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Blueberry Barbecue Baked Beans

Recipe by Carlene Thomas, “Healthfully Ever After” Blog

A traditional comfort food gets a sweet and savory update with blueberry barbecue baked beans. Try these as an easy side with a burger, or bring blueberry barbecue baked beans to your next potluck for a dish that’s not soon to be forgotten.


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 small white onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) white beans, such as cannellini or navy, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup unsulfured molasses ­ blackstrap
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons mustard powder
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 4 drops liquid smoke
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons minced jalapeno
  • 1 tablespoon chopped basil
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest


  1. Over medium heat, in a medium saucepan, add olive oil and white onion. Cook until onion is translucent; add garlic.
  2. Cook until garlic becomes fragrant; add beans, molasses, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, mustard powder and ginger.
  3. Stir and let thicken for 5­-8 minutes.
  4. Toss in half of the blueberries and macerate with beans; add liquid smoke.
  5. Stir and let cook an additional 5­-8 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and add in the remaining blueberries, jalapeño, lime zest and salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Garnish with basil.

Number of servings (yield): 6


Per Portion:

215 calories

49.7 g carbohydrates

1.8 g fat

0.22 g saturated fat

9.2 g protein

17.3 g sugar

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