If you are plant-based then you know how versatile tofu is. Tofu is used in dozens of recipes. And now people with soy allergies, looking for an alternative no longer have to feel left out. Simply ask, what is hemp tofu?
In this article, we’ll go over what you can do with hemp tofu and what makes it healthy.
Whether you are vegan or looking for something new to add to your diet, hemp tofu may be right for you.
What is Hemp Tofu?
Tofu is a protein that is used in vegan meals as a main dish. The protein is versatile and can be used in stir-fries, soups, and everything in between. You can even cut hemp tofu and make it into tofu steaks.
Hemp tofu is a healthy option you can buy in stores or make at home.
What Does Hemp Tofu Taste Like?
Alone, hemp tofu’s flavor is light, so it can be seasoned or sauced with both sweet and savory spices. The flexibility makes tofu the perfect food to handle the flavor profile of all kinds of cuisine.
The crumbly texture of hemp tofu is what adds to the taste. It can be pressed and fried into a firm meaty bite or crumbled to melt in your mouth in a soup. Either way, hemp tofu can be added to a meal that is loaded with flavors.
What Makes Hemp Tofu a Healthy Option?
What makes hemp tofu a healthy option is that it’s allergy free and nutrient-dense. Hemp tofu contains high amounts of protein, omega fatty acids, and all nine essential amino acids. Hemp is a soy alternative for people with food allergies including those with gluten sensitivities.
You also have to remember that hemp contains an exceptional amount of vitamins and minerals. Hemp tofu has iron, calcium, and vitamin E. That many health benefits are hard to find in one vegan protein.
Hemp is a healthy option because these nutrients provide benefits like heart health, bone health, and brain health.
Hemp protein helps regulate weight, metabolism, and your reproductive system making it good for everyone in the family including pregnant women.
What Can You Do with Hemp Tofu?
You can create new recipes using hemp tofu as a substitute including:
- Stir fry
- Tofu steak
The best way to use hemp tofu is to bake, fry, or grill it. That doesn’t mean you can’t try new ways like in a crockpot, air fryer, or pressure cooker.
Different types of tofu are appropriate for different meals. Extra-firm tofu doesn’t crumble easily and has a dense texture for frying and grilling. A firm texture is great for a hearty meal.
Silken tofu is soft and melts away easily. You won’t find this consistency in hemp tofu in stores.
Where Can You Buy Hemp Tofu?
Hemp tofu is available in natural food stores. Whole Foods has hemp tofu in stores and on shopping delivery sites like Instacart. Hemp hearts can also be purchased from your local grocery store and be used to make hemp tofu at home.
Can You Make Hemp Tofu at Home?
When you make homemade tofu it will be firm. So use hemp in place of firm soy tofu in recipes.
To make homemade hemp tofu:
- Place 1 cup hemp hearts and 3.5 cup water into blender. Blend until it’s a smooth liquid (hemp milk).
- Simmer hemp milk until it comes to a boil.
- The hemp milk will start to curdle. Once curdling, turn heat on medium-low.
- Stir constantly on a low boil for about four minutes
- Turn off the heat and add half of a coagulant like nigari. Make the mixture based on the instructions on the package (usually 1tbls of nigari in 1/2c hot water). Coagulant is optional.
- Stir and wait until the temperature drops. Once the liquid gets thicker and sticky, add the other half of the coagulant. Base the amount of coagulant on your desired level of firmness.
- Stir the solution again and let it sit for 15 minutes
- Strain the liquid and use the hemp cake that remains to mold into any shape, becoming your tofu
There’s more than one way to make hemp tofu. In some cases you may not even need a coagulant, it’s optional. If you don’t use a coagulant, your tofu will be crumbly. Try another DIY hemp tofu recipe or a soy tofu recipe for more detailed instructions.
Hemp Tofu vs Soy Tofu
Soy and hemp tofu can be used interchangeably in some recipes, but each is different. Hemp tofu has a different texture and flavor profile than soy tofu. Both have nutritional benefits, but hemp tofu contains more nutrients and minerals than most any vegan proteins.
Hemp tofu and soy tofu are different in three ways, texture, flavor, and nutrients.
Hemp tofu is denser and more crumbly than soy tofu. Hemp is best used for grilling and frying. While silken soy tofu is best for creams, sauces, and dressings. Silken tofu is what you find in miso soup.
Hemp tofu does not come in a silken form like soy tofu. It wouldn’t be a good idea to use homemade hemp tofu in smoothies like you would silken tofu. Hemp tofu wouldn’t blend into a liquid in the same way.
Hemp tofu is slightly nutty, or earthy. Soy tofu is light, milky, and doesn’t taste like much of anything.
Along with the omega fatty acids, hemp tofu also has twice the amount of iron than soy tofu. Soy tofu also has less protein and fiber than hemp tofu. The benefits of healthy fat and protein are lower cholesterol and better immune function.
So in the end, hemp tofu contains more protein, fiber, calcium, zinc, magnesium, and vitamin C. Hemp promotes a healthy body inside and out and is worth a try if you are looking for an alternative to soy tofu.
Summary: What is Hemp Tofu?
As you can see, hemp tofu is a vegan protein made with hemp hearts. If you can’t find it in a store near you, it’s possible to make it at home. All you need to make hemp tofu is hemp hearts and water.
Get a bag of Humming Hemp hemp hearts today to start making your hemp tofu. Want hemp tofu with a little more flavor? Try starting with our flavored hemp hearts. Don’t forget to share your recipes with us at #humminghemp.