Brown Sugar Baked Beans are a quick and easy summer side dish with all the hearty, filling, baked bean flavors you love. Slow cooker, Instant Pot or oven directions provided.
Brown Sugar Baked Beans
Baked Beans are one of the most popular summer side dishes we all enjoy. For years to have a healthier option for baked beans I used to just try to find the healthiest canned variety I could find. The idea of making them from scratch with all the added sugars and the calories from the beans was overwhelming. With a smaller amount of sugar and ketchup these baked beans won’t be too sweet, but just sweet enough satisfy all the cravings for the nostalgic flavors that you love.
Hey everyone it’s Sabrina from Cooking with Points, a healthy recipe blog. This month I’m sharing a delicious side dish recipe for all the warm weather we’re finally starting to see (except on the East Coast, they’re still getting snow!).
Are Baked Beans Good For You?
This baked bean recipe is much lighter and healthier than most recipes loaded with sugar. We also use dark brown sugar in this recipe in place of adding molasses and if using the instant pot, you don’t even have to pre-cook the onions in any oil. This is as easy as adding the ingredients and letting the machine do all the work for us!
- Add some spice with diced canned chilis or freshly chopped jalapeños.
- Add some smoky flavors with some chopped up bacon.
- Swap the brown sugar for maple if you like maple baked beans. (1/4 cup)
- Another brown sugar swap is honey, which would also be delicious. (1/4 cup)
What to serve with baked beans:
- Buffalo Turkey Cheeseburger with Blue Cheese Broccoli Slaw or Spicy Black Bean Burgers with Chipotle Mayonnaise are great burger ideas to serve along side the beans.
- Rainbow Potato Salad or Summer Potato Salad with Apples are great side dishes to add to your summer table.
How To Freeze
Let the beans cool then transfer to a freezer safe container. Freeze up to 3 months.
Oven Baked Brown Sugar Baked Beans:
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a cast iron skillet add 2 teaspoons of canola oil and the onions. Cook them until translucent on medium heat, about 4-5 minutes. Add in the rest of the ingredients and stir. Cover tightly and bake for 45 minutes.
More Bean Recipes You’ll Love:
- Puerto Rican Beans
- Brazilian Black Beans
- Instant Pot Black Beans
- Arroz Congri (Cuban Rice and Black Beans)
- Dominican Beans
Instant Pot Brown Sugar Baked Beans
- 1 yellow onion finely diced
- 15.5 ounce can kidney beans rinsed and drained (roughy 1 3/4 cups)
- 15.5 ounce can pinto beans rinsed and drained (roughy 1 3/4 cups)
- 15.5 ounce can northern beans rinsed and drained (roughy 1 3/4 cups)
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/3 cup dark brown brown sugar unpacked
- 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
Instant Pot Directions:
- Add the ingredients to the insert and stir them together well.
- Place the lid and lock. Set to Manual, High pressure, and set for 8 minutes.
- Once finished, natural pressure for about 10-15 minutes, then quick release.
- Stir before serving.
Slow Cooker Directions:
- Add the ingredients to the slow cooker and stir them together well.
- Cover and cook low 6 to 7 hours. Stir before serving.
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- Pictured is a double recipe, but the ingredients are exactly the same ratio.
- If using dried beans, cook for 35 minutes.