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Easy-Prep Slow Cooker Baked Beans (Refined Sugar-Fee)

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Baked beans are a simple side dish everyone loves. These Easy-Prep Slow Cooker Baked Beans are a chinch to make at home, contain no refined sugar, and require minimal prep time. They are perfect for potlucks, barbecues, or make an easy side dish any night of the week.

Our summer so far has been a whirlwind of activity. During the months of June, July and August I feel like we pack an entire year’s worth of trips and social activities into three short months. Maybe it’s because I live in the Pacific Northwest where the winters are long and dark, and there seems to be a undeniable need to get out there and have fun while the sun is shining. Part of our packed social calendar this summer has included attending barbecues and potlucks with friends. I usually volunteer to bring a dish, and I try to bring one that is both healthy, satisfying to guests, and kid-friendly. Sure, I want to make something healthy but I also don’t want to sacrifice taste. 

These Easy-Prep Slow Cooker Baked Beans are on my short list of what to bring to parties when I’m looking for something healthy that everyone will love. Over the years I’ve simplified the prep process so all that’s required is to throw a few ingredients into a slow cooker, give it a stir, and walk away. And if you’re taking the dish on the road, you can even transport the Baked Beans in the slow cooker so they can be served warm at your destination. Of course, there’s no need to save this recipe for just for special occasions. These Baked Beans make the perfect, simple side to any meal.

I recently brought these Easy-Prep Baked Beans to a barbecue at a friend’s where there were many kids in attendance, the ultimate test for a recipe. I was thrilled when the beans quickly disappeared, and even more excited when the parents of twin toddlers came back to the buffet to serve the boys seconds. I sent those parents home with the leftovers (I’m guessing they need all the help they can get at the moment), and I hope this recipe is easy enough they (and you!) can recreate it at home. I use onion powder to make prep easy (no chopping required), which you can find in the jarred or bulk spice section of your grocery store. As written these Baked Beans are naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, refined-sugar-free, and vegetarian.

Kid-friendly notes. This recipe is very kid-friendly, but here are some options for adapting the recipe for resistant eaters:

  • If your child prefers a certain type of beans (chickpeas or white beans for example) feel free to use those in this recipe.
  • Taste the smoked paprika before adding it to the recipe. Some can be on the spicy side, so omit it if yours is spicy and you have a child sensitive to heat.

Now, on to the recipe!

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Easy-Prep Slow Cooker Baked Beans (Refined Sugar-Fee)

  • Yield: 8 sides 1x


Description

Baked beans are a simple side dish everyone loves. These Easy-Prep Slow Cooker Baked Beans are a cinch to make at home, contain no refined sugar, and require minimal prep time. They are perfect for potlucks, barbecues, or make an easy side dish any night of the week.


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Ingredients

1 15-oz can tomato sauce

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1 teaspoon salt

4 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoon molasses

4 15-oz cans beans, rinsed and drained (white beans, pinto beans, and garbanzo beans work well, or try a mix)


Instructions

  1. Combine the tomato sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, salt, honey, and molasses into the bottom of a slow cooker. Whisk until well combined.
  2. Add the rinsed beans to the tomato mixture, stirring to combine.
  3. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6. If you want thicker beans, cook a little longer. If the beans are too thick at the end of the cooking time add a little water to thin it out. Serve warm.

Notes

I used a 3-Quart Slow Cooker for this recipe.

This recipe is very kid-friendly, but here are some options for adapting the recipe for resistant eaters:

  • If your child prefers a certain type of beans (chickpeas or white beans for example) feel free to use those in this recipe.
  • Taste the smoked paprika before adding it to the recipe. Some can be on the spicy side, so omit it if yours is spicy and you have a child sensitive to heat.

 

6 comments to " Easy-Prep Slow Cooker Baked Beans (Refined Sugar-Fee) "

  • Stacey Janz

    I made this for my daughter’s Baptism party yesterday and it was a big hit! Everyone went back for more! The only thing I did different was use onions instead of onion powder and crushed garlic instead of garlic powder. Thanks for another great recipe!

    • Robyn Downs

      What a special day Stacey! So happy everyone liked the recipe. Love your substitutions, too. I’ll have to try it that way next time I make this recipe!

  • Tonya

    I can’t wait to try these. I love baked beans but they are so packed full of sugar!

    • Robyn Downs

      Tonya, I agree, baked beans are so yummy but so many recipes contain so much added refined sugar. Hope you enjoy this one!

  • Amy

    I made these today, and they were awesome. Thank you for sharing! I’ll definitely be making them again.

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