Casseroles are one of those dishes that I frequently seem to overlook. The fact that I immediately think of recipes like heavy green bean casserole or the often-iffy corn pudding certainly doesn’t help, but a lot of the time, I find myself getting into food ruts with things like hummus and salads. They’re easy and require very little planning.
However, when life gets really busy, casseroles definitely have the edge. Sure, it takes a little time to assemble and bake them, but in my mind, casseroles = leftovers. And if you cook in bulk like I tend to do on Sundays, this means satisfying, grab-and-go lunches for the entire week. As an added bonus, it also means minimal dish-washing, which is always a nice perk.
When I started thinking about what kind of casserole to make, my mind immediately went to a cornbread baked bean casserole. It was the perfect excuse to bake that pumpkin maple cornbread I’ve been dreaming up for months.
This casserole is vegan comfort food at its finest. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
Pumpkin Cornbread Baked Bean Casserole
Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 50 mins
Easy homemade baked beans with a pumpkin maple cornbread topping. This vegan casserole is gluten-free and so easy, plus it makes great leftovers for the rest of the week!
For the baked beans, I used Annie’s Naturals Organic Smoky Maple BBQ Sauce. I love the flavor and the fact that it uses brown rice syrup as the main sweetener rather than white or brown sugar.
The cornbread batter is thick, so I found that it was easier to spread over the baked beans using an ice cream scoop. I dropped dollops of the mixture across the beans and then used a spatula to smooth it into an even layer.
Once baked, the cornbread layer is relatively thick. I personally like a higher ratio of cornbread to baked beans, but feel free to adjust the proportions to suit your taste.
The cornbread will absorb some of the sauce from the baked beans over time. I liked this dish best immediately after I prepared it, but the leftovers were still very good. The cornbread softened a bit after re-heating; however, it still retained a great texture.
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