This delicious protein-packed vegan strawberry bean smoothie is a healthy, simple and refreshing breakfast or snack. Secretly hiding some veggies and white beans, it’s the perfect 5-minute recipe for kids, athletes and those looking to eat healthier.
Here are two words you probably haven’t heard in the same sentence: “bean smoothie”.
This fruity shake doesn’t taste anything like beans, of course — instead, it’s nicely packed with plant-based protein, fiber and minerals!
free 7-day vegan meal plan
Your next week of eating is planned out with these quick and delicious vegan bowls, meal prepping steps & full grocery list.
No matter if you want to make it in the morning or as an afternoon post-workout snack, this vegan bean smoothie will keep you refreshed and satiated for hours.
You can add some vegan protein powder to your smoothie if you like or keep it on the fruity side!
So, if you’ve been trying to eat more plant-based foods or haven’t been the biggest fan of beans yet, let this smoothie win you over.
Browse this collection of plant-based smoothies next and keep on reading to find out why this strawberry bean smoothie is a must-try.
- Refreshing summer treat
- Great pre- or post-workout snack
- Gorgeously pink & berrilicious
- Convenient grab-and-go snack
- Protein- and fiber-packed
- All the benefits of beans minus their taste
- Rich and creamy low-fat shake
- Easy to make & customize
FYI, this recipe will create a large blender jar full of delicious berry bean smoothie. Depending on your hunger and overall calorie needs, this can make 2-4 servings.
- Frozen bananas — fresh bananas also work well but frozen ones make for a nicer texture!
- Strawberries & blueberries — nothing else says “Summer” as much as this double berry action; when they are out of season, choose frozen ones.
- Cooked white beans — that’s where things get interesting!
- Vanilla extract — optional but recommended.
- Frozen cauliflower — hiding some veggies in fruity smoothies is so easy!
- Hemp Seeds — more protein, more creaminess and omega-3’s.
We recommend that either the bananas or the berries in this bean smoothie are frozen to achieve the best texture.
How to make a berry bean smoothie
Let’s make this delicious shake! All you need is a knife, cutting board and a blender — no huge kitchen skills at all.
Simply add all ingredients for your smoothie into your blender and blend to create a smooth, deep pink liquid.
Depending on the exact quantities of your components, you might need to add some additional soy milk or a splash of water.
Adjust the bean smoothie to your taste preferences, adding more banana or berries for sweetness.
If you don’t have frozen cauliflower, don’t swap it for raw cauliflower! The result won’t be the same.
Storage & serving
This protein smoothie is best enjoyed right away. Divide it between glasses and offer it to your kids — they love the fruity taste and won’t detect any veggies or beans!
We love this recipe as a base for a breakfast smoothie bowl with rolled oats, hemp seeds, more fruit and any toppings just mentioned.
This smoothie works for meal prep as you can store any leftovers in a lidded glass jar in the fridge for around 2 days. It might separate after a while, so give it a stir before enjoying your smoothie!
Tips & FAQs
Make it sweeter
If our vegan protein shake isn’t sweet enough for you, you can add some dates, maple syrup or more bananas. The vanilla extract also helps make this recipe taste sweeter without adding any refined sugar!
By the way, if you add a scoop of vegan protein powder to it, you can opt for sweetened vanilla protein powder and increase the sweetness at the same time as you add more protein!
Add more protein
This bean smoothie recipe is perfect for those who are somewhat new to eating legumes — if you’re a seasoned plant muncher, you can easily double or triple the amount of cooked white beans in your shake!
Other ideas are adding some silken tofu or soy yogurt in place of or in addition to the white beans for more protein.
Topping your bean smoothie with a couple of hemp seeds also bumps up the protein content!Plant-Based Protein Guide →
Increase healthy fats
If you’re looking to gain weight as a vegan or want to stay full for longer, it’s a good idea to add a tablespoon of nut butter or some soaked cashews or almonds to your smoothie!
Additionally, you can top it with more chopped almonds or hemp seeds.
Which blender do I need?
Since we’re working with frozen produce here, a semi-good blender is required. If yours looks a little weak, let the frozen ingredients thaw for around 10 minutes at room temperature.
The main difference will be the creaminess of your drink!
What kind of milk should I use?
Our favorite plant-based milk is soy milk because of its great nutritional profile! However, you can go for almond milk, oat milk or coconut milk if you like.
Any plant-based milk is fine!
More vegan breakfast ideas
Start your day off right with a delicious plant-based meal! Here are more easy and healthy recipe ideas.
- Chocolate Overnight Oats
- Sugar-Free Apple Crumble
- Raspberry Banana Bread
- Coconut Oat Bars
- Almond Milk Crêpes
Did you make our berry bean smoothie? Share with us in the comments below, leave a rating and Pin this recipe here!
- 1 cup fresh strawberries (150 g)
- 1 cup blueberries (150 g), plus a few extra to garnish
- 2 bananas, cut into ½ inch slices, frozen
- ½ cup white beans, cooked & drained
- ½ cup soy milk (120 ml)
- 1 cup cauliflower, frozen (130 g)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 scoop vegan protein powder (optional)
- Hemp seeds
- Crushed almonds
- Fresh blueberries
- Add all the ingredients into a blender and process to obtain a smooth, deep pink liquid.
- Adjust to your taste and texture preferences, adding more plant-based milk, berries, or bananas for sweetness.
- Divide into serving glasses and garnish with hemp seeds, crushed almonds, and fresh blueberries if you like.
- Serve immediately and store any leftovers in a lidded glass jar in the fridge for up to two days. It might separate a bit when stored, so shake or stir it before serving.
- This bean smoothie can be made with any plant-based milk or even water, the latter of which will reduce the calorie content.
- It might separate a bit when stored for longer, so shake or stir it before serving.
- Additionally, you can use any leftover berry smoothie and freeze it in an ice cube tray for a quick refreshing drink — simply blitz the smoothie cubes with some plant-based milk.
- If you don’t have hemp seeds on hand, you can use flax seeds instead or simply omit them completely.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: ½ recipe
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 317Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 140mgCarbohydrates: 56gFiber: 10gSugar: 26gProtein: 20g
Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated automatically, their accuracy is not guaranteed. Just focus on whole plant-based foods and eat until satiety!