Cashew Banana-Crusted Tofu Nuggets with Apricot Dipping Sauce

P1010636Serves 4 as an appetizer or 2 as a main course
Ingredients:
– 1/2 cup flour
– 1/2 teaspoon salt
– 2 teaspoons paprika
– 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
– 1/2 cup plain soymilk
– 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
– 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
– 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
– 1 cup banana chips, chopped
– 1 cup cashews, chopped
– 1 pound extra firm firm or enriched extra firm tofu, frozen and then defrosted
– Cooking spray
Dipping Sauce:
– 1 cup apricot preserves
– 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
– 1 dash chayenne pepper
METHOD:
Preheat oven to 400?F.
For Tofu Nuggets:
1. Wrap the block of tofu in a clean, lint-free towel, place it in a colander, and place the colander in the sink. Place a plate over the towel-covered tofu, them a heavy can or other weight on top, and leave to press for 30 minutes.
2. Remove the tofu from the towel, cut into 1-inch cubes, and set aside. Lightly oil (or spray with a light mist of oil) a non-stick cookie sheet and set aside.
3. Combine flour, salt, paprika, and pepper, stirring well to combine.
2. In a separate bowl, combine soy milk, lemon juice/vinegar, dijon mustard, and flax in a bowl. Set aside.
3. In a third bowl, combine the banana chips and macadamia nuts.
4. Dip tofu cubes into flour mixture, then soy milk mixture, and finally the banana chip-macadamia nut mixture.
5. Place the tofu cubes on a baking sheet.
6. Bake for 10 minutes per side, or until crispy and golden. Serve with Apricot dipping sauce.

Dipping Sauce:
1. Combine apricot preserves, dijon mustard and cayenne pepper.

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