green bean casserole made with maple almonds and crispy shallots in a square baking dish
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Healthier Green Bean Casserole with Almonds

A healthier version of classic green bean casserole, made without cream of mushroom soup and instead with crispy shallots and maple roasted almonds.
Course Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6 as a side
Calories 321kcal
Author Lizzie Streit, MS, RDN
Cost $15 total

Equipment

Ingredients

For the almonds:

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper, or line 3 if you have not prepped the Maple Roasted Almonds in advance.
  • Spread the trimmed green beans out evenly on 2 of the baking sheets. Drizzle with 1 tbsp olive oil. Sprinkle with sea salt and ground black pepper to taste. Roast for 20 to 25 minutes or until slightly brown.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the almonds with the maple syrup and mix until coated. Transfer to the other lined baking sheet and use a rubber spatula to spread them out so they don't overlap. Pop them in the oven and bake for ~15 minutes.
  • While the beans and almonds are roasting, prepare the shallots. Peel and thinly slice the shallots. Then use your fingers to pop them apart so you have thin, hollow slices. 
  • Heat 1 tbsp butter and 1 tbsp olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat until the butter is melted. Add thinly sliced shallots and cook until brown and crispy, about 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from skillet and place on a plate lined with a paper towel. You may have to do 2 batches of shallots depending on the size of your skillet. Simply heat 1 more tbsp of butter and 1 more tbsp of olive oil and repeat the process.
  • Transfer the green beans to a serving dish. Chop the almonds and add them to the beans, and top with crispy shallots. Enjoy warm or cold! 

Notes

  • This recipe tastes good warm or cold. If you want to serve it warm, make it in an 8x8 baking dish, cover with foil, and reheat for ~20-30 minutes in a preheated oven (300-350 degrees F). You can also reheat it in the microwave.
  • The most time consuming part of this recipe is peeling, slicing, and cooking the shallots. But believe me, it's worth it! You can also prepare other things in the kitchen while the shallots are cooking.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 321kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 47mg | Potassium: 613mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 1160IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 138mg | Iron: 3mg