2013 – Gluten Free Living
This is a healthy version of Coca Cola 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. 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 than 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.
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.
Here’s a close up of the texture of Coca Cola Baked Beans. 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.
Here’s what I did.
These are the ingredients you will use for Coca Cola Baked Beans. 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 grease if necessary. Turkey sausage does not usually have a lot of grease. Add diced onion.
Add brown sugar, molasses, Virgil’s Real Cola and the canned baked beans. Stir to combine.
Spray a four-quart (10×15″) baking dish with cooking spray. Add baked beans. Bake at 300 for 3 hours. Remove from oven and let casserole set up about 20-30 minutes.
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.
You will love the sweet and savory combination of flavors in Coca Cola Baked Beans. It’s wonderful for barbecues and potlucks. I made up a batch of this great casserole for our 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? 🙂
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