These saucy healthy homemade beans are sugar-free and a much healthier alternative to the classic supermarket beans, making them perfect for both big and little kids.
Low sugar baked beans
Although they're highly loved by the nation, baked beans are usually made with quite a bit of sugar. On average, half a can of shop-bought baked beans can contain around 9g of sugar - that's 18g of sugar per can.
Making your own baked beans allows you to control the levels of added sugar much better and thanks to this recipe, everything is natural and wholesome!
How to make homemade baked beans
Funnily enough, despite its name, this recipe isn't baked. Instead, it's made on the hob and a big batch of smokey, saucy baked beans can be whipped up in just 30 minutes.
You'll begin by frying the chorizo to create a nice oily base for the pan, then you'll saute the onion in the pan along with the garlic and spices. After that, you'll add the tomatoes, beans and sundried tomatoes to the pan before simmering.
Once all the ingredients have been added, you'll need to simmer the beans for 20 minutes until the sauce has thickened before adding the chorizo back in.
To make this recipe healthier, I've only added a teaspoon of coconut sugar (still free from refined sugar) and a tablespoon of reduced salt soy sauce. The addition of the spices creates a nice subtle smoky flavour which is truly welcomed in my books. If you like spice, feel free to add a tablespoon of chilli rather than a teaspoon.
While this recipe works brilliant with the chorizo, replacing it with bacon also works just as well. And if neither rock your boat, then go without and make this veggie-friendly instead.
Healthy Homemade Chorizo Baked Beans
A healthier alternative to the classic Heinz beans. Free from refined sugar and made with wholesome ingredients.
- 115g chorizo, diced
- 1 onion, diced
- 3 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp mild chilli powder
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 4 sundried tomatoes
- 400g tin of borlotti beans, drained and rinsed
- 400g tin of cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 tbsp reduced-salt soy sauce
- 1 tsp coconut sugar
- 1 tsp chilli flakes
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- salt and pepper to taste
- Begin by heating a pan on medium heat and add the chorizo.
- Fry until the chorizo begins to lose its oil.
- Remove the chorizo from the pan and set in a bowl to the side.
- Add the onion, garlic and spices and saute for a few minutes.
- Add the tinned tomatoes and sundried tomatoes and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Add in the beans and cook for a further 10 minutes - adding in the chorizo halfway through.
- Add the soy sauce, vinegar, coconut sugar and chilli, mix and simmer for a few minutes more. Season to taste.
- Plate up with your favourite breakfast additions and serve straight away.
These homemade chorizo baked beans are best kept in an air-tight container in the fridge for a couple of days. Enjoy!