This pink frosty protein strawberry snack, with only 2 ingredients, is a grab-and-go snack full of protein, fiber and a slew of other nutritional benefits, and sweet with fresh strawberries.
Protein Strawberry Snack
Popping this strawberry protein energy snack before a workout gives me more energy during the workout, and is quick to restore my energy after.
So I am a big fan of protein snacks. Snacks are best that have a bit of fruit and protein, and yet don't make me feel full. This pink protein snack is vegan, gluten-free and oil-free: just strawberries and white beans.
Yes, white beans again! Isn't that amazing?
These white beans are sneaking themselves into everything in my kitchen! But with good reason.
How Healthy are White Beans?
These tiny white packages are full of protein, fiber and a slew of other nutritional benefits. These include:
- potassium and iron, good for shiny hair among other effects
- thiamine for a boost to your cognitive abilities
- heart-supporting folate and magnesium, and
- copper to fight inflammation and..
- antioxidants galore!
And just as I found with my white bean chocolate chip cookie dough, this bean, normally found in savory dishes such as chili, is the perfect partner. Used in this 2-ingredient snack, they allow the strawberry to carry the sweetness and flavor!
I chose to use organic canned beans though I’m sure freshly cooked beans would work as well.
If you use canned, be sure to use organic, to be sure the beans don’t have additional ingredients. And I chose unsalted so I could control the sodium.
Is This Strawberry Snack Nutritious?
Sometimes snacking implies eating treats that are processed or not good for you, but actually healthy snacks are an important aspect to a healthy diet.
They provide energy in the middle of the day or provide recovery nutrition after a workout. A healthy snack can also reduce your hunger needs and keep you from overeating at meal time.
How To Customize This Snack
The customization possibilities are endless with this recipe. We can try other fruits or coat these in healthy chocolate! Here are a few other protein snack recipes that I created. Some use white beans, one uses cashews.
- Chocolate Protein Black Bean Chocolate Protein Bites
- Cantaloupe Carrot Carrot Protein Bites
- Dragon Fruit Protein Bites
- Protein Bite Blueberry Protein Bites
- Tropical Protein Cauliflower Protein Bites
- Cashew Spirulina Protein Bites
- Butterfly Pea Flower Protein Bites
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Protein Strawberry Snack
- 1 can (15oz/425gms) white beans (navy beans, organic & precooked - I have used Eden and Whole Foods 365 brand)
- 1 cup fresh strawberries (the riper they are, the sweeter the bites will be)
- Open the can of white beans, and rinse them. Trim and wash the strawberries.
- Pop them both in the blender. Blend up until creamy.
- Pour the mixture into molds or mini cupcakes papers.Freeze for an hour (or longer depending on your freezer temperature) , remove from mold and eat!
- Keep frozen until ready to eat, and ours lasted at least 3 days.
How many of these are considered a portion?
Really interested in trying the 2-ingredient strawberry protein bites as well as the blueberry ones for my pre-workout snacks.
Hi Kim! I typically eat 5 to 8 before a workout, and it feels very energizing. I have them in the morning with a smoothie. Of course, you might need more or less. Hope that helps, Dee xx
Thank you for this!! I tweaked it a little bit. Hope you don't mind. I used my vitamix and the beans still had a gritty and powdery taste after blended up. I used bananas as well. I also put some agave and DASH of almond milk. They came out great!!
Amie, I love that you tweaked it! That's what recipes are for, inspiration. Everyone's machines and ingredients are a bit different so it makes sense. I'm so happy you made it work, they do sound delicious the way you added bananas. I bet mango would help too! Dee xx
What type of appliance did you use to blend? I just got a Blendtec but apparently using the maple syrup didn't give it much liquid as maybe the date paste. I can't get it to blend totally. Ughhhh
Hi there, there is no maple syrup or date paste in this recipe. Did you mean to comment on the chocolate recipe? I suggest just adding a touch of water if your mixture isn't blending. Hope that helps! Dee xx
Oops... Yes question was in regards to the chocolate ones. I'll try adding water. Thxx.
Terrific! I hope it works out! Dee xx
I made this today. I found it too "beany." I will make it again though, because I love the idea! 🙂 Next time I'm going to double the amount of strawberries, leaving the amount of beans the same. Also, it took about 2 hours for mine to freeze, and the recipe says 1 hour.
Thank you so much for this recipe, I would never have come up with this idea!!!
Deena! Thank you for your feedback. I could not taste the beans using Eden and other organic brands, so it might be brand variation. Still it's a great idea to increase the berries, you are still getting the protein! And I think I'll add that as a note in the recipe that freezing times may vary depending on how cold your freezer is!
So glad you found the idea useful! Dee xx
Sara of Shiso Delicious
Hi Dee, genius recipe, love it 🙂
Sara, thank you so very much! Dee xx