Maple Baked Beans


Good afternoon!

Thanks for the great response to the Glo Canada sale! There is one 25% off coupon left if you still want to get your hands on one.

Last night, I was not feeling motivated to workout. I decided to just put on my workout clothes and see where they would take me!

After a few minutes of sitting at my desk in my workout clothes (ok, ok 30 mins), I decided that it was now or never. I knew I couldn’t eat dinner right before a workout, so I used my delicious slow-cooking dinner as my bait. I figured the quicker I worked out, the quicker I could have dinner.

It was perfect running weather outside. The sky was a crystal blue and the air was crisp and cool. I could smell BBQ’s wafting through the air. To make the run more interesting, I decided to go on a ‘Canada Day Eve Running Tour’ of the neighbourhood. I saw lots of Canada Day flags and lots of cotton-tail bunnies. Before I knew it, I had done 4 miles in about 35 minutes, with a strong, sprinting finish. I felt so good when I got home!

If you feel like skipping a workout, just put on your workout clothes and then decide afterwards! Odds are you will end up doing some type of activity.

Oh and dinner was sooooo worth the wait! I made one of my favourite Canada Day recipes- Maple Baked Beans. This was my first time making a vegan version and it turned out better than I could have imagined.


Canadian Maple Baked Beans

[Adapted from here]


  • 4.5 cups cooked navy beans (approx. 3 small cans)
  • 1 large sweet onion, diced OR 1-2 green onions (I recommend sweet onions though)
  • 3-4 tbsp blackstrap molasses
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons regular mustard
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 8 oz/1 cup canned diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • Handful of dried cranberries
  • Maple butter, to drizzle overtop OR pure maple syrup


Directions: Rinse and drain navy beans or soak and cook dry beans according to package directions. Slow-cooker method: Throw drained and rinsed beans into the slow cooker. Chop the onion and place the onion, molasses, maple syrup, mustard, vinegar, salt, tomatoes, and cranberries (optional) into the slow cooker and stir well. (Alternatively you can also cook these on the stove top or baked in the oven!). Cook over high heat for about 4-5 hours (however they can be eaten after just a couple hours of cooking), or cook them on the lowest heat setting for 7-8 hours. Make sure to check the beans frequently as I am not sure if this mixture will burn. After scooping into bowls, scoop on a bit of maple butter or drizzle pure maple syrup on top. Serves 3-4.

This has to be one of the easiest recipes out there! Just toss everything in, stir, and cook!

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I think it goes without saying that the house smells amazing when this cooks! I used green onions instead of sweet onions because we have a little situation in our house right now…


We are currently being overtaken by green onions thanks to last night’s CSA!


I threw in some dried cranberries at the last minute. I loved the pop of red. They were great and got all juicy and plump after slow-cooking.

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I dreamed of this on my run.


I took some maple butter and drizzled it on top.


I LOVED it. Every last bite. Actually, I had another bowl at 10pm last night! The maple butter was amazing on top.


Eric really enjoyed it too. He had the beans stuffed in a bun!

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Lots to do to prep for Saturday’s market…..gulp! I will see you Friday AM!

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NC July 1, 2010

I just made an order , but the coupon did not work :( , the recipe looks yummy


Rhea July 1, 2010

OMG those look incredible! I love anything maple, especially maple sugar candy. I have even been known to dip my finger into metal maple sap pails for a taste (yeah… just tastes like off ice water)!
And that picture of the sun glistening on the steaming bowl of beans is epic.


Heather (Heather's Dish) July 1, 2010

i am DROOLING over those beans! the only thing that i would like on them is bacon :)


Valerie @ City|Life|Eats July 1, 2010

These look great! Wanted to thank you again for the garlic scape pesto recipe – totally less garlicky than my approach. I made yours recently and just raved about it on my blog, along with some other blogger recipes which I linked to. For the sweet part of my roundup of latest favorites, I had to post about banana soft serve, which I discovered thanks to you and Gena – I also finally layered some VOO and I can totally see why you rave about the parfaits. So delicious. Thanks again for always posting such great recipes :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 1, 2010

So glad you enjoyed it!


Lindsay July 1, 2010

omw, those beans look AMAZING!! I understand about the workouts! I usually work out on my lunch break and remind myself on those days I don’t want to that it’s either that and the wonderful feeling after, or sitting in the breakroom listening to all the older ladies complain and feeling brought down after…I usually choose the workout! :)


Callie July 1, 2010

Glad you decided to workout. :)
Wearing workout clothes really does help. Even if I don’t finish a run, I end up walking or moving around anyways.
Those beans look so good. Mmm.


Freya @ Brit Chick Runs July 1, 2010

Oh wow – the maple baked beans sound incredible!
Ahh that workout clothes trick wouldn’t work for me – now I’m off for the summer, I literally live in workout style clothes :P


Erika @ Health and Happiness in LA July 1, 2010

Aah that looks amazing!!


jenna July 1, 2010

YUM! I bet these are super flavorful and have a wonderful texture especially with the dried cranberries.


Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales July 1, 2010

I love beans and love anything sweet, so this is a must-try for me! I hope it’s foolproof!


Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) July 1, 2010

Wow, those pictures are beautiful!


Katherine July 1, 2010

the maple butter was simply a stroke of genius


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 1, 2010

it is to die for on the beans!


Katherine July 2, 2010

I would never have thought to do it, but I guess that is the whole concept of barbecues etc is to add that sweet flavor


Corinne (breathe and savor) July 1, 2010

maple butter? who would have thought!? love it!

happy canada day!!!! any fun plans!?


Bridget July 1, 2010

Ohhhh Caaaanada we stand on guard, for, BEANS!!!!!!!! Sending you canada day wishes from the other side of the country :)


Naomi(onefitfoodie) July 1, 2010

i absolutely LOVE your creations…There is not one recipe I do not want to try on your blog, just thought I should tell you! You also inspired me to start mixing my banana soft serve INTO my oats!!! well not mixed it, but plopped right on top and its incredible!!! :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 1, 2010

aww thank you! Do you mix the BSS into hot oats? If so that is amazing!


stephanie July 1, 2010

I will have to try those beans. My boys love beans and I am trying to eat more vegan.


Rachel @ Fit Fun and Fabulous July 1, 2010

I most definitely put on my workout clothes last night and then proceeded to not workout at all.


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 1, 2010

lol…its not failproof, ive been there too!


Candice July 1, 2010

good to know I’m not alone in resisting a workout sometimes!

LOVE those last few pics. The sunlight is beautiful!


Marina July 1, 2010

Omg I am so doing this!
As soon as I get back home, I’ll get some maple syrup and cook this for me and my mom! thanks for the recipe!


Little Aspects July 1, 2010

That looks really good – do the beans go mushy after 8hrs of slow cooking? That’s one reason I haven’t yet gotten a slow cooker – I’m worried about ending up with bean mush for dinner!


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 1, 2010

I wouldnt say mushy but they do soften and absorb the liquid a bit


Stacey@ July 1, 2010

Oh ya baked beans love them. I am defiantly trying this recipe.


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Camille July 1, 2010

Those sound great!
All your photos look especially gorgeous today!


Jaya July 1, 2010

Angela, I love the ethereal glow on the brim of the maple baked beans bowl. It must be something heaven-sent!


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 1, 2010

I couldnt believe when I uploaded that picture! It was the time of the night when the sun glistened through the trees. Amazing!


Erin July 1, 2010

Sounds amazing! I love the addition of the dried cranberries, and that it’s made with all natural sweeteners.


Lisa (bakebikeblog) July 1, 2010

Hi Angela! This post could not come at a better time! I have been DREAMING about homemade baked beans and looking for a perfect recipe….and I must say…your recipe looks JUST PERFECT! I will be matching a batch in the not too distant future :) Thanks!!


Chelsey July 1, 2010

Those looks soooooo good!! I always do the “maybe if I put on my workout clothes” routine.. works like a charm!


Kristie July 1, 2010

Getting into those workout clothes really does help. It’s like geez, I’ve gone THIS far, I might as well just go all the way haha. Good motivator! Though I think one of the best motivators would definitely be those beans, they look delicious! And the pics are pretty darn pretty too.


Janet July 1, 2010

I sleep in my workout clothes as during the school year I get up at 4:40 to w/o before school.
What exactly is maple butter? It looks so yummy!


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 1, 2010
Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies July 1, 2010

Those beans look delishh!


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 1, 2010

What is maple butter and where can I get some!?


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 1, 2010
Laura @ Backstage Pass to Health & Happiness July 1, 2010

Those beans look delicious! I love baked beans, they are the ultimate comfort food :-)

My favorite thing to do is warm them on the stove and cook dumplings on top of them. It’s odd to think of that in the middle of summer as it’s my go-to dinner on a snow day!


Jessica @ How Sweet It Is July 1, 2010

I have recently become obsessed with baked beans. I love them with eggs!


Crystal July 1, 2010

These look DELICIOUS!! Your post inspired me to pop over to the store and pick up some ingredients! I didn’t pick up the cranberries (not sure how SO would feel about strange red things in his beans lol!) but I did get some Canadian back bacon. It is Canada Day afterall, right? :)

I would love to try your bars, however, I don’t like the taste of peanut butter. Can you taste the peanut butter very strongly in your bars?


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 1, 2010

Not overly…Eric doesnt like PB and he lives the bars. I would not get classic though as that is the most PB like taste.


Shanna July 1, 2010

That last single pic of the beans is soooo tantalizing! Oh how I love maple :)


Anna July 1, 2010

When I was in high school I would change right into my workout clothes when I got home from school because I knew that I wouldn’t be able to take them off without working out! I still feel this way. It’s a good mind trick to use when I’m feeling less than motivated.


Robyn @ Frugal 'n' Fit! July 1, 2010

That one picture looks like the maple beans were sent down from the gods of beans or something! I like that halo effect.

Maple butter, coconut butter, why even bother with regular old butter any more? :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 1, 2010

I know who knew!?


Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter July 1, 2010

I love baked beans, but I have never made my own. Looks delish!


Kris | July 1, 2010

Oh my heavens girl, I think your beans just stole my heart!! These look fab and I grew up on real baked beans……sigh…I have to try these! Thank you!!



Mary @ Bites and Bliss July 1, 2010

I could eat anything doused in maple syrup!! So this is like candy in a bowl to me :)


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