Tofu. To be honest… as someone always looking for healthier eating choices, I have never been a very big fan of this soybean product. I know it is low in fat, packed with protein and basically super good for us. But like they say, becoming a parent encourages you to re-evaluate your personal food preferences and start making better choices so our babies can learn from example. So this weekend, I decided to make peace with tofu. At first, i thought… maybe i can stir fry it like paneer (indian cottage cheese). Or scramble up crushed tofu for keya with a few flavourful spices. My research (and boy do i read up a lot on food!) led me to a surprising discovery of using tofu – specifically silken tofu in a dessert. My initial reaction was — eeeyuckh! Like, seriously? One can use tofu to make mousse? But then, the momma inside spoke – Tanya, its time you overcame this tofu phobia so you can introduce it with a happy heart to Keya!
Tofu is rich in protein and calcium and low in fat. Although babies shouldn’t be on low fat diets, tofu helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels, which is always good no matter how old one is. Not only is it easily digestible for your baby/ child, but it is great for maintaining the health of your little ones developing bones and teeth. I added a frozen banana for some awesome texture and flavour. Frozen banana when pureed creates a beautiful creamy, non-slimy product. And chocolate, I barely know any people who don’t like that 🙂
This mousse has a super smooth and soft creamy consistency. When i made this for us, I kept K’s serving aside and added 1-1/2 tsp of powdered gelatin dissolved in 3tsp of warm water to our portion. This gave us a smooth yet slightly firmer mousse.
This is undoubtedly is a dessert that comes together in no time at all and that the whole family can enjoy while reaping tremendous health benefits 🙂
Final nutrition report: Great source of Protein, Calcium,Iron, Potassium and anti-oxidants.
– 1 pkt smooth Silken tofu (300g) – Use Silken tofu only!
– 2 medium ripe, frozen bananas, cut into rounds
– 2-1/2 tbsp good quality unsweetened cocoa powder
– 3 tbsp fine brown sugar
– a few crushed baby biscuits or cereal snack to mix in and also garnish
* for older kids you can also use milo instead of cocoa powder & sugar
1. Drain the tofu and cut into cubes and place in a blender or food processor. Puree till smooth.
2. Add the frozen banana chunks, cocoa powder and sugar. Puree till the entire contents of the mixture are silky smooth and nicely mixed.
3. At this stage add some crushed baby cereal (optional) and mix with a spatula. Then divide the mousse into serving bowls and chill in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours till the mousse sets.
Sprinkle some more crushed cereal or biscuits on top and garnish with a slice of banana to make for an interesting presentation. Serve with a happy heart to a greedy baby 🙂