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!

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, 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! ūüėČ They’re also gluten, dairy & refined sugar free AND vegan! Perfect for anyone who may drop by for a summer party!

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!

Funny story…my hubby, who is the least picky eater I know, absolutely¬†loathes beans of any kind. His aversion stems from doing galley duty on a ship when he was in the Marine Corps. Apparently there were giant vats of beans that he had to serve pretty regularly which made him vow never to eat the “musical fruit” again!

We have a rule in our house – everyone is allowed to choose 3 “never have to eat it” foods. But that’s it. Brussels Sprouts in on everyone’s list except for mine! Cooked zucchini is on Bethany’s list. And baked beans are¬†definitely¬†at the top of Ritch’s list.¬†¬†So when I make these¬†Healthy Vegan Baked Beans with Pineapple I share them with friends or my kids, but never expect Ritch to go anywhere near them {no matter how delicious I tell him they are}! ūüėČ

Healthy Vegan Baked Beans with Pineapple: Method

Ok folks, we like our beans THICK {if you can’t tell from the picture}. The reason: runny beans + little kids = big messes. I bake them longer with the lid off in order to thicken them. ¬†If you like your beans a little more runny, simply keep them covered or bake for a shorter amount of time!

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!

Healthy Vegan Baked Beans with Pineapple: 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!

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.

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!

Coconut sugar: Regular brown sugar can be substituted for coconut sugar, however then the dish would not be refined sugar free!

Dijon Mustard: Feel free to substitute your favorite mustard flavor, however we like dijon best!

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!

Healthy Baked Beans with Pineapple

Ingredients

Instructions

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

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!

Question: What’s your favorite summer side dish?!¬†

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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!