These healthier, lower sugar, 21 Day Fix Instant Pot Baked Beans are SO easy and delicious. Perfect for all of those summertime barbecues, picnics and potlucks!
Long time no see, peeps! I'm sorry you haven't heard from me in a while, but I have a really great excuse. The fam and I just finished up a month-long cross-country road trip/move from Alaska to Massachusetts! Crazy, right?! And WHAT an amazing experience. We were super fortunate to get to see and do so many cool things. Maybe when I manage to get the photos off of my camera I'll share a few here 🙂
Anyway, we're here on Cape Cod now (or "The Cape" if you want to be one of the cool kids) and we're not exactly settled - hanging in a hotel until our house is ready for us, still 10 more days! - but we're in one place finally, so I'm going to try to get some things out for you guys. I've missed you, and blogging and basically normal life in general.
Ok, so let's get to these beans! You guys, I LOVE baked beans. And really, who could blame me with their sweet, smoky seductiveness? A grilled meal just isn't complete without them. However, I haven't had them much since starting 21 Day Fix and now that I have my handy dandy Instant Pot, I felt like it was something that I HAD to try out.
And it totally worked.
These delicious beans use turkey bacon to cut some of the fat and quite a bit less sugar (but still taste sweet!) than the canned variety. So if you've been on the Fix and have been missing baked beans like I have, you have to try these!
Here's how it's done (pre-soak method):
A couple of notes:
- Acid slows down the bean cooking (molasses does too), so that's why most of these are added at the end.
- These still taste sweet, but definitely not as sweet as the traditional version, so if you feel like yours needs a little added sweetness and you like stevia, you can always add a little bit to sweeten it up a little more.
- I tested this with both soaking methods (pre-soaking and without pre-soaking) and to me they came out basically the same. However, I still prefer the overnight method because it's less work and time the day of. Save your 30 minutes, peeps, you've got better things to do.
- I found that these taste EVEN BETTER the next day, so feel free to make them ahead!
Hope these get added to your summertime recipe repertoire like they have mine! Enjoy!
If you make these 21 Day Fix Instant Pot Baked Beans be sure to snap a pic and tag me @thefoodieandthefix or use #thefoodieandthefix on Instagram so I can check it out! It makes me ridiculously happy to see what you guys are making 🙂
*Instant Pot Note!: This recipe has only been tested in the Instant Pot 6 quart duo – If you have an 8 qt, you may need to add more liquid. Haven’t gotten your Instant Pot yet? Get yours here!: Instant Pot 6 qt Duo (affiliate link)
Bean soak (pre-soak & quick-soak methods):
- 1 (16 oz) bag of dried navy beans
- ½ Tbs salt
- 6 cups of cold water
Baked bean sauce:
- 8 slices of turkey bacon, chopped
- 2 small onions, sliced or chopped (I like to slice mine)
- black pepper, to taste
- 1 ¾ cup water
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- 2 Tbs tomato paste
- 2 Tbs low-sodium soy sauce (tamari or a GF soy sauce if you're gluten free!)
- 1 Tbs molasses
Stir in after cooking:
- 2 Tbs molasses
- 1 Tbs yellow mustard
- 1 Tbs apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon liquid smoke (optional, but tasty!)
Overnight Soaking Method (recommended):
- Place the beans, water and salt in a large container and give them a stir. Refrigerate and soak 8 hours or overnight.
- Place your beans, water and salt in your Instant Pot, stir.
- Cook on manual for zero minutes, let naturally release for 30 minutes.
- Using a strainer, drain your beans, then rinse well with cold water and drain again well.
Make those beans!:
- Spray the lining of your Instant Pot with cooking spray. Press saute button and heat.
- Add the chopped bacon and sliced onion. Season with black pepper and cook until the onions start to cook down and the bacon has rendered a bit.
- Meanwhile, whisk together the water, maple syrup, tomato paste, soy sauce, and 1 Tablespoon of molasses.
- When the bacon and onions have finished cooking, add the sauce mixture and the drained beans to the pot. Stir well.
- Cook on manual for 25 minutes, naturally releasing for 20 minutes afterwards. (Note: I tested this 3 times and this cooking time was perfect each time. However, many factors, like the age of the dried beans, can affect the cooking time and it may be necessary to cook your beans longer if they aren't fully cooked after this time).
- After the NPR, whisk together the remaining ingredients (molasses, mustard, vinegar, and liquid smoke, if using). Remove the lid, put your IP on saute mode and stir in the molasses mixture.
- Continue cooking and stirring occasionally on saute mode until the sauce thickens to your liking (Note: the sauce will continue to thicken upon standing). Serve!
21 Day Fix Container Counts per Serving: 1 Yellow, 1 ½ teaspoon sweetener
Weight Watchers Freestyle Points: 2
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 14 Serving Size: ½ cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 120Total Fat: 1g