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Healthy Green Bean Casserole (Dairy-Free, Keto, Gluten-Free)

Healthy Green Bean Casserole made dairy-free and gluten-free is a marvelously flavorful side dish perfect for any gathering! This healthier keto green bean casserole recipe is fun to assemble and is the ultimate crowd-pleaser. Low-carb, creamy and delicious!

Healthy Green Bean Casserole (Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free) - a healthier recipe for the classic side dish that doesn't require cream of mushroom soup, dairy, or wheat

Welcome to my newest obsession.

Truthfully, I was never a huge fan of green bean casserole… That is…until I made this recipe.

No lie. As it turns out, a good, fresh, health-conscious green bean casserole is actually ultra palate-pleasing! Now I feel as though I need to make up for lost time and put this beauty on repeat!

While this healthy green bean casserole is more involved than most of the recipes I post, the way I see it is we typically make a dish like this for a special occasion and special occasions call for special food.

Let me tell you, this casserole is AMAZING! It is well-worth the time and effort, is much healthier than classic green bean casserole, and will most definitely wow your guests!

Keto Green Bean Casserole made dairy-free and wheat-free for a healthier version. Amazing holiday side dish that is low-carb and delicious!

There are four main parts to preparing this recipe: caramelizing the onions for the topping, cooking the green beans, preparing the sauce, and finally, making the casserole itself.

Each step is super easy! If you look at the recipe as a series of steps, it won’t seem as daunting. Pro Tip: Read the whole recipe before you begin it so that you can figure out the best way of fitting it into your day.

Great news!: This casserole saves very well, so you can prepare it up to 4 days before the holiday feast or your big event.

Low-Carb Green Bean Casserole - keto-friendly made dairy-free and gluten-free

Ingredients for Healthy Green Bean Casserole:

Crispy Onion Topping: Onions and almond flour. We caramelize a couple of onions to perfection then toss them in almond flour for the crispy onion topping. 

I will say, the topping does not turn out as crispy as the iconic crispy onions on traditional green bean casserole. Just thought I would mention that to set the expectation that the topping is more of a flavor blaster than it is a textural element.

Dairy-Free Sauce: Bacon, mushrooms, garlic, coconut milk, Italian seasoning, nutmeg, sea salt, gluten-free flour. Bacon is cooked to render fat in order to saute the mushrooms and garlic. Coconut milk is added to this, along with seasonings and flour to make a creamy dreamy dairy-free sauce. This mixture takes the place of condensed cream of mushroom soup from the traditional version.

Green Beans: Fresh green beans (you can purchase them pre-washed and pre-trimmed to save time!), avocado oil, and sea salt. Green beans are boiled so that they’re nice and tender once the casserole is out of the oven. After boiling and draining the green beans, we toss them in avocado oil and sea salt to make them extra amazing in the casserole.

Let’s bake it now!

How to Make Healthy Green Bean Casserole:

Preparing this healthy green bean casserole is simple and easy, and requires four main steps. The most time-consuming part is caramelizing the onions. The good news is, you can easily multi-task while the onions are caramelizing because they don’t require a huge amount of attention.

Make the Topping.

Begin by caramelizing the onions. Add the avocado oil to a large non-stick skillet and heat to medium-high.

Onions in a skillet to make caramelized onions

Sauté the onions, stirring occasionally, until they turn translucent and have softened. Sprinkle in the sea salt. Reduce the heat to medium or medium-low and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the onions are are deeply golden-brown and caramelized, about 50 to 60 minutes. 

Caramelized onions for green bean casserole

Remove caramelized onions from the heat and stir in the almond flour.

Crispy green bean topping for green bean casserole

Set aside until ready to use (Note: If you perform this step ahead of time, you can transfer the onions to a bowl or even a tupperware container and store in the refrigerator until you’re ready to bake the casserole).

Boil the Green Beans:

While onions are sautéing, prepare the rest of the recipe. Bring a large pot of water to a boil on the stove top and chop the green beans into 2-inch pieces. Transfer the green beans to the pot of boiling water and cook until softened, but still al dente, about 8 to 10 minutes. Immediately drain the beans into a colander and set aside until ready to use.

Boil green beans on the stove top

Note: I allowed the beans to sit and cool and dry in the colander while I made the sauce so that they were easy to handle when it came time to make the casserole.

Make the Sauce:

Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat until crispy, about 5 minutes. Transfer the bacon to a cutting board and leave the drippings in the skillet. 

Cook bacon until crispy

Add the chopped mushrooms to the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms have turned golden-brown and are much smaller than they were when raw, about 5 to 8 minutes. 

Saute mushrooms in a skillet

Add the garlic and continue cooking another 2 minutes. 

Add the coconut milk, oregano, nutmeg and sea salt and bring to a full boil. Sprinkle the flour into the skillet and whisk well to combine. Continue cooking the sauce until it has thickened to a consistency similar to gravy and pulls aways from the skillet when stirred, about 5 minutes.

Creamy mushroom sauce for casserole

Assemble the Casserole:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Transfer the cooked and dried green beans to a large (13” x 9”) casserole dish and drizzle with avocado oil and sea salt. Use your hands to toss everything together until all of the beans are coated with oil.

Add cooked green beans to casserole

Transfer the sauce mixture to the casserole dish and stir well until the beans are well-coated in sauce.

Add the creamy mushroom sauce to the casserole

Stir the creamy sauce into the green beans

Evenly distribute the caramelized onions over the green beans. Transfer the casserole dish to the pre-heated oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the casserole is fragrant.

Add the crispy onion topping to casserole

Chop the bacon and sprinkle the crumbles over the casserole.

Creamy Dairy-Free Green Bean Casserole with bacon - gluten-free and healthy

Keto Green Bean Casserole with bacon - gluten-free, dairy-free, and healthy

Keto Green Bean Casserole with bacon - gluten-free, dairy-free, and healthy

Keto Green Bean Casserole with bacon - gluten-free, dairy-free, and healthy

 

 

Serve and enjoy!

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Healthy Green Bean Casserole (Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free) - a healthier recipe for the classic side dish that doesn't require cream of mushroom soup, dairy, or wheat

Healthy Dairy-Free Green Bean Casserole

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Dairy-free, gluten-free healthy green bean casserole

Ingredients

Onion Topping:

Creamy Mushroom Sauce:

Green Beans

Instructions

Make the Topping:

  1. Add the avocado oil to a large non-stick skillet and heat to medium-high. Sauté the onions, stirring occasionally, until they turn translucent and have softened. Sprinkle in the sea salt. Reduce the heat to medium or medium-low and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the onions are are deeply golden-brown and caramelized, about 50 to 60 minutes.
  2. Remove caramelized onions from the heat and stir in the almond flour. Set aside until ready to use.

Boil the Green Beans:

  1. While onions are sautéing, prepare the rest of the recipe. Bring a large pot of water to a boil on the stove top and chop the green beans into 2-inch pieces. Transfer the green beans to the pot of boiling water and cook until softened, but still al dente, about 8 to 10 minutes. Immediately drain the beans into a colander and set aside until ready to use.

Make the Sauce:

  1. Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat until crispy, about 5 minutes. Transfer the bacon to a cutting board and leave the drippings in the skillet.
  2. Add the chopped mushrooms to the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms have turned golden-brown and are much smaller than they were when raw, about 5 to 8 minutes. Add the garlic and cook another 2 minutes.
  3. Add the coconut milk, oregano, nutmeg and sea salt and bring to a full boil. Sprinkle the flour into the skillet and whisk well to combine. Continue cooking the sauce until it has thickened to a consistency similar to gravy and pulls away from the skillet when stirred, about 5 minutes.

Assemble the Casserole:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Transfer the cooked and dried green beans to a large (13” x 9”) casserole dish and drizzle with avocado oil and sea salt. Use your hands to toss everything together until all of the beans are coated with oil.
  3. Transfer the sauce mixture to the casserole dish and stir well until the beans are well-coated in sauce.
  4. Evenly distribute the caramelized onions over the green beans. Transfer the casserole dish to the pre-heated oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the casserole is fragrant.
  5. Chop the bacon and sprinkle the crumbles over the casserole.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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Tanya

Thursday 17th of December 2020

Any suggestions for an alternative to the almond flour. Unfortunately we have a nut allergy in my family. Thanks!

Julia

Thursday 17th of December 2020

Hi Tanys! You can replace the almond flour with gluten-free breadcrumbs or regular bread crumbs (if you do wheat). Hope you enjoy!

Jennifer Patterson

Sunday 6th of December 2020

I made this for a birthday dinner. Slaved over some short ribs as the main event and the guests could not stop raving over the green beans! No mention of the ribs. Lol. They went for seconds and all they had on the plate were the green beans. That's all I'm serving next birthday. :)

Julia

Monday 7th of December 2020

LOL, that makes me so happy! I'm thrilled everyone enjoyed it. It's definitely a great one for serving to guests! xoxo

Alli

Sunday 6th of December 2020

Do you have a suggestion for a substitution if we don’t eat bacon or pork?

Julia

Monday 7th of December 2020

Hi Alli!

You could add some chopped walnuts or pecans - if you go this route, I would roast the nuts then sprinkle them on top just before serving. If you do cheese, you can always sprinkle some grated cheese on top. xoxox

LizD

Saturday 28th of November 2020

This was SO GOOD! Thank you!! Can't wait to make on repeat, not even on Thanksgiving!!!

Julia

Sunday 29th of November 2020

I'm so happy you like it! We've been making it non-stop since October, too, lol. It's a great one for sure! xoxo

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