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Sweet ‘n Easy Baked Beans

Posted on by Alisa Fleming in Dairy-Free Recipes, Sides with 1 Comment

Perfect for picnics, potlucks and barbecues, these easy baked beans take just minutes to prepare, though you will want to allow some time for the flavors to meld on the stovetop. These lean toward the sweet side with honey (or agave for vegan), apple butter, and ketchup in the mix, but also have a cumin and cayenne kick.

As is, these easy baked beans use an attractive tri-color mix, but you can use whatever selection of beans that you have on hand.

Sweet 'n Easy Baked Beans - Tri-Color + Sweetened with Apple Butter

This recipe, which is naturally vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and allergy-friendly, was shared with us by Musselman’s.

Sweet ‘n Easy Baked Beans
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Serves: 8 servings

  • 1 cup apple butter (such as Musselman’s or homemade)
  • ⅓ cup honey or agave nectar
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons minced dried onion
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 15.5-ounce can great northern beans, drained
  • 1 15.5-ounce can black beans, drained, rinsed
  • 1 15.5-ounce can red or pinto beans, drained

  1. Heat your oven to 375°F.
  2. Mix the apple butter, sweetener, ketchup, water, onion, cumin, salt, and cayenne in a large bowl until well-combined.
  3. Stir in the beans, and pour it all into a 2-quart baking dish or casserole.
  4. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Alternately, you can let the mixture simmer on low in a crockpot for 4 to 6 hours.

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About Alisa Fleming

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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One Comment

  1. RickiJuly 4, 2013 at 10:40 amReply

    These sound PERFECT. I love baked beans and have missed them! Going to try this. :)

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