March is here. We’re all excited for spring. We’re thinking about wearing green for St. Patrick’s Day. Green is everywhere! And I like it. And I also really like this shake. Okay, here’s the truth – I’ve never actually had a real Shamrock Shake from that fast food place (you know the one). But just looking at its unnatural shade of green I knew I could make a healthier version at home!
I heard Cameron Diaz talking about her new book on Jimmy Fallon, and she said something to the effect of being against diets because they are about deprivation. Usually I’m firmly against taking dietary advice from a stick thin former model, but this time I happen to agree. Eating well is about nutrition. This shake is delicious and feels like a treat, but it’s 100% natural and healthy. It’s like having your cake and eating it too!
All natural Shamrock Shake
In this copycat shake you won’t find any dairy, processed ingredients, food coloring or sugars. You’ll find 100% all-natural ingredients and you don’t have to feel guilty as you sip it. I used a mix of organic baby super greens, but you can use baby spinach or whatever your favorite green is. The baby greens have a milder flavor if that’s an issue. I also included a handful of fresh mint and a few drops of pure peppermint oil for the extra refreshing minty flavor.
To sweeten it, I used whole, pitted dates. If you wanted to, you could use a frozen ripe banana instead. It would also make the shake a little thicker. For the creamy element, I used coconut cream and homemade almond milk and a bit of vanilla bean paste. The ice is just to make it nice and cold.
Instead of whipped cream and a cherry, I used roasted cacao nibs for a nutty, chocolatey crunch. This is such a yummy shake/smoothie. It’s fresh and healthy and a perfect replacement for the original.
I included a mint chocolate variation down below. :)
Recipe Makeover - Healthy Copycat Shamrock Shake
Yield 1 -2
A healthy, nutrition-packed minty green shake.
- 1 cup organic baby super greens or spinach
- 1 handful of fresh mint
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut cream
- 1/2 cup crushed ice
- 3-5 whole dates or sweetened of your choice (see note)
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla bean paste or extract
- a few drops pure peppermint oil, to taste
- optional garnish - sprinkle of cacao nibs
- Place all ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth. Pour into a tall glass and enjoy.
- Variation: Add 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder for a mint chocolate shake
-If your dates aren't soft, be sure to soak them first in a little warm water.