This healthy Shamrock Shake recipe is so perfect for St. Patrick's Day. It's super easy to make and works for breakfast OR as a little mid-afternoon pick-me-up!
Today's recipe is a fun one. I'm actually not sure why I have never shared any smoothie recipes on here, because we actually make quite a lot of smoothies around here. But this isn't just any smoothie. It's a healthy Shamrock Shake, just in time for St. Patrick's Day!
Obviously, this is not going to be a copycat because let's face it -- it's not a milkshake. There's no ice cream in it. And I'm throwing some good-for-you ingredients in there. But it's still Just As Tasty! And it's green. And minty. So we're going with it 😉
I like to include protein powder in our smoothies just because it gives the shake a bit more substance and makes it more filling. It's totally optional so, if you'd rather, you can omit the protein powder and don't have to substitute it with anything.
What Is A Shamrock Shake?
First things first, I realize you may not even know what I'm talking about. So let's take a step back. Shamrock Shakes are basically bright green milkshakes made popular by McDonald's. It's a seasonal drink that is available around St. Patrick's Day.
A classic Shamrock Shake from McDonald's is made with vanilla soft serve and some sort of minty syrup. Mine is very different but still such a festive and delicious way to celebrate. So let's get right to it!
Why You'll Love This Healthy Shamrock Shake...
- Well for starters, you can enjoy this recipe year-round. You don't need to worry about when Shamrock Shakes come back or how long they're available.
- As the name would suggest, this is really a healthy recipe. This smoothie does not include any corn syrup or other funky ingredients.
- It's creamy, minty, and so delicious. My husband, who is not a big fan of spinach (or green juice in general), was skeptical but it only took one sip to change his mind.
What You'll Need...
- The flavor: banana + spinach + honey + peppermint extract (make sure it's peppermint and not mint, which tastes more like spearmint).
- The liquid: milk.
- To thicken: Greek yogurt.
- For added protein: this is our favorite protein powder, but it's totally optional.
- Top it off with: I love topping these Shamrock Shakes with chocolate shavings! I use milk chocolate but anything goes. You can also do whipped cream.
How To Make A Shamrock Shake...
Making your own gluten free Shamrock Shake couldn't be easier. You are just adding all of your ingredients right into the blender. That's it!
Just a few notes before I let you go:
- I typically make these shakes with frozen spinach, because it's easier to buy some and keep in the freezer for smoothies, but you should also be able to make this with fresh spinach.
- You can totally adjust the amount of honey based on your preference. I found that one tablespoon was perfect to add just a subtle hint of sweetness to the shakes, but you can add more.
- The same goes for the peppermint extract. I think the amount I've specified here is honestly the perfect amount, because anything more than that would be overpowering, but this is a very forgiving recipe and you can definitely make adjustments based on your preferences.
- For a dairy-free option: go ahead and use your favorite plant-based milk and dairy-free yogurt. I haven't tried this myself, so please let us know in the comments if you do!
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Healthy Shamrock Shake - Gluten Free, Eggless
- 1 cup (240ml) milk
- 1 large banana
- ½ cup spinach fresh or frozen
- 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon honey
- ¼ teaspoon peppermint extract
- 1 scoop vanilla or chocolate protein powder optional
- Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until completely smooth.
- Optional: top with chocolate shavings and/or a dollop of whipped cream before serving.
- Feel free to use any milk you like or have on hand - can be whole milk, dairy free, fat free, non-dairy, etc.