Over the past few years, I’ve learned to love a variety of vegetables, fruits, grains and preparations. As a result, my smoothies are often rather interesting. Spinach, kale, peas, chia seeds, rhubarb, cucumbers, celery, and now: black beans.
Yep, black beans in a smoothie! When combined with cocoa powder, strawberries, frozen banana, milk, and a few other ingredients, black beans make for the perfect creamy base to a chocolate-flavored smoothie. They’re full of protein and fiber, so you don’t even need to add protein powder.
Not sold yet? Give it a shot – I promise you’ll love this breakfast drink! It’s naturally sweet, and will taste so much like dessert, that you’ll forget you added the legumes 🙂
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Black Bean Smoothie, adapted from the Never Homemaker
Makes 1 smoothie
- 1 C non-dairy milk
- 2/3 C black beans, rinsed extremely well
- 5 large, whole strawberries
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp peanut butter
- 1 frozen, sliced banana
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
Blend all ingredients together until creamy and smooth. Pour into your favorite smoothie glass and garnish with a strawberry, shredded coconut, additional chia seeds, or your favorite nut!