These Vegan Maple Baked Beans are naturally sweetened with pure maple syrup and get a hint of smokiness from chipotle peppers in adobo.
Growing up, baked beans were a staple at all of our family BBQs and get togethers. My mom would take a can of traditional baked beans and doctor it up with ketchup, mustard, and brown sugar. She would add it all to a slow cooker and just let the beans cook for a few hours. I love baked beans, but I remember that these beans were just a little too sweet for me. A few years ago I started to make my own homemade baked beans. I like to use pure maple syrup to sweeten the beans. I also like to add a little blackstrap molasses for the traditional baked beans flavor profile.
For a little smokiness, I like to add a chipotle pepper in adobo. The chipotle pepper doesn’t make the beans spicy. It adds a nice depth of flavor to the beans since we aren’t using bacon like in many traditional baked bean recipes.
Instead of using canned beans, I like to use dried navy beans. Whenever I am cooking dried beans, I like to make sure that they beans are fresh. If the beans are on the older side, they will take forever to cook. Sometimes they never quite get done. The night before I make the Maple Baked Beans, I soak the beans overnight.
The slow cooker does all of the work. Simply add all of the ingredients to your slow cooker and cook the beans for about 8 hours. So easy! I actually like to make these Maple Baked Beans the day before I want to serve them. I think that the beans taste better the next day.
These Maple Baked Beans are:
Perfect for BBQ & picnics
Great make-ahead dish