I'm so pleased to share this homemade tube feeding recipe which is inspired by the holiday season but can be enjoyed at any time during the year. It's simple, easy and highly nutritious. Enjoy!
Unlike gingerbread cookies and gingerbread houses, there is no sugar added to this recipe. The foundation of this recipe is bread....normal bread, not gingerbread. Plus there's fresh apples to sneak in a serving of fruit. Walnuts add healthy plant-based omega 3 fats and are soft enough to blend up easily in nearly any blender. There's also an egg for protein, but to make this recipe vegan or egg-free, you can switch in firm tofu instead. Blackstrap molasses is a key ingredient as helps give this recipe the taste and smell of gingerbread. Did you know that blackstrap molasses are relatively high in iron and other minerals? This was my first time using it in a tube feeding recipe but it worked out quite well. See the full ingredient list and recipe steps below.
Remember that as always, my recipes are designed to be tube fed, but they can also be enjoyed by mouth.
1 piece of toasted white bread (you can use whole wheat if you prefer)
1 egg, scrambled OR replace with 1/4 cup firm tofu (vegan)
1/2 cup chopped fresh apple
1 tablespoon chopped walnuts
1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses
2 teaspoons neutral oil such as canola or grapeseed
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1 cup milk (1% recommended or use your favourite plant-based alternative)
Place all ingredients into your blender and blend until it has a fine texture without any lumps. This may take 30 seconds or longer depending on the strength of your blender. Pour the blend through a fine mesh strainer while stirring with a spatula to make sure that there are no lumps. Or, use a flour sifter style stainer like this one to make it as fast and easy as possible.
Yield: 400 mL
Calories: 500 kcal
Protein: 18 g
Carbohydrate: 56 g
Fat: 25 g
Fibre: 5 g
Sodium: 581 mg
Potassium: 924 mg
Iron: 3.5 mg
Thank you to Areej Altaf and Isabelle Cortejos-Noble for their help with this recipe.
Remember that if you are interested in learning how to create your own nutritionally-complete blended meals for tube feeding, the Natural Tube Feeding Online Course has everything you need.