There’s no better way to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day than with this healthy shamrock shake! It’s thick, creamy, and perfectly sweet. With frozen banana, non-dairy milk, and a hint of peppermint extract, this shamrock shake is the healthiest of its kind. Swirl a little coconut whipped cream on top and you have yourself a guilt-free festive treat!
Every year around this time, I’d head to the McDonald’s drive-through and pick myself up a shamrock shake. It was my favorite Saint Patrick’s Day treat! When I went dairy-free, I cut shamrock shakes out of my diet. Though year after year I had the worst FOMO knowing people were enjoying these deliciously minty drinks without me. Then, in December I started making chocolate mint smoothies for breakfast and quickly realized, if I remove the chocolate and make it green, I’ve got myself a much healthier shamrock shake! So that’s exactly what I did – kept the banana, non-dairy milk, and peppermint extract, then added a little spinach for that classic green color. Voilá, the healthy shamrock shake was born!
What You Need To Make This Healthy Shamrock Shake
Frozen Banana – Frozen bananas are the base of this shake. They offer the perfect amount of sweetness and incredible texture. When blended, they make this shamrock shake both thick and creamy. If you’d like, you can use two cups of non-dairy vanilla ice cream in place of the frozen bananas.
Non-Dairy Milk – I used almond milk, though you can use any kind of non-dairy milk in this recipe. I’d recommend using something with a more mild flavor, as to not take away from the minty taste of this shake. And if you’re not dairy-free, you can use cow’s milk instead.
Spinach – Both fresh and frozen spinach will work! I’ve tried both and had great results each time. Whichever is easier for you to get your hands on, toss it in your healthy shamrock shake.
Peppermint Extract – It wouldn’t be a shamrock shake without a little peppermint. I found 1/4 teaspoon offers a hint of that delicious mint flavor without completely overpowering the shake. Though if you love mint, go ahead and add more – and if mint isn’t totally your thing, cut the amount in this recipe in half.
Adjust This Recipe To Your Dietary Needs
- Add Dairy: Use cow’s milk instead of non-dairy milk.