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Nutty Green Bean Casserole


Category: Main Dishes - Vegan

That old-school green bean casserole that shows up on so many holiday tables is less than healthful. Try this better-for-you option that features real mushrooms and onions.

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  • Ratings & Comments (13)


2 pounds fresh green beans, ends trimmed
8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup raw almonds
1 cup unsweetened soy, hemp or almond milk, or more if needed to adjust consistency
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon coconut aminos
1/8 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 cup whole grain bread crumbs


Preheat oven to 350 F.

Blanch green beans in boiling water for 5 minutes. Drain and arrange green beans in a lightly oiled 9" X 9" casserole dish.

Heat 2 tablespoons water in a skillet and saute mushrooms and onions until the mushrooms have lost most of their liquid. Add cooked mushroom/onion mixture to green beans.

Meanwhile, place remaining ingredients except bread crumbs in a high-powered blender and blend until smooth. Pour sauce over beans and mushrooms. Top with bread crumbs.

Bake uncovered at 350 degrees until bubbly, about 15 minutes.

My Notes: (Click Edit to enter your notes about this recipe)

Serves 6

Per Serving:

Calories 237
Protein 11 g
Carbohydrates 25 g
Sugars 9 g
Total Fat 13.1 g
Saturated Fat 1.1 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 70 mg
Fiber 8.8 g
Beta-Carotene 698 ug
Vitamin C 20 mg
Calcium 137 mg
Iron 3.4 mg
Folate 88 ug
Magnesium 122 mg
Potassium 732 mg
Zinc 1.5 mg
Selenium 4.7 ug

My Rating: 
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11/18/2011 09:13 AM

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you can also do it the old way,except healthier, saute some onions rounds or slices in tea and layer them with the ingredients.


11/23/2011 02:45 AM

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I made this for a mini-Thanksgiving dinner the week before Thanksgiving for a trial run. Steaming the green beans for 5 min. worked great. The sauce was incredibly thick, and a bit bland for my taste. I'm going to try it again with 1/2 cup almonds, 1 1/4 cup soy milk and 1 1/2 tsp. onion powder as adjustments, the rest the same. I really liked the dish with just the vegetables, before I added the sauce too.


11/27/2011 06:07 AM

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I really enjoyed this dish but I found the sauce a little bland so I added 2 tomatoes, a dollop of tomato paste and some cayenne pepper. Yummo!


12/21/2011 05:21 AM

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i enjoyed this dish but i found the sauce just didn't cut it for me. it was so thick. i would like to try it again and experiment with a bit less sauce and a bit thinner.
i didn't feel like it was a complete meal though - needed something on the side to complete it!


03/26/2017 05:13 PM

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04/17/2017 01:07 PM

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It was good, but I like it better the second day. I also added a little more almond milk to thin the sauce.

This comment was last edited on 04/17/2017 01:09 PM


05/17/2017 04:46 PM

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This was a really tasty version of the typical (unhealthy) Thanksgiving green bean casserole.  I didn't have any almonds so I used walnuts instead and completely left out the cayenne pepper.  Instead of breadcrumbs for the topping, I sprinkled the "crumbs" from the bottom of our Soy Curls container. Worked really well.  My husband and kids really liked it and said they would definitely eat it again.     


01/14/2020 07:03 PM

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The suggestion to add 2 tomatoes and a bit of tomato paste made this great for our family!  I also increased the plant milk by 1/2 cup, the onion powder by 1/2 teaspoon and added 1 teaspoon of no salt seasoning.  


02/18/2020 09:36 PM

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Great recipe! I don't like mushrooms so I sauteed the mushrooms and half of the onion. Then I put blended them with the sauce ingredients. I also added a tomato. I didn't have almonds, so I used cashews. 


05/16/2020 09:38 PM

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This is one of our favorite meals!! The kids love it! I like to add a few slices of potato into my layers. I added a bit of smokey pepprika to the sauce and it is devine!  


09/11/2020 10:34 AM

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This was quite tasty. Much better than plain steamed green beans. I think it would be even better with a little nutritional yeast.  I do consider it a side as apposed to a main dish.


09/09/2022 12:37 PM

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Very good! Thanks to everyone for the suggestions--I added tomatoes & tomato paste, and topped it with soycurl crumbs. Also, I wanted a main dish so I added tofu. The sauce surprised me because it stayed in a layer on the top; I expected it to trickle down and fill in the gaps between green beans, making it all solid like a frittata. But maybe because it didn't do that, the green beans stayed crisp. 


12/25/2022 04:10 PM

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I'm only giving it 4 stars as the recipe needs a bit of altering.  I found the sauce a bit thick (and dry) so I would add more milk next time.  I sauteed the onion and mushrooms in a broth rather than just water.  I didn't have breadcrumbs so I sprinkled roasted almost pieces.  I added some Italien spice blend as I didn't have onion powder and added a garlic clove.  I added a bti of tamari to bring out the flavour.  People eating it liked it despite being a bit dry.