally with your favorite no-salt seasoning.
Bake in the oven, at 375 degrees for 30 - 40 minutes (depending on your desired crunch). You do not need to flip the slices during baking. You'll know they are ready when the edges are just starting to get brown and lift off the pan.
Let the fingers rest for at least 5 minutes before using a spatula to remove.
Use these tofu fingers just like you would chicken fingers! Chop them up and add them to salads, or dip with your favorite no-salt, no-sugar dips and sauces!
Please leave a comment and let me know what you think of the recipe!