Homemade smokey butter beans

Homemade smokey butter beans… Need I say anymore? Ok, i’ll elaborate a little… These homemade smokey butter beans have become a huge hit in our household, and with good reason. They’re ready in 20 minutes, are free from refined sugar (unlike store bought baked beans), use minimal ingredients (5 ingredients, plus spices), are easy to make in bulk and stock up the freezer, delicious at any time of the day and a great source of protein and fibre. Plus, my kids love them- and thats always a win!


  • Butter beans
  • Red onion
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Garlic
  • Smoked paprika
  • Chilli flakes (optional)
  • Ground turmeric
  • Ground cumin
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Cherry tomatoes or crushed tomatoes
  • Tomato paste


  • Ready from start to finish in under 20 minutes
  • Simple, wholesome food- the backbone of any good diet. Uses only 10 ingredients, 4 of those being spices.
  • Versatile- this dish doesn’t use many ingredients but its still super simple to mix it up if you don’t have everything on you– Don’t have butter beans? No worries, you can use any bean you like, even a can of chickpeas is yum!  
  • Beans are packed full of protein, fibre, iron, B vitamins. 
  • Spices not only add tonnes of flavour to your dishes but they’ve been praised by our ancestors by centuries for there amazing medicinal qualities.
  • Cost effective- our homemade vegan baked beans wouldn’t be more then a few $$ to chuck together!


  • On thick-cut sourdough with greens, sautéed mushrooms and sauerkraut (I just had this for lunch, so yummy)
  • In a baked potatoe with a fresh crunchy coleslaw.
  • In a nourish bowl with brown rice or quinoa and pickled veggies.
  • With rice and veggie sausages.
  • A smokey burrito filling.
  • The classic toasted sandwich with mustard, tomato and vegan cheese.
  • Or simply a protein filled snack with avocado and cashew cheese.

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Smokey butter beans

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  • Author: panaceaspantry
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: Ready in under 20
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Cooked
  • Cuisine: American


This bean recipe is a easy protein packed side or main dish that is naturally vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free and made from whole foods.


  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/21 tsp chilli flakes*
  • 300g cherry tomatoes (2 cups) or 1 can crushed tomatoes**
  • 2 cans butter beans, drained
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp butter of choice *** (see notes)


  1. Heat a skillet over a medium flame. Add oil and heat 30 seconds, then add in onion. Sauté for 5 mins or until onion is soft and translucent.
  2. Next, add garlic, ground spices and tomato paste, stirring regularly, and fry for 1-2 minutes or until fragrant and the paste has darkened in colour.
  3. Add beans, canned tomatoes, and water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer cook 10-15 mins, stirring regularly. Finally, stir through the butter and serve immediately.



*Add chilli flakes to your palette

** If you are using the canned tomatoes, you can reduce water to 1/2 cup


*** Butter is an optional ingredient though it is recommended to balance out the acidity of the tomatoes. Alternatively you could add cashew cheese, tahini or hummus.




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