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Quick White Bean Spread (vegan pâté)

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This white bean spread has come along at just the right time of year for us.

Many of us are still on the slightly over indulgent side – the Christmas parties have been partied, the fatty food has been devoured and the New Year’s drinks are still to come – and that January gym promise hasn’t quite kicked in yet.

Our vegan pâté side dish is a great gap filler – as an appetizer, snack, or party dip, and for those of you attempting to get a head start to your workout routines, it’s also high in protein so you know those hard-earned muscles won’t be wasting away 😉

Fiber should never, ever be forgotten either, and this dish is stacked in it.

Pâté is a typical winter recipe (where I’m from) and it’s something I always crave.

But the real version is pretty gross when you think about it (to me anyway) and finding a good veggie replacement isn’t always easy – many alternatives are either bland, or taste absolutely nothing like pâté.

This lovely quick white bean spread does the job with aplomb however, and not only is it meat-free, it’s vegan too.

Which is great for everyone involved (or not involved!). It’s tangy and flavourful, and makes the perfect starter to any big meal.

It’s a very quick recipe – get some onions frying, throw it all in a processor, and you’re done. Meaning you’ve got a lot more time spare for other things!

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White Bean Spread – Speed It Up

This is a super fast recipe and therefore great when you’re in a rush. The reason we write to fry the onions first is that recently all the ones we bought have been a little on the harsh side.

If your onions aren’t overly strong or overpowering, you can skip that step completely.

The same holds true for the garlic – it’s delicious when used fresh and unfried.

But it’s also delicious fried too, so if you fry the onions, you may as well chuck the garlic in with them as well.
The nutrition card shown here is using fried onions and garlic, and is based on two people sharing the spread as snack. Enjoy!

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Quick White Bean Spread (vegan pâté)
4.81 from 47 votes
Quick White Bean Spread (vegan pâté). A super fast recipe that works as an appetizer, snack or party dip. Surprise your guests with this awesome spread!
Diet: dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, vegan
Prep Time:8 minutes
Cook Time:2 minutes
Total Time:10 minutes
Servings:2 people



  • 2 tbsp tomato puree (The recipe above has a dark, almost nutty flavour. If you like your patè a little sweeter then add some puree for this effect.)
  • Worcestershire sauce (vegetarian) (A few drops also combine nicely with this. Make sure you grab an anchovy-free, vegan one)


  • Roughly chop the onion and garlic.
  • Fry them in oil for a couple of minutes until lightly browned. When ready, throw both into a large mixing bowl.
  • Drain and rinse the beans and place them in the bowl.
  • Juice the lemon.
  • Finally, add the lemon juice and rest of the ingredients and using a hand blender, give it all a good blend. Alternatively throw it all in a food processor instead. That’s it! Serve as you like, hot wholemeal bread goes great.


IF YOU LIKED THIS RECIPE: We also have a great high protein black bean and lime dip! It’s delicious and can get your new year off to a great start. This yogurt dip is also ideal as a last minute party idea. Enjoy!
Recipe adapted from VegKitchen.


Nutrition Facts
Quick White Bean Spread (vegan pâté)
Serving Size
325 g
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  1. This spread looks so delicious! I haven’t made white bean spread in for like ever, so I think I’ll give this a try soon! 🙂

    1. Thanks! No time like the present! 🙂

  2. It tried to get a head start on all those calories that I put into my body and started a new workout plan on the 25th 😉 Your white bean pate sounds delicious to me – I would probably add half the garlic fresh, half fried up with the onions – to preserve some more of the antibacterial properties in the garlic. Everyone is sick around here already and I’m the last one trying to fight it off 😀

    1. That sounds like a pretty solid plan! Good luck keeping it at bay 🙂

  3. Sounds so yummy! This should be great as a spread for sandwiches or wraps too! Happy New Year!

    1. Yep, there’s so much you can do with it! And it’s definitely yummy. Have a great new year!

  4. I love bean dip. The flavors in this sound so perfect. I need to add this to my list of NYE appetizers. Happy New Year!

    1. Let us know how it goes! 🙂 Happy New Year!

  5. I love recipes like this, that can start as a dip, with leftovers as a sandwich spread or snack! your version sounds flavorful!

    1. Yep, it’s very versatile! Been a real hit here this winter 🙂

  6. This is my kind of pate. I could put white beans in just about anything and be happy, and I’m very happy with this recipe! Looks fab!

    1. Thanks Kelly!! White beans are deffo also good friends of mine 😀

  7. This looks like perfection Howie!! I love white beans so much, and beans just in general and I love the flavors you added to this, especially the chives, I LOVE chives! Great easy recipe!t

    1. hahaha, thanks for all the props, Brandi!! Happy New Year 🙂

  8. This looks so delicious and I love that you added sun-dried tomatoes. I can eat it straight out of that bowl 🙂

  9. I have never been a fan of white bean dip because it was so bland but the sun dried tomatoes and chives might be the kick it needs to change my mind! This looks really good, thanks for the recipe!

    1. Yes, exactly!! It needs some kick, then its really fun to eat! Nothing worse than a bland dip!

  10. Perfect party food….easy…and healthy. I have yet another dinner party this weekend….might just have to make this!!

    1. Wow, another party!! I’m quite tired of them now. But hope your turns out great 😀

  11. 5 stars
    A healthy start of the New Year! I love vegetarian and vegan pates, I have to give this one a try. Great recipe!

    1. Thanks Daniella!! Hope it turns out great 🙂

  12. Easy to make, healthy, so tasty – my kind of recipe! Love it! Happy New Year, guys!

    1. Thanks a lot Cris!

      Happy New Year to you too!! 🙂

  13. 5 stars
    I was just thinking that I need some healthy snack food inspiration. This bean spread is perfect!

    1. Glad we could help, Rachel 😀

  14. 5 stars
    I love how simple and tasty is pate is! And the photos are just making me hungry! Yum!

    1. hahaha, thanks for the photo props Tania! Was actually a tough one due to bad lighting, but I’m glad you like them 🙂

  15. I like spreads like this in my sandwiches. I’m really excited to try this!

  16. I love white bean dips and this one sounds awesome! Great for a last minute appetizer too!

    1. Thanks Laura! Yess, last minute recipe is a cool description!! 🙂

  17. Dip dinner is my favorite lazy night meal. This one is going in my rotation for sure!

    1. hahaa, I like the term rotation 😀
      I know exactly what you mean! I’m glad the spread made it on the list

  18. 5 stars
    This sounds delicious! I would like to eat it in a big pita bread wrap with loads of salad. Yum!

    1. Yes, pita would go perfectly with this! Great idea actually 😀

    2. Do we have to boil the beans ?

      1. Hi, nope – not if they’re from a can. They should already be soft and ready to be blended. If they were dried beans then yes they would need to be cooked first 🙂 hope that helps!

  19. We had a white bean spread in Italy that was fantastic and I’ve never been able to duplicate it. Hope this one is it. Cannot wait to try it.

    1. Oh woww, not sure if you’ll have luck with this one, since it’s rather a British recipe, but fingers crossed!

  20. I also crave really good pate, but rarely indulge in it. I’m SO EXCITED to give your vegan pate a try! It’s definitely going on my MUST MAKE list.

  21. I love the sound of this. I’m not sure why but I hardly ever make dips and spreads. I’m feeling inspired and can’t wait to try this.

    1. Please do! We’d love to hear how it goes 🙂

  22. 5 stars
    That looks great. I do a white bean pate too, but no sundried tomatoes in mine. I go for spices instead. Have to try yours, I like the idea of that tomato. Actually you have reminded me to blog mine sometime. If only I could remember to take photos before it’s all gone.

    1. Haha yeah, that’s a tricky one! Gotta be quick. What spices do you like to use?

  23. 5 stars
    I have a similar recipe, but the added browned onion and garlic is fantastic. Thanks!

    1. Yes, they fit really well 🙂 you’re welcome!

  24. 5 stars
    This navy bean spread looks great! I have never tried beans like this. My husbands workday sandwiches will be getting a new face! Thanks!

    1. Great to hear…putting it in a sandwich is an awesome idea! I’ll be trying that myself 🙂

  25. 5 stars
    This sounds awesome! I can just picture how addictive this is with the savory flavors you’ve added. I wish I had some right now!

    1. It’s hard to stop eating, that’s for sure!

  26. This sounds like something I’d want to spread on everything or even lick off a spoon. I’m big on adding sauteed onions and garlic into things instead of raw, so this sounds delicious! I’ll probably be trying it soon!

    1. yeeeess, sauted is defintele much smoother. The tangy, “aggressive” touch is gone, instead it’s much sweeter and friendlier 🙂

  27. This pate is not vegan if you add regular Worcestershire sauce, which has anchovies in it. You can find a vegan Worcestershire though.

    1. Hey Anna, good point – a lot of the sauces do contain anchovies, unfortunately. Have changed it in the recipe, cheers!

  28. 3 stars
    Nice recipe! I used fresh cherry tomatoes instead of sundried ones, and soy sauce to add some extra flavour. Thanks!

  29. 5 stars
    Just made it and it’s AWESOME! However I used Thai Basil and Cilantro for fresh herbs =)

    1. So pleased to hear you love it Kira! Yes you can definitely swap out the herbs and put your own signature on it – as you found out :). It’s just the right time of year for it too! Thank you for the feedback!

  30. 5 stars
    This was awesome! I added some turmeric and cayenne to give it an extra kick, and it was excellent! Thank you 🙂

    1. Ahh, that’s a great idea, especially cayenne! Thanks for the lovely feedback, Kate! 😀

  31. 5 stars
    I just made this tonight. I added two small sweet peppers, a hot red pepper and cilantro. Yummy!

    1. Niceee!! Glad you liked the spread, Desi 😀

  32. 5 stars
    Looks amazing!!! How long could last in refrigerator and how long in the freezer? Thanx!

    1. Hi Christina! The spread easily lasts 3 days in the fridge. As for the freezer I’m not sure though, never stored the spread there 🙂

  33. 5 stars
    Hi Dave,

    This White Bean Spread recipe is amazing. I really want to feature this in our site GreenThickies. I will not be posting the actual recipe but will only use one image from here and a small quote and link directly back to this page.

    Would that be okay with you?

    Thanks, 🙂

    1. Hi Katherine, and thanks for asking. Sure, please go ahead 🙂

      It would be awesome if you let me know when it’s up – cheers!

      1. Will do Dave! Thanks 🙂

  34. 4 stars
    Really tasty spread. I might double the garlic next time I make it though 🙂 And maybe zest the half a lemon as well.

    1. Glad you enjoyed, Grace! More garlic is usually a winner, I think 😀

  35. 5 stars
    I just made this tonight. I added two small sweet peppers, a hot red pepper and cilantro. Yummy!

  36. 5 stars
    I was hungry like a bear and I just made this in 20 minutes and it’s delicious! I added some cumin, chili flakes and left out the chives (not available)… Still awesome! Though I think the chives would even give it more freshness… I think I’ll also try Nane (dried turkish mint) ofr fresh mint and Sumak sometime! Thanks for this!

    1. Haha! Glad you enjoyed it so much! Nice, I like the add-ons, and yes, chives would fit very well I imagine. Thanks for writing!

  37. Thank you for this, I’ve had a tin of butter beans in my cupboard for about two years! I just made the pâté without any oil plus I sautéed the onion and garlic in a little water. I didn’t have any of the other ingredients so I added a shake of salt, garam masala a curry powder. Delicious! Just like store bought veggie patés I’ve tried. There is absolutely no need to add oil to this recipe! Yum, can’t wait to try other herbs and spices!

    1. Yay, glad to help, Gem! Haha yes, funny how sometimes a random tin is left in the cupboard. I’m glad it got used!

  38. 5 stars
    Awesome! I made this even easier by simply adding salt, garlic powder, onion powder, lemon juice and water to the drained can of beans! No cooking involved. So excited to try different flavours! So far, curry powder and cumin are my fave.

  39. 4 stars
    Delicious but most definitely not a 10 minute recipe!
    Unless you have like, wizard hands! I move pretty quickly & it was not 10 minutes!

    1. Hi Alessandra, thanks for the feedback! How much time did you need to make this recipe? Gonna try it out again myself and correct 🙂

  40. 5 stars
    YUM! This is absolutely delicious! I live in Barcelona, where the trademark of food is seasonal and very fresh with no adornments, ever, extra virgin olive oil, salt, a bit of garlic or parsley perhaps… and my Catalan friends have all LOVED this dip… for being vegetarian, it seems somehow fishy, like it has anchovies or something… just making it again tonight, to bring to a solstice fiesta (Sant Joan)… Thanks!

    1. Bon dia! Haa, glad to hear your Catalan friends liked it. Enjoy Sant Joan! 🙂

  41. This spread looks so delicious! I can’t wait to try it.

    1. So tasty! Lots of protein, too 😀

  42. 5 stars
    Great bean dip! I saved some whole beans for some texture and added nutritional yeast too. A great base that will allow a variety of veggies to be added! Thank you!

    1. Really happy you liked this dip, Jackie!! Nice idea reg the nutritional yeast!

  43. Out of all these 81 comments only 1 or 2 made the recipe??? People should not a recipe rate 5 stars unless they actually made the recipe, so misleading to the rest of us who rely on valid reviews!!!

    1. Hi Donna, no it seems like loads made it – but only after 2017! Before that you’re right, it seems like a lot of people were just interested in it. I’ve made it a hundred times though – please go ahead with confidence that it’ll turn out awesome!