Shamrock Shake Mint Smoothie Recipe

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This copycat Healthy Shamrock Shake recipe is a naturally green mint smoothie with the sweet and refreshing flavor and creamy texture you love in that classic milkshake. But without the extra sugar, crazy ingredients, or artificial colors of the McDonald’s version. You can feel good about enjoying one for breakfast, as a protein-packed snack, or even a healthy dessert!

Healthy Shamrock Shake Mint Smoothie Recipe

How bad is a Shamrock Shake for you?

Every year I find myself craving a Shamrock Shake from McDonald’s and looking for this year’s release date. But then I remember 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. The flavor just isn’t the same, and this is McDonald’s. Their food isn’t supposed to come with garnish.

Then I saw someone post the list of what is in a Shamrock Shake. I’m not going to pretend I have a perfect diet. But their claim of only a handful of ingredients – vanilla reduced fat ice cream, shamrock shake syrup, whipped topping, and a maraschino cherry – really covers up a laundry list of sweeteners, artificial colors and flavors, and preservatives.

Personally, for me it isn’t worth the calories or chemicals for something I don’t really love. One shake has more added sugar than you should have in a day and nearly 500 calories in a SMALL!

Yet on St. Patrick’s Day, the idea of a Shamrock Shake for breakfast seems like the way to celebrate. So let’s have a healthy Shamrock Shake in the form of a mint smoothie!

And then after Easy Crockpot Corned Beef or Easy Shepherd’s Pie for your gluten free St. Patrick’s Day dinner, why not have another one for a healthy dessert?!

Tall milkshake glass with Shamrock Shake Mint Smoothie

Healthy Shamrock Shake Recipe

With natural, real ingredients, this mint smoothie is definitely healthy enough to be breakfast-worthy. But it’s definitely still sweet and yummy enough for dessert, just like your favorite mint milkshake. And that’s without any added sugar, or even any green food coloring. It’s made with all real and gluten free ingredients, so you can enjoy a naturally green smoothie any time of the day and year!

This healthy Shamrock Shake smoothie will totally satisfy your craving for that minty milkshake. It’s sweet and creamy, and, in my opinion, perfectly minty. And definitely better and better-for-you than McDonald’s!

Are Shamrock Shakes gluten free?

Gluten Free Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. This information is solely based on my research and personal experience, and I provide it as a courtesy to my readers. Please consult your doctor or medical professional for any questions as it relates to your needs, particularly if you have celiac disease or a severe gluten allergy or intolerance. Products, manufacturing facilities, and ingredients change frequently, so you should always contact the manufacturer for the latest information. 

McDonald’s does not promote any of their food products as gluten free. However, Shamrock Shakes do not have any gluten-containing ingredients. And the risk of cross-contamination is fairly low.

But if you want to be 100% sure, your best bet is to make it a home. Then you can be totally confident your mint smoothie is safe since all of these ingredients are gluten free.

Additionally, if you make a healthy Shamrock Shake, you can get the flavors you love without all the extra sugar and artificial ingredients.

Green Smoothie in a glass with striped straws

What is in a Healthy Copycat Shamrock Shake?

  • Spinach or kale – I prefer to use baby spinach. You get the nutrition of dark leafy greens but without an undertone of flavor. And it completely disintegrates when you blend it. But you can use kale or your choice of greens.
  • Milk – you can use your favorite dairy or non-dairy milk of choice. For smoothies, I prefer Silk unsweetened vanilla almond milk.
  • Plain Greek yogurt or cottage cheese – most people like to use yogurt in their smoothies. I actually prefer cottage cheese. It blends totally smooth without the tartness of yogurt. It has just as much protein.  And the bit of salt enhances the sweet flavors of the smoothie recipe.
  • Banana – prepare in advance by making sure you have a nice ripe and sweet banana in your freezer. Break it into chunks and throw it in the freezer at night for a breakfast smoothie. Or if you forgot at night, freeze it in the morning so you can have one as a healthy dessert.
  • Mint extract and vanilla extract – these are typically gluten free, but do be sure they are not made with grain alcohols if you are sensitive. McCormick and Nielsen & Massey are safe options. You can also feel free to add more mint extract if you want a more minty flavor.
  • Ice cubes
  • Optional sweetener – if your banana isn’t ripe and sweet enough, you might choose to add a bit of honey, Swerve, stevia, or another sweetener.

BRIANNE’S FAVORITE BLENDER

I always recommend a high-powered blender like the Blendtec for the smoothest, most creamy smoothies. The Mini Wildside+ Jar is the perfect size for one or two smoothies. You can even use the “Smoothie” setting to have it gradually increase the speed to perfectly incorporate the liquids and frozen ingredients. Note, I do usually stop it a little before the cycle is over because I prefer an extra thick smoothie.

I am a Blendtec ambassador, and should you make any purchases through my  Blendtec Store link, I will receive a small commission, but that also means you can use the code CUPCAKESANDKALECHIPS to receive 20% off. 

How to make a healthy Shamrock Shake smoothie:

  1. Add spinach or kale, milk, Greek yogurt or cottage cheese, frozen banana, mint extract, vanilla extract, and ice to your blender.
  2. Then all you have to do is blend until smooth. You can also adjust the sweetness if needed with your desired sweetener.
Shamrock Shake Green Smoothie with two straws

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Healthy Shamrock Shake Mint Smoothie

This St. Patrick’s Day Green Smoothie lets you have a Shamrock Shake the healthy way! 
Prep: 5 mins
Total: 5 mins
Servings: 1

Ingredients

  • 1 cup baby spinach or kale or other dark, leafy green of your choice
  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt or cottage cheese
  • 1 frozen really ripe banana
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon mint extract (or more, if desired)
  • 4 ice cubes I used 4 regular-sized ones. This was probably about 3/4 cup. Adjust accordingly based on the size of your ice cubes and how icy you want it.
  • Optional, honey, stevia, etc., if needed, depending on how ripe and sweet your banana is

Instructions

  • Put all ingredients into a blender in the order listed, and blend until smooth.
  • Pour into a glass to serve.
Nutrition Facts
Healthy Shamrock Shake Mint Smoothie
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 211 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Cholesterol 5mg2%
Sodium 377mg16%
Potassium 647mg18%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 1480IU30%
Vitamin C 14.5mg18%
Calcium 425mg43%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Enjoy! Originally published on March 17, 2012. Photos updated on March 3, 2016.

60 Comments
  1. This is a very interesting recipe indeed, thanks for sharing Brianna! One thing I’ve been doing lately is blending avocado seeds, they’re a great source of antioxidants and fiber. So whenever I eat an avocado, I keep the seed for later and just add it as an extra ingredient to my next green smoothie. If there’s enough fresh fruit in there, you can hardly taste the avocado seed. Worth a try!

    1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

      What a great tip, Donna! Thank you for sharing that. I’ll have to start saving up avocado pits now. 🙂

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  5. 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.

  6. 5 stars
    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!

  7. Quinn

    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!

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  9. Lisa

    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 🙂

  10. 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!

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