I love baked beans. The trouble is that my husband does not like them.
He has told me many times that beans and sugar should not be mixed. He like beans, just not covered in sugar.
Most baked bean recipes contain sugar and/or brown sugar and molasses. Although my husband does not like sugary beans, he does like molasses. In fact he loves molasses. He even drinks molasses milk on occasion. I will have to post that recipe sometime.
My solution for making baked beans that we both enjoy is to leave out the sugar completely and use only molasses. This makes them more of an old fashioned baked bean. They are not nearly as sweet and sugary as the beans most people make, but we really like them.
Not only are they less sugary, they healthier and less expensive to make. The baked beans that most people make now contain not only lots of sugar, but they also contain canned pork and beans, which are not exactly the healthiest.
If you are looking for a healthier and cheaper baked bean recipe this is one to try.
- ½ cup molasses
- ½ cup ketchup
- ¼ cup Dijon mustard
- 3 cans (15 ½ ounces each) navy beans, drained and rinsed
- Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1 onion, chopped
- 4 slices bacon, cut into pieces (optional but good)
- In a pan cook bacon and onion together until onion is tender and bacon is cooked.
- Combine molasses, ketchup, and mustard. Add beans and the onion bacon mixture, and then season with salt and pepper. Mix well.
- Cover dish, and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Uncover and cook 20-30 minutes more.
- Serve and enjoy.