Healthier Slow Cooker Maple Balsamic Baked Beans

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes
Servings 16

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We LOVE these for summer barbecues! Healthier Slow Cooker Baked Beans that pack a big punch of flavor with maple syrup and balsamic vinegar — great cold or warm! Gluten free.

We love to serve this with this Pork Tenderloin Recipe and this Orzo Pasta!

healthier slow cooker maple balsamic baked beans in black crockpot

So, this is actually my first time experimenting with making my own “baked” beans. Is that crazy?

Growing up, we’d have canned beans occasionally, with a cold summer meal or sandwich, and I actually always enjoyed them. I think there are a lot of kids who don’t (or think they don’t), but I was never one of them.

bowl of slow cooker baked beans with green onions on top and green towel in the background

Now as an adult, I don’t buy canned pork and beans or baked beans because I avoid buying to many pre-packaged foods. I guess it had never occurred to me before now to make my own!

One of the things I love about these Slow Cooker Baked Beans is that they are perfect cold, warm or room temperature. So you can make a big batch (and this makes quite a large batch!) and just keep them in the fridge to serve with all of your grilled meats for the week. Now that the weather is warmer and we’re spending more time outside, I don’t like to have to think long and hard about dinner. I like to keep things simple!

overhead image of grey bowl of slow cooker baked beans with sliced green onions on top

Normally I like to make a big batch of potato salad (like this BBQ Bacon Potato Salad or this Warm Maple Bacon Potato Salad) and keep it in the fridge for a week or so to add to meals, and we are definitely going to add these beans to our list too!

I wanted to make them using as many whole ingredients as possible, and skip things like ketchup that are made from a whack of other things you may not want to be eating (though I have nothing against ketchup!). I also skipped the extra fat of the bacon that a lot of recipes have, but feel free to add that back in if you want! I have nothing against bacon πŸ˜‰

I was originally going to use apple cider vinegar, but when I was reaching in my pantry for the vinegar I caught sight of the balsamic and I love balsamic in all kinds of things (like this Honey Balsamic Pulled Pork), so I thought it would be kind of amazing. It is. But if you don’t like it, feel free to swap it out for your favorite!

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Healthier Slow Cooker Maple Balsamic Baked Beans

5 from 2 votes
We LOVE these for summer barbecues! Healthier Slow Cooker Baked Beans that pack a big punch of flavor with maple syrup and balsamic vinegar — great cold or warm! Gluten free.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Side Dish
Servings 16
Calories 132cal


  • 2 cans white kidney beans or Navy beans drained and rinsed
  • 2 cans red kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 can tomato paste 156ml
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic or 2 cloves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup not pancake syrup!
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons corn starch


  • In a 4-6 quart slow cooker, add the beans, tomato paste, vinegar, garlic, salt, mustard, maple syrup, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce. Stir.
  • Stir together water and corn starch. Add to slow cooker and stir until combined.
  • Cook on low for 8 hours — serve warm, room temperature, or cold!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 132cal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 286mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 12g

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  1. Diana says

    These baked beans look healthier and delicious! I would love to make them for a Labor Day bbq, but it’s short notice to cook them for 8 hours and take them in the slow cooker to where I’m going. Could I make any adjustments such as starting to cook them on the stove and transfer them to the slow cooker on low for the rest of the time, cook them on high for 4 hours, or 2 hours high and 4 hours low?

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