Baked beans are a popular American staple. They are prepared in a variety of ways, often featuring molasses, brown sugar, salt pork, and bacon. Baked beans bring savory and sweet together in the most deliciously genius of ways--but the pork and sugar aren’t necessarily doing you any favors. This maple baked bean recipe is a healthier twist on a stateside classic. Enjoy!
While this recipe requires the use of a slow cooker, meaning you can’t just whip these this baked bean recipe up in under an hour, it’s incredibly easy to put together. The only labor involved is tossing ingredients into the slow cooker, stirring and then going about your day. After a day at work or out running errands, you can come home to the sweet comfort of this baked bean recipe, which is infused with deep, earthy flavors and all-natural, low-glycemic sweetness. Bon Apetit!
Vegan Maple Baked Bean Recipe
- 2 cups cooked kidney beans
- 2.5 cups cooked navy beans
- 1 large onion, diced
- 3 garlic cloves, crushed
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 bay leaves
- ¼ cup tomato paste
- 1/4 cup molasses
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons mustard
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup canned diced tomatoes
- Sea salt to taste
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Rinse and drain the beans and throw them into the slow cooker. Add the onion, garlic, olive oil, bay leaves, tomato paste, molasses, maple syrup, mustard, vinegar, and salt. Stir. Cook on high for about 5 hours. If you will be out of the house for longer than 5 hours, cook them on the lowest heat for 8 hours instead. If you have the chance, stir the mixture every so often to avoid sticking and burning.
That’s it! Before serving, fish out the bay leaves. Serve in bowls and drizzle with extra maple syrup. Enjoy.
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