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Bruna Bönor – Swedish Brown Beans

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Swedish Brown Beans

Bruna Bonor

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Navy beans or pinto beans may be substituted in this traditional Scandinavian recipe if you cannot find Swedish brown beans.

Cook Time: 10 hours

Total Time: 10 hours


  • 2 cups Swedish brown beans
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. molasses
  • 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water plus 1/4 cup cornstarch (optional)


Place brown beans in bowl, add water to cover, and soak overnight.

Drain beans, then place in slow cooker with 5 cups water and cinnamon stick. Cook on low heat for 8-10 hours or until beans are tender.

Once beans are tender, and at least one hour before serving, stir brown sugar, molasses, and vinegar into the beans. If there is still a lot of liquid in the beans, whisk together water and cornstarch and mix into beans to thicken sauce. Cover and allow to simmer for an additional hour. Remove cinnamon stick and serve warm.

Yield: 8-10 servings of Swedish Brown Beans.

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