2013 – Gluten Free Living
Coca Cola Baked Beans are simply awesome. I love Baked Beans anyway, but this recipe is really terrific. Baked beans are always the top on my list for any backyard barbecue, potluck or grilling out with friends. When I was a child Baked Beans were always on our family reunion menus. While my mom did not make them frequently when I was growing up, I’ve enjoyed them all of my adult life.
This is a healthy version of Baked Beans since I used ground turkey sausage for the meat and Virgil’s Real Cola instead of regular coke. Virgil’s real cola is made with a lot of spices and is much healthier than the awful nutrient-deficient soda you buy nowadays.
This recipe will not work with Diet Coke because you need sugar (besides Diet Coke has aspartame–yikes!) I recommend if you’re going to use coca cola as an ingredient in any recipe that you use Virgil’s Real Cola instead of the traditional Coke.
Over the years I have gotten the most recipes from one dear friend who loves cooking as much as I do. Both of us experiment a lot and both of us are recipe collectors. Mimi, and her husband, Ron (who is also a fabulous cook) don’t know how to make anything that doesn’t taste wonderful.
It’s not like I don’t already have 5 or 6 good baked bean recipes! But this one is made with coca cola so I couldn’t resist getting this recipe. It’s very simple, easy and tasty. The recipe comes to me from Mimi Pownall. It is actually her sister Gail’s recipe. I have no idea where it originated from.
I have remade this recipe from last summer when I originally published it and this is the first time I have used my new Canon Rebel EOS-4 camera. So it’s been quite difficult trying to figure out how to get really clear pictures. This is the best of the lot. Sorry!
If you’re looking for a wonderful tasting baked beans recipe that’s not your typical one, then consider trying this great recipe out sometime soon! This healthier version of Coca Cola Baked Beans is wonderfully satisfying. Make sure you find gluten free baked beans if you want to keep this recipe gluten free.
When I originally published this recipe in July 2012, I had just begun my blog. I used a friend’s picture which wasn’t very good. I remade the recipe in May 2013 just after I started using my Canon camera. I probably took a thousand pictures of this recipe that day and none were particularly great.
I recently remade this recipe (September 2018) to try and update the pictures. I made it for a New Member’s Connection Class luncheon at our church. I served it with our favorite BBQ Brisket, my famous Deviled Eggs, a Blueberry Salad and a homemade Company Triple Cheese and Bacon Macaroni. I also included a tossed salad and Oreo Cookie Mud Pie. I made two large 10×15″ baking dishes of these beans for about 40 people and there was hardly a spoonful left.
This is really a terrific baked beans recipe. I hope you give it a try.
This healthier version of Coca Cola Baked Beans uses Virgil’s Real Cola instead of Coke. It’s made with seasonings and spices instead of all the preservatives and junk Coke uses.
The recipe requires that the beans set for about 30 minutes before serving and the beans will thicken up like this after setting on the counter. I stirred them after pulling them out of the oven.
Here’s what I did.
I used these ingredients. For a healthier version of this recipe, use Virgil’s Real Cola. You can find it in health food stores and even some grocery stores carry it.
Brown ground turkey. Drain. Turkey sausage does not usually have a lot of grease.
Combine baked beans (undrained), cooked turkey sausage, onion, brown sugar and molasses in a large 10×15″ glass baking dish.
The ingredients will fizz a little bit.
Stir to combine.
Bake at 300 for 3 hours. Remove from oven and let casserole set up about 20-30 minutes.
Stir ingredients before serving.
This delicious baked beans recipe is so quick and easy to put together. But it takes 3 hours in the oven on 300 to cook. So if you want a recipe you can make quickly and then prepare other parts of your meal this one is great.
I made up a batch of this great casserole for the annual fall barbecue at our church! Most people are saps for homemade baked beans! 🙂 I know our family sure loves them!
Here’s the recipe.
COCA COLA BAKED BEANS
(Recipe adapted from Mimi Pownall, Black Mountain, NC; source: adapted from her sister, Gail Byrne)
- 2 55-oz. cans [url href=”http://www.bushbeans.com/en_US/products/baked_beans/?cid=ps:google:Branded-New:Bush%27s+Baked+Beans” target=”_blank” title=”bushes baked beans”]Bush’s[/url] baked beans (any style) rinsed and drained
- 1 12-oz. can [url href=”http://reedsinc.com/product/virgils-real-cola/” target=”_blank” title=”virgil’s real cola”]Virgil’s[/url] Real Cola
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 2 tbsp. Grandma’s black strap molasses
- 1 lb. [url href=”http://www.jennieo.com/” target=”_blank” title=”jennie-o turkey sausage”]Jennie-O[/url] turkey sausage, cooked and drained
- Stir all ingredients together.
- Place in a 4-qt. 10×15” baking pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
- Bake in a 300° oven for around 3 hours or so, stirring from time to time.
- Remove from oven about 20-30 minutes before serving as this will allow the ingredients in the dish to thicken.
This healthier version of Coca Cola Baked Beans is economical and tasty.
Why don’t you try a spoonful? 🙂