A basic but absolute essential recipe these homemade baked beans are quick, easy and best of all carb count free. Once you have tried the homemade version there’s no going back.
Ok so I know reaching in the cupboard and opening a pre-prepared can of baked beans is so easy and you can even get them with reduced sugar and salt. But trust me, these homemade baked beans taste delicious and best of all are totally carb count free.
Baked beans are such a wonderful comfort food, perfect with your mash or a jacket potato. They are a brilliant side dish with sausages in particular and both children and adults will enjoy them.
They are also incredibly healthy. Baked beans are rich in nutrients, as well as provide both fibre and plant-based protein. This homemade version is even healthier as it is refined sugar-free and has far less salt than in the processed version.
Cannellini beans are the classic baked bean, however, in this recipe, I like to use a mix of different tinned beans. But these homemade baked beans will work with whatever tins of beans you have in your cupboard. So why not try mixing it up, as each brings its own unique texture to this dish.
The benefits of a homemeade baked beans
I am a big advocate for homemade options. The main reason for this is I know exactly what is going into my food, it helps me to accurately carb count a meal for my daughter and I hope I can show you that it still can be convenient, it just requires a little extra time.
These homemade baked beans are:
- refined sugar-free
- don’t have any hidden nasties
- take 5 minutes to prepare
- are full of flavour and
- can quite easily be batched cooked for freezing
What you will need to make homemade baked beans:
- Bring an essential flavour and gentle sweetness
- Frozen chopped onions work brilliantly and save time
- You can’t have a tomato sauce without this core flavour
- Again I usually use frozen in this recipe
- Tinned Beans
- A store cupboard staple and key ingredient for this dish
- A great source of protein, fiber, are low GI and low in saturated fat
- I like to use a mix of beans, cannelini and kidney beans
- Tinned tomatoes
- When heated they release more antioxidants.
- They are a brilliant source of the antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to many health benefits
- Also a great source of vitamin C and K
- Worcestershire Sauce
- Worcestershire sauce is an umami delivery vehicle, similar to fish sauce or soy sauce
- does contain small amounts of sugar
- Adds sweetness to offset the tartness of the tomatoes
A carb count free side dish
Whilst there is a little added sugar in the Worcestershire sauce, we have found that as the quantity is so small per serving we have not needed to count for this. However, that is totally a personal choice and you know best what to carb count for.