Easy White Bean Dip
This Easy White Bean Dip is one of my family’s favorite healthy snacks. This white bean dip recipe is vegan and made with just a few ingredients that you likely have on hand in your kitchen.
It’s healthy snacking time! Between me and the kids, it’s pretty much always snack time in my house. I can’t even tell you how many times during the day I hear the words, “Mom, I’m hungry!” And you know what? I’m just as bad as the little ones. I think they’ve inherited my metabolism because I am always hungry and reach for a snack every couple of hours.
This white bean dip is one of our favorite snacks. It has protein, fiber and healthy fats to fill us up. I am always amazed at how much my kids love this dip. It’s the best way to get them to eat their veggies, and one of our favorite kids lunch ideas. Give the kids some dip and the veggies will disappear!
I often make a double batch of this white bean dip, using one can of cannellini beans and one can of chickpeas. Using half chickpeas gives this dip a thicker, more hummus-like texture. When you make it with only cannellini beans it is incredibly smooth and creamy.
You can serve this cannellini bean dip with vegetables or whole wheat pita bread. This white bean spread is also delicious as a sandwich spread or spread on crackers. For a delicious variation, try blending some roasted red peppers into the bean dip. If you need a quick appetizer for entertaining, this dip is perfect!
How to Make this White Bean Dip Recipe
The ingredient list for this easy white bean dip is short and simple. You’ll need cannellini beans, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, cayenne, and black pepper. If you don’t have cannellini beans, you can substitute any other white beans.
You’ll add the ingredients all at once to your food processor (or blender), process, and that’s it!
If the dip is too thick, you can thin it out by blending in a tablespoon of water. You might need to do this if you use chickpeas in your dip, since the chickpeas process into a thicker consistency than cannellini beans.
How to Store White Bean Dip
You can serve this healthy bean dip immediately or store it in your refrigerator for up to 3 days. Store the dip in a container with an airtight lid.
To save time later, you can portion your homemade white bean dip out into individual servings, using small storage containers. You can see how I do this as part of my meal prep process and get healthy snack ideas here. I also try to meal prep veggies so we are more likely to grab healthy veggies and dip when we need a quick snack.
Easy White Bean Dip
- 15 ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained, or other white beans
- 1 small clove garlic
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- pinch of cayenne pepper
- black pepper, to taste
- Place all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and process until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired. Add 1 tablespoon of water if necessary to reach desired consistency.
- Bean dip can be served immediately, or stored for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.
- The recipe can be doubled. When I double this recipe, I usually use 1 can of cannellini beans and 1 can of chickpeas.
- Store white bean dip in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Kristine, I love this easy and healthy bean dip! what a great snack and can’t wait to try this! I think my kids would love this too!
Thank you, Alice! I hope your kids do like this dip!
I need to bookmark some of your healthy snack ideas, Kristine! It’s the one meal I keep forgetting about, which is why we tend to be in an apple-slices-banana-trail-mix kind of rut. I’ll definitely be making this yummy white bean dip soon!
I love how you call snacks a meal, because for us they totally are!
This is how I love to snack! Bean dips are so healthy and satisfying, and my kids even love them. This looks delicious!
Thank you, Marcie!
This dip looks fantastic, Kristine! I’ve never made a bean dip before, but I sure do love eating it. I love how easy this is to whip up, too!
Thank you, Gayle!
I hear you about it always being snack time! My kids would love this…and me too! Love super healthy snacks that they dive into!
Love that this is such a healthy and easy snack! I am quite a snacker myself, so I can appreciate this 🙂
Thanks, Meghan! It’s good to meet a fellow snacker! 😉
I am a huge dip girl. I could make a whole meal out of this! Just gorgeous.
Thanks, Natalie! We often do just that!
Love how easy this is and how you only need a few ingredients. Looks like an awesome dip for veggies and toasted pita! Yum!
Thanks, Kelley! Recipes with just a few ingredients are my favorites, too!
I want you to know this saved me today!! We were out of town this weekend and just an hour or so after we got back today some friends dropped by and totally surprised me, and I had NOTHING for them to eat! I remembered this and whipped it up in literally a minute! It was wonderful!!! We will make this often! 🙂
YAY!!! I’m so glad that you liked this dip, Annie! Getting surprise guests is wonderful AND stressful all at the same time, isn’t it?!
Hahah I’m always hungry too and this dip looks like the perfect snack!! Love how easy it is.
Yum! Love this dip. I love how simple it is, yet I’m sure it’s sooo flavorful with the garlic and lemon. Delish!
Thank you, Jess! Yes, this one has lots of flavor!
Can I use a blender? I don’t have a food processor and my blender isn’t the best, but its all I have!
Hi Beth! I think a blender would work. I hope you enjoy this recipe! It’s one of our favorites!
If you were to serve this with crackers or chips, what kind would you use?
I would use pita chips or any favorite cracker. Enjoy!
Can this dip be frozen? I cook for one and don’t think I could eat it all in 3 days.
That is a good question! I haven’t tried freezing this, but I just did a quick Google search and you can freeze hummus so you should be able to freeze this dip. I would freeze it in individual portions.
Great easy recipe! I used a little extra garlic and olive oil and added some fresh parsley. I’ve made white bean dip before but my husband said this is the best yet.
This recipe is easy and delicious anded roasted red pepper
I added some fresh dill. This is delightful!
Absolutely amazing! I took it to my parent’s house for my mom’s birthday and she loved it! It is smooth, creamy, and the lemon and thyme make it taste so good. Would totally suggest eating with crackers or pita chips, and it is a great party appetizer.