Healthy Baked Beans are not difficult to make and they are so much tastier and healthier than traditional canned baked beans. Once you make homemade healthy baked beans, you will never go back to canned baked beans.

They are so easy to make, all you need is olive oil, Vidalia onions, Worcestershire sauce, tomato sauce, liquid smoke, dijon mustard, maple syrup and cannellini beans. Hopefully you have most of these ingredients in your collection of pantry staples. 

This recipe is also diabetes friendly and vegan.

One of the other benefits of this healthy baked beans recipe is that you can cook in a variety of cooking methods including in the oven, slow cooker or the instapot.  See below for directions for each cooking method. 

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Healthy Baked Beans

These delicious baked beans can be made in the oven, slow cooker or instant pot! They are perfect for your next gathering!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 5 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Vegetarian
Keyword: Easy, Fall, Fiber, Holiday, Make ahead, Meal prep, Party, Quick, Winter
Cooking Method: Oven, Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker
Condition: Cancer, Diabetes, Nut Free, PCOS, Vegetarian
Servings: 6 people


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil cold pressed, extra virgin
  • 1 cup sweet onion finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce plus 1 tsp
  • 15 oz canned tomatoes sauce
  • 4 tsps liquid smoke
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 3 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 cans cannellini beans rinsed and drained



  • Preheat oven to 325° F.
  • Heat oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Add onions and cook for 5 minutes until softened and beginning to caramelize.
  • Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Transfer beans to a casserole dish and bake for 50 minutes until thickened.

Slow Cooker

  • Add all of the ingredients listed above into slow cooker.
  • Add 1/2 cup water, and cook on high for 4 hours until thickened.

Instant Pot

  • Set the instant pot to saute function.
  • When hot, add oil and onions, and cook for 5 minutes until softened and beginning to caramelize. Turn off instant pot.
  • Add remaining ingredients and close lid. Be sure to set the vent to "sealing" mode.
  • Cook at high pressure for 15 minutes. When done, use immediate release to relieve pressure, remove lid and stir.


Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 5g | Sodium: 734mg | Potassium: 311mg | Fiber: 8g

Watch our dietitians Kaitlin and Klara  prepare healthy baked beans and other tasty dishes for a complete meal.

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Nutrition info is approximate and may contain errors.

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Whether you are a novice in the kitchen, or a seasoned chef, Dietitian Klara will work with you to help you reach your nutrition goals. Co-author of Nourished: 10 Ingredients to Happy, Healthy Eating, Cooking with Diabetes and Cooking with Food Sensitivities Guide.