Bowl full of easy healthy baked beans

Easy Healthy Baked Beans (Stovetop Recipe!)

These easy healthy baked beans are perfect for your next barbecue – or anytime! Lower in sugar than many other recipes and made super quick on the stovetop.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword easy baked beans, healthy baked beans
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 222 kcal
Author Snacking in Sneakers


  • 4 slices hardwood smoked bacon, chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • ½ a large onion (or 1 small onion), chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper (or 1/2 habanero pepper), minced*
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 cans northern beans, drained
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp Better than Bouillon vegetable broth base*
  • 1 cup water*


  1. Heat a large pot over medium heat. Add the chopped bacon and let cook for a minute or two, until some of the fat has been released. Add the onion and pepper and cook for another 3-4 minutes, until onion starts to get tender.
  2. Add the tomato paste, beans, brown sugar, and maple syrup. Cook for 1 minute.
  3. Add the teaspoon of vegetable base and the cup of water. Leave heat on medium and cook until most of the liquid has reduced, about 10 minutes. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes



Nutrition analysis (approximate per serving):

222 calories, 6 g fat, 2 g sat fat, 251 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 7.5 g sugar, 10.3 g protein, Vitamin A: 2%, Vitamin C: 7%, Calcium: 7%, Iron: 12%