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healthy baked beans casserole on kitchen counter with red and white oven mitts

Classic Baked Beans Recipe

Healthy recipe for baked beans using properly prepared navy beans and whole food sweeteners that you can feel good about serving to friends and family.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword healthy, low sugar, traditional, whole food
Prep Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Soak 8 hours
Total Time 13 hours 15 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 152 kcal
Author Sarah Pope



  1. Place dried beans in a large glass bowl and add filtered water to cover at least 2 inches above the beans. Stir in ACV only if using unsprouted navy beans.

  2. Leave on the counter for at least 8 hours or overnight.

  3. Drain beans and rinse thoroughly. Place beans in a large pot with 6 cups fresh filtered water.

  4. Bring to a boil, turn down heat, cover and simmer for about 1 hour or until beans are soft.

  5. While beans are cooking, saute diced bacon and onions in a large skillet. Cook over medium heat until bacon is slightly crisp and onions are soft.

  6. Strain and rinse cooked beans in a colander. Place cooked beans in a large glass casserole dish and mix in cooked bacon, onions, chicken broth, sucanat, molasses, ketchup, dry mustard, sea salt and pepper.

  7. Cover the casserole dish with a glass lid (use aluminum foil if you don't have a lid) and bake for 3 hours at 300 °F/ 150 °C.

  8. After 3 hours, remove the lid and cook for an additional hour or until desired consistency and thickness of sauce.

  9. Remove from oven and serve immediately.

  10. Refrigerate room temperature leftovers in a covered glass container with a tight-fitting lid for up to 4 days. You may freeze leftovers as well.

Nutrition Facts
Classic Baked Beans Recipe
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)
Calories 152 Calories from Fat 39
% Daily Value*
Fat 4.3g7%
Saturated Fat 1.5g8%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5g
Monounsaturated Fat 2.3g
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 340mg14%
Potassium 177mg5%
Carbohydrates 19.5g7%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 8.6g17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.