These low sugar, rich and healthy homemade baked beans are a fantastic breakfast or brunch dish. The beans are coated in a rich tomato sauce and oven baked creating a more-ishly delicious dish.
My healthy homemade baked beans are the perfect ‘manly’ dish to cook for Father’s Day. It is hot, tangy and easy to make, so the kids can help prepare it. And dads will love it!
Baked beans are a popular snack or side dish, great at breakfast, lunch or dinner. Although my children love them I’ve never made baked beans at home. Until now.
These homemade baked beans do not emulate store bought baked beans. I thought I’d make that clear right from the start in case that’s what you were expecting. There are 2 reasons for this.
First of all, commercially produced baked beans are actually stewed rather than baked, so the overall effect is quite a watery sauce. Baking the beans thickens the sauce and caramelizes it around the edges which produces a rich, thick texture rather than a pale, runny sauce that you get with canned baked beans.
Healthy baked beans
The second reason why these baked beans are different from the shop bought variety is that the sauce is made using fresh vegetables. They add substance (plus lots of flavour) to the dish, so there is no need to add starch, flour or any other thickener (or flavour enhancer).
A huge advantage of making baked beans from scratch is being able to control the amount of sugar in the recipe. While commercially produced baked beans are very high in sugar I only used 1 teaspoon of honey. (You can use a vegan friendly alternative, such as agave or maple syrup).
How to make oven baked baked beans
Start by making the easy tomato sauce. Briefly fry the onion and garlic in a little oil, then add the remaining ingredients (not the beans), stir, cover and simmer for about 8 minutes. Preheat the oven to 200 C. Puree the sauce, combine with the beans and pour the mixture into a medium sized oven dish. Bake for 50 minutes stirring half way through.
How much baked beans will I get
The proportions I used in my easy baked beans recipe are enough to feed 2-4 people. But if you need to feed a crowd simply double the ingredients and make a big batch. You can keep any leftovers in the fridge and reheat the next day. (You may have to add a drop of water as the sauce will thicken).
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Healthy Homemade Baked Beans
- 400 g 1 can haricot beans drained, rinsed
- 2 tomatoes chopped
- 1 small onion finely chopped
- 1 garlic clove finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons tomato puree
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 2/3 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon honey or maple or agave syrup
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste I used 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Heat up the oil, add the garlic and onion, stir and fry over a medium heat for 3 minutes until softened.
- Add the rest of the ingredients (not the beans), stir, cover and simmer for 8 minutes stirring occasionally.
- Preheat the oven to 400 F/ 200 C/ gas mark 6.
- Puree the sauce, combine with the beans, pour the mixture into a small baking dish and bake for 40 minutes, stirring halfway through. Remove from the oven and serve immediately.