What You'll Need
4 large carrots
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
¼ cup water
2 Tbsp low-sodium tamari
1 tsp molasses
¼ tsp liquid smoke
¼ tsp garlic powder
¼ tsp onion powder
¼ tsp black pepper
4 whole-grain hot dog buns, toasted if desired
How to Make It
1 Peel the carrots, trim the ends, and cut them to the length of your hot dog buns.
2 Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the carrots and cook for 5 to 8 minutes, until tender but not mushy. Drain the carrots in a colander and put them under cold running water. This shocks them and prevents them from getting any softer.
3 In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, water, tamari, molasses, liquid smoke, garlic powder, onion powder, and pepper. Transfer the marinade to a large ziptop bag and add the cooled carrots. Toss gently to coat. Refrigerate overnight.
4 Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
5 Remove the carrots from the marinade and place on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until heated through and slightly browned.
6 Serve the carrots in the hot dog buns with your choice of toppings.
Top your hot dog with any of the following toppings: ketchup, mustard, diced onion, plant-based coleslaw, saurkraut, relish or a plant-based chili.
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