Homemade Baked Beans


Healthy, no added sugar, baked beans; this recipe works for a main course, as a side dish, or even for breakfast. To make this recipe you assemble a delicious tomato sauce and then add butter-beans to finish the dish. By making your own baked beans you avoid a lot of added sugars and additives too. 

  • 1 small onion, peeled and diced

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled

  • x2 tins organic plum tomatoes

  • 1 tablespoon tomato purée

  • x2 tins butter beans, drained and rinsed

  • sprig of thyme

  • 10-15 cherry tomatoes, washed and halved

  • bread or toast, to serve


In a pot add the oil and the onion and gently sauté, softening the onion without browning 5-8 minutes. Next add the whole garlic cloves, plum tomatoes, tomato purée and fresh thyme. Simmer on a low heat for 20-25 mins, you can add a splash of water if needed. You want to reduce the tomatoes to a rich tomato sauce.

Finally, add the fresh cherry tomatoes and butter beans and warm through for 5 - 10minutes. 
Remove the springs of thyme and try and now the only tricky bit: trying to find the garlic cloves, which should now be soft ~ mash and stir back into the beans.

Serve with crusty bread, or slices of toast, my little girl prefers toast cut into soldiers