Did You Know?

Did you know??
Although using avocados and bananas are all the buzz now to get soft and shiny hair, all it will get you is a messy kitchen and bathroom. These products are great to help your hair for one day, but the proteins in them are way too big for your hair to absorb. And unless you are going to use them each day (yikes!), then you should head to a beauty supply store and check out some Vegan products that use "hydrolyzed" proteins - proteins from avocados and bananas that actually are small enough to help your hair.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Home Made Vegan Hot Dogs

Vegan Hot Dog 

Tired of the processed, expensive vegan hot dogs / tofu pups that you see at the supermarket?  Me too.  After trying a few different hot dog recipes I've seen floating around the net, I came up with this one.  It's a great dog that holds up to most styles of cooking, but not all.  If you intend to fry it, I would suggest not doing so--the skin isn't quite firm enough for such actions.  If you boil it, grill it, or bake (which is my standard way, and how the vegan dog above was cooked), I recommend keeping the aluminum foil and parchment paper on it to keep it in doggy shape.  Otherwise, it can break apart (much like normal hotdogs do sometimes), and since these do require a bit of work, I like to get the most out of them.  Here it goes!

4 tbsp ground almonds
2 tbsp ground cashews
2/3 package firm tofu
2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
1 tbsp canola oil
1/4 cup chopped white onion
1 tsp paprika

1 tsp granulated sugar
1 tsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp brown mustard seeds
1/2 tsp liquid smoke
1 tbsp nutritional yeast
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1 cup wheat gluten

4 tbsp water

Break out your blender or grinder, and grind the cashews and almonds into a crushed dust.  It doesn't have to be perfectly ground, but as long as it doesn't have huge chunks floating around.  You can leave this in the blender.

Crumble the tofu into the blender, and add the water and soy sauce.  Mix, but don't blend yet.

Add the remaining ingredients except the wheat gluten.  Mix it around in the blender with a spatula before blending, then blend until completely smooth.  This may take a little while (2 minutes or so).

Empty the liquidy mixture into a large mixing bowl.

Add gluten and mix until evenly combined- you'll end up with a sticky, doughy concoction that is quite similar to seitan. 

Grab 3/4 of a palm full of the dough to make each hot dog.  If you need a certain amount of hotdogs, divide the dough up prior to rolling out each dog.  You should end up with around dozen hotdogs.

At this point you'll want to get a large pot of water boiling.  Make sure you have a steamer insert.  If you don't have one, any type of scoop with slits that's large enough can work-- you'll just have to be a bit creative.

Now that the vegan pups are rolled out, get some parchment paper to wrap each of them up seperately.  Repeat the same action with aluminum foil twisting the ends lightly.

Arrange the now-wrapped hot dogs in your steamer insert with the seam side facing the water. Pack them in tightly so they don't burst. Stack them so that the rows alternate in direction (i.e. first row faces you and the wall, the second is parallel with the countertop).

Steam for 45 minutes.  If you do have them stacked in rows, halfway through steaming flip the rows so they are both evenly steamed.

At this point, the dogs are ready to either be prepared for eating or frozen.  Keep the aluminum foil on the dogs as you throw them in a freezer bag.

To cook for eating, preheat oven to 375 and cook for 25 minutes with aluminum foil and parchment paper still on, but opened to allow the steam out. You can also grill them (again, with the aluminum foil on).  I haven't had any luck boiling them, but I don't ever seem to have any luck boiling any foods (other than soups, stews, etc.).

Experiment!  Enjoy your newfound freedom from the preservatives that clog the isles at the grocery store and start stocking your own freezer with home made vegan hot dogs!

Makes twelve hotdogs.

Caloric Info
Servings 12
Total Fat: 4.8 grams
Sat Fat: 0.6 grams
Polyunsat. Fat 1.6 grams
Monosat. Fat: 2.2 grams
Cholesterol: 0 grams
Sodium: 181.5 mg
Potassium: 92.3 mg
Carbs: 3.0 grams
Dietary Fiber: 0.9 grams
Sugar: 0.6 grams
Protein: 11.7 grams


  1. What an awesome recipe!! I'd love to make my own vegan hot dog!

  2. I've experimented with other recipes and they all turn out dry; the flavor is there but they are dry. I am going to try this one to see.

    1. Let me know how these ones turn out for you. Note-- when you cook them to eat, the parchment paper & aluminum foil should be still around the hot dogs, but opened so they can let out some of the moisture (I'm going to adjust the recipe now-- for some reason I wasn't clear on it the first time).



  3. Hi Andy,

    I am in the middle of making these (they are actually steaming right now), how much water were you calling for, I eyed it and actually had to add more gluten to the mix cause it was a real sticky mess.

    1. I added 4 tbsp the first time through, and I don't recall having any issues with watery-ness. They definitely get to be messy when you're making them and your hands get covered in the gluten-y mess... they should still at least hold their shape (although not so held together that it won't rip if you tried to move the hot dogs by pulling on one end). If they are a bit wet, wheat gluten should help.


  4. They turned out amazing. My new favorite recipe for sure! They were not dry like others I have tried and my little man (5yrs) also thought they were great so we have a winner!

    1. Thank you-- I'm so glad you enjoyed them! They're a bit of a pain to make, so if you make them in bulk and freeze they're awesome.