GF Vegan Smoky Maple Baked Beans

May 8, 2023
Tofu, beans and chickpeas have become my absolute favorite source of protein. I mean they can be made into anything and everything! The greatest thing is that you can make all sorts of snacks and desserts too with beans. In many Asian countries red bean paste is the most popular filling of sweets (pat bingsoo or red bean mochi, anyone?) I really started to love baked beans while I was living in the U.K. but their flavoring isn't my favorite, so naturally I add smoked paprika and chili to it, as a true Hungarian.

This version is a bit on the sweeter side and it's great for meal prep and is very versatile. It can be eaten with basically anything from bread, to rice, or on top of your favorite salad. Any kind of beans will do it for this one, I choose red beans but I imagine it would taste great from chickpeas, too.
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GF Vegan Smoky Maple Baked Beans

Recipe Type: Appetizers Hearty Entrees
utensils YIELDS 2 servings
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  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can beans (200g)
  • 1 bell pepper, sliced
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp applce cider viniegar
  • 1 tbsp Worchestershire sauce
  • 1/3 cup tomato paste
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp each rosemary, thyme
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 cup veggie stock
  • salt, pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp olvie oil
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1. Preheat oven to 180°C.

2. Drain and rinse the beans, chop the onion, garlic and bell peppers and fry them in olive oil until golden brown, over medium heat.

3. Meanwhile, in a smaller bowl whisk together the sauce ingredients until well combined (maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, Worchestershire sauce, tomato paste, dijon mustard, rosemary, thyme, smoked paprika, salt, pepper).

4. Once the onions are done, transfer them into a non-sticky pan or tall baking tray. Stir in the beans, sauce and veggie broth and mix until everything is well coated with the sauce.

6. Place it in the oven for about 20–30 minutes.

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Photo: Imola Toth

Imola is a Hatha and Ashtanga yoga teacher, tree planter and writer and editor of Raised by the Wolf, an online magazine for Wild Women, with a passion for exploring and life outdoors. Originally from Hungary but currently planting trees and rewilding the enchanting forests of France. Hop over to RBTW magazine, and blog and follow her on Instagram @yogiraisedbythewolf


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