Three types of beans baked in a light sauce with tangy cider vinegar and smoky bacon with a touch of sweetness, Healthy Cider Bacon Baked Beans are a potluck or BBQ’s best friend.
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If there is one food I always look forward to at a BBQ, it is baked beans. I have absolutely adored baked beans since I was a kid. It is probably because my Mom is the Queen of Baked Beans. Yes, her regular baked beans are better than mine. What? So why in the world am I posting a recipe for baked beans, if hers are better? While these are not like my Mom’s. I gave up trying to lighten my Mom’s a long time ago. I know when I have had perfection and her baked beans are perfection.
These are different, lighter, more tangy. Her sauce for her baked beans is quite traditional, but has the perfect balance of sweet, savory and smoky. I would say her baked beans are more tomato based too. Mine still have a delicious sauce to bake the beans in, but the apple cider really sings in this recipe. Healthy Cider Bacon Baked Beans are loaded with vegetables, apples and well, beans. Three kinds of beans to be exact.
I originally found a recipe from Fine Cooking for Cider Bacon Baked Beans using dry beans. This recipe was a labor of love. It took forever, and quite frankly, wasn’t worth the time. It was close, very close to what I wanted but also so far away. I decided to adapt that recipe but use canned beans. Whoa! I used canned beans. Yes, yes and yes. Sure I love the idea of making old-fashioned baked beans from scratch, but the time involved is insane.
Dried beans are my nemesis. Sometimes they come out perfectly creamy and cooked. Other times, some beans are mushy, and some are still a little hard. Ugh! Someday I will try to lasso dried beans and bring them to the ground. I will conquer them. (I saw a recipe cooking them in the rice cooker. Fingers crossed) In the meantime, I’ve gone back to canned beans. I saved myself about 12 hours, so why not? I don’t have time to give 12 hours to beans for a BBQ. I’ve got other fish to fry.
These Healthy Cider Bacon Baked Beans fit perfectly into Food Done Light’s philosophy. They are much lighter in texture and consistency, but no don’t worry, not in flavor. These are flavor packed. You will love how easy and much quicker they are. I also love that they are not as sweet as a can or pre-made baked beans. Plus you can actually read all the ingredients. When was the last time you could actually read all the ingredients on a can of baked beans. The sugar content will be a lot less, too.
Thanks to the finely diced apples, you still have that lovely sweetness without all the sugar. Check the sugar content on a can of baked beans. Your jaw will drop to the ground when you see how much is in there. These Cider Bacon Baked Beans will be perfect for your next potluck or BBQ. Get Cider Bacon Baked Beans on your menu. Let the bean love roll!
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Healthy Cider Bacon Baked Beans
- 6 slices center cut bacon
- 2 cups chopped onion
- 1 cup finely chopped carrots
- 1 cup finely chopped red pepper
- 3 garlic cloves , minced
- 1 ½ tbsp . dry mustard
- ¼ tsp . freshly grated nutmeg
- ¼ tsp . fresh ground black pepper
- 12 oz . hard apple cider
- ½ cup low-sodium chicken broth
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- ½ cup ketchup
- 2 tbsp . molasses
- 1 tsp . liquid smoke
- 2 (15 oz.) cans low-sodium northern beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 (15 oz.) can low-sodium navy beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 (15 oz.) can low-sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 Granny smith apple , peeled and finely diced
- 1 tsp . kosher salt
Preheat oven to 350•.
In a large Dutch oven, cook bacon over medium-high heat. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on a paper towel over a piece of foil.
Pour out the oil.
Add onions, carrots and red pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until soft.
Stir in garlic and spices, cooking 1 minute.
Stir in broth, syrup, cider, ketchup, molasses and liquid smoke.
Bring to a simmer.
Stir in beans, apples and bacon. Bring to a simmer again.
Cover and bake for 30 mins. Take lid off and bake for another 15 minutes.
I calculated 4 WW smart points
Adapted from Fine Cooking.
Happy Healthy Eating,
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