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Sharing easy, stay at home recipes for whatever diet you're on! When I'm not doing recipe development, I'm a Star Trek loving, beagle mama.

Best Instant Pot Baked Beans Recipe

Two white bowls filled with Instant Pot Baked Beans on red and white checkered napkins with a fork and pressure cooker.

This is the easiest Instant Pot baked beans recipe you'll find. These sweet but smoky beans are cooked up with bacon, brown sugar, and your favorite barbecue sauce.

Serve them as the perfect side dish with your favorite BBQ dishes or grilled foods.

Do you need to soak the beans to make baked beans in an instant pot?

You don't have to soak the dry beans. That's the beauty of this recipe!

However, you can also substitute the dry beans for three (15.5 ounce) canned beans that are drained and rinsed.

Add the pinto beans to the pressure cooker when the recipe instructs you to add the cooked beans.

Bowls of baked beans on red and white napkins with a pressure cooker in the background.

How to make Instant Pot Baked Beans

This is one of my favorite Instant Pot recipes for summer BBQ. This recipe is for a 6-quart electric pressure cooker.

1. Add the beans and 8 cups of water to the Instant Pot. Lock the lid into place. Cook on High pressure for 25 minutes.

2. When done, carefully do a quick release of the steam valve.

3. Remove the lid to release any extra steam. Then pour the tender beans into a colander to drain off any water.

4. Set the Instant Pot to the Saute function. Add the chopped bacon.

5. Stir and cook the bacon for 5-8 minutes or until crispy.

6. Add the chopped onions. Continue cooking for 3-4 minutes or until softened.

7. Add the cooked beans back into the Instant Pot along with the rest of the ingredients. To avoid getting a burn notice, wipe down the rim of the pot with a damp paper towel.

8. Place the lid on the pot. Cook on High for 10 minutes.

10. When cooking time is up, carefully perform a quick release.

11. Remove the lid, stir the baked beans. Serve immediately.

12. Store leftovers in an airtight refrigerator.

Overhead shot of a wooden spoon in a pot of pressure cooker baked beans with bowls and napkins.

What kind of dry beans are used in Instant Pot baked beans?

I used dry navy beans and pinto beans. You can also use Great Northern beans.

People like pinto beans because they're creamier. Some prefer Great Northern beans because they're larger. Others swear by white navy beans.

It's up to you. Use whatever type of bean you have on hand and what's on sale at the grocery store.

Using a combination is a terrific idea, too. This is a great recipe to use up leftover dried beans from other recipes.

What to serve with baked beans (and some baked bean trivia)

There's nothing better than serving this baked beans recipe with barbecue classics like cornbread and Instant Pot pulled pork.

Some other easy recipes are Instant Pot Country Style Ribs or chicken dishes like Crockpot Whole Chicken, Sheet Pan Chicken Thighs, or Crockpot BBQ Chicken.

Of course, if you're a fan of British food, you love beans on toast for breakfast.

Now British baked beans are a bit different than American baked beans. Theirs has more tomato sauce,  no bacon, and Worcestershire sauce.

In Canada, their baked beans are flavored with maple syrup, of course.

And if you were wondering, Boston baked beans are different than *just* baked beans because they're made with molasses and salt pork, not bacon.

A large blue bowl of Instant Pot Baked Beans with green onions red and white checkered napkins, bowls, and forks.

Can I make sugar-free baked beans?

Here's how to eliminate the sugar in this baked beans recipe:

Barbecue sauce: Use my Sugar-Free BBQ Sauce recipe or your favorite sugar-free bbq sauce from the grocery store.

If you're gluten-free, check the label for any hidden sources of gluten, of course.

Brown sugar: Use Swerve Sweetener, Brown. I love this natural, no-calorie sweetener. It has no bitter aftertaste and cooks up just like the real thing.

If you're looking for a baked beans recipe for the slow cooker, try this super simple Crock-Pot Baked Beans recipe.

It's made with red kidney beans, canned pork and beans, canned chili beans, and hot dogs. Seasoned with yellow mustard, brown sugar, and maple syrup, it's a crowd-pleaser. Yummy!

Everyone loves it and it's terrific to bring to potlucks and cookouts.

A fork dipped into bowls of baked beans with a pressure cooker in the background.

How long does the Instant Pot baked beans last?

These baked beans last for up to a week in the fridge if stored in an airtight container.

Can you freeze Instant Pot baked beans?

You certainly can freeze baked beans.

Just let them cool first. Then pour them into a freezer-safe container. You can also use a Ziploc baggie. (Press out all the extra air.)

Label and date the container or baggie. Baked beans stay good in the freezer for up to 3 months.

To defrost, put the container or baggie in the fridge and let it thaw out overnight. Then reheat the baked beans in a saucepan on the stovetop or in the microwave.

Yield: 12 SERVINGS

Instant Pot Baked Beans Recipe

A fork dipped into bowls of baked beans with a pressure cooker in the background.

Serve up this easy Instant Pot baked beans recipe at your next cookout. Baked beans in an instant pot are sweet, smoky and tender.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound dry navy or pinto beans, or a combination
  • 8 cups cold water
  • 8 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons spicy brown or Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke

Instructions

  1. Add the beans and water to the Instant Pot and lock the lid into place. Cook on High for 25 minutes.
  2. When done, carefully do a quick release of the steam valve.
  3. Remove the lid to release any extra steam. Then pour cooked beans into a colander to drain off any water.
  4. Set the Instant Pot to sauté. Add the chopped bacon.
  5. Stir and cook the bacon for 5-8 minutes or until crispy.
  6. Add the chopped onions. Continue cooking for 3-4 minutes or until softened.
  7. Add the cooked beans back into the Instant Pot along with the remaining ingredients.
  8. Place the lid on the pot. Cook on High for 10 minutes.
  9. When the time is up, carefully perform a quick release.
  10. Remove the lid, stir the baked beans. Serve immediately.
  11. Store leftovers in an airtight refrigerator.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 181Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 416mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 4gSugar: 19gProtein: 7g

Nutritional information is automatically calculated per the ingredients list. Serving size may not be accurate. Please double-check with your preferred nutritional app for the most accurate information.

The Best Oreo Balls Recipe

Red, white and blue Oreo balls in a bowl and with Oreos on a tabletop.

This is the best Oreo Balls recipe if you need a special red, white and blue treat for the Fourth of July.

You can also make a batch of Oreo Balls for any holiday season - reds and pink for Valentine's Day or in greens for St. Patrick's.

Get the kids to help you make this no-bake dessert. These easy Oreo balls are fun for the whole family!

How to make the best Oreo Balls

Oreo ball recipes are the perfect treat for parties and potlucks. Everyone loves these no-bake Oreo balls.

1. Start by lining a baking sheet with parchment paper or wax paper.

2. Then use a food processor to crush cookies into fine crumbs.

If you don't have a food processor, place the Oreos in a large zip lock bag. Seal it, then crush them with a rolling pin. Takes a bit more effort to make the crushed cookies, but it still works out just as well.

3. In a large bowl, mix together the Oreo cookie crumbs and softened cream cheese.

It helps to leave out the brick of cream cheese at room temperature ahead of time. That way it's easy to mix with the cookie crumbs. Learn how long can cream cheese sit out?

4. Mix until they're well combined.

5. Using a small cookie scoop, form the Oreo crumbs mixture into a ball.

6. Roll the Oreo cream cheese balls between your hands until they're smooth.

7. Place them on the prepared baking sheet.

8. Chill the Oreo cookie balls in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. (Longer is fine.)

Red, white and blue Oreo balls in a bowl and with Oreos and holiday paperplates on a festive tabletop.

9. Break the almond bark chocolate into squares and place it in a microwave-safe bowl.

10. Start heating it in the microwave for 1 minute. Stir almond bark.

11. Heat the chocolate bark coating for 10-20 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating. Stop when there are a few bits of bark chocolate left. Then stir until completely melted.

(You can also heat the almond bark chocolate in a double boiler if you find that easier.)

12. Using a fork, dip an Oreo ball into the chocolate and shake off excess chocolate.

13. Place it on the cookie sheet. Let harden for about 10-15 minutes. Repeat with another layer of melted chocolate if necessary.

14. Let harden while you prepare the colored candy melts.

15. In 2 separate microwave-safe bowls, add candy melts.

16. Start heating in the microwave for 30 seconds, stir candy melts.

17. Heat for 10-20 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating. Stop when there are a few bits of chocolate left, then stir until completely melted. Transfer melted chocolate to plastic squeeze bottles.

18. Drizzle Oreo balls with red and blue chocolate. Immediately add sprinkles.

19. For best results, store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Individual red, white, and blue Oreo balls on a white board.

What is almond bark?

Almond bark is a chocolate-like confection made with vegetable fats instead of cocoa butter.

Unlike regular chocolate, almond bark doesn't need tempering, melts easily, and is super easy to use.

It's also called vanilla-flavored candy coating.

What is a candy melt?

Candy melts are chocolate-like, melt easily, and don't need to be tempered to set.

Even better, it comes in a variety of colors! You can find candy melts at grocery stores, Walmart, and craft stores with a cake decorating section, like Michaels.

Festive striped red, white and blue Oreo balls in a bowl and on a white tabletop with a red cloth napkin.

How to make gluten free Oreo Balls

Cookies: Swap out a package of regular Oreos for two packages of Gluten Free Oreos. (NOT double stuffed.)

Yes, that's right, Oreo now sells Oreo Gluten Free Chocolate Sandwich Cookies. These certified gluten free taste like the original chocolate sandwich cookies with even creamier centers.

You'll need two packages of gluten free Oreos since they’re smaller than regular Oreos packages.

Buy a couple of extra packages to make The Best No Bake Oreo Cheesecake!

Almond bark: While the package may not say it’s certified gluten free, it should be fine. However, these products may be processed on machinery that processes wheat, nuts, and peanuts.

Candy melts: These products do not contain wheat. However, they may be processed on machinery that also processes wheat, nuts, and peanuts.

Sprinkles: Luckily there is a huge selection of amazing gluten free sprinkles on Amazon.

Red, white and blue dessert Oreo truffle balls in a white bowl with a Fourth of July paper plate with a red cloth napkin.

Make black and white Oreo Balls

If you have an extreme gluten sensitivity, maybe you’d want to stay away from the candy melts and almond bark.

Instead, make black and white Oreo balls with gluten free chocolates like Enjoy Life Semi Sweet Chocolate Mini Chips and Lily's White Chocolate Style Baking Chips.

Dip the Oreo balls in melted chocolate and use a white chocolate drizzle using white chocolate chips. Or dip them in white chocolate and use a dark chocolate drizzle.

Pro tip: if your melted chocolate seems a little too thick, stir in a teaspoon or so of vegetable oil. This helps keep it nice and smooth.

Decorate with your favorite gluten free sprinkles. You could also use crushed candy canes for the holiday season.

(Speaking of the holidays, serve these up with Easy Fudge Recipe and Peanut Butter Cookies at holiday cookie and candy exchanges.)

Can I make these Oreo truffles dairy free?

It’s challenging, but you can make dairy free Oreo Balls with A LOT of substitutions. Here’s how

Cookies: Regular Oreos and gluten free Oreos are dairy free.

Cream cheese: Check out my 14 Best Substitutes for Cream Cheese (2021) list for vegan (non-dairy) cream cheese substitutes.

Almond bark and candy melts: These are NOT dairy free. Instead, use Enjoy Life Semi Sweet Chocolate Mini Chips, which are dairy free and vegan. You’ll have to stick to one color Oreo Balls and decorate with sprinkles.

Sprinkles: Luckily there is a huge selection of amazing gluten free sprinkles on Amazon that are also dairy free and vegan.

Holiday Oreo truffle balls in a bowl with a holiday paper plate, Oreos, and a red cloth napkin.

Make different flavor Oreo Balls

Want to make peppermint Oreo balls? Well, you can add some peppermint extract or use peppermint Oreos cookies.

There are also chocolate, birthday cake, peanut butter, and lemon Oreos. The possibilities are endless.

Remember each package of Oreos cookies comes in different sizes, so you'll have to buy 1 or 2 packs depending on the number of cookies per pack.

And Oreo is always coming out with limited editions, like the Lady Gaga Oreos. So have fun and experiment!

Yield: 25 SERVINGS

Oreo Balls Recipe

Red, white and blue Oreo balls in a bowl and with Oreos and holiday paperplates on a festive tabletop.

This is the best Oreo balls recipe for any holiday. You can make this no-bake recipe for Oreo balls gluten free.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 36 Oreo cookies (regular or gluten free, not double stuffed)
  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 pound white almond bark chocolate
  • 12 ounces red candy melts
  • 12 ounces blue candy melts
  • Red, white and blue sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Using a food processor or large resealable bag and rolling pin, crush cookies into fine crumbs.
  3. In a large bowl, add cookie crumbs and softened cream cheese.
  4. Mix together until well combined.
  5. Using a small cookie dough scoop, form the cookie mixture into a ball.
  6. Roll the ball between your hands until it’s smooth.
  7. Place on prepared baking sheet.
  8. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. (Longer is fine.)
  9. Break almond bark chocolate into squares and place in a microwave-safe bowl.
  10. Start heating in the microwave for 1 minute. Stir almond bark chocolate.
  11. Heat for 10-20 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating. Stop when there are a few bits of chocolate bark left. Then stir until completely melted.
  12. Using a fork, dip the Oreo ball into the chocolate and shake off excess.
  13. Place on prepared baking sheet. Let harden for about 10-15 minutes.
  14. Repeat with another layer of melted chocolate if necessary. Let harden while you prepare the colored candy melts. 
  15. In 2 separate microwave-safe bowls, add candy melts.
  16. Start heating in the microwave for 30 seconds, stir candy melts.
  17. Heat for 10-20 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating. Stop when there are a few bits of chocolate left, then stir until completely melted.
  18. Transfer melted chocolate to plastic squeeze bottles.
  19. Drizzle Oreo balls with red and blue chocolate.
  20. Immediately add sprinkles.
  21. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

25

Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 326Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 194mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 2gSugar: 25gProtein: 5g

Nutritional information is automatically calculated per the ingredients list. Serving size may not be accurate. Please double-check with your preferred nutritional app for the most accurate information.