Healthy Vegan Baked Beans

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These Healthy Vegan Baked Beans with Pineapple are the perfect side dish for your summer BBQ. They are gluten-free and refined sugar free! Kid friendly and husband approved!

Overhead view of a round baking dish of Healthy Vegan Baked Beans garnished with a pineapple ring and fresh sage

I am loving summer! Swimming, hiking, bike riding, and just enjoying some fun in the sun! Having BBQs is one of the activities I love the most {because it involves food…hello}! Nothing beats an evening enjoying delicious food with friends in the great outdoors!

When it comes to BBQs I know that meat is supposed to be the star of the show, and for most people it is! However I would easily pass up a burger or steak for a plate loaded with the traditional BBQ side dishes! Give me all the fruit salad, guacamole, pasta salad, and of course, healthy baked beans!

These Healthy Vegan Baked Beans with Pineapple are one of my favorite side dishes to make. They may not look pretty {sorry I tried LOL} but they sure taste delicious! Plus they are drastically lower in sugar than the beloved store-bought canned varieties! 😉 These healthy baked beans are also gluten, dairy & refined sugar free AND vegan! Perfect for anyone who may drop by for a summer party!

Overhead view of a round baking dish of Healthy Vegan Baked Beans garnished with a pineapple ring and fresh sage

More BBQ Side Dish Recipes!

Since my love for side dishes runs deep, here are some more delicious side dish recipes to serve at your BBQs this summer!

How to make Healthy Vegan Baked Beans from Scratch! 

Long baking time. 

These healthy baked beans from scratch can be baked from 1-3 hours! Just be sure to keep the baking dish covered until the last 30-60 minutes of baking (depending on how thick you want your beans)!

Variable thickness 

Ok folks, we like our vegan baked beans THICK {if you can’t tell from the picture}. The reason: runny beans + little kids = big messes. To make these healthy vegan baked beans extra thick, simply bake them longer with the lid off.  If you like your healthy baked beans a little more runny, simply keep them covered or bake for a shorter amount of time!

Overhead view of a spoon scooping Vegan Baked Beans out of a round baking dish

Healthy Vegan Baked Beans from scratch: Substitutions 

I have tinkered with this recipe for a long time to get it just the way we like it! But here are a few potential substitutions!

  1. Great Northern Beans: These are our favorite variety of beans to use in this recipe, but you can use two cans of any type of beans. I recommend great northern, kidney or black beans.
  2. Crushed Pineapple: In order to avoid chunks, it’s important to use crushed pineapple. If you don’t have a can on hand, you can toss pineapple chunks (fresh or canned) into your blender or food processor to achieve the correct consistency!
  3. Coconut sugar: Regular brown sugar can be substituted for coconut sugar, however then the dish would not be refined sugar free!
  4. Dijon Mustard: Feel free to substitute your favorite mustard flavor, however we like dijon best!

Front view of a bowl of Healthy Vegan Baked Beans with Pineapple

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Vegan Baked Beans

Laura
These Healthy Vegan Baked Beans with Pineapple are the perfect side dish for your summer BBQ. They are gluten-free and refined sugar free! Kid friendly and husband approved! 
5 from 1 vote
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 12 Servings
Calories 98.4
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time2 hours
Total Time2 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients 
 

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and grease a 2 or 3-quart baking dish with nonstick spray.
  • Mix all ingredients together in a big bowl and pour into the baking dish.
  • Bake covered for 1 hour.
  • Remove the cover and bake an additional hour, stirring occasionally.
  • You can continue baking for up to one more hour, depending on how thick you would like your consistency to be.
  • Let sit for 20 minutes before serving!
  • Can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days!

Nutrition

Calories: 98.4kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 3.7g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 536mg | Potassium: 360mg | Fiber: 3.2g | Sugar: 9.4g | Vitamin A: 90IU | Vitamin C: 7.3mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 1.7mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Did you enjoy this recipe? Have a question? Leave a comment below!

Something important to note. If you are used to canned baked beans that are loaded  with sugar, you might feel like these Healthy Vegan Baked Beans with Pineapple aren’t sweet enough. This is not a copycat recipe, rather it is a healthier alternative that I think is even more delicious and flavorful than the store-bought varieties!

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  1. This has been a huge hit during our recent family barbeque. Just like you, I also tried to make it look more appealing but was not really successful. Glad that its taste was able to compensate — everyone loved it.

    Now, they are asking me to make sure I prepare during our next family gathering.

    1. Sheila I’m SO glad you enjoyed them and so does your whole family!! LOL I’m also glad to hear I’m not alone in not being able to make them look great! 😉

  2. My husband was JUST saying how much he wanted some baked beans and I bought a pineapple yesterday! Perfect timing!!!

  3. I love pasta salad, but baked beans are so good too. I’ve never had really thick baked beans, so these sound really good. 🙂 I totally agree that summer BBQs are some of the best events.