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Soy-free Tofu Stir fry with Sunbutter Sauce (Nutfree Peanut Sauce)

Soy-free Tofu Stir fry with Sunbutter Sauce. Chickpea Tofu with Nutfree Peanut Sauce! Allergy friendly 1 Pot Meal. Vegan Glutenfree Soyfree Nutfree Recipe.  Jump to Recipe

I love quick 1 Pot stir fry meals with creamy thai style peanut sauce. Add some veggies or tofu or some lentils and its a delicious meal!  Many of you avoid nuts or soy or both. So I went about making an allergy friendly version. The tofu here is chickpea flour tofu, no soy!. The Peanut sauce uses sunbutter, no nuts and no soy. This whole meal takes just minutes if you have already prepped chickpea tofu. Add veggies of choice and serve over grains or noodles!

Lets make this Stir fry with chickpea flour tofu and Peanut free Peanut Sauce! If you try it, let me know how it worked out. 

Soy-free Tofu Stir fry with Sunbutter Sauce. Chickpea Tofu with Nutfree Peanut Sauce! Allergy friendly 1 Pot Meal. #Vegan #Glutenfree #Soyfree #Nutfree #peanutsauce #Recipe #VeganRicha

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Soy-free Tofu Stir fry with Sunbutter Sauce. Chickpea Tofu with Nutfree Peanut Sauce! Allergy friendly 1 Pot Meal. #Vegan #Glutenfree #Soyfree #Nutfree #peanutsauce #Recipe #VeganRicha

You want to crisp up the chickpea tofu before adding to the sauce. That helps it hold its shape and also have better texture. Adding it directly to a hot sauce can make it a bit sticky. 
Soyfree Chickpea Tofu Stir fry with Sunbutter Sauce in a white skillet
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Soy-free Tofu Stir fry with Sunbutter Sauce

Soy-free Tofu Stir fry with Sunbutter Sauce. Chickpea Tofu with Nutfree Peanut Sauce! Allergy friendly 1 Pot Meal. Vegan Glutenfree Soyfree Nutfree Recipe.  

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: fusion, Vegan

Keyword: chickpea tofu, non soy tofu, peanut free peanut sauce, soy free vegan protein, sunbutter peanut sauce

Servings: 3

Calories: 289 kcal

Author: Vegan Richa


  • 2 tsp oil divided
  • 1/2 recipe chickpea flour tofu (1.25 cups cubed, or use firm tofu if using soy)
  • 1.5 cups veggies such as pepper carrots, green beans, zucchini
  • 6 to 8 oz noodles or rice to serve

Sunbutter sauce:

  • 4 tbsp sunbutter (sunflower seed butter), or use oeanut, almond or cashew butter for nut sauce.
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp sriracha
  • 2 tsp maple syrup or sugar
  • 1.5 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar , optional
  • 2 cloves of garlic or 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp ginger , chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk + 1/2 cup water to rinse(used later)


  1. Prepare your chickpea tofu if you havent already and chill for 15 mins then cube. Blend sunbutter sauce with 1/2 cup coconut milk and set aside.

  2. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. When it has heated, add cubed chickpea tofu and cook for 3 to 4 minutes. (You can toss the chickpea tofu in 1 tbsp cornstarch before roasting to make it crispier). Remove from the skillet. This helps the chickpea tofu hold shape and not get sticky in hot sauces. 

  3. Add veggies and a teaspoon of oil and cook for another 3 to 5 minutes. Add a generous dash of black pepper and mix in. Then add the chickpea tofu.

  4. Add the blended sunbutter sauce then use 1/2 cup of water to rinse out the blender and add the water to the skillet. Mix and cook for 5 minutes. Adjust salt and heat to taste. Add more water or coconut milk if it’s thickening too quickly or for thinner consistency.(sauce thickens on cooling) 

  5. Serve over noodles or rice, lettuce, with lemon/lime juice, sriracha or pepper flakes and cilantro. 

Recipe Notes

To make oilfree: omit the oil and use broth to saute veggies. Dry skillet to toast the chickpea tofu. 


Nutrition is for 1 Serve, does not include noodles or rice. 

Nutrition Facts

Soy-free Tofu Stir fry with Sunbutter Sauce

Amount Per Serving

Calories 289 Calories from Fat 153

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 17g 26%

Saturated Fat 3g 15%

Sodium 580mg 24%

Potassium 145mg 4%

Total Carbohydrates 25g 8%

Dietary Fiber 3g 12%

Sugars 4g

Protein 9g 18%

Vitamin A 5.5%

Vitamin C 79.7%

Calcium 3.9%

Iron 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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“I want you to come watch the movie with us ON the couch, not be in the kitchen!”

I’ve been filling out this one-question-a-day journals for moms that I received for Christmas. It records a little thought or memory over the last year, and then starts again, so you can see how your answers change over a few years. One of the recent ones, prompted me to jot notes about what I am learning as a mom, and I found the question so general I was basically annoyed. I am a romantic, and also wildly pragmatic. In the span of a day I can tear up over the depths of love I feel for my kids, and also wish for them to have a mute button. We all have worlds within us; mothering pushing me into the corners of myself I am sometimes proud of or other corners ashamed of, but am I learning? Yes, every single day. Sometimes in the moment and other times after a particular season. But in 2021, my answer in the bullet journal was that I see my kids are wanting me to play with them. They aren’t registering all the service and shuttling and laundry and what it takes to pull off a week, they just want to play WITH me. It’s natural for me to move within lists and tasks and responsibilities and hustling, but playing is something I have to pay attention to. For them and for me. We usually do a family movie on Friday nights and my son (6.5), see quote above, pointed out that I don’t actually watch the movie, I tinker in the kitchen and he wants me in the couch cuddle. Flattered, and found out that I’d rather make granola than watch The Croods 🙂 So from annoyed, to passing on the question to fellow parents, what are you learning? Try not to be annoyed. Maybe circle back to it.

I published this recipe over on SKCC a few weeks ago and wanted it to live here. We’re trying to find more family-friendly vegetarian recipes (it’s easy for me to fill up on roasted veggies and big salads, not so much for the kids). This batch lasts us two meals – once with noodles, maybe half zoodles, and the second round on toast or english muffins with cheese melted on top, like a pizza sort of thing? It freezes well and is great to deliver to new parents.


Serves 6


2 Tbsp. of extra virgin olive oil
1 small yellow onion – roughly chopped
3 cloves of garlic
sea salt to taste
pepper to taste
1 head of cauliflower (about ¾ lb. or 12 oz. riced)
1/2 cup of raw walnuts pieces
1/2 tsp. of Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp. of fennel seeds – crushed
2 Tbsp. of tomato paste
2 Tbsp. of balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup of red wine (or broth of any sort, and double the vinegar to mimic the wine’s acidity)
28 oz. of canned, crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup of red lentils
red pepper flake to taste

For serving

12 oz. of pasta or choice, zoodles, etc.
fresh, torn basil


In a large Dutch-oven or stockpot, heat the olive oil over medium low heat.

In a food processor, pulse the onion and garlic into smaller bits. Add them to the pot with a big pinch of salt and pepper. Sauté to soften, about 3 minutes.

Pulse up the cauliflower florets to get a rice-like texture. Add the riced-cauliflower to the pot and sauté to soften, about 5 minutes.

Pulse the walnuts in the processor and add those to the pot along with the Italian seasoning, fennel seed, another few generous pinches of salt and pepper, tomato paste and balsamic vinegar. Sauté until fragrant.

Add the red wine, cook about 3 minutes, then add the crushed tomatoes, ½ cup water, lentils, pinch of pepper flakes and stir to combine. Turn the heat to low, put the cover ajar and let it simmer gently for 30-35 minutes. Turn off the heat, taste for seasoning and adjust.

Cook your pasta or zoodles according to instructions. Top with cauli Bolognese, grated cheese, fresh basil and enjoy!

The Bolognese will keep in the fridge for a week and can be frozen for a few months.

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