This plant-based Healthy Oven-Baked "Fried" Green Tomatoes recipe is a healthy makeover of traditional "fried green tomatoes" and is made with only 8 clean, real food ingredients that you can feel good about eating. You'll love that they're made without cornmeal, white flour, eggs, oil, store-bought bread crumbs or Parmesan cheese!
This Gluten-Free Vegan Healthy Oven-Baked "Fried" Green Tomato recipe is a cleaned-up version of the classic Southern dish "Fried Green Tomatoes".
The BEST Gluten-Free Vegan Oven-Baked "Fried" Green Tomatoes
I came across some organic green tomatoes at the grocery store and wondered what could make with them - until I remembered fried "green tomatoes" (duh).
How could I live in Southern Louisiana my whole life and not remember "fried green tomatoes"?
So I decided to I needed to make a healthier version of the classic Southern Fried Green Tomatoes recipe - and make it gluten-free - and now we have Gluten-Free Vegan Healthy Oven-Baked "Fried" Green Tomatoes to the rescue!
My go-to homemade Gluten-Free Vegan Bread Crumb coating is the key to keeping this appetizer as healthy as possible.
I use it to make all kinds of oven-baked vegetable appetizers and my top 5 favorite is these:
- Vegan Oven Baked Zucchini Chips
- Gluten-Free Vegan Oven Baked Fried Pickles
- Gluten-Free Vegan Oven-Baked Zucchini Fries
- Gluten-Free Vegan Oven-Baked "Fried" Artichokes
- Gluten-Free Vegan Oven-Baked Avocado Fries.
I paired the oven-baked "fried" green tomatoes with this tangy + tart Raw Vegan Roma Tomato and Tahini Dressing and it was a match made in heaven!
My healthy makeover recipe does not include the following ingredients or equipment:
- No cornmeal
- No white flour
- No eggs
- No Parmesan cheese
- No store-bought bread crumbs
- No cooking spray
- No aluminum foil
Is This Oven-Baked "Fried" Green Tomatoes Recipe Healthy?
In my opinion, yes!
Not only are traditional fried green tomatoes unhealthy because they are "fried" in oil, but they are made with white flour and eggs - making them not vegan or gluten-free.
Here are the typical ingredients found in a traditional S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) Fried Green Tomatoes recipe:
S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) Fried Green Tomato Recipe Ingredients:
Ingredients: white flour, eggs, milk, cornmeal, breadcrumbs, vegetable oil (for frying)
My healthier version is oven-baked, plant-based, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, paleo-friendly, keto-friendly (with only 2 net carbs!) and Medical Medium compliant with substitutions.
What Ingredients Do I Need To Make This Oven-Baked "Fried" Green Tomatoes Recipe?
This recipe is made with only 8 clean, real food ingredients that are easy-to-find and that you probably already have on hand!
Try to buy organic ingredients whenever possible.
- Green Tomatoes
- Almond Flour
- Almond Milk
- Nutritional Yeast
- Ground Garlic Powder
- Ground Paprika
- Ground Cayenne Pepper
- Himalayan Pink Salt
Make sure you visit my "5 Fast Facts of Nutrient-Dense Foods" to see the nutritional benefits of the ingredients I used in this recipe!
How To Make Gluten-Free Oven-Baked "Fried" Green Tomatoes | Step-By-Step Instructions:
You can make this easy recipe in just a few steps and I'll show you how below.
Before you get started, do these two things:
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees
- Prepare a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and set aside.
Step 1: Prepare The Bread Crumbs
This step only takes just a few minutes and all you need to do is add all the ingredients for the bread crumbs to a small bowl and stir until they are well combined.
You can adjust the seasonings to your preference, especially the cayenne pepper, in case you don't like it spicy or if you like it extra spicy.
After you finish making the bread crumbs, divide the mixture into two small bowls.
The bread crumb mixture will start to get soggy about half-way through and using a second bowl will give you a fresh bowl to use for the second half.
Set the bowls aside while you prepare the tomatoes.
Step 2: Prepare The Tomatoes
One of the benefits of using a "green" tomato is that they are very firm and will hold up well and not be flimsy like a red tomato.
But you need to make sure you cut them in a medium thickness (not too thin, not too thick).
Depending on the size of your green tomato, you should be able to get at least (4) slices per small-sized tomato.
After you've cut you tomatoes, set them aside while you prepare the assembly line.
Step 3: Prepare The Assembly Line
Start an assembly line in the following order, from left to right:
- Plate with the sliced green tomatoes
- Small bowl with almond milk
- Small bowl with 1/2 the bread crumb mixture
- Prepared cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
Dip the sliced green tomatoes individually into the bowl of almond milk, making sure both sides are completely covered.
Next, dip the sliced green tomato into the bowl of bread crumbs, again, making sure both sides are completely covered.
Transfer the coated green tomatoes onto the prepared baking sheet, making sure they are spread out evenly and not overlapping.
When you run out of bread crumbs in the first bowl, begin using the second bowl of fresh bread crumbs.
Bake the green tomatoes at 425 degrees for approximately 10 minutes, or until they are golden.
Serve with your favorite dip and they are best served hot from the oven.
Ingredient Substitutions + Tips for Oven-Baked Green Tomatoes:
Almond Milk. You don't have to use homemade almond milk, but if you use a store-bought brand, just make sure it's "unsweetened".
Nutritional Yeast. You will need to omit this if you need the recipe to be Medical Medium compliant.
Cayenne Pepper. Adjust this to your preference - a little more if you like spicy and a little less or omit altogether if you don't like spicy or will be serving this to children.
Want More Healthy Vegan and Gluten-Free Appetizers?
Check out these:
- Roasted Smashed Potatoes with Smoked Paprika Habanero Sauce
- Clean Eating Zucchini Boats with Creamy Garlic Sauce
- Acorn Squash Rings with Walnuts and Dried Apricots
- or my CLEAN EATING Cookbook filled with clean gluten-free + vegan recipes made with real food ingredients just like this one that you will love!
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Hi, I'm Karielyn! I'm the published cookbook author of CLEAN DESSERTS and content creator of The Healthy Family and Home website since 2012. I specialize in creating easy, healthy plant-based recipes that are gluten-free + vegan (with a heavy focus on Medical Medium® compliant) and made with clean, real food ingredients that you can feel good about eating.