Sweet ‘n Easy Baked Beans


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

The recipe and photo for these easy baked beans were shared with us by Musselman’s.

Special Diet Notes: Sweet ‘n Easy Baked Beans

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, optionally vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian.

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.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food 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, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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