Baked Beans in the Crock Pot

After a whirlwind long weekend of family, non-stop cooking and calorie-packed holiday meals, I feel like it's finally time to kick up my heels, relax and pick a simple, healthy recipe to feed the family. Whenever I'm looking for the path of least resistance in the kitchen, it usually means pulling out my crock pot.

I ate a lot of Baked Beans as a kid, but they were almost exclusively prepared out of a can. Making these fresh, slow cooked, sweet white beans is a real treat that bears practically no resemblance to their canned cousins. And the taste? Whenever I make them my kids couldn't be happier, so after the seeming non-stop parade of rich food during the past week, I think we're all finally ready for something a little bit more healthy as we head towards the New Year!

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Baked Beans in the Crock Pot (Serves 4-6)

Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: 8 mins

egg free

dairy free

gluten free

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 pound small white beans
  • 1 6 ounce can tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1 32-ounce box vegetable broth
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt

Preparation

1. Heat the olive oil in a saute pan, add the onions and cook until soft, about 3-4 minutes.
2. Transfer the onions to a crock pot, add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine.
3. Cook on low for 8-10 hours or until the beans are tender.
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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.