A simple recipe for healthy, homemade corn dogs that your kids will love and you will feel good about serving. Great for lunchboxes or party platters.
When I was a kid, a corn dog on a stick dipped in ketchup was one of my all-time favorite foods.
Corn dogs as food? Mmmmm.
Well, maybe not food!
“Ingestible” might be the more appropriate term here!
Even the supposedly “healthy” corn dog brand I checked out recently at the health food store was not acceptable.
These “healthy” corn dogs contained sugar, soy flour and corn flour (all most likely of GMO origin), not to mention the unbelievably high price for a pack of four!
While commercially produced corn dogs are a junk food unmatched by almost any other, you can make this quintessential factory food healthy at home.
All that is needed is whole ingredients that haven’t already been fractionated and repurposed into “ingestible” status. Tortillas made from traditionally prepared corn are key.
Healthy corn dogs make a great lunchbox item too. They are fast and easy to make. The wrapped hot dog can be a bit tricky for young children to navigate, so I would suggest reserving it for older kids.
A primary key to a healthy corn dog recipe is to source nonGMO corn. It should be sprouted to liberate and increase the nutrients present in this Native American traditional food.
The other key to a quality corn dog recipe is, of course, the hot dog itself.
Many grassfed farmers offer quality hot dogs for sale, so check with your local producers to see if you can source them within your community. This is the ultimate and best solution.
If you must buy hot dogs at the store, be sure to source antibiotic-free, no nitrate versions that are free of unhealthy additives.
Keep those food dollars within your community supporting the small farms of your choosing!
Now that you’ve got the idea, let me formalize the corn dog recipe in a format that is easy to follow. I recommend homemade probiotic ketchup and fermented mustard, but quality store-bought brands (linked to in the recipe below) will work fine too.
You can make full-size corn dogs with the recipe below or use mini grassfed hot dogs instead (cut the sprouted corn tortillas in half or thirds).
After wrapping each hot dog, secure the tortilla with a toothpick if desired and arrange on a party platter!
Another fun hot dog finger food to consider is this recipe for healthy pigs in a blanket.
Homemade Corn Dogs Recipe
Homemade corn dog recipe to enjoy instead of factory versions loaded with GMOs, chemicals, MSG and nitrates. Perfect for lunchboxes!
- 1 package hot dogs preferably grassfed and nitrate/MSG free
- 1 package sprouted corn tortillas preferably organic or nonGMO
Heat the corn tortillas (I use a toaster oven) until thoroughly warm but not toasted. If you toast them, they will not wrap around the hot dogs very easily.
Place one hot dog on one corn tortilla.
Gently wrap the ends of the tortilla around the hot dog as shown in the picture above. Affix with a toothpick if desired.
Drizzle on condiments of choice and serve immediately or place in a nontoxic container for packing in a lunchbox (with condiments in separate containers).
More Healthy Corn Recipes
Love this recipe? Here are more healthy corn-based recipes to try!
When my son was young years ago and we lived on Cape Cod, we used to call these bog dogs – because they were perfect for packing to winter skating sessions on the frozen cranberry bogs (which growers often flood for winter). Some hot soup or cocoa (homemade of course) made a perfect winter picnic. Always had takers! Love this version and thanks for tip on better ingredients.
Oh i love this.just feeds my appetite. its tasty and yummy!
I drove across town to get some of these hot dogs at the only target that carries them here and
the label was quite different from the one on their website. It said “natural spices” and lactic acid on the store version. Not so on their website. Pretty disappointed. I did however find another brand that looks just as promising and that’s “Applegate Organic .
They are nummy.
Thousand Hills Cattle Company is not a single farm. It is a collection of small, 100% grassfed beef, family farms in the Midwest – Minnesota, Nebraska, S. Dakota and Wisconsin, I believe. Maybe Iowa &/or N. Dakota, too. No antibiotics, no artificial hormones and no grains are ever given to any of the cattle in their entire lifetime. If an animal gets sick and antibiotics are called for, that animal is not processed under the Thousand Hills label. It’s excellent meat. I’ve been eating it for years. As a matter of fact, when I stopped being vegetarian, I only did so when I could find meats from animals that live like they’re supposed to: outside in the sunshine, running if they want, eating grasses & forbs, being allowed to live like they are meant to live. That’s the only kind of animal product I’ll consume. I live near Cannon Falls, MN, so I’m well aware of this company; and I’m happy they’re doing so well. I did not know they were in Target! Good for them!
Thousand Hills summer sausage is also wonderful. It’s a staple in our house.
I knew some Target stores are carrying their 100% grassfed ground beef, but I didn’t know they are starting to carry Thousand Hills hotdogs. I had no idea that their products can now be found in Target stores as far away as Florida. Nice!
It is so good to find out the brand of hot dogs that are healthy. I quit eating dot dogs when I found out they were putting fluoride in them and I love hotdogs. There is no reason to put fluoride in hot dogs. It makes you wonder whether they have ulterior motives.
They are supposed to start putting it in milk too.
Flouride in hot dogs?!? OMG, I had not heard this yet. 🙁
Sarah, Can you bake a cake, cookies, or fit a pie dish in your oven?
Yes you can. I have baked many a pie and small batch of cookies in there. I love my convection oven particularly in the summer when I don’t want to heat up the kitchen.
What size is your convection oven?
Thank you, Sarah, for this alternative! My little one loves hots dogs and corn dogs, as I used to too. We’re going to try this! Leah
“Healthy Corn Dog”…the ultimate oxymoron!