Thursday, October 3, 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!

I kept on waiting to find whole grain hot dog buns. Searching and searching... they are hard to come by. I finally decided to just make my own using whole grain spelt. Spelt isn't gluten-free, however many people who aren't gluten-intolerant but are sensitive to wheat (me) find it to be a good occasional substitute.

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!

marinade ingredients:
  • 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
TIP: use a quart sized mason jar to marinate the carrots, standing them on end. This way they will be evenly submerged. The jar will fit about 10 carrots.

For the buns:

  • 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)

  1. Warm the milk with the sugar over a low heat until just barely warm.
  2. Pour into a large bowl with the yeast. Stir well.
  3. Let sit for a couple of minutes then add the oil and the salt, if using.
  4. Stir in the flour, a little at a time, until you have a nice, pliable dough.
  5. 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.
  6. Shape the dough into a ball and place it in a bowl with a smidgen of oil to coat it.
  7. Cover with a dish cloth and set in a warm place, away from drafts, to rise for about 30 minutes.
  8. Punch the dough down and knead it a few more times, divide into 6 equal portions and shape into buns.
  9. Place them on a cookie sheet and cover with a dish towel to let rise again for another 20-30 minutes.
  10. Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  11. Bake for 30 minutes, until slightly golden.

Makes 6 buns. Enjoy!

Healthy trails,

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  1. I love, love, love carrot dogs! With the marinade, I make them in the pressure cooker (2-3 minutes), then let them sit in the frig overnight. Next day, they've soaked up the goodness, then I dress the dogs as I like them. YUM! Looking forward to trying the buns. I love spelt. Mum is a diabetic and spelt doesn't seem to mess with her sugar levels. So we eat spelt spaghetti noodles, spelt grains in soups, spelt flour, etc. Good stuff!

    1. Oh wow, Diane! GREAT tip on the carrot dogs! Thank you!!! Will try this for sure. I need a pressure cooker... is it too early to ask Santa?

    2. Highly Highly recommend the Instant pot. I LOVE mine. Got it last year for Chanukah. I use it for pressure cooking, slow cooking, and rice. It is stainless steel and easy to clean. Also can brown/saute before following through on the recipe for soups, etc. Amazing! It also has a timer.

    3. I'll have to check that out. Thanks!

    4. Love the Instant Pot. It is an electric pressure cooker that also doubles as a slow cooker and rice cooker. It also sautes in its stainless steel insert do you do not need an extra pan. It is truly AMAZING!

  2. I love it! I've never thought of using a carrot as a hot dog. Genius!

    1. Thanks Jan-Marie, though I can't take credit for the idea! Next time I'm going to use Diane's method (above)... :)

  3. What a GREAT idea! Carrot dogs! Love your blog, Helyn. I have the Instant Pot and highly recommend it, too. Everyone I know who has one also says the same. It's electric and a snap to use. It takes about 3 minutes to steam greens! Just ask Chef AJ.

    1. Thanks for the feedback! Yup, I got me an Instant Pot! Finally. I'm still learning.... mostly just using it for beans. They are tricky for me! Can't seem to get a consistent result and I'm never sure how long to soak them and how that soaking time affects the timing etc. I wish there were a site where I could find out about this! The manual isn't so helpful. I have made AJ's 1-minute quinoa many times in there. What a snap that one is! :))

    2. Hi Helyn, You maybe have seen this, but incase you have not - Hip Pressure cooking has a bean chart!

      I've cooked my unsoaked Black Beans 4 min manuel, worked like a charm.
      Cheers, Twylah

    3. This is great! Thanks Twylah!

    4. Oh and BTW this is an awesome idea, thanks for posting - with all the vegan food blogs I follow I've not come across carrots as hotdogs! I'm super excited about this idea.

    5. Thanks for the feedback. Hope you enjoy them!!