Emergency Baked Beans

Nelle was destined to love beans. After all, we started calling her 'Bean' when she was only ... well, about as big as one. By the time she was born, we struggled to call her by her new, official name. She'd been Bean for so long ...

And now, she's 'Nelle' to a tee. As if she always was. As if the name was made for her.

And my Nelle skips into pre-school a couple times a week (called 'kindy' here in Australia). She still gives me a kiss before I go, no matter who's around. She still drops her puzzle pieces and bounds over - arms open wide - when I come to pick her up. 'Mummy! Mummy!'

But she's so ... big.

this is all going too quickly ...
(Hey, Time? Can you hear me? Slow. Down)

What can I say? Once she was Bean. Now they're her favourite after-school snack. And see that cute, smiling face there? I like to keep it like that ... it makes my life much easier ... and happier.

So, sometimes, when we get home from a hard day's play and there are no baked beans to be found in the cupboard ...
I have to make my own.

Emergency Baked Beans
serves 2-3

The time
5 minutes

The ingredients
1 can of plain beans (any type is ok, but I like the mixed or cannellini varieties)
1/3 c passata (tomato puree)
2 Tbs rapadura sugar (or substitute brown sugar)
1/2 tsp blackstrap molasses (or use 1 Tbs more of the rapadura sugar)
1-2 tsp sea salt (to taste)

*Use organic ingredients when you can

The process
1. Combine all the ingredients in a medium saucepan, and heat over med-high heat until bubbly. Cool slightly before serving on toast, with a scoop of leftover rice, or just on its own.

The cost
I stock up on cans of organic beans - all different varieties - when they're on sale. (You never know when you'll need beans quick). Same with passata - sometimes I'll have up to 5 jars of it in my cupboard! Buying that way, you won't pay a premium ... and it makes organic so affordable. I estimate a batch of organic baked beans costs around $2.

Disaster averted.

Now, best get playing ...
Amanda xx


  1. Yum... these look delicious! And so easy too, I'll be making these soon for sure.

  2. @Louberry Wanna know a secret? We actually like them better than any of the canned ones ... shhhh ...

  3. There is nothing sweeter than chunky baby cheeks! :) Thank you for the recipe - baked beans are my daughter's favorite food right now - and this recipe sounds like a perfect fit! Look forward to trying.

  4. my son loves baked beans and if i go near coles, i grab their organic baked beans, but i still think homemade is better! thanks for the recipe, will be trying this one out for sure :)

  5. I made these today and they were so fantastic! So much better than any canned beans I've had. I have a lot of food allergies and am a vegetarian, so I eat a lot of beans and I'm always looking for great bean recipes.

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