Sunday, September 2, 2018

Healthy Vegan Instant Pot Smoky Baked Beans [no sugar added]

1 lb. dry navy beans, soaked in water for 30 minutes
1 cup of pitted dates soaked in 1 1/2 cups water for about an hour, do NOT drain off liquid
1 cup water
1 small can of salt-free tomato paste
2 t garlic powder
1/2 t onion powder
1/8 t black pepper
1 t mustard powder
1/2 t smoked paprika
1 T liquid smoke
1/2 t salt or to taste
1 T molasses (optional)

Drain off soaking water from beans and add to the Instant Pot. Fill the pot with water 2 inches above the beans. Cook on high pressure for 20 minutes. When the Instant Pot beeps, click the cancel button and release the steam. Then, open the top, drain the beans (reserving 1/4 cup of the liquid), rinse the beans, and return them to the Instant Pot.

While the beans are cooking, blend the dates with their soaking water,  along with1 additional cup of water, tomato paste, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, mustard powder, smoked paprika, liquid smoke, molasses (if using), and salt in the blender until very smooth. Add the mixture to the cooked and drained beans along with 1/4 cup of the bean cooking liquid into the Instant Pot. Click the WARM button and warm through for about 5-10 minutes, making sure you stir gently often. Serve!

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