Chocolate and caramel tofu dip with melon wedges

tofu dip
We went to the cricket match last week and I really felt so different from the previous time I have been to the stadium. This time, there were no innumerable adventures to the toilet, there were no snatching of snacks, there was no whines or little run around adventure. I realised my kids grew up!!!
The last time I was at the stadium I vowed never to go back coz I never saw a single part of the match but needed to be running around with the younger one who was fascinated by the people maze. Being small and really active toddler she weaved through the crowd easily and was so difficult to catch up with. The million handwash trips, the clothes spilled with foodstuff, people staring as we interrupted their precious game and many more reasons were the ones that prompted me to stay away. But now, it is all so different.
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At the same time, Poonam suggested the #173toddlerfingerfood theme for the Foodie Monday blog hop. So here we are, revisiting the toddler years of our kids. Going through the pics, remembering the antics, re-enacting some of their lovely words and habits. Oh boy, oh boy the tantrums!!!
There is one particular habit I remember one of my kids. Anything gave to eat needed something to dip in. May it be veggies, fruits, idlies or toast, it was all about the dip- dip.
The words were hardly there but the gesture to put that little bowl to dip into was super strong. Slowly and steadily we built up an array of dips for all the savoury items. Many times, I wanted to think beyond the chocolate dip. I was so at loss, Sleep deprived and up to my nose deep in things I don’t want to even remember, couldn’t imagine what I could put in that dip-bowl, worthwhile without all that sugar loaded. There is one we fell back upon that’s the one for today. So scroll down and don’t miss this tofu magic.
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Is tofu good for children?

Tofu is one great source of fat-free protein for the young and old alike. Soy is one of the preferred proteins in the vegetarian world next to beans and legumes. (beyond 8 months)As with any food stuff it has its pros and cons.
Tofu or soybean curd is a good source of iron, protein and calcium. It is bland and takes up the flavour which is added to it easily. It is like any other protein digestible after the little tummies are used to a bit heavier proteins like legumes. However, it is important to be aware that some children can be allergic to soy.
High consumption of tofu, just like any other foodstuff should be limited. Also, try reliable sources of tofu rather than the commercial out pushing to monitor the quality of the coagulant added.
The firm tofu tops the list for protein content but usually, kids adapt to sweet soft tofu taste. Tofu is a wonderful addition to the protein needs of a vegan vegetarian child.

Here is one more for the more adventurous palates

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The inspiration for this tofu dip is the “taho” that is served as a sweet dessert with tapioca pearls. As a  toddler, mine loved the dip, now still likes it as an older kid.  i couldn’t be happier as it did carry a small amount of protien in each dip…blend it smooth of your toddler has a trouble with the swirls (totally understand, they can pick on pretty much anything)
Oh!! did someone tell you, you get a revisit when they turn teen. Well I am on that rollercoaster, no more “dip-dip”
tantrums, but a whole lot of logically challenging ones😆.
I am sure you have had your adventures too, don’t miss to pen it down here… Will love to find similar features. Catch you soon.
There are some toddler perfect ones here on the blog, Check them out, don’t forget to leave a note or rating when you try them.
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Chocolate and caramel tofu dip Yum
One for all ages
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Prep Time 10 minutes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Remove the tofu from the packaging and drain out the liquid.
  2. Press down the tofu gently to extract a bit more of the liquid.
  3. Scoop three tbsp into a bowl and save up the rest of the tofu
  4. Add the tofu into the bowl and swirl in the chocolate and caramel.
  5. Serve it chilled with fruit cuts, melon wedges or unflavoured crackers.
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Recipe Notes

Rarely, I have served the tofu with a swirl of rose syrup ( when I do have an uncoloured one), so vary the sauces till you catch one your kid loves.

Some children are not fond of the swirls if so use a hand whisk or blender and smooth blend the same.

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Poonam Bachhav
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Loved reading through your post Seema. Both chocolate and caramel are hit among kids and you have cleverly incorporated them into a healthy but less preferred food , tofu. Colorful fruit wedges are perfect finger foods for little ones and serving them with a delicious dip is simply brilliant !

themadscientistskitchen
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Where were you when I needed something other than the tomato SAAS. You brought back memories of the times when they mixed tomato sauce and rice too. grin
I think this is an ideal dip for hubby and his ice cream. He is my biggest toddler! I love the simplicity of the dip. Great one Seema.

The Girl Next Door
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Such a lovely, innovative recipe, Seema! I’m sure kids will love this. smile

Sujata Roy
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Loved this simple and delicious dip. Kiddos will definitely love this caramel and chocolate flavoured dip. And yes tofu made it protein rich too. Enjoyed reading.

Mayuri Patel
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Loved reading your post Seema, gives us an insight to what your kids loved when they were toddlers. A great way to make to enjoy fruits and veggies with a dip. My kids always wanted small cocktail forks to enjoy any fruit or veggie.

Swati
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Yummy dip.. not only for kids but for us too!! Very nice use of tofu in the recipe..

sasmita
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Seema I just loved this simple yet delicious dip dear !!! Caramel and chocolate flavored is such a lovely combo as well….. I am sure kids cant deny to this kinda dips wink Great selection for theme sharing smile

Veena Krishnakumar
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Loved reading your post and this is such a lovely dip.And innovative way to serve fruits as finger foods

Preethi'sCuisine
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Love this simple dip flavoured with caramel chocolate.This looks absolutely finger licking good.

Kalyani
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Super healthy and super yummy stuff, Seema ! Proteins, fibre and bit of carb – you have packed all into such a delectable treat am going to try this on the non-toddlers at home ! Wel done smile

Vidya Narayan
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Juicy fruit wedges and that smartly hidden tofu in a dip coated with chocolate and caramel makes a perfect snack for fussy toddlers. Also a great way to encourage eating fruits. Loved the recipe for the dip, Seema.