This naturally low carb recipe for keto green beans with toasted sliced almonds is a family favorite dating back to my childhood. I have decades of memories stored up where this was a featured side-dish at Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and even for birthday celebrations.
In fact, before I filmed this recipe for keto green beans, I chatted with my mom and asked her for tips on making our traditional green beans. She's been eating keto almost as long as I have and I knew she'd already perfected a keto version of this recipe. And, she had! She recommended I take the time to toast the almonds in a little oil (I chose avocado oil) before tossing them with the green beans. I think macadamia nut oil or an artesian pecan oil would pair beautifully if you're looking to mix up the flavors a bit more to dress these up.
I'm really excited for you to try out this recipe because it's such a great way to dress up otherwise boring green beans for Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any other celebration throughout the year.
Are Green Beans Keto-Friendly?
Great question! Some people will tell you that green beans aren't acceptable on a keto diet because they are a higher-carb count vegetable. But, I disagree.
Let's break down the carbohydrate profile of green beans so you're comfortable making this keto green bean recipe.
One cup of green bean pieces has a total of 7 grams of carbohydrate. 3.4 of those grams are fiber. Which leaves 3.6 grams of carbohydrate in a cup of green beans. (7 total carbs - 3.4g fiber = 3.6 g net carbohydrate per cup of green bean pieces)
Plus, I strongly believe that vegetables have a place in our diets and that we shouldn't let total carb counts scare us away. Vegetables are nutrient dense and provide needed fiber in our diet. Low fiber diets can cause a whole host of problems in our gut microbiome. So, eat that fiber!
Now...should you eat 5 cups of green beans while on a keto diet?? No, of course not. Instead, stick to a half-cup to one cup of green beans on your plate. If it fits with your macros consider including a second vegetable in there as well.
Keto Green Beans with Sliced Almonds
- 1 lb Frozen Package French Cut Green Beans
- 2 Tbsp Butter
- ½ tsp Salt
- ½ cup Sliced Almonds
- In a 3 quart saucepan, bring ⅓ cup water to boil.
- Add frozen green beans to the pan and stir. Cover and cook 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Drain the water from the green beans.
- Toss with butter and salt and cover. Set aside.
- Toast ½ cup sliced almonds in a skillet on medium high heat. Stir constantly and watch for the almonds to be lightly toasted.
- Toss toasted almonds with green beans and serve immediately.
You can use fresh of frozen green beans to make this recipe. We usually use frozen french cut green beans because we tend to feature this around the holidays and there's not a lot of local fresh produce at that time.
Butter in the keto green bean recipe can be replaced by a healthy fat such as avocado oil, MCT oil, olive oil, ghee or small batch cold pressed nut oils. For your health, avoid using vegetable oils, canola oils, rapeseed oil and other commercially deodorized oils on the market.
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