Get your plant protein, complex carbs, and fiber easily with my black bean smoothie!

It’s a unique way to make your boring canned beans into something special.

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Black Bean Smoothie

Black Bean Smoothie

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Try this unique black bean smoothie for a protein boost. Surprisingly delicious and nutritious. The smoothie is easy to make and contains numerous nutrients.

  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x


Units Scale
  • 1/2 cup drained canned black beans
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon cacao powder
  • 1 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk


  • Open the can of black beans and strain them. Measure 1/2 cup and set aside.
  • Grab a blender, and add the beans and peanut butter first, followed by the rest of the ingredients.
  • Blend for 3-4 minutes, or until totally smooth.
  • Pour the smoothie into a cup and enjoy!


*Scroll past the recipe to find recipe tips and smoothie variations!

  • Author: Ella Waterworth
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Category: Smoothie
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


  • Serving Size: 1 smoothie
  • Calories: 412
  • Sugar: 42.3g
  • Fat: 11.2g
  • Carbohydrates: 70g
  • Fiber: 14.5g
  • Protein: 14.3g

Why Add Black Beans To Your Smoothies?

Black Bean Smoothie served in a tall glass cup

You are probably totally grossed out by the fact of adding beans to your smoothies. 

But, there are so so many different reasons why I recommend it. Some of these include:

  • Boosts Protein Content: Black beans are a great source of plant-based protein, making them an excellent addition for increasing the protein content of a smoothie, especially if you are avoiding protein powders.
  • Rich in Fiber: Black beans are high in fiber, which helps promote digestive health and can keep you feeling full and satisfied longer.
  • Enhances Nutrient Density: Black beans are packed with essential nutrients such as iron, potassium, and magnesium, boosting the nutritional value of your smoothie without altering the taste significantly.
  • Provides Creamy Texture: When blended, black beans can add a creamy texture to smoothies, making them more substantial and satisfying without the need for dairy products.
  • Natural Thickener: Due to their starchy nature, black beans can act as a natural thickener, enhancing the body and texture of your smoothie, which can be particularly appealing for those looking to replace banana or avocado.
  • Low in Fat and Calories: Black beans are low in fat and calories, making them a healthy addition that increases the nutritional content of your smoothie without adding excessive calories.
  • Versatile Flavor: The mild, neutral flavor of black beans blends well with many ingredients, making them a versatile addition to a wide variety of smoothie recipes.

If you enjoy this black beans smoothie, I recommend that you also try my kidney bean smoothie and my savory chickpea smoothie!

Smoothie Variations:

Black Bean Smoothie being poured into a tall glass cup from a blender jug

Want to change the recipe slightly? Feel free to experiment or try some of my suggestions below:

  1. No Chocolate: If you don’t like chocolate, swap the cacao powder for oats, flax, or chia seeds.
  2. Add More Protein: If you don’t mind protein powder, add a scoop, or if not vegan add 1/2 cup of yogurt, or if vegan, add 1/2 cup of silken tofu! (Try my protein silken tofu smoothie)
  3. Nut-Free: Swap the peanut butter for sun butter, or simply do not use anything to replace it. As for the almond milk, swap it for oat or soy milk.
  4. The Mango: You can use any fruit you like instead of mango. I recommend that you use frozen fruit though.


Blender Type Suitability
Nutribullet 600
Vitamix Blender Propel 510
BlendJet 4000mAh x
Ninja Blender BL610
Oster 6640 Blender
Hamilton Beach 58148A Blender
AMZChef Blender 1800 W
Wamife Blender

The only blender I suggest that you avoid is the BlendJet 4000mAh. The other blenders on my list work perfectly with this recipe.

Is Thi Smoothie Suitable For Kids?

Yes! The smoothie is suitable for kids, and in in-fact, it’s a great way to sneak in foods they might dislike!

The smoothie is sweet and chocolatey, perfectly disguising the bean taste.

Ella Waterworth
Ella Waterworth

Founder & Recipe Developer at Smoothies N Cookies

Ella Waterworth is the founder of Smoothies N Cookies and she is a professional smoothie recipe creator. She gained extensive knowledge of creating smoothies by working for Smoothie King for several years.

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