Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with this homemade, creamy, minty Healthy Shamrock Shake made with wholesome ingredients like spinach, mint, and bananas that makes a naturally vegan, plant-based, gluten-free, Paleo-friendly shake that is still incredibly delicious.
Healthy Shamrock Shake
Let’s be real here.
This is a green smoothie dressed up as a Shamrock Shake.
And honestly, there is nothing wrong with enjoying a Shamrock Shake from McDonald’s once a season if that is
Personally, I just can’t handle a real Shamrock Shake.
The last time I had one, I felt sick the entire day with a stomachache and a headache. Perhaps it was all that sugar, perhaps all of those mystery ingredients?
Regardless, I felt like crap.
Drinking this version leaves me feeling so much better, mentally and physically, and doesn’t leave me feeling like I’ve missed out on anything. Proof that a whole-foods approach is always best for our health and wellness.
Plus, it still tastes delicious, and even my 4-year old will drink it.
The Traditional Shamrock Shake
You know that when McDonald’s rolls out their ever-popular Shamrock Shake, St. Patrick’s season has officially arrived.
Sure it is easy and festive to roll through the drive-through and pick up that delicious minty green shake, but did you know each shake contains over 50 ingredients?
That’s right – 50 ingredients including high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup solids, and artificial dye.
Not only is the list of over 50 ingredients questionable, but a large shake will set you back 820 calories and 115 grams of sugar.
Holy moly, that is 29 teaspoons of sugar! More than 2 days’ worth of your daily recommended sugar intake.
Luckily, it is super easy to create your very own Healthy Shamrock Shake at home in as little as five minutes using only a handful of ingredients, many of which you may already have on hand or can easily pick up from the store.
What’s more is that each of these ingredients is wholesome and provides your body with important nutrients such as vitamins and minerals that are needed to help keep your body functioning properly, and more importantly, you feel happy and healthy.
My Version of the Shamrock Shake
My version of the Shamrock Shake is sweet and minty, and creamy and delicious. It is also packed with antioxidants, heart-healthy fats, dietary fiber, and important vitamins and minerals.
If you haven’t frozen bananas yet, you’re missing out. When frozen and then blended, they make a wonderfully delicious, smooth and creamy texture that is mild in flavor, to allow the other ingredients shine.
Combined with half an avocado, this smoothie is unbelievably creamy and satisfying.
- 2 frozen bananas
- 1 cup baby spinach, packed
- 1/2 avocado, pitted and scooped
- 1/2 cup fresh mint
- 1 cup plant-based milk (like homemade hemp seed milk)
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon pure mint extract
- whipped cream (plant-based, dairy-free, or coconut cream)
- Raw cacao nibs or Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips
- If you don't already have frozen bananas, slice up two ripe bananas and throw them in the freezer for an hour or two.
- Add the bananas, mint and spinach to the blender.
- Add the coconut milk, but reserve some of the coconut cream from the top for the topping (if you don't want to use whipped cream).
- Add the vanilla and mint extract.
- Blend until smooth.
- Top with whipped cream or coconut cream as desired.
- Garnish with raw cacao nibs or chocolate chips.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 smoothies Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 220Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 25mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 6gSugar: 16gProtein: 3g