Vegan Maple Baked Beans

This delicious side combines the hearty nutrition of beans with a sweet maple flavor.

Serves 6

What You Need:

2 cups dried Anasazi beans (or small white Navy or pinto beans)
2 tablespoons sesame meal (toasted sesame seeds pulverized in blender)
1 small onion, peeled
1 cup pure maple syrup (grade B is the best for this recipe)
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon dry mustard

What You Do:

1. Soak beans in enough water to cover for 8 hours or overnight.

2. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Drain soaking water and in a large pot cover beans with 6 cups fresh water. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Drain beans and reserve the cooking water.

3. Place beans in a casserole or bean pot and mix with sesame meal. Insert onion in the center.

4. Mix maple syrup with 3/4 cup of the reserved bean liquid, salt, and dry mustard. Pour over beans. Add just enough bean liquid to cover beans. Cover pot and bake for 2 hours.

5. Add remaining bean liquid, stir well, and bake for 1-1/2 to 2 hours, or until beans are very soft and the liquid is absorbed (uncover for the last half hour or so). Adjust sweetness to taste. Discard onion and serve hot.

Photo by Hannah Kaminksy

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