Apples + cinnamon + a dash of nutmeg and cloves. Can’t you just smell that delicious aroma right now?

Actually, an apple “pie” bean bake was inevitable, but what held me back were such weighty questions as

  • Do I just add applesauce (easy-peasy) or throw in cut-up, peeled apples (more work)?
  • If I do use applesauce, will that make the texture too soft?

An aging banana and pure laziness solved the problem for me. (Hmmm…laziness is turning into a major theme here. Of course, bean bakes—just throw everything in the blender—lend themselves to anyone avoiding hard work, namely me!)

Okay, back to that blackening banana: I knew that bananas help with bean-bake texture so why not add one along with the applesauce? Then throw in some spices and voilà!

Makes 8 servings

Ingredients 

  • 2 cups white navy beans (19 oz. can), drained and rinsed
  • 1 ripe banana, cut into chunks
  • 1 cup applesauce, unsweetened
  • 3 eggs (no substitutes)
  • ½ cup sweetener
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • Cooking spray

Directions 

  1. Put all ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. Spray a 9″ x 9″ square pan or and 8″ or 9″ springform pan with cooking spray.
  3. Pour mixture into pan. The batter will be thick.
  4. Bake in 350° F oven for 40-45 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. Best served cold the next day.
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