Baked Beans

  • Servings : 3 1/2 cups
  • Prep Time : 5m
  • Cook Time : 15m
  • Ready In : 20m

Homemade Baked Beans

Homemade baked beans are so much better for you than canned, and as I discovered, very simple to make and so much more delicious. This was my first real attempt at “making something up” and I’m quite proud of my efforts even if it is hard to go wrong with baked beans! So, while my little George is nowhere near ready to give these a go, it was up to Harry to taste test – and with huge relief he loved them! I hope your little ones do too.

Smaller babies will love these fork mashed or pureed, while toddlers and older children can enjoy them in a toasted cheese sandwich, or with toast soldiers.

Note: Suitable for the freezer.

Nutrition Note: Low in fat and salt, high in carbohydrates, fibre, protein, and a good source of many micronutrients (including many B-group vitamins, iron, zinc, calcium and magnesium), legumes are a nutritious (and cheap) addition to your child’s diet.

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  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste (no added salt)
  • 1 tin crushed tomatoes (no added salt)
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce*
  • 1 tsp pure maple syrup
  • 2 x 400g can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • *Note: not all Worcestershire sauce is gluten free, use gluten free specified if required.


Step 1

Heat oil in a fry pan over medium heat. -

Step 2

Add onion, garlic and carrot and cook for 2-3 minutes or until soft.

Step 3

Stir through tomato paste. -

Step 4

Add crushed tomato, Worcestershire sauce, maple syrup and beans. Cook for 5 minutes.

Step 5

Optional step - To add creaminess – remove a quarter of the mixture and mash with the back of spoon. Return to the pan with the remaining beans and stir through.

Step 6

If the mixture is looking a little dry at this point add ½ - 1 tbsp water. -

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Recipe Comments

  1. posted by Leah on September 18, 2013

    I think my 15mth old is going to love these! She loves to use her fingers to self feed so will put them on a plate on her highchair tray and let her go for it!
    What do you think?

    • posted by Allie on September 18, 2013

      Hi Leah, this is a great recipe. Harry LOVES them, I usually freeze any extra’s in small portions and use them for a quick and easy lunch in pita pies, or toasted sandwiches/cheesy triangles as they make great finger foods. Yum. Ax

  2. posted by Rebecca on November 18, 2013

    These have been a staple in our house for almost a year now – Ms 19 mths never seems to get sick of them. I usually stir through some cheese before serving them, or sometimes they go in a toasted sandwich with cheese. I have made them several times with a four bean mix instead of cannellini beans, and it works just as well, if not better.
    I have also made a ‘grown up’ version where I added dijon mustard, paprika and ham off the bone – it was divine on English muffins with cracked pepper. Canned baked beans just don’t taste as good any more after that!

    • posted by Allie on November 18, 2013

      Oh Rebecca, your version is making my mouth water – yum! Ax

  3. posted by Lyndsay on March 6, 2014

    I think my 11 month old would devour these! One question… There’s no issues with giving maple syrup similar to no honey before 12 months is there?

    • posted by Jess on March 6, 2014

      Hi Lyndsay, maple syrup is fine to use for your 11 month old. I hope he enjoys them! Jx

  4. posted by Christine on November 12, 2014

    Hi, I’m keen to try these but I want to use the dried beans instead of the canned variety and to cook in a slow cooker. What changes would you make to the recipe to accommodate this? Thanks, C

    • posted by Kate on February 11, 2015

      That’s a great idea Christine. Id be keen to hear how you go?

  5. posted by Nicola on December 12, 2014

    Made this for the first time tonight and my 21-month-old had 3 generous-sized servings! She loves legumes but not even her Daddy’s chilli gets this response. She didn’t even want her toast soldiers. Another winner!

  6. posted by cat on December 15, 2014

    These are yummy Miss 4 and Miss 1 love them and so do myself and my husband.. just wondering how long they last in the fridge if not eaten straight away

  7. posted by Edwina on March 17, 2015

    Oooh I like the sound of these for my 10 month who wants to feed himself…I like the idea of making them into cheesy toasties too. 🙂

  8. posted by Anna on May 5, 2015

    Delicious thank you!

  9. posted by Kristy on July 7, 2015

    My little one loves these! I do too 🙂
    I can hide all sorts of veggies in the mixture, masked by the yummy tomato base and the creamy bean taste.
    Thank you

  10. posted by lisa on September 26, 2015

    Can 9mo have worcesteshire? Cheers!


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