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Homemade Vegan Baked Beans

These savory vegan baked beans are the perfect blend of sweet and smoky flavors. They make the perfect side dish and are great for taking to barbecues.

casserole dish full of vegan baked beans being scooped out with bright blue spoon

If you need something to take to take to a cookout, these homemade baked beans are sure to be a hit. Only 1 gram of fat and a whopping 22 grams of protein per serving!

We love these vegan baked beans because they’re…

  • Smokey
  • Full of flavor
  • Loaded with protein
  • Perfect for a crockpot
  • Great picnic food
  • Delicious
white bowls filled with baked beans and casserole dish in background

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Making baked beans healthy

I used to love baked beans before I switched to a healthy plant-based diet in 2013. The problem was that the traditional recipe I used required artery-clogging bacon and lots of it.

I remember using nearly a pound of bacon in one large recipe when I was taking it to family cookouts. Now I shudder to think of it!

With this new-and-improved healthier version, I’ve removed all the greasy bacon to make it much more heart-healthy. And it still has all of the flavors with beans, onions, relish, molasses, and liquid smoke.

round cast iron pan of vegan baked beans with green old rustic teapot

How to make vegan baked beans

A full list of ingredients, measurements, instructions, and a print button can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of the page.

This is one of the easier recipes you’ll ever make and requires only about 10 minutes to prep before cooking.

Begin by preheating the oven to 375°F. While it’s heating up, go ahead and dice up your onion.

onions diced with knife on cutting board

I am often asked what knives I use and recommend for cooking, and my favorite brand is Victorinox Swiss Army Cutlery. Yes, that’s the same company that makes the Swiss Army Knife. These knives come with a lifetime guarantee and are very reasonably priced. I absolutely love mine.

If you are using canned beans, pour them into a colander and run water over them to rinse.

white collander with white beans

Place the beans, diced onion, relish, and sweetener in a 9″x13″ casserole dish. This recipe can also be made in a crockpot if desired.

Set the casserole dish to the side while you make the sauce.

casserole dish with beans, onion, relish, and brown sugar

Crockpot baked beans

A great thing about this recipe is that it can even be made in a slow cooker. Simply set the temperature to low and let them cook while you work or play for about 4-5 hours.

Making the bbq sauce

In a medium-size bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients–molasses, ketchup, water, tomato paste, liquid smoke, and apple cider vinegar.

tomato paste in bowl with molasses and ketchup in measuring spoons

If you would like to make your own ketchup for this recipe, check out my 10-Minute Vegan Ketchup recipe.

Pour sauce over the beans mixture that is in the casserole dish and stir until thoroughly mixed.

casserole dish with uncooked baked beans

Bake in the oven at 375°F for one hour. For the slow cooker method, place in crockpot and cook on low for 4-5 hours.

Remove from oven and allow to cool before serving.

casserole dish of baked beans with wooden spoon

*Originally published April 2015.

What to serve with vegan baked beans:

Your Questions Answered:

Q: Are baked beans vegan?

A: Traditionally, baked beans are not vegan because they usually include lots of bacon. However, this recipe is completely vegan.

Q: Can I use dry beans instead of canned?

A: Yes. It will just take longer. Use one pound of dried navy beans and cook according to the package instructions. To speed up the process tremendously, cook the beans in an Instant Pot. Cook on MANUAL HIGH for 25 minutes and do a slow release.

Q: Can I leave out the sugar?

A: Yes. Simply substitute maple syrup for the brown sugar.

Q: Can baked beans be frozen?

A: They sure can! Any leftovers can be frozen once they reach room temperature. They reheat well.

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casserole dish full of vegan baked beans being scooped out with bright blue spoon

Homemade Vegan Baked Beans

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

These savory vegan baked beans are the perfect blend of sweet and smoky flavors. They make the perfect side dish and are great for taking to barbecues.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Begin by preheating the oven to 375°F. While it’s heating up, go ahead and dice up your onion.
  2. If you are using canned beans, go ahead and pour them into a colander and run water over them to rinse off.
  3. Place the beans, diced onion, relish, and sweetener in a 9″x13″ casserole dish. These can also be made in a crockpot if desired. Set to the side while you make the sauce.
  4. A great thing about this recipe is that it can even be made in a slow cooker. Simply set the temperature to low and let them cook while you work or play for about 4-5 hours.
  5. In a medium-size bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients–molasses, ketchup, water, tomato paste, liquid smoke, and apple cider vinegar.
  6. If you would like to make your own ketchup for this recipe, check out my 10-Minute Vegan Ketchup recipe.
  7. Pour wet mixture over beans mixture that is in the casserole dish and stir until thoroughly mixed.
  8. Bake in the oven at 375°F for one hour. For the slow cook method, place in crockpot and cook on low for 4-5 hours.

Notes

Detailed instructions, in-process photos, and my personal helpful tips can be found in the article above.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 371Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgCarbohydrates: 75gFiber: 16gSugar: 25gProtein: 22g

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Rhonda

Monday 2nd of March 2020

Can I use maple syrup and coconut nectar and date syrup instead of sugar and molasses thankyou kindly

Terri Edwards

Monday 2nd of March 2020

Hi Rhonda- I think those substitutions would work just fine in this recipe. Hope you enjoy it.

Steve

Wednesday 3rd of July 2019

When you oven bake these, are they covered or uncovered? Also, if I double the recipe in a large casserole dish for big family or church gatherings, how long should I oven bake & at what temperature? Thanks so much. Can't wait to try these.

EatPlant-Based.com

Thursday 4th of July 2019

Steve, I bake them uncovered in the oven and 375 degrees for one hour should be good, even for a double recipe batch. I hope your family and church enjoy them!

Dianne

Monday 17th of June 2019

Is there too much sugar in this recipe?

EatPlant-Based.com

Monday 17th of June 2019

It does include blackstrap molasses and brown sugar, but they can easily be reduced.

Marie Turner

Sunday 11th of February 2018

Is the puckle relish SWEET or DILL, Terri?

EatPlant-Based.com

Monday 12th of February 2018

I use the sweet relish in the recipe.

ido

Monday 2nd of January 2017

How much black pepper did you add in? I don't see it in the ingredients, but do see it in the first photo. Thanks :)

EatPlant-Based.com

Monday 2nd of January 2017

What great eyes you have! The amount of black pepper would really be to your preference and taste, but I think good starting point would be about 1/2 tsp.