Low-Calorie Baked Beans

Baked beans in pot
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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 35 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
213 Calories
2g Fat
41g Carbs
11g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 213
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 309mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 8g 28%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 3mg 16%
Calcium 98mg 8%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 555mg 12%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

We are all familiar canned baked beans for our summer barbecues or a quick side dish. Offered in varieties such as Boston, country-style, brown sugar, maple bacon–they all sound delicious, but perhaps not so good for you. Making them from scratch, however, allows you to control the amount of fat and calories in the dish, and is easier than you may think. 

This baked bean recipe has the flavors of smokey bacon and paprika, paired with sweet brown sugar. Most baked bean recipes call for salt pork or bacon, but by using turkey bacon, you cut calories in half.


Steps to Make It

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F. Coat an 8 x 8-inch baking pan with cooking spray.

  2. In a large skillet, heat the turkey bacon over medium-high heat. Cook, turning once for 5 to 6 minutes, or until crisp. Remove from the pan and crumble into a small bowl. Set aside.

  3. Add the onion to the pan and cook, over medium heat, for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally until translucent.

  4. Turn off the heat and to the pan add the reserved bacon, catsup, brown sugar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and paprika. Stir well, and then mix in the beans.

  5. Pour into the prepared baking pan and cover with foil.

  6. Bake the beans for 20 minutes, until well heated through, and serve.