Strawberry & Blueberry White Bean Smoothie (Vegan Protein Shake)

by Alena
Aug 22, 2020

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 and blueberry 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 (vegan or not) seems to be the mighty macronutrient protein. 

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

To be honest, in most cases it’s enough to just eat a variety of plant-based foods — it can be that easy. Some foods are a lot higher in protein than others but when following an overall 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 beans seems appealing to them at first. 

In the past, we’ve shared with you our excitement for this legume along with easy ways to get into eating more beans and bumping up the nutrient density of your diet.

We’re talking homemade pesto pasta, creamy cheese sauce, stuffed burgers and even chocolate ice cream!

So, this fruity strawberry and blueberry white bean smoothie is yet another trick to smuggle a few extra nutrients and fiber into your belly in a way that’s both convenient and super delicious!

How to Make a Good Bean Smoothie

The key to making a really good bean smoothie is to not add too many legumes to it and, instead, cover up their taste with a whole bunch of delicious add-ins!

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 delicious fresh strawberries and blueberries (if they are not in season, just swap for frozen ones) as well as hemp seeds.

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

But this delicious vegan strawberry bean smoothie doesn’t just secretly hide a bunch of beans, it’s also made with a cup of veggies! And yes, this shake is still sweet and refreshing. Tons of essential nutrients and plant-powered protein all in the form of whole foods.

A great way to make your sweet fruit smoothies more satiating is by adding complex carbs, such as rolled oats, cooked quinoa, sweet potatoes 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!

Let’s see what goes into our vibrant strawberry and blueberry bean smoothie!

Ingredients for Our Berry Bean Smoothie

As you can see, we opted for some frozen ingredients which is always a great hack to make your smoothie creamier and thicker! Thanks to all of the whole fruit, you won’t need any added sugar to cover up the vegetable and bean taste.

Picky kids especially love this refreshing strawberry and blueberry bean smoothie and if legumes in general are tough on your digestion, blending them up like this and only using smaller amounts in the beginning is the way to go.

Nutrient-rich bean smoothies like our strawberry and blueberry shake also support healthy gut bacteria and increase diversity so you can easily digest more and more healthy foods like beans or cruciferous vegetables.

The Best Strawberry White Bean Smoothie

FYI, this recipe will create a large blender jar full of delicious vegan strawberry and blueberry bean smoothie. Depending on your 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. 

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. Two thumbs up here!

Dairy-Free Beginner Guide

How to Make a Strawberry & Blueberry Bean Smoothie

Are you a plant-based beginner? This strawberry bean smoothie is perfect for you, then! All you need is a knife, cutting board and a semi-good blender — no huge kitchen skills at all.

We highly recommend that you stick to the frozen components of this bean smoothie because it really is a game-changer in terms of texture and makes this vegan shake a lot more refreshing.

Having some frozen veggies in your fridge (not just cauliflower) is a great way to make healthy eating more convenient and oftentimes cheaper, too! They are already washed and chopped, ready to be cooked for a few minutes until you can enjoy them.

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The same goes for frozen fruit, especially berries. If you’re new to plant-based eating, you might not have heard of “nicecream” before — it’s healthy 1-ingredient vegan ice cream made with just frozen ripe bananas in a blender. It’s a thing and you need it in your life!

So, definitely try to have frozen chopped bananas in your freezer as often as possible. They work well in protein shakes like this strawberry bean smoothie, too!

All you need to do to make this refreshing drink is to add all of the ingredients (adjustment ideas in just a minute) to a blender jar and blend until smooth for about one minute.

Please don’t use the weakest, cheapest blender for smoothies that feature frozen fruits or vegetables. Some are just not strong enough and frozen chunks could end their lives very soon — talking from experience here!

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

Tips for the Best Vegan Bean Smoothie

If our vegan protein shake isn’t sweet enough for you, you can add some dates or more bananas. The vanilla extract also helps make this recipe taste sweeter without adding any refined sugar!

What we love about smoothies is that you can easily customize them to your personal preferences or just use what you find in your kitchen! Here are a couple of ideas.

Best Fruit for Vegan Smoothies

One of the most common ways to make fruit smoothies is to blend some bananas with any type of berries — from strawberries and blueberries to raspberries, blackberries, goji or even acai, you really cannot go wrong.

But you could actually choose pretty much any fruit when it comes to blending a healthy smoothie!

So far, we haven’t found a combination we didn’t like — and believe us, we’ve enjoyed a whole bunch of vegan smoothies over the years.

First of all, if you don’t have strawberries and blueberries, which we use in this bean smoothie recipe, simply go for some mixed berries or any type you have on hand.

For a whole different fruity flavor, try these: 

  • Mango
  • Pineapple
  • Peach
  • Apricot
  • Melon
  • Apple
  • Persimmon
  • Pear
  • Kiwi
  • Cherries
  • Melon
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Increasing the Plant-Based Protein Content

This bean smoothie recipe is for those who are rather new to eating legumes — if you’re a seasoned plant muncher, you can double or triple the amount of cooked white beans in your shake!

You can also opt for some silken tofu or vegan yogurt in place of or in addition to the white beans for a higher protein content.

Topping your strawberry and blueberry bean smoothie with a couple of hemp seeds adds even more plant-based protein and one last tip is to replace the almond milk with soy milk.

Best Veggies for Smoothies & Shakes

We’re known to sneak in veggies everywhere we can and almost nothing works better to disguise both the flavor and texture of vegetables than adding them to smoothies!

You can use either raw or frozen vegetables to create super green smoothies or even naturally sweet berry bean smoothies which mask their flavor.

These veggies work great for your healthy shakes!

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Delicious Berry Bean Smoothie Toppings & Flavors

If you’re looking for gorgeous and healthy smoothie toppings, keep the color of your shake in mind to see what color would be a great match.

Our bean smoothie is topped with fresh blueberries, hemp seeds and crushed almonds, all of which are great examples for both pretty and healthy toppings that further boost up the nutrition content!

You could theoretically omit them completely or swap for the following:

In terms of different flavors, you could experiment with spices like nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon or pumpkin spice, coconut water or cocoa powder — we’d suggest replacing the berries for another fruit in these cases, though.

To see a few delicious smoothies which you can try next (including a rich black bean chocolate shake!), hop over to Hey Nutrition Lady’s blog or check out the Green Power Bean Protein Smoothie by Sprinkle of Green as well as this Snickerdoodle Chickpea Smoothie by Hummusapiens.

More Vegan Breakfast & Snack Ideas

Start your day off right with a delicious plant-based meal! Here are more easy and healthy, completely whole food plant-based (sugar-free!) breakfast or snack recipes for you.

But now, let’s get to our strawberry and blueberry bean smoothie recipe! We hope you enjoyed our tips and adjustment ideas so you can make this vegan shake right now.

Did you make our berry bean smoothie? Do share with us in the comments below and feel free to rate it, too. You can also Pin it for later and tag us on Instagram when you make it – we’d love to see your creations.

Vegan Strawberry & Blueberry Bean Smoothie

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Creamy protein-rich vegan strawberry and blueberry white bean smoothie! This easy & delicious shake is a healthy, simple and fresh dairy-free breakfast or snack. Secretly hiding protein- and fiber-rich beans and even veggies, it’s the perfect 5-minute recipe for kids, athletes and those looking to eat healthier. You won’t even taste the beans at all!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh strawberries (150 g)
  • 1 cup blueberries (150 g), plus a few extra to garnish
  • 1 banana, cut into ½ inch slices, frozen
  • ½ cup white beans, cooked & drained
  • ½ cup almond milk (120 ml)
  • 1 cup cauliflower, frozen (130 g)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Toppings

  • Hemp seeds
  • Crushed almonds
  • Fresh blueberries

Instructions

  1. Add all the ingredients into a blender and process to obtain a smooth, deep pink liquid.
  2. Adjust to your taste and texture preferences, adding more plant-based milk, berries or banana for sweetness.
  3. Divide into serving glasses and garnish with hemp seeds, crushed almonds and fresh blueberries if you like.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Notes

    • This bean smoothie can be made with any plant-based milk or even water, the latter of which will reduce the calorie content.
    • To make this smoothie more filling and even higher in fiber, add some rolled oats.
    • You can swap the cauliflower for vegetables like spinach, kale or zucchini (find more ideas in the article)
    • 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 completely.

    Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 219Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 17mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 9gSugar: 22gProtein: 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 is a Certified Vegan Nutritionist who 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. Alena enjoys discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature and creating new recipes.

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    13 thoughts on “Strawberry & Blueberry White Bean Smoothie (Vegan Protein Shake)”

      • 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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    6. Love this idea!

      I haven’t tried beans, but I add a serving of tofu to my smoothies and honestly it just makes it so creamy and delicious.

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      • great idea to add some tofu, I love like to do that sometimes :) Let us know how you like the white beans in your smoothie!

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