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5 from 12 votes

Smoky Apple Baked Beans

Since they contain no high-fructose corn syrup, these beans are subtly sweeter by the dates and apple.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 7 mins
Total Time1 hr 22 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Vegan
Keyword: vegan baked beans
Servings: 6
Calories: 336kcal
Author: Susan Voisin


  • 2 large onions , finely chopped
  • 1 large red or green bell pepper , finely chopped
  • 8 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1 large apple , chopped
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans , rinsed and drained
  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas , rinsed and drained
  • 1 15-ounce can great northern beans , rinsed and drained
  • 1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 3 medjool dates , pitted and roughly chopped (see note)
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce or gluten-free tamari
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Liquid Smoke or smoked salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper


  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and saute until it begins to soften, about 3 minutes. Add bell pepper and minced garlic to the pan and sauté for another 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the apple and cook for another minute. Add the beans and remove from heat.
  • Combine tomato sauce and all remaining ingredients in blender. Blend at high speed until the dates are completely smooth. Pour this sauce into the onion and beans, and stir well. Spoon mixture into an 11 x 7-inch non-metal, lightly-oiled baking dish. Cover and bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 30 minutes.


If medjool dates are not available, you can use 2 ounces (about 1/4 cup packed) of any pitted dates. Or substitute 1/4 cup of any sugar or syrup.
With the dates, one serving is 2 points on Weight Watchers Freestyle program. The points come only from the dates, so if you substitute for them or use a different amount, the points will change.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 336kcal | Carbohydrates: 67.8g | Protein: 15.7g | Fat: 1.9g | Sodium: 662.1mg | Fiber: 15.3g | Sugar: 16.7g