The Best Baked Beans

Baked beans are such an amazingly satisfying meal, especially when combined with a crusty chunk of wholemeal bread! Delicious. However, when you buy baked beans from the store, the sugar and salt content can be incredibly high! You might also find other additives and artificial sweeteners lurking in the can which your body simply doesn’t want anything to do with!

That doesn’t mean that you have to avoid this meal entirely as it’s always possible to make your own! My recipe uses cannellini beans and chickpeas combined with a few other nourishing additions to create the Best Baked Beans!

Cannellini beans rank incredibly low on the glycemic index and also score some serious points when it comes to their high antioxidant count. They are full of a range of vitamins and minerals, with an especially impressive magnesium count. Magnesium is important for keeping your blood pressure normal as well as for the health of your bones. Chickpeas are the perfect accompaniment to the cannellini beans as they are a fantastic natural source of protein. Chickpeas are also low calorie as well as low in fat. In fact, one cup of cooked chickpeas contains 4 grams of fat but it is the healthy unsaturated kind!

best_baked_beans_flexi_foodie2To make the Best Baked Beans, grab yourself the following ingredients:

1 x 400g tin cannellini beans – drained and rinsed
1 x 400g tin chickpeas – drained and rinsed
1 leek, finely chopped
2 Tbsp. coconut oil
3 Large garlic cloves, crushed
200g tomato puree
1 litre of vegetable stock
1 Tbsp. dried thyme
4-6 Tbsp. coconut nectar depending on how sweet you like it.

To begin, melt the coconut oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat before adding in the chopped leek and the crushed garlic. You can then saute the leek and the garlic in the oil for the next ten minutes. After this time, they should begin to go soft.

Next you can add the litre of veg stock into the pan and then the tomato puree and thyme as well. Give this a quick stir and then reduce the heat to a gentle simmer. Allow the pan to simmer with the lid off for the next 45 minutes. By this time the sauce will have become thick. Decide how much of the coconut nectar you want to add into the mix and then place that in the pan with a dash of sea salt and black pepper. You can then remove from the heat and serve into bowls!

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31 Comments Add yours

  1. skat says:

    Great way to use up the leftover tomato paste I have from a chili I made on the weekend. Thanks. I always add some chunks of Granny Smith apple to mine as well.

  2. Lou-c-Lou says:

    Yum- I love a legume or 10- this looks delicious.

  3. alifemoment says:

    Yummy, I love this baked beans recipe!

  4. I love the idea of using different shaped beans. Leeks are a lovely addition too.

  5. amybtwink says:

    I have always wanted to make my own version of baked beans. My kids LOVE them!

  6. Looks really good. Love the picture!

  7. Pratibha says:

    coconut nectar addition does make it taste much better.

  8. Reblogged this on Your Gateway to Health and commented:
    Most everyone knows that I am a proponent of chick peas for their protein and complete amino profile. This is a must have baked bean recipe. Thank you Juliemontagu!

    1. juliemontagu says:

      You’re very welcome – enjoy!

  9. waexplorer says:

    Thanks for this recipe, will definitely give it a go. It’s one of my daughter’s favourite quick meals but I always feel slightly guilty opening that can of Heinz.

  10. greensgunsnrock says:

    yum! love it!

  11. jannatwrites says:

    This looks good – I can’t wait to try it šŸ™‚

  12. Lucyyspence says:

    These sound amazing!

  13. kalison0515 says:

    Thanks – this looks quick, easy, and delicious!

  14. Christie Wang says:

    I must try this! Looks so delicious, beans are such a great source of veggie protein!
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  15. I remember my mom making baked beans all the time when I was a kid. I loved them, but have never actually made them myself. After seeing this I think I will this weekend šŸ™‚

    1. juliemontagu says:

      Great, let me know how you get on! šŸ™‚

  16. Jem Ferguson-Gale says:

    Love this…this looks delicious and nutritious; the best combination. I will definitely be giving this a try!

  17. Kayse says:

    So simple and delicious!!!

  18. Feast Wisely says:

    Great recipe – I have not eaten baked beans from a tin in years – making them is so mucihg better!

  19. runsonsyrup says:

    Thank you for the recipe — baked beans are one of my favorites!

  20. Julie Zimmer says:

    I absolutely love baked beans. This recipe sounds great!

  21. Make my own version of this but have never thought of adding coconut nectar for sweetener – going to try it next time. thanks for the recipe.

    1. juliemontagu says:

      Great – hope you like it!

  22. Thank you for another delicious recipe!

  23. FITMOMMY says:

    yum! I’ve never found a recipe for baked beans that sounded good enough to try!
    so excited to try this out!

  24. Tor says:

    My children love baked beans, so I will definitely try this! X

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