Our 4 Best Molasses Baked Beans Recipes

Servings: 6-8 serving(s)

Molasses baked beans make the most versatile comfort food. Enjoy them as a hearty weekend meal, with sausage and brown bread, serve them alongside fried eggs for breakfast, or enjoy a bowl at lunchtime on a slushy February day.

4 best molasses baked beans recipes

Baked beans recipes to suit everyone’s schedule:

Baked beans, molasses baked beans, Boston baked beans…they’re all the same sort of thing in my old cookbooks.

Traditional baked beans take a day to make. Put the beans on to soak before bed, parboil them in the morning and then bake them in the oven for six hours or so. It you’re puttering at home all day this recipe is actually more convenient than it may sound. Plus it helps to keep the kitchen cozy.

This old fashioned method is still my favourite when it comes to getting just the texture I want with my beans.

Fortunately baked beans don’t have to be an all-day affair. The instant pot and crock pot recipes below offer alternatives for those who don’t have the time or inclination to make them the traditional way.

Here are our four best molasses baked beans recipes,

4 Best Molasses Baked Beans Recipes

Molasses Baked Beans with Sass

This is a slight variation of the recipe I grew up with. It’s a classic and so flavourful that it’s is always my go-to recipe. Molasses baked beans

Apple Sage Baked Beans

I developed this recipe one fall day when I had heaps of sage in the garden that needed to be used. I had started putting an apple in my standard baked beans recipe and it made sense to pair an apple with sage too, and lots of pepper.

Apple Sage Baked Beans: A classic recipe for molasses baked beans seasoned with savoury sage and tart apples.

Instant Pot Baked Beans

If you love baked beans then an electric pressure cooker is your friend! It removes the need to soak your beans overnight and reduces the overall cooking time by hours.

Instant Pot Baked Beans recipe: authentic baked beans flavour and texture in no time at all.

Baked Beans with Sausage

This is another recipe that removes the need to soak beans overnight – It’s made with plain canned beans. Baked in a slow cooker the beans develop wonderful flavour. The sausage makes it an updated version of beans and wieners.

Slow cooker baked beans with sausage: an easy one-pot meal for a winter day. Choose your favourite type of sausage for this recipe (pork, chicken, turkey).

Get new recipes every week…

If you’re in search of family-friendly food that’s easy to prepare, healthy and tastes good, then sign up to receive a weekly recipe email. We’d love to send you our monthly newsletter too. It includes cooking tips, menu ideas, featured recipes and more.

Sign up for our Newsletter

Apple Sage Baked Beans | Comfort Food with a Twist

Servings: 4-6 serving(s)

Prep time: 9 hours

Total time: 15 hours

Cooking time: 6 hours

Molasses baked beans with apple and sage – classic comfort food with a twist…

Apple Sage Baked Beans: A classic recipe for molasses baked beans seasoned with savoury sage and tart apples.

Baked beans were a common Saturday night supper when I was growing up, along with molasses brown bread. And when I was really little mom would sometimes add chopped hot dogs to the baked beans, I suppose to make the meal more palatable to those of us who hadn’t yet acquired a taste for them.

  • Apple Sage Baked Beans: A classic recipe for molasses baked beans seasoned with savoury sage and tart apples.
    Molasses baked beans with apple and sage – classic comfort food with a twist…

Ageing into baked beans…

I did eventually age into a love of baked beans. The layered flavours of sweet and smoke, and the soft texture of the beans made me realize how satisfying they are, in the comfort food sort of way. I don’t know how long it will take my kids to develop a taste for real baked beans. In the meantime, I’ll keep getting them to taste each batch I bake and hope for the best.

I have high hopes that they’ll love this new recipe. This version of baked beans is filled with apples and seasoned with sage, which add a new dimension to the flavour and makes them especially well-suited to fall. (I got the idea to add apples from a recipe featured in East Coast Living magazine, )

I usually have cooked navy beans in the freezer, which comes in handy when I want to make recipes that call for dried beans. If you’re using already cooked beans, two cups of dried beans equals 5 1/2 to 6 cups of cooked beans.

Not a fan of sage? Substitute thyme for the sage called for in the recipe.

Apple Sage Baked Bean Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups dried white beans (navy is my favourite)
  • 1 slice bacon (omit for vegetarian/vegan version)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 2 apples, peeled and cut in chunks
  • 1/2 cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1-2 Tbsp. chopped fresh sage (or ½-1 Tbsp. dried)*
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • Generous pinch of pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups water

*Can substitute thyme.

Instructions:

  • Soak 2 cups of dried navy or white beans in water overnight.
  • The next day, drain the beans, put them in a pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil, and simmer for 45 minutes.
  • Fry the bacon (if using), discard pan drippings and roughly chop.
  • Drain the beans and put them in a large ovenproof pot with a tight fitting lid, or a bean crock. Add the bacon, chopped carrot, onion and apple.
  • Mix together the molasses, maple syrup, Dijon, sage, garlic, salt, pepper and water and pour over the beans. (Add additional water, if required, so beans are just covered.).
  • Cover the pot and cook at 300 F for 4-6 hours, until tender. Stir occasionally and add water if necessary so the beans do not dry out. Take the lid off for the last hour of cooking to help the beans brown and to thicken the sauce.

Get new recipes each week…

If you’re in search of family-friendly food that’s easy to prepare, healthy and tastes good, then sign up to receive blog posts by email. We’d love to send you our monthly newsletter too. It includes cooking tips, menu ideas, featured recipes and more.

Sign up for our Newsletter

Baked Beans the Old Fashioned Way

Servings: 8-10 serving(s)

Prep time: 9 hours

Total time: 15 hours

Cooking time: 6 hours

Molasses Baked Beans Recipe

Molasses Baked Beans Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups white beans
  • ¼ lb. salt pork or bacon
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1/3 tsp. pepper
  • ½ tsp. dry mustard
  • Water
  • 1/3 cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 2 tsp. salt

Directions:

  1. Pick beans over and soak overnight.
  2. Drain, cover with water by 2 inches and simmer for an hour.
  3. Drain and add to bean crock or heavy pot with a cover.
  4. Add chopped pork, onion, molasses, salt, pepper and mustard.
  5. Cover with water and bake in a covered bean pot for about 6 hours at 300°F.
  6. Add water if beans are dry.
  7. Serve hot.

One more thing…

If you’re in search of family-friendly food that’s easy to prepare, healthy and tastes good, then sign up to receive blog posts by email. We’d love to send you our monthly newsletter too. It includes cooking tips, menu ideas, featured recipes and more. Here’s the link to subscribe.