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Satisfy your milkshake cravings with a naturally green Mint Smoothie. This healthy Copycat Shamrock Shake recipe is sweet, creamy, and refreshing, just like the McDonald’s dessert. But it doesn’t have all the sugar and artificial ingredients and colors. Feel good about enjoying one for breakfast or as a protein-packed snack.
Want something chocolaty? Try a Chocolate Mint Smoothie!
Green Mint Smoothie – A Healthy Shamrock Shake Recipe
Every year I find myself craving a Shamrock Shake from McDonald’s and looking for that year’s release date. But then I remember the last time one – ever since they started adding whipped cream and a cherry, they just aren’t like the ones from my childhood.
So I thought I could indulge that craving in a healthy way by turning it into a mint smoothie. With natural, real ingredients, it’s healthy enough to be breakfast-worthy, but sweet and yummy enough for dessert. And that’s without any added sugar or even green food coloring.
Now you don’t have to wait for Shamrock Shakes to come around again because you can enjoy it any time of the day and year! And it’s definitely better and better-for-you than McDonald’s!
How bad is a Shamrock Shake for you?
The claim of only a handful of ingredients in a Shamrock Shake – 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.
One shake has more added sugar than you should have in a day and nearly 500 calories in a SMALL!
While it’s totally fine to indulge sometimes, this is one dessert I just don’t love enough to want to have it as one of my treats. I totally prefer this healthy copycat Shamrock Shake!
Are Shamrock Shakes gluten free?
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 the ingredients are gluten free.
Mint Smoothie Ingredients
Here’s a quick list of what you’ll need. The full amounts can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of the post.
- Spinach or kale. I prefer baby spinach because you get the nutrition of dark leafy greens with a more mild flavor, and it completely disintegrates when you blend it. But you can use kale or your choice of greens.
- Milk. Use your favorite dairy or non-dairy milk. 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 because it blends totally smooth without the tart flavor of the yogurt. And it has just as much protein.
- Banana. Prepare in advance by making sure you have some frozen bananas.
- Mint extract and vanilla extract. McCormick and Nielsen & Massey are brands that are gluten free. You can also feel free to add more mint extract if you want a more minty flavor.
- Ice cubes. Enough to achieve the consistency you like.
- 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.
How to Make a Healthy Copycat Shamrock Shake
Add spinach or kale, milk, Greek yogurt or cottage cheese, frozen banana, mint extract, vanilla extract, and ice to your blender in that order. Then all you have to do is blend until smooth. You can also adjust the sweetness of your mint smoothie if needed with your desired sweetener.
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.
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Mint Smoothie – Healthy Copycat Shamrock Shake
- 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
- Put all ingredients into a blender in the order listed, and blend until smooth.
- Pour into a glass to serve.