Magical Beans

[donotprint] Baked beans…I’ve only ever known baked beans to come in can smothered in a sweet thin tomato sauce. That was until I made Angela’s Pumpkin Bean Casserole. The bean base was a revelation and one which I was keen to make sans pumpkin and with the addition of molasses.

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Sweet Baked Beans for one…so quick to prepare and minus the “baking”..they were absolutely incredible.

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I just made the one portion as always was slightly saddened when I consumed the lot but they really were so simple to prepare now that I have all the ingredients at hand I can make up a fresh batch as soon as I get a longing.

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Sweet, sticky, soft, creamy…such a comforting bowl of goodness any time of the day. Many of the recipes I came across suggested using standard yellow mustard but I opted for Dijon. With no maple syrup in sight I used agave to sweeten the mix a little further and stuck by Angela’s idea of including dried cranberries.

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I’ve never used blackstrap molasses before and was oblivious to it’s health benefits. A good source of calcium, a great source of iron, it’s a mineral dense unrefined sweetener that I will definitely be using in a lot more of my cooking from now on. Gingerbread is top of my list! Back to the beans…

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I enjoyed mine with a cornbread muffin, ideal for whipping the bowl clean.

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And of course a side of rocket and baby gem lettuce for the obligatory bit of green.

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Another dish I would love to place on the Christmas dinner table but if I plan to place any more we’re going to need another table! [/donotprint]

Sweet Baked Beans


Servings – 1

Preparation Time – 5 minutes

Cooking Time – 25-30 minutes


  • 200g ( 7oz) cannellini beans
  • 1/4 medium white onion finely chopped
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp blackstrap molasses
  • 1/2 tbsp agave syrup
  • 1/3 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/3 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 40g (1.5oz) Passata (sieved tomatoes)
  • 1 tbsp dried cranberries
  • Pinch of ground sea salt


  1. Add olive oil and onion to a pot and cook for 3-5 minutes until onion becomes translucent.
  2. Add in all other ingredients, bring to boiling point, cover and simmer on the lowest heat possible over a small ring for 20-25 minutes. Keep any eye on the beans, stirring a couple of times and adding in a little extra passata if they begin to dry up. It will just depend on the size of gas/electrical ring which they are placed upon.

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