Healthy Green Bean Casserole

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This Healthy Green Bean Casserole is a classic holiday recipe. I made this traditional holiday side-dish dairy-free. It's every bit as delicious as the original!

How did I make it healthier without sacrificing the taste?

Instead of....

Cream of Mushroom soup =

Butter =

Cream or milk =

Canned green beans =

Use this...

Fresh mushrooms, low-sodium vegetable stock, nutritional yeast & flour

Organic Earth Balance Buttery Spread

Dairy-free milk (soy, almond or coconut)

Fresh or frozen organic green beans


  • 2 bags frozen organic green beans (cut) or 2 lbs fresh beans, trimmed
  • 1 package button mushrooms, trimmed & sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 shallots, sliced
  • 2 tbsp. flour (whole wheat or gluten-free)
  • 3/4 cup low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 cup plain dairy-free milk (soy, almond, or coconut)
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1- 6 oz. package of crispy fried onions
  • 2 tsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp. Earth Balance butter
  • Sea salt & pepper


  1. Bring 2 quarts water to a boil with a pinch of sea salt. Add beans (trim if using fresh) and cook for about 5 min. Drain and set aside.
  2. Trim, slice and chop mushrooms. Slice shallots.
  3. Heat 1 tbsp. coconut oil and 1 tsp. Earth Balance over medium heat in a large skillet. Add mushrooms. Then, stir in garlic and shallots. Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper. Cook until mushrooms are soft.
  4. Whisk together vegetable broth, flour and nutritional yeast (add a pinch of sea salt and pepper).
  5. Pour into the skillet with mushroom mixture. Stir and simmer. Then pour in the milk and simmer on low until the mixture thickens.
  6. Toss in the green beans. Stir to coat. Then, stir in 3/4 of the crispy onions.
  7. Oil a casserole dish with coconut oil. Pour in the bean mixture and spread out evenly. Sprinkle top with remaining onions. Bake at 375F for about 20 min. (or until onions are lightly browned and mixture begins to bubble).

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I found these crispy fried onions at Stop & Shop. They are not exactly "healthy" but they might be slightly better than other brands. They have no additives or preservatives.

If you prefer, you can fry your own onions. Simply slice several shallots, dredge them in flour with salt and pepper and fry them in coconut oil. This would be better for you, but it's also a little more time consuming. If you have the time...give it a try! You could also add a pinch of cayenne pepper to the flour to give it a kick!

Either way, you can bet that this delicious, healthy holiday side dish is sure to please! Green bean casserole is a classic holiday dish that everyone will love!

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