Crispy Baked Tofu Fingers Are the Vegan Answer to Your Fried-Chicken Prayers

The following post was originally featured on Hummusapien and written by Alexis Joseph| MS| RD| LD| who is part of POPSUGAR Select Fitness.

Do chickens even have fingers?! Perhaps they do. Okay so even if chickens do have phalanges| chicken fingers are really just breast meat| no? It’s all a big farce! I guess they look kind of like weird knobby fingers when you fry ’em up| hence the name. I apologize that these fingers look absolutely nothing like fingers. But maybe that’s a good thing.

I think it’s a great thing.

Tofu hasn’t been a major part of my life lately. It’s not that I don’t like tofu; it’s just that my pantry is always so stocked with beans and legumes that I almost forget about it. I’m on a mission to use up all the random pantry goodies that I’ve bought and failed to use in recipes like brown rice noodles| capers| red lentils| and artichokes. There are plenty of randoms in the refrigerator too| namely this tofu.

All I wanted for dinner last week was comfort food and let me tell you| these fit the bill. They made me remember how much I actually adore tofu ¡ª when it’s cooked correctly! This recipe isn’t the icky squishy mushy tofu you may be used to. No no.

It’s chewy and crumby in the best way possible. If there were ever a time you were gonna crave tofu| this is it. These actually reminded me of eating chicken nuggets as a child.

When you’re sick of beans in every way| shape| or form like I am| crispy tofu fingers are the best change of pace.

Crispy Baked Tofu Fingers

From Hummusapien

Crispy Baked Tofu Fingers

Crispy Baked Tofu Recipe

Ingredients

1 lb extra firm tofu| drained and pressed1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk1/4 cup almond meal1/4 cup whole-grain breadcrumbs1/4 cup cornmeal2 tablespoons nutritional yeast1/2 teaspoon garlic powder1/2 teaspoon chili powder1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika3/4 teaspoon salt