Here we are, many of us in the final days of holiday preparations. With mile-long to-do lists, lack of sleep (just me?) and a general sense of frenzy, having a healthy balanced diet may have dropped lower on your list of priorities. It is especially easy to simply grab something from the packages of cookies and sweets that seem to be everywhere you turn. This garlic rosemary white bean dip is one of my absolute favorite options for healthy snacking. It is packed full of flavor, takes just a few minutes to make and with only a handful of ingredients, its simplicity is everything.

Keep this around along with an assortment of fresh veggies and you’ll be far less likely to reach for cookies or candy. This would be a great thing to bring to any holiday gathering as well to bring some balance to the inevitable sugar overload. My family eats this like it’s going out of style and once you try it, you’ll understand why!

Side note: This recipe comes from my wonderful friends Alex and Sonja of A Couple Cooks. They have recently started their own podcast and last week I was honored to be a guest on the show in Episode 7! If you’ve ever wondered what I sound like, here’s your chance to find out. Check out the episode here where we discuss everything from balanced eating, DIY foods, and boy band crushes. And be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss out on the rest of their awesome shows. Enjoy!


  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp. fresh rosemary leaves
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • 3 cups cooked cannellini beans (or 2 15 oz. cans, rinsed and drained)
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 5-6 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • Freshly ground pepper


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    In the bowl of a food processor, combine the garlic and rosemary leaves. Pulse until finely minced. Add in the salt, beans and water, and pulse briefly again, scraping down the sides, until the mixture is coarsely pureed. With the food processor running, add the olive oil through the feed tube. Once incorporated, scrape down the sides of the bowl, process 2-3 minutes longer until the dip is fluffy and smooth. Season to taste with freshly ground pepper and additional salt, if needed. Serve.

  • Melissa Brooker

    This sounds perfect! I will be making this over the holidays for sure! Over indulging so so easy to do! I love Alex and Sonja and regularly cook from their blog, i keep meaning to listen to the podcast, i will have to do so over my break from work!

  • Paige Cassandra Flamm

    This bean dip looks amazing. I’m definitely going to be making this one Christmas.


  • Elizabeth

    I’m excited to try this out! Btw, forgive me for my ignorance, what is that pink vegetable?

  • Amy

    This looks delicious and very festive. I have to know…what is the vegetable between the snap peas and carrots? Also, do you blanch your green beans or just eat them completely raw? Thanks!

  • Ooh this looks so easy and so good! I really want to make it – and you’re completely right about having veggies to hand – it’s a great idea, especially at this time of year

  • annieseats

    It is watermelon radish. I love it because it is so pretty!

  • annieseats

    It’s watermelon radish. I usually just taste a green bean and if it seems too tough, I’ll blanch them first. I didn’t blanch these because they didn’t need it.

  • Beth

    I needed an easy snack to share at work today, so I whipped this up last night! Delicious and easy, but I think I need to find a mint now or risk having my coworkers kick me out of the office. ;) Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas!

  • Angela

    Merry Christmas, Annie and family. :)

  • Chrysti

    Made this for a Christmas Eve get-together. It was delicious!

  • Mindy Pannell

    I can’t wait to try this! I would love to see a post about your favorite ways to stay organized for planning family meals.

  • Nicci Bowman

    Hi Annie! The bean dip is delicious, I just made some tonight in preparation for our NYE extravaganza. Also, that is not how I have imagined your voice as you tell me about your recipes on the blog all these years but it is good to be corrected. Thanks for staying awesome, and I really appreciate that you have continued to post as your life has changed. ~ Nicci.

  • annieseats

    So glad you enjoyed the dip! And thanks for the feedback on the podcast. I am so glad you liked it, and enjoy the blog! I agree, whenever I hear bloggers voices after imagining them in my head, I have rarely been right about how I thought they would sound. Such a funny thing. Thanks for reading!

  • Elaine

    This dip is fabulous! It was a hit on Christmas Day, and I just made it again. Does it freeze well? I probably should have cut the recipe in half today, and so I’d like to freeze half for another weekend. Thanks!

  • Annie

    I’ve never tried freezing it so I can’t say for sure. Come to think of it, I’ve never frozen any similar bean dip. If you do, let me know how it goes.

  • Sally Anderson

    Great bean dip! Fun to change up the hummus rotation. Unless you are an absolute garlic lover I would suggest adding less garlic unless the cloves I used were extra large :)