High Protein White Bean Oatmeal Smoothie: Breakfast In A Glass

Two Breakfast Options For Busy Mornings 

Mornings are a rush.  Not just for me, but for you too.  Once again I’ve been trying to find the ultimate post-workout smoothie that will give me the energy I need to be productive until lunch time without a lot of fuss.

White bean oatmeal chocolate smoothie

Adding white beans to smoothies has been around for awhile.  Now everyone is adding oatmeal.  What if I made a white bean oatmeal smoothie with a dab of Greek yogurt, a little almond milk and fruit?

I decided to try it and come up with two White Bean Oatmeal Smoothie recipes for you to try.

The first one calls for:

  • One cup of Greek yogurt (130 calories)
  • One cup of white beans (220 calories)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1/2 cup of old fashion oatmeal (150 calories)
  • 1/4 almond milk – you can use skim or soy milk if preferred (20 calories)
  • 1/2 cup frozen fruit or berries (40 calories)
  • Ice (the smoothie is thick so don’t skip on the ice)

White bean oatmeal smoothie basic ingredients.

White Bean Oatmeal Smoothie Ingredients 

Blend together and add a cup or more of ice.  I found the ice improves the texture and flavor.

 This smoothie is about 520 calories, has a substantial amount of protein from the beans and yogurt, and is very filling.  I drank half of the smoothie – one cup – and froze the remaining portion to have tomorrow when I’m rushing out the door.

In the second recipe I put all of the same ingredients in the smoothie maker, but replaced the frozen fruit with frozen bananas and added a tablespoon of sweetened chocolate.

Tip – there is no need to throw away bananas that are slightly ripe.  Peel them, cut them in quarters and place in a freezer bag and toss them in the freezer.  They are great additions to smoothies when you don’t have fresh bananas on hand.

Exchange the fruit for frozen bananas and a tablespoon of sweet chocolate mix.

Nutritional Benefits

One cup of white beans has about 17 grams of protein.  FAGE Greek yogurt – which is the kind that I used – has 23 grams of protein in a 6 oz. serving.  A half of a cup of oatmeal has 2 grams of fiber.  The combination of the beans, yogurt and oatmeal make these smoothies a high protein, high fiber breakfast that will restore muscle tissue, and rehydrate you after a workout.  The best part is they will fill you up so you’re not wondering what you’re going to eat next.

What’s your go-to breakfast in a hurry?