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.

Diabetic Living Magazine
Source: Diabetic Living Magazine


Ingredient Checklist


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

143.4 calories; protein 6.4g 13% DV; carbohydrates 24.5g 8% DV; exchange other carbs 1.5; dietary fiber 5.9g 24% DV; sugars 8g; fat 2g 3% DV; saturated fat 0.7g 4% DV; cholesterol 2.5mg 1% DV; vitamin a iu 167.1IU 3% DV; vitamin c 4.5mg 8% DV; folate 5.1mcg 1% DV; calcium 72.4mg 7% DV; iron 1.5mg 8% DV; magnesium 49.5mg 18% DV; potassium 338.6mg 10% DV; sodium 189.3mg 8% DV.