It's easy to purchase baked beans in a can, but making your own in the slow cooker results in a rich and deliciously flavored side dish that you'll feel better about serving to guests. Source: Diabetic Living Magazine

Diabetic Living Magazine


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Instructions Checklist
  • Lightly coat a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Combine the beans, onion, celery, brown sugar, tomato juice, tomato sauce, ketchup, the 4 slices of chopped bacon, vinegar, garlic, dry mustard, and salt in the prepared cooker. Stir to combine.

  • Cover and cook on Low for 5 to 6 hours or on High for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. If desired, serve topped with sliced scallion and additional bacon.


Equipment: 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker

Tip: If using a sugar substitute, we recommend Splenda Brown Sugar Blend. Follow package directions to use product amount equivalent to 1/2 cup brown sugar. Nutrition Per Serving with Substitute: same as below except 141 calories, 23 g carbohydrate, 6 g total sugar, 188 mg sodium.

Nutrition Facts

143 calories; 2 g total fat; 0.7 g saturated fat; 2 mg cholesterol; 189 mg sodium. 339 mg potassium; 24.5 g carbohydrates; 5.9 g fiber; 8 g sugar; 6.4 g protein; 167 IU vitamin a iu; 4 mg vitamin c; 5 mcg folate; 72 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 50 mg magnesium;