Homemade vegetarian baked beans

Homemade vegetarian baked beans

I’ve never hidden my love for Heinz baked beans. They’re awesome, there’s no denying it, but occasionally it’s nice to try making things yourself. This only holds true in certain situations – the chances of you ever finding me churning my own butter or making my own ketchup are very slim (I know these things aren’t difficult, but I’m of the opinion that life is too short). However baked beans are so quick and easy to make at home that it seemed silly not to give them a go. When you make them yourself, you can know exactly what you’re putting in and you can tailor them to your own taste, plus you get the enjoyment of a few minutes spent playing in the kitchen! (I am aware that for some people this isn’t a plus, but for me it is… unless I’m feeling particularly lazy).

A lot of homemade baked bean recipes I see contain bacon and lard and other non-veggie ingredients, so I thought I’d make my own vegetarian version. They’re really easy – just cannellini beans in a simple sauce made with onions, garlic and tomatoes, and flavoured with thyme, brown sugar, smoked paprika and a dash of soy sauce. It all comes together to create a perfect balance of sweetness, saltiness and smokiness.

Homemade vegetarian baked beans

I served my beans on toast to celebrate Farmhouse Breakfast Week, which is going on as I speak (um… type…) – 26th January to 1st February. Breakfast has been the hardest meal for me during vegan January – I made my coconut oats with brown sugar bananas, which were incredible, and then I kind of got stuck. I can’t believe it took me until the last week of January to think of beans on toast. So simple, so tasty.

If you’re not much of a breakfast eater, try these beans on a baked potato or, if you’re feeling really fancy, with some sausages and chips (kids’ food is the best food).

To get the recipe for these homemade vegetarian baked beans, pop over to Great British Chefs.

Homemade vegetarian baked beans

So, I suppose this is my last recipe for vegan January. Tomorrow I’ll be posting a bit of a summary of the month, plus a collection of some of my favourite vegan recipes that I’ve stumbled upon this month. It’s been a great month, but boy am I looking forward to a nice fat slice of pizza.

Homemade vegetarian baked beans

If you’re not vegan and you want more breakfast ideas, how about trying these creamy goat’s cheese and chive scrambled eggs:

Goat's cheese and chive scrambled eggs


  1. Timaree says

    My baked beans have gone vegan since my husband didn’t want to pay the price for salt pork. Works for me as now everyone in the family can eat them. Mine are the boston type of baked bean with molasses, brown sugar, maple syrup and dry mustard but no tomatoes or onions (other than me, my family literally hates onion).

    I had raisin bran and soy milk yesterday. Not exciting but I really don’t like the vegan sub for scrambled egg. Pancakes come out great when made with bisquick and soy milk. Homemade are okay but not quite as good. I am not up to cooking a breakfast everyday so that would get me stuck right off the bat. I would enjoy a slice of vegan pizza right now with a bit of sauce, pineapple, mushrooms, onions and bell pepper. No cheese needed! (I’m not vegan, I just try to be flexible since my son is and my granddaughter is vegetarian heading towards vegan).

  2. Angrboda says


    We used to be able to get Heinz baked beans in a local supermarket until some time last year when they stopped carrying them. We’ve tried a number of alternative beans, but none of them really satisfied Picky English Husband (don’t tell him I called him that), although I will admit that one or two of the tins we tried were pretty dire. One of them raised the question of whether or not the manufactuerer actually knew how to cook beans at all…

    I shall definitely be trying this recipe and see how those go down and attempt to adapt if he wishes it. (Am I a sweet wife or what?)

    • says

      Haha well I can’t promise that these are anything like Heinz (these are much thicker and richer) but your husband might like them nonetheless :) if you can get Branston baked beans those ones are pretty good too! But you’re right, some of the cheaper brands are terrible!
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      • Angrboda says

        I think his primary problem with other kinds (apart from the horridly cooked ones, obviously) tended to largely have something to do with the sauce to bean ratio. Some of them he could just peer into a newly opened can and declare that it was All Wrong because there was far too much sauce.

  3. says

    I made the similar Tom Kerridge version a few weeks ago which had bacon, ok for my wife, daugter and I, but my son is now back from Uni for Christmas, and he is veggie, also that recipe called for too much sugar (I halved it and was still too sweet).
    So now post Christmas i thought- home made beans on soda bread toast. Will be giving your version a go tonight and serving with a nice side of cauliflower cheese.

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