Can I give Tofu to my baby?
YES! starting from 8 months of age. The suggestion to wait few months and not use tofu as a first food is due to the fact that tofu is a soy product and it’s not super easy to digest for a little one. At around 8 months of age your baby’s digestive system will be strong enough to process soy tofu and enjoy it.
That being said, Tofu is a lovely source of vegetable protein, a great baby food ingredient to alternate with other animal protein’s sources (poultry, meat, fish, eggs). From a cooking point of view, Tofu is such a versatile ingredient: a very delicate and plain flavor with a creamy but compact texture. It can be used both in sweet and savory recipes!!
Tofu is also a great finger food: you simply need to cut it in small bite size cubes and that’s it! it doesn’t require any cooking.
Today I’m sharing a sweet tofu recipe, a great baby food meal or a toddler smoothie or even a popsicle if you simply freeze it!! Three recipes in one, lol 🙂
Let’s start removing the Tofu from the watery container. With a paper towel gently press the tofu to get any extra water out. Cut the tofu in cubes.
Remove the seed from the apricot, leave the peel. Core the pear, cut in pieces. I’m leaving the peel both of the apricot and the pear to give extra nutrients to the recipe. Peel the mango, instead, and cut the pulp in pieces.
In a blender add: tofu + apricots + mango + pear + few tablespoons of thinning liquid of your choice. I used water, but you can choose between many other options (breastmilk, baby formula, coconut water, coconut milk..) Check out this other blog to learn more about “thinning your baby food”.
Blend up until smooth. If needed, add more thinning liquid of your choice, few tablespoons at the time, to reach the desired consistency.
You can store the Tofu baby puree in the refrigerator for up to three days or freeze it for up to 4 months.
If you are interested in the baby food containers/tools featured in the video, they are from GreenSpouts and you can find more about them here
- 1/4 cup sprouted organic firm tofu 4 small cubes
- 2 apricots
- 1/2 small mango
- 1/2 pear
With a paper towel gently press the tofu to get any extra water out.
Cut the tofu in cubes.
Remove the seed from the apricot.
Peel the mango, cut in pieces.
Core the pear, cut in pieces.
In a blender add: tofu + apricots + mango + pear. Blend up until smooth. If needed, add some thinning liquid of your choice, few tablespoons at the time.