Oct 03, 2013
Carrot Dogs + 100% Spelt Buns
I’ve seen these carrot hot dogs before and thought they looked like so much fun that I had to make some.
Do they taste like hot dogs? Yes! It is uncanny. They’re super yummy with some traditional hot dog toppings, I thought they were FAB. And they sure are healthier than the store-bought vegan dogs made from soy protein and a bunch of other crap that I don’t particularly want to put in my body. I’ve said it before but one more time for the record: Just because it’s vegan, doesn’t mean it’s healthy!
To make the carrot dogs, simply cut the carrots into the length of a usual hot dog, then using a veggie peeler, shape each end so it’s rounded. Then par boil them until a fork can pierce the carrot easily but not all the way to the center (about 10-15 minutes). Remove them from the water, pat them dry and soak in the marinade overnight. Then bake or grill until tender and top with your favorite condiments!
- ½ cup tamari or other low sodium soy sauce
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp liquid smoke
- 2-2¼ cups whole spelt flour
- 1 cup unsweetened soy milk or other non-dairy milk
- 1 TBS date or coconut sugar
- 1 TBS cold-pressed vegetable oil
- 1 packet yeast
- pinch of salt (optional)
- Warm the milk with the sugar over a low heat until just barely warm.
- Pour into a large bowl with the yeast. Stir well.
- Let sit for a couple of minutes then add the oil and the salt, if using.
- Stir in the flour, a little at a time, until you have a nice, pliable dough.
- Turn the dough out onto a clean surface and knead for a few minutes, adding a bit more flour if it’s still sticky in spots.
- Shape the dough into a ball and place it in a bowl with a smidgen of oil to coat it.
- Cover with a dish cloth and set in a warm place, away from drafts, to rise for about 30 minutes.
- Punch the dough down and knead it a few more times, divide into 6 equal portions and shape into buns.
- Place them on a cookie sheet and cover with a dish towel to let rise again for another 20-30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 350° F.
- Bake for 30 minutes, until slightly golden.
Makes 6 buns. Enjoy!