A healthy version of two classic ‘junk foods’! Cornbread and vegan hot dogs combine in the ultimate fun food you can feel good about eating. Soft, fluffy corn muffins and delicious hotdogs make for a satisfying snack or side for your next tailgate!
You guys know I am a podcast addict. I subscribe to over 50 on my iPhone and listen to at least 3 or 4 daily. I like ones on everything from food and fitness to comedy and true crime.
My podcast listening habits have inspired a number of blog posts over the years, but never a recipe. Well, I can officially say that is no longer true! After today’s post, we’ll have our first podcast inspired snack. 🙂
See, I was recently listening to one of my favorites, Pop Culture Happy Hour. It’s an NPR podcast on all things current in music, literature, film, celebrity culture, and TV! I love the hosts and they’re always getting on fun tangents. They even have a special segment at the end of each show dedicated to sharing one thing that ‘made them happy this week’. How awesome is that?!
Well, with football season upon us, the main host remarked that one thing she was excited for was not the game itself, but the upcoming tailgate parties. She makes her famous corn dog mini muffins for friends’ parties on the regular and they’ve become somewhat expected by her fellow tailgaters!
Now, I’ve never been a big hot dog fan…but I do love cornbread. So I figured that maybe combining them would be a new way I could try hot dogs.
But of course, this is Healthy Helper after all! So you know I had to put a funky, healthy spin on it. Specifically, a vegan one.
With that, I give you….VEGAN CORN DOG MUFFINS! The ultimate junk food/tailgate snack gone healthy!
Vegan Corn Dog Muffins
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Cook Time: 15 mins
- Total Time: 20 mins
- Yield: 9 muffins 1x
- Category: Savory Snacks
- 1/2 cup stone ground cornmeal
- 1/2 cup oat flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup applesauce
- 1/2 cup non-dairy milk
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons oil of choice
- 3 vegan hot dogs, cut into thirds
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Place muffin liners in a muffin pan.
- Combine the cornmeal, flour, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl; stir in the applesauce, milk, and maple syrup. Add the oil while stirring. Pour the mixture into the muffin tins. Place 1 hot dog piece into the center of each muffin.
- Bake in the oven until a toothpick or small knife inserted into muffin comes out clean, 15 to 20 minutes.
Who would have thought that corn dogs could be made into a wholesome option for your next tailgate?
This recipe is totally plant-based, gluten-free, and full of whole grains. Yet it tastes like a total FUN food. Ya know, the ones you NOM on when a game gets heated! Stress eating at its finest, right?!
Today also happens to be I Love Food Day and tomorrow is National
Corn Dog Hot Dog (close enough!) Day. So aside from being recently inspired, this really is the PERFECT recipe to be posting today. 😉
Whether you love corn dogs or have never had one, you will LOVE this recipe. They actually make for a great anytime snack since they combine healthy carbs AND protein. I like eating them with a squeeze of ketchup! And seriously, who doesn’t love ketchup? 🙂
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