This Ranch Green Bean Casserole is a zesty remake of an old favorite! Cozy, creamy and perfect for your holiday gathering or a veggie-forward side for any time. The velvety sauce is gluten-free and dairy-free, but there is no way your guests could tell, and we dare say it beats anything from a can. Plus, we love that this casserole is nut-free!

Not only is the sauce creamy and delicious, but the crispy onions on top really seal the deal. They are battered in a gluten-free flour mixture, then pan-cooked in shallow oil to get them nice and crispy, while still being Whole30-compatible.

Tricks and tips:

This Ranch Green Bean dish uses canned coconut cream in place of heavy cream. Note that coconut cream is not the same as canned coconut milk — canned coconut cream has a higher fat content which results in a wonderfully creamy sauce. (Using regular coconut milk will result in the sauce being too thin.) Can’t find canned coconut cream? Put a can of regular (not lite or reduced-fat) coconut milk in the fridge overnight. Once you open it, use only the solid white portion of the coconut milk, not the liquid. To measure and whisk the coconut cream effectively, it will need to be liquified again before using it in the recipe. Either heat in the microwave for 20 seconds or on the stovetop over low heat, stirring frequently until smooth

For an easy way to steam your green bean, use a microwavable reusable zip-top bag (like a Stasher bag) or glass dish. Add ¼ cup water to the bag or container and seal the bag or cover the dish with microwavable plastic wrap. Microwave on high for 5 minutes and then drain.

For the crispiest onion topping, prepare half the onion topping to cook with the casserole. Finish cooking the other half of the onion topping while the casserole is cooking, and top after the casserole is finished. If you are in a crunch for time, cook and add all the onions to the top of the green bean casserole before baking the second time.

You can use potato starch instead of arrowroot to thicken the sauce. Tapioca starch is not ideal for this recipe, as it will make the sauce tacky. You can also use 1 ½ pounds of frozen green beans, steamed and drained.

Vegan Variation:

Use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth and a vegan ranch dressing. Use the leftover coconut cream instead of the whisked egg to coat the onions.

Ranch Green Bean Casserole

Whole30 Dairy Free Ranch Green Bean Casserole
Recipe Author: Autumn Michelis
Whole30 Dairy Free Ranch Green Bean Casserole

Ranch Green Casserole

4.46 from 11 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Side Dish
Servings 8 people

Ingredients
  

Casserole

  • 1 ½ lb fresh green beans trimmed and cut in half, then steamed for 5 minutes, or until bright green and crisp-tender
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup canned coconut cream
  • ½ cup Whole-compatible ranch dressing
  • 2 ½ tbsp arrowroot flour
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper

Onion Topping

  • 1 large yellow or white onion cut into narrow rings or half-circle strips
  • 1 egg whisked
  • ½ cup arrowroot flour
  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • cup high-heat oil such as avocado or coconut oil

Instructions
 

  • PREHEAT oven to 400 °F. Set aside a 9×13 pan.
  • COMBINE broth, cream, ranch, flour, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a medium pot. Whisk to combine.
  • COOK on the stove over medium-high heat, stirring constantly for 3-4 minutes until sauce thickens.
  • COMBINE the steamed green beans and sauce in the 9×13 pan and cook uncovered for 15 minutes.
  • TOSS the onion slices with the whisked egg. Drain excess.
  • COMBINE flours, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Add onion and toss until coated, shaking off excess.
  • HEAT oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion pieces, not crowding the pan, cooking until golden brown on both sides, about 3-4 minutes per side.
  • TOP casserole with half or all the onion topping (see note above) and bake at 400 degrees for an additional 10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool for at least 15 minutes, topping with other half of crispy onion topping if desired.

Freeze for later

  • PREPARE casserole without the onion topping, and allow to cool to room temp.
  • CREATE an air-tight seal over the casserole by using a layer of plastic wrap and a layer of foil before storing it in the freezer. (If your casserole dish has a compatible, freezer-friendly, airtight lid, we still recommend adding a layer of plastic wrap fitted closely to the contents of the dish to prevent freezer burn.)
  • STORE in the freezer for up to 3 weeks.

Prepare Frozen Casserole

  • PREHEAT oven to 350 °F.
  • MAKE the onion topping according to the instructions above.
  • DISCARD plastic wrap and foil from the frozen casserole. Cover with new foil, and bake until warmed through, for about 45 minutes.
  • UNCOVER and top the casserole with half or all the onion topping (see note above) and bake at 400 °F for an additional 10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool for 15 minutes, topping with the other half of the crispy onion topping if desired.
Keyword casserole, holidays, ranch
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Autumn Michaelis

Recipe Creator | Whole Food for 7

Autumn Michaelis is an ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist, with a B.S. in Exercise Science from BYU. Though exercise was her first love in the health world, nutrition has become her passion. She created the blog Wholefoodfor7, sharing easy and budget-friendly Whole30, Paleo, and gluten-free + dairy-free recipes for families. In August 2022, Autumn released the newest Whole30 Endorsed cookbook, Whole Food for Your Family. She is mom to 5 boys (yes 5!) and when not in the kitchen can be found adventuring, hiking, and tearing up the dance floor.