Healthy and Hearty Home-Made Baked Beans

I have so many memories of being curled up on a cold Wintery night or after a long day out as a child with hot baked beans and freshly buttered toast.
It is such a comforting meal and full of protein and fibre.
While tinned baked beans may have there place it is the lovely, delicious and so nutritious home-made varieties that really shine for me.
After quite a few attempts, versions and tweaks this recipe for home-made beans has become my family's favourite version!

Hearty and Healthy Baked Beans
This recipe makes a large batch to feed a family or to give you leftovers - feel free to make a smaller amount 

Ingredients
  • 3 x tins organic cannelloni beans OR soak the equivalent in water overnight and then cook until tender.
  • 1 onion, chopped (if you have young kids/toddlers chop it finely so they don't notice it)
  • 6 large cloves of Australian garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 stalk of thyme (or 2 teaspoons dried)
  • 1 tin of organic chopped tomatoes
  • 1 large bottle of organic tomato passata sauce
  •  1 teaspoon of a great mustard ( I use a lovely local macadamia mustard made where I live)
  • 1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar 
  • 1/2 cup good virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 litre vegetable stock ( I use either Campbells or Massel)
  • 2 teaspoons of a nice but mild curry powder ( I promise the kids wont notice!)
  • 4-6 semi dried tomatoes chopped 
  • 2 tablespoons or raw honey OR for a vegan version natvia, agave etc (to taste)
  • dash pink Himalayan salt
  • fresh crusty wholemeal bread with organic butter and some freshly chopped parsley to serve!

Method
  • Fry the onion and garlic in a little of the olive oil until they are transparent.
  • Add in the drained and washed cannelloni beans and thyme, stir together until mixed well.
  • Pour in the tinned tomatoes, mustard, vinegar, stock, passata sauce, remaining oil and sweetner, mix well.
  • Simmer the bean mixture over a medium low heat slowly for at least 25 minutes or until it has thickened, beans are tender and flavours are to your liking.
  •  Serve.

Notes
  • These beans go really lovely with a nice dense sour dough bread.
  • Make a large batch so you have leftovers, great in pies!
  • Add some chili for a different twist
Toddler Tips
  • Serve with toddler soldiers, (long thin pieces of toast) or on top of a baked potato.
  • Optionally leave out the onion


17 comments:

  1. Hi! I LOVE that recipe and look forward to trying it!

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    1. Hi Melissa! Awesome love to hear how you like it X

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  2. This recipe sounds wonderful - and I'm wondering how long it would take if these were baked, as opposed to cooked on the stove-top. Just curious. Do you think it would work in a slow-cooker as well?

    The curry powder sounds especially yummy. Thanks for posting this, I'll look forward to trying it!

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    1. I don't see why not? Give it a try and let me know :)
      I imagine baked would have a lovely thickness to it.

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  3. This sounds like a brilliant idea- I love baked beans on toast. To me, it is a perfect breakfast :)

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  4. This does look good, Bek! Baked beans are such an easy and economical dish. I love to have a big pot of them in my oven!

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    1. Oh I bet you make gorgeous baked beans AmyG!

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  5. This sounds delicious. I absolutely love baked beans. I'll bet the home made version is far superior and very much more nutritious.

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    1. It really is and so easy and you can tweak it to your own liking as well XX

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  6. I love beans - economical and nutritious. I've never tried beans with curry powder. Interesting twist.

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    1. It goes really well! I put a little curry powder in my bean salad as well XX

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  7. These look delicious, i will definitely have to try as i hate baked beans and have always been keen to try out my own recipe. Thanks for sharing, Bec | Bloggers Bazaar

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    1. Thanks so much Bec! And the best bit about home-made is you can tweak them to your liking too :D

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