Vegan Strawberry White Bean Smoothie

by Alena
Jun 14, 2019
woman holding a glass of vegan strawberry and white bean smoothie

Here are two words you probably haven’t heard in the same sentence: “bean smoothie”. Or “strawberries” and “beans”. When we first came across this idea, we couldn’t imagine this being a tasty treat! Now that we know better, we’d like to introduce you to this vegan strawberry white bean smoothie – and hope it’ll blow your mind just as much as it did ours.

As we all know, the number one priority of many health-conscious people seems to be the mighty macronutrient protein.

Plant-Based Protein 101

We cannot tell you how many times we have been asked for the best vegan protein powder or how we meet our protein needs for the day.

To be honest, we’re doing quite fine by just eating a variety of plant-based foods. It can be that easy. Some foods are a lot higher in protein than others, but when following a well-rounded vegan diet, you’ll have a hard time not getting enough protein.

Now, some of our readers have opened up about their dislike of beans.

The taste, the texture – nothing about them seems appealing to them at first.

In our recent vegan bean pesto pasta recipe, we shared with you our excitement for this legume… along with an easy way to get into eating more beans and bumping up the nutrient density of your diet.

So, this smoothie is yet another trick to sneak a few beans into your meals without having to taste them!

Woman cutting strawberries on plate nearby hemp seeds, bananas and white beans

How to Make a Tasty Bean Smoothie

We personally like our smoothies creamy and sweet. That’s why we often start out with some ripe bananas. For this white bean smoothie, we decided to opt for some delicious fresh strawberries (if they are not in season, just swap for frozen ones) and some hemp seeds.

These little powerhouses create an even creamier texture and provide you with some essential omega-3 fatty acids.

A great way to make your sweet fruit smoothies more satiating is by adding complex carbs, such as rolled oats, cooked quinoa, or beans. You’ll stay full for longer, and your blood sugar won’t spike as much. These days, we barely ever make plain fruit shakes anymore!

Woman tossing white beans into blender that's already filled with strawberries and bananas

Ingredients for Our Strawberry Bean Smoothie

  • frozen bananas – because frozen ones just make for such a nice texture
  • fresh strawberries – nothing else says “Summer” as much as these
  • white beans – that’s where things get interesting!
  • vanilla extract or powder – this delicious spice always takes things to the next level
  • hemp seeds – more protein, more creaminess and omega-3’s!

As you can see, we opted for frozen bananas, which is always a great hack to make your smoothie creamier and thicker!

By using 4 bananas and 2 cups of strawberries in total, this is a very fruity and naturally sweet smoothie that everyone will devour. No added sugar needed!

Picky kids will love it, and if beans are tough on your digestion right now, blending them up and only using smaller amounts in the beginning is the way to go (this will also help your gut bacteria get used to them!).

Top view of blender jar with all strawberry bean smoothie ingredients: strawberries, banana, beans, hemp seeds and plant-milk

Why You’ll Love This Strawberry White Bean Smoothie

  • Great pre- or post-workout snack
  • Cooling summer treat thanks to the frozen fruit
  • Light and refreshing yet satiating
  • Convenient grab-and-go snack (yes, you can prepare this in advance!)
  • Protein-packed vegan smoothie – without the powder
  • All the benefits of beans minus their taste
  • Rich and creamy low-fat shake
  • Naturally sweet wholesome treat

FYI, this recipe will create a large blender jar full of delicious vegan strawberry bean smoothie. Depending on your current hunger and overall calorie needs, this can make 2-4 servings.

Some may want to have it for breakfast while others are just looking for a quick snack. Feel free to adjust to your needs.

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And are we the only ones who get excited about such nutrient-dense yumminess? This whole food plant-based vegan shake is high in copper, magnesium, iron, manganese, potassium, omega-3, fiber and protein (about 8 grams per small 230 calorie serving). Two thumbs up here!

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Although this is an absolute beginner recipe in terms of required kitchen skills, you do need a semi-good blender.

Please don’t use the weakest, cheapest blender for smoothies that feature frozen fruits or vegetables. Some blenders are just not strong enough, and trying to chop up those frozen chunks could end their lives sooner than you’d like – talking from experience here!

Opt for a good mid-range one if you can afford it, or let your frozen banana defrost for a couple of minutes before blending.

Top view of two smoothie glasses garnished with hemp seeds, standing on a table next to bowls of beans and strawberries

Tasty Strawberry Bean Smoothie Variations

Similar to adding vegetables to a sweet smoothie to disguise their flavor (think spinach or cauliflower), you can do the same with legumes.

For a vegan chocolate protein smoothie that’s wholesome and doesn’t require any powder, you can even opt for black beans! We’d skip the berries in that case, though. Find a great recipe for this over at Hey Nutrition Lady’s blog.

And mind you, this recipe is for bean beginners – if you’d like your smoothie to be more filling and higher in protein and minerals, you can add in double the amount of white beans. To bump up the protein in this shake even further, you can replace the water with soy milk!

If you don’t have fresh strawberries on hand, fear not! Any berries will do, fresh or even frozen (in case you choose frozen, you might want to go with non-frozen bananas instead).

Mango or pineapple tastes awesome in a bean smoothie, too!

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Other adjustments would be to decrease the portion of fruit or add dates instead of bananas if you don’t like the taste of these yellow all-rounders (although in that case, we can’t be friends – bananas are life).  

Finally, hemp seeds might be a bit too special for your local store to offer. Feel free to just skip them or choose chia seeds, flax seeds or walnuts instead. These would have a similar nutritional profile, but when it comes to taste alone, any nut or nut butter will do! Pick your favorite one.

To give you some more ideas for freestyling, check out the Green Power Bean Protein Smoothie by Sprinkle of Green or the Snickerdoodle Chickpea Smoothie by Hummusapiens.

More Easy & Tasty Vegan Recipes

But now, let’s get to our easy, sweet, nutritious smoothie recipe! Feel free to rate, Pin for later, and tag us when you make it – we’d love to see your creations.

Vegan Strawberry Bean Smoothie

Vegan Strawberry Bean Smoothie

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Creamy protein-rich vegan strawberry white bean smoothie! This easy & delicious shake is a healthy, simple and fresh dairy-free breakfast or snack. Our strawberry banana smoothie is the best high-fiber plant-protein choice for kids, athletes and those looking to eat healthier. You won’t even taste the beans at all!

Ingredients

  • 4 ripe bananas, peeled, chopped and frozen
  • 2 cups strawberries, washed and halved (300 g)
  • 1 cup white beans, cooked and drained (260 g)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or ½ tsp vanilla powder
  • 2 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1 ½ cups water (360 ml)

Instructions

  1. Place the strawberries in a blender jar and blend to get a liquid base. Add the rest of the ingredients, adjusting the water content to attain your desired consistency.
  2. Taste test and add any extras you like, i.e. plant-based milk, other berries or dates for sweetness.
  3. Pour into glasses and serve immediately or store in your fridge for later.

Notes

  • You can add more beans for a higher protein version or swap white beans for black beans which will change the color, obviously.
  • To make this smoothie more filling and even higher in fiber, add some rolled oats.
  • Instead of strawberries, you can use any berries of choice. Also, experiment with fruit such as frozen mango, pineapple, cherries or persimmon!
  • Using frozen fruit gives this smoothie a much nicer texture.
  • For a lower-sugar version, use fewer bananas.
  • Add some vegetables like spinach, kale, zucchini or frozen cauliflower for a lower calorie density and even higher nutrient density!
  • Freestyle with spices for your bean smoothie such as cinnamon, cocoa, ginger or turmeric.
  • If you don’t have hemp seeds on hand, you can use flax seeds instead or simply omit them in this recipe.
  • Instead of water, you can use soy milk for a higher protein and calorie version or any other plant-based milk (the others aren’t as high in protein, though).

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 226Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 9mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 8gSugar: 19gProtein: 8g
Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated automatically, their accuracy is not guaranteed. Just focus on whole plant-based foods and eat until satiety!
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Alena Schowalter has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with her husband, she founded nutriciously in 2015 and has been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages towards a healthy plant-based diet. She’s received training in the fields of nutrition, music therapy and social work – currently, she studies for her Vegan Nutritionist Diploma. Alena enjoys ethical discussions around veganism, walks through nature and creating new recipes.
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11 thoughts on “Vegan Strawberry White Bean Smoothie”

    • they are without seasonings, just normal canned beans for convenience. They usually have just salt added, some are even without salt but that’s not super important :) We often batch-cook beans from scratch and freeze some of them. In this case, they are without salt.

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  1. This sounds like a great way to add in more beans to our intake – especially the kids and husband! Which variety of white beans do you use?

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    • glad you are intrigued :) we used cannelloni here but it doesn’t matter so much, the big white beans work as well here. Let us know how everyone likes it!

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  2. This smoothie is fantastic! I made it this morning and my two sons and I loved it! You really can’t taste the beans and they give the smoothie a very creamy consistency! I’m so happy I gave this a chance!

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    • Hi Kristen, so happy to hear that! Thanks for sharing and hopefully inspiring others to try this. Not easy to add beans to kids diets but smoothies are usually fun to make and drink :)

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  3. Sounds delicious and filling-yippee! I think I will also add greens to this smoothie, as I like to have greens in all my smoothies. Thank you!!!

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    • wonderful to know, Robyn! Yes, it’s delicious and even more nutrient-dense when adding greens :) This is just an easy entry-level smoothie. Let us know how you tweak it!

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  4. This is a keeper. I added a handful of spinach, a date, and cut it down to one serving. Great breakfast smoothie. I would never have thought to add white beans to a smoothie. Very clever. Thanks.

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  5. I was hesitant to try because I don’t like the taste of beans but this is just genius! Like Rosemary said, this is a keeper. Will also add greens next time

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