Happy St. Patrick’s Day Green Smoothie – Healthy Copycat Shamrock Shake


Have a Shamrock Shake the healthy way, with all the mint flavor and creamy texture, but none of the guilt with my Shamrock Green Smoothie.

Shamrock Green Smoothie

St. Patrick's Day Green Smoothie - have a Shamrock Shake Copycat the healthy way! | cupcakesandkalechips.com | gluten free

So I have been dying to get myself a Shamrock Shake from McDonald’s.

St. Patrick's Day Green Smoothie - have a Shamrock Shake Copycat the healthy way! | cupcakesandkalechips.com | gluten free


But then I realize that the last time I had one, I wasn’t thrilled.  I rarely indulge in a McDonald’s milkshake, but I don’t think they have been the same since they started putting whipped cream and a cherry on top.  I mean, this is McDonald’s, not an ice cream parlor, or even a diner.  Their food isn’t supposed to come with garnish.  Then I saw someone post the list of what is in a Shamrock Shake.  Not that I don’t ever consume those ingredients – I do loves me a McDonald’s Ice Cream Cone, and the ice cream is the main component of the shake – but it wasn’t worth the calories or chemicals for something I don’t really like.

But it is St. Patrick’s Day, and for some reason, I still thought a Shamrock Shake for breakfast was the way to celebrate, since the rest of my plans for the day are decidedly NOT Irish.  I’ve seem a lot of versions posted on various blogs this week, but most involved ice cream.  So I decided to make one that was breakfast-worthy (but definitely still yummy enough for dessert).  And it does not involve any green food coloring.  Or added sugar. I think I will be making one for The Bug for snack.  Throw a banana in your freezer in chunks, and it’ll be ready to make this for an after dinner treat.

I am not a huge mint person.  I regularly think to myself that I wish they made peanut butter-flavored toothpaste.  So this is admittedly a little light on the mint.  If you like things really minty, go ahead and add more mint extract.  And no, you can’t taste the kale, and if you blend it up, you don’t even know it is there, other than the lovely green color it gives the smoothie.

What are you doing for St. Patrick’s Day?  Eating or drinking anything green?  Or Irish?

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Happy St. Patrick's Day Green Smoothie - Healthy Shamrock Shake
This St. Patrick's Day Green Smoothie lets you have a Shamrock Shake the healthy way!
Recipe type: Smoothie
  • 1 frozen, really ripe banana
  • 1 c milk (I used Almond Breeze Almond Coconut Milk, but you can use any milk you choose)
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt or cottage cheese
  • ½ c kale (or other dark, leafy green of your choice)
  • ½ t vanilla extract
  • ¼ t mint extract or about 2 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
  • ice cubes - I used 4 regular-sized ones. This was probably about ¾ c. Adjust accordingly based on the size of your ice cubes and how icy you want it.
  • Optional - you can add a bit of sugar, honey, stevia, etc., if needed, depending on how ripe and sweet your banana is
  1. Put all ingredients into a blender (I used my trusty Magic Bullet), and blends until smooth.
  2. Pour into a glass to serve, and garnish with a strawberry, if you want to be all fancy.


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  1. says

    OMG – my St Paddys day post is exactly the same!! Well… slight variation on the green smoothie (coconut milk!!) but same basic theme. How funny!!! (although I have yet to post SO please please know there was no copying involved :) ).

    Happy ST Paddys day to you and Bug!

  2. Lisa says

    This shamrock shake version is definitely more my speed than McD’s…..not to say I wouldn’t probably enjoy the “real” (but really artificial!) thing, but that ingredient list does burn me a little….

    I had one 3 years ago and was disappointed, so since then, I’ve just made my own versions (some gross…especially the more health I try to make it)… Yours looks pretty and delish–thanks for sharing :-)

  3. Quinn says

    If I’m doing a low-carb, very low-sugar meal plan, would you suggest an alternative to the banana? I know that helps with the consistency, but I am only eating berries, lemons, and limes for fruit. Thanks! It looks delicious!

  4. says

    I made this smoothie for breakfast this morning, and it is sooo good! I was a little skeptical at first, because I wasn’t sure how all those ingredients could taste remotely like a shamrock shake, but I was pleasantly surprised! I didn’t have any mint extract on hand, but I did have peppermint coffee syrup. I used about 2-3 TB of that, it was delectable! I also upped the banana to 1 1/2 to make it a little creamier and used spinach for the green and vanilla almond milk. This is definitely a smoothie I will be making again! Thank you for the delicious recipe!
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  5. says

    I really need to keep some mint extract in the house.. I want if just a couple mint leaves though would give it the same flavor? hmmm, must go experiment, since I don’t feel like shopping today, lol.


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