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Sweet & Spicy Baked Tofu

Sweet & Spicy Baked Tofu

We know that some of you are out there dry heaving at the thought of spongey tofu. We get it. BUT, we beg you to give tofu one more try!

This sweet, spicy and subtly crispy version of baked tofu just might do the trick. Plus, it’s easier to digest than a big steak and even a hunk of chicken before a tough workout, so for that reason alone, its worth the attempt.

After all, who can say no to a plant-based protein that is full of fiber, phytoestrogens, vitamin K1, folate, molybdenum, manganese, phosphorus, and thiamine!

Deliciously sweet and crispy tofu with a pinch of spice. Who could say no?!

Sweet and Spicy Baked Tofu

Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 15 oz package extra firm tofu Ideally organic, non GMO!
  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos
  • 1 TBSP 100% pure maple syrup
  • 1 TBSP avocado oil (Sesame or olive would work as well)
  • 1 tsp sriracha


  1. Take and drain the extra firm tofu. Slice down the middle, long ways, and chop into tiny one inch cubes as pictured.

  2. Take a dish towel, set it on a cutting board and lay tofu cubes evenly across board. Place another dish towel on top and place a weighted object such as a heavy text book or casserole dish on top of the pieces. This helps to drain the excess liquid, allowing you to experience a more crispy textured tofu! Let sit for ~30 minutes.

  3. Add aminos, maple, oil and sriracha in a medium bowl with a lid, stir. Add in tofu cubes, place lid on top and shake until mixture is even. Let sit for 30 minutes, but be sure to give the mixture another little shake at the 15 minute mark!

  4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray and spread marinated cubes evenly across. Bake tofu for about 40 minutes total, flipping over at the 20 minute mark to ensure crispiness on both sides. Remove once golden brown.

  5. Toss on top of your favorite salad or stir fry and enjoy!! (We threw it on top of our favorite sweet potato starch "glass" noodles and veggies).

And if you’d like to finish off dinner with a little high protein, plant-based dessert, we’ve got you covered!

About The Author

Kylene Bogden

Meet Kylene Bogden, a trailblazer in sports nutrition and the Performance Dietitian/Nutritionist for the Cleveland Cavaliers. With a prestigious background that includes contributions to the renowned Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, Kylene holds certifications from the Integrative Functional Nutrition Academy and is a Certified LEAP Practitioner for food sensitivities. Notably, she is also a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics. Kylene's holistic approach to nutrition sets her apart in the field, making her a go-to authority. Her collaborative work with players, coaching staff, and medical professionals has solidified her reputation. Kylene's expertise has been recognized by major publications, including features in Vogue, Women's Health, STACK, and other prominent websites, where she shares evidence-based strategies to fuel peak athletic performance. Beyond accolades, Kylene is an educator, actively engaged in initiatives promoting health and wellness. With a personal commitment to a well-rounded lifestyle, Kylene, alongside her husband Dr. Bogden, exemplifies the transformative power of nutrition. In the dynamic world of sports nutrition, Kylene Bogden's unparalleled expertise continues to elevate both individual athletes and the Cleveland Cavaliers to unprecedented levels of success. As a high school and collegiate sprinter, she experienced recurrent injury and fatigue. After years of constant struggle, she eventually learned that an abundance of processed foods and poor fueling strategies were the root of her performance issues. Kylene's personal journey as an athlete fueled her passion for finding a more progressive approach to sports nutrition. Since then, she has helped thousands of individuals dramatically improve overall health and athletic performance by taking a whole food approach.

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Family picture of Dr. Michael Bogden and licensed dietitian nutritionist Kylene Bogden

Meet Kylene & Dr. Michael Bogden

Kylene is a licensed dietitian nutritionist board-certified in sports nutrition as well as Integrative and Functional Nutrition. She is a certified food sensitivity LEAP therapist and the Performance Dietitian for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Michael, a physiotherapist with dual fellowships, merges sports nutrition with rehab to enhance client recovery.

Together, they've conquered personal health challenges that hindered their athletic pursuits including mold toxicity, Celiac disease, SIBO, and food sensitivities. Inspired by their journey, they founded a thriving private practice in 2017, now boasting three expert-trained dietitian nutritionists specializing in functional nutrition.

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