July is National Hot Dog Month and to top it off, today (July 23) is National Hot Dog Day! You may think that eating meatless means you can’t participate. Not so! Check out these vegan hot dog alternatives and some tasty toppings for those veggie-based dogs.
When you think “vegan hot dog” you probably picture overly processed fake meat that tastes nothing like a traditional hot dog. Conventional hot dogs are full of bad-for-you ingredients, and some of those super processed veggie dogs aren’t much better for you. While of course those options are out there, there are also vegan hot dog options out there that are healthier and either a lot less processed or made completely from whole food ingredients.
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Vegan Hot Dog Alternatives
1. The Carrot Dog
A carrot dog might sound kind of boring, but it’s a surprisingly delicious replacement for a meat-based dog. Fatfree Vegan has a great recipe for making a simple carrot dog. She says to serve loaded up with your favorite toppings, and I’ve got a list of vegan hot dog toppings (beyond boring ketchup and mustard) on the next page.
2. Mini Beer-Battered Veggie Corn Dog
Check out the video recipe above for Jerry James Stone’s awesome beer-battered veggie corn dogs, or you can click here to view it on YouTube. He uses an egg to make the batter stick to the dogs, but you can replace it with a flax egg. Here’s how:
- In a small bowl, whisk together 1 tablespoon of flax meal with 1/4 cup water.
- Let that soak for about 10 minutes, until it forms a gel.
- Use just like he uses the egg in the recipe!
3. Field Roast Franks
I mentioned above that there are some faux meat options that are less processed than the ones you might be familiar with, and Field Roast is one of the brands I trust when I’m looking to indulge in some fake meat. Just like meat-based dogs, these fake meats are sometimes foods, but if you’re looking for a vegan hot dog without a lot of prep work, I definitely recommend these! You can check out their ingredients by clicking here (pdf alert!).
Side note: Field Roast also makes my favorite vegan sausage: Apple and Smoked Sage. They have not compensated me at all for this review – I just wanted to share my favorite brand of vegan dogs and sausages, since Field Roast isn’t as well known as some of the more processed brands out there.
>>So, you’ve got your dogs ready to rock. How about some toppings? Check out 10 vegan hot dog toppings on the next page!
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