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Healthier Baked Beans Recipe (Vegetarian)

  • Author: FitLiving Eats by Carly Paige
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 55 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Side
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


The smell of baked beans overtaking the house brings me back to my Nana’s kitchen. Instead of using bacon and canned baked beans, this lightened up version is made from scratch using a few healthy swaps. These Healthier Vegetarian Baked Beans are about to become your new family recipe. One that you can actually feel good about enjoying!


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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 3 15ounce cans great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup filtered water
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Heat a large saucepan on medium heat. Add the olive oil, then the onion and green pepper once hot. Cook until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the rest of the ingredients, except the coconut sugar, and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer, then remove from the heat.
  3.  Transfer the beans to a square baking dish that has been lightly coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle the coconut sugar on top. Bake in the oven covered for 20 minutes, then remove the cover and bake for another 30 minutes, until bubbly and thickened.


  • Serving Size: 1/2 cup
  • Calories: 136
  • Sugar: 11g
  • Sodium: 296mg
  • Fat: 4g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 4g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 23g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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