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Berry Bean Blast

Berry Bean BlastA delicious, milk-free, fiber and protein-enriched orange-strawberry 'smoothie'.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 (15-ounce) can navy beans or great northern beans or 1 1/2 cups cooked, rinsed, drained
1 1/2 cups orange juice
2 cups quartered strawberries
2 to 3 tablespoons honey
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
6 to 8 ice cubes

Cooking Directions:

  1. Process all ingredients, except ice cubes, in blender until smooth. Add ice cubes and blend until smooth. Serve in glasses.

Makes 4 servings (about 6-ounces each).

Tip: Berry Bean Blast can be made 1 to 2 days in advance; refrigerate, covered. The drink will thicken in the refrigerator; stir in orange juice or cold water for desired consistency. Frozen strawberries can be used; if using frozen berries, ice cubes will not be needed.

Nutrititional Information Per Serving (1/4 of recipe): Calories 207; Fat 1g; % Calories from Fat 4; Carbohydrate 43g; Folate 134mcg; Sodium 245mg; Protein 9g; Dietary Fiber 2g; Cholesterol 0mg.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of The Bean Education & Awareness Network.