They are nutritious, versatile and inexpensive, but beans aren’t everyone’s favourite food. Cooked beans can be easily puréed and hidden in so many dishes, even the pickiest of eaters won’t know. Follow these simple steps and start adding beans to your meals.
Purees are useful for dips and some baked foods. To make a purée:
- Beans of your choice: Cooked or rinsed and drained black beans, kidney beans, navy beans – the options are endless.
- Add to food processor: For every 1 cup (250 ml) cooked beans, add ¼ cup (50 ml) hot water.
- Purée: Blend to make a smooth purée, with a consistency like canned pumpkin. If needed, add 1 additional tablespoon (15 ml) of water at a time to reach desired consistency.
Purées can be frozen in plastic bags and kept for several months. Puréed beans are great for thickening stews, soups and sauces. They can also be added to mashed potatoes, are delicious in dips, desserts, baked goods and even a batter for corndogs.
How to Purée Beans
Watch how to purée beans!
Try These Puréed Bean Recipes
Snackin’ Bean Cake
This fragrant spiced cake features raisins, pecans, apples and puréed beans. It’s a delightful afternoon snack.
Stuffed Pasta Shells
Jumbo pasta shells are stuffed with white pea bean puree, ricotta cheese, and spinach and baked in creamy garlic sauce.
White Bean Hummus
White pea beans (navy beans) and chickpeas are blended together and topped with a roasted red pepper pesto.