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Baked Buffalo Tofu Nuggets with Vegan Ranch Sauce (gluten-free)

This post is sponsored by Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) Company. All opinions are my own!

These Baked Buffalo Tofu Nuggets are a fun snack or side dish for kids and adults alike! Serve them with a dairy-free ranch sauce for the ultimate appetizer. (vegan & gluten-free)

These Baked Buffalo Tofu Nuggets are a fun snack or side dish for kids and adults alike! Serve them with a dairy-free ranch sauce for the ultimate appetizer. (vegan & gluten-free)

There is almost nothing I love more in this world than buffalo sauce. I guess it’s my family, Cayden and Leo, my friends, and then buffalo sauce.

When I was in high school, one of our favorite spots to eat was this popular wing restaurant. Their fries had waaaay to much sugar (basically dessert fries), but the wings with mild buffalo sauce were always my go-to.

It’s been years since I’ve eaten there, or even eaten a chicken wing, and I’m doing just fine. But, sometimes the craving for buffalo wings comes, and a vegan has to figure out an alternative.

THIS is the perfect alternative: Baked Buffalo Tofu Nuggets!

These Baked Buffalo Tofu Nuggets are a fun snack or side dish for kids and adults alike! Serve them with a dairy-free ranch sauce for the ultimate appetizer. (vegan & gluten-free)

I was even surprised by how amazing these turned out. I know the ingredients list looks long and intimidating, but most of them are just spices.

I can just imagine serving a double or triple batch of these buffalo tofu nuggets during a dinner party or holiday gathering. (PS: I know tofu nuggets aren’t necessarily traditional holiday food, but my family is untraditional so I’m making tofu nuggets, okay 💁🏼).

These Baked Buffalo Tofu Nuggets are a fun snack or side dish for kids and adults alike! Serve them with a dairy-free ranch sauce for the ultimate appetizer. (vegan & gluten-free)

I’m excited to partner with Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) Company for the remainder of 2018 to talk to you about one of my favorite topics: SOY!

These Baked Buffalo Tofu Nuggets are a fun snack or side dish for kids and adults alike! Serve them with a dairy-free ranch sauce for the ultimate appetizer. (vegan & gluten-free)

I love soy, as you can tell by all the tofu, tempeh, and edamame recipes around here. I know there are still many misconceptions about soy (will be diving into those in next month’s blog post!), so I hope these recipes and facts will ease your mind about adding soy into your life.

Why do I love soy so much? Soy protein is one of the few plant-based proteins that, like animal protein, contains all essential amino acids at levels and the availability needed by our bodies. It is also packed with folate, potassium, and essential fatty acids, and low in saturated and trans-fat.

These Baked Buffalo Tofu Nuggets are a fun snack or side dish for kids and adults alike! Serve them with a dairy-free ranch sauce for the ultimate appetizer. (vegan & gluten-free)

Soy is playing a huge role in replacing animal protein with plant protein as plant-based eating becomes more popular. It is versatile, incredibly affordable, nutritious, and sustainable.

Back to the nuggets… are you drooling yet?! Tofu is an excellent whole-food source of soy protein, and it makes the perfect “meat” for vegan nuggets AND the base for our ranch. If you have kids, I know they will LOVE dipping these buffalo tofu nuggets into the ranch sauce! But, from personal experience, I know adults will enjoy these just as much.

These Baked Buffalo Tofu Nuggets are a fun snack or side dish for kids and adults alike! Serve them with a dairy-free ranch sauce for the ultimate appetizer. (vegan & gluten-free)

These Baked Buffalo Tofu Nuggets are a fun snack or side dish for kids and adults alike! Serve them with a dairy-free ranch sauce for the ultimate appetizer. (vegan & gluten-free)

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Baked Buffalo Tofu Nuggets with Vegan Ranch Sauce (gluten-free)

These Baked Buffalo Tofu Nuggets are a fun snack or side dish for kids and adults alike! Serve them with a dairy-free ranch sauce for the ultimate appetizer. (vegan & gluten-free)

Prep Time:
45 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
1 hour 10 mins
These Baked Buffalo Tofu Nuggets are a fun snack or side dish for kids and adults alike! Serve them with a dairy-free ranch sauce for the ultimate appetizer. (vegan & gluten-free)
Author:
Emilie
Yield:
6-8 1x
Rating: 5 from 2 reviews

Ingredients

For the nuggets:

  • 1 14-ounce package extra firm tofu, drained and pressed*
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 1 tablespoon oil (olive, avocado, canola)
  • 1/2 cup chickpea flour
  • 1 tablespoon tapioca starch or cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

For the buffalo sauce:

  • 1/2 cup hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oil (olive, avocado, canola)
  • 1 tablespoon chickpea flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder

For the ranch sauce:

  • 1 12-ounce package silken tofu
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
  • 2 tablespoons dried chives
  • 1 tablespoon dried dill

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF. Lightly grease a baking sheet.
  2. Tear the pressed and drained tofu into 1-inch nugget shapes; place in a medium bowl. Add non-dairy milk and oil; stir to coat tofu evenly.
  3. In another medium bowl, add chickpea flour, starch, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper; stir. Dredge each tofu nugget in the dry mixture and shake to remove excess flour. Place each nugget on the baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes.
  4. In a large bowl, add all buffalo sauce ingredients. Whisk to combine. When the tofu is done, add all nuggets to the bowl with the buffalo sauce; toss to coat evenly. Place the nuggets back on the baking sheet. Bake for 5 minutes, until crispy.
  5. In a blender, add silken tofu, non-dairy milk, garlic, lemon juice, vinegar, salt, onion powder, pepper, and maple syrup. Blend until smooth. Stir in dried parsley, chives, and dill. Pour the ranch into a bowl for serving.
  6. Serve the tofu nuggets with ranch sauce, ketchup, mustard, and any other dipping sauces!

Notes

*Use a tofu press, or wrap the tofu in paper towels and place in the sink with a heavy object on top. Press for 10-15 minutes.


Thanks to Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) Company for sponsoring this post! I love working with brands whose products I really love and would honestly recommend. Thank you for supporting this blog that I love oh-so-much!

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