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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. Add garlic. Cook until very fragrant, about 1 minute more.

  2. The whiskey goes in next, but before adding it, check to make sure the heat is still set at medium low. If there is any sizzling in the pan, lower the heat until it subsides. Alcohol vapors are flammable, and adding whiskey to a pan that's too hot could result in ignition. Keep a lid handy and use it to put out any flames. Now slowly begin adding the whiskey. Stir it in and raise the heat to medium to bring it to a simmer. Allow to cook until most of the liquid has cooked off, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat.

  3. 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.
  4. Cover and bake 40-45 minutes, until bubbly. Uncover and bake 10 minutes more.
  5. 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.