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Banana Hot Dogs

banana hot dogs

banana hot dogs

This Fourth of July holiday week, you are bound to have a stack of hot dog buns on hand. But you may find that some kids just don’t always want a traditional savory hot dog, veggie dog or whatever the grown-ups are serving as feasting fare. So instead of serving up a side of PB&J sandwiches for the “kids” or picky eaters big and small – let them embrace the fun of a summer hot dog via this kid-friendly recipe. My Banana Hot Dogs can be served a variety of ways…

..These banana dogs can be served purely ‘healthy’ style by using a banana, nut butter, maybe a whole grain bun and even a few healthy toppings like additional fresh fruit, fruit jam, oats, seeds and more. Or you can give these dogs a sweet twist by adding some “banana split” style toppings. I added some fluffy soy whipped cream and vegan chocolate sauce.

sweet chocolate sauced dog

sweet chocolate sauced dog

healthy oat, berry, nut dog

healthy oat, berry, nut dog

Serve these kid-approved dogs at your holiday BBQ and you may be surprised who falls in love with them. Kids, parents, picky teens and more. This recipe is also a fun beach day picnic sandwich – or serve for a fun “BBQ” style breakfast.

Grill it! Want to add a true “grilled” accent to this recipe? Grill your banana before adding it to the bun!

..because it is just kind fun to eat a big banana out of a hot dog bun.

Banana Hot Dogs (base recipe)

1 bun
1 banana, peeled (split in half if too large for tiny mouths)
1 Tbsp nut butter (peanut, almond or sunflower butter will work)
toppings: fruit, nuts, oats, seeds, sweet toppings – and if you are really adventurous – try some chopped spinach on top! It tastes surprisingly yummy with pb and banana!)

Directions:

1. Lightly toast bun.
2. Add a slather of nut butter and additional spreadable toppings like jam.
3. Add fruit.
4. Top with toppings.

Slice and serve.

banana dogs

banana dogs

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