Apple Baked Beans


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Adapted from Happy Herbivore by Lindsay S. Nixon

I first discovered baked beans in the vegan corner of my university’s dining commons. I had never tasted anything quite like it but fell in love immediately. It wasn’t a very common thing they served so whenever they did have it I would binge on it. These baked beans are different from the ones in my university but I love the addition of the apple flavor. I could eat this anytime but I’m sure it’d make a great meal for a cold autumn or winter night.

Yields 3 servings as main course or 6 servings as side dish


  • 1 small onion, diced
  • ¼ cup tomato purée
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce, divided
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 15-ounce can white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15-ounce can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • Cayenne, to taste
  • Smoked paprika, to taste


  1. Line a large pot with a thin layer of water and sauté the onion over high heat until it is translucent and most of the water has evaporated.
  2. Stir in the tomato sauce, molasses, maple syrup, Dijon and ¼ cup applesauce. Stir to combine. Then add the chili powder and beans. Stir well, cover and bring to a boil. Immediately reduce heat to low. Simmer for 10-20 minutes until warm and white beans have taken on a brown coloring.
  3. Add the remaining ¼ cup of applesauce and stir to combine.
  4. Taste and add additional maple syrup, chili powder and cayenne pepper to taste.
  5. Add a few dashes of smoked paprika and serve warm.


Comments: This recipe actually uses liquid smoke, which you add along with the tomato sauce, molasses, maple syrup, Dijon and applesauce but I didn’t have any. I’m not quite sure how it changes the taste either. It’s not a difficult recipe and it hardly takes any time at all; other baked bean recipes said you had to cook them for over 3 hours, something I found a bit too much. They go great with a whole wheat English muffin and/or roasted potatoes or sweet potatoes.

Apple Baked Beans, plato


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