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Best Vegan Baked Beans

Smoky, sweet and salty everything you ever needed in baked beans
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 25 mins
Course: Breakfast, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Canadian
Keyword: baked, baked beans, bbq, beans, smokey, vegan
Servings: 6
Author: Nyla

Ingredients

Beans

  • 1 ½ tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 large yellow onion chopped finely
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 (14 fl oz) can navy beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 (14 fl oz) can adzuki beans drained and rinsed

Sauce

  • cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp molasses organic
  • ½ cup tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup tamari or coconut aminos
  • 1/2 tsp sriracha
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp lemon juice fresh
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp turmeric ground
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper freshly ground

Optional

  • 2 twigs thyme fresh

Instructions

Beans

  • Preheat the oven to 350°.
    Coat the dutch oven (or oven safe skillet) with olive oil and add the chopped onion. Keep the heat on medium - low for half an hour to slowly caramelize the onions. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking and burning.
  • Add in the crushed garlic. Cook for 3-4 minutes until the garlic gets fragrant. Remove from the heat.
  • Drain and rinse the beans

Sauce

  • While the onions are caramelizing make the sauce. In a medium bowl combine the maple syrup, molasses, tomato paste, apple cider vinegar, tamari, sriracha, dijon mustard, lemon juice, smoked paprika, turmeric, ground pepper and optional fresh thyme. Mix well.
  • If you didn't use an oven safe skillet to caramelize the onions transfer them now into a baking dish (8 x 8). Add the sauce, navy and adzuki beans to the caramelized onions. Stir well to make sure all the beans are covered in sauce.
    Cover and bake for 45 minutes. Remove the lid and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and let cool for 15 minutes before serving. Best served warm.

Notes

Expert Tips
  1. You must use smoked paprika to achieve that smoky flavour in the absence of pork
  2. Although these Best Vegan Baked Beans make an outstanding side dish at a BBQ bash they also can create one stellar breakfast too. Hello baked beans and toast!
  3. These are an excellent make ahead dish, they will keep in the fridge in an airtight container for 5 days. Reheat them on the stovetop before serving.