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Best Ever Vegan Baked Beans
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 35 mins
Total Time
1 hr 55 mins
Caramelized onions, blackstrap molasses and a touch of bourbon make these the best, knock-your-socks-off vegan baked beans on earth.
Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 362 kcal
Author: Alissa
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, sliced into thin strips
  • 1/4 cup bourbon whiskey
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp. vegan Worchestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp. blackstrap molasses
  • 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. prepared mustard
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. liquid smoke, optional
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup maple syrup, see my note
  • 2 (14 oz.) cans navy beans or great northern beans, drained and rinsed
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Coat the bottom of a skillet (use a medium, oven-safe skillet if you've got one) with oil and place over medium-low heat. Add onion and toss a few times to coat. Allow to cook, flipping occasionally, until onion is very soft and caramelized, 30-40 minutes. Raise heat to medium and add garlic. Cook until very fragrant, about 1 minute more. Add whiskey and bring to a simmer. Allow to cook until most of the liquid has cooked off, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°. Stir tomato paste, Worchestershire sauce, molasses, apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, mustard, paprika and liquid smoke together in a small bowl. Stir in 1/4 cup maple syrup, taste test and add up to 1/4 cup more. If you used a non oven-safe skillet to caramelize the onions, transfer them to an oven-safe dish (an 8 inch x 8 inch baking dish works). Otherwise, leave them in the oven-safe skillet. Add beans and maple syrup mixture. Stir a few times to mix everything up. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Cover and bake 40-45 minutes, until bubbly. Uncover and bake 10 minutes more.
  4. Remove from oven and allow to sit for a few minutes. Serve.
Recipe Notes

I'll be totally honest here, I used 1/2 cup of maple syrup, and it was freaking delicious. I can see how that might be a bit much though, so if you object to overly sweet stuff (which I usually do myself), start with 1/4 cup and add more as needed.

Nutrition Facts
Best Ever Vegan Baked Beans
Amount Per Serving
Calories 362 Calories from Fat 30
% Daily Value*
Fat 3.3g5%
Saturated Fat 0.7g4%
Sodium 1090mg45%
Potassium 807mg23%
Carbohydrates 61.1g20%
Fiber 9.2g37%
Sugar 23.8g26%
Protein 13g26%
Calcium 90mg9%
Iron 4.1mg23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.