Shamrock Shake - Healthy and a Treat

Shamrock Shake – Two Versions

  • Author: Cassie Johnston
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Total Time: 5 min
  • Yield: 1 1x


Did you know that you can make the coveted Shamrock Shake at home, no trip to the golden arches required? Here are two versions—one healthy, and one not-so-much.



For Healthy Take Version

  • 1 cup full fat coconut milk (from the can)
  • 1 ripe frozen banana
  • A handful of ice
  • 1/2 ripe avocado, peeled
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • Sweetened coconut whipped cream and fresh mint leaves, for garnish

For Treat Yo’ Self Version

  • 3/4 cup vanilla ice cream
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 4 drops green food coloring
  • Sweetened whipped cream, maraschino cherries, green sprinkles, and fresh mint leaves, for garnish


For Healthy Take Version

  1. Blend coconut milk, banana, ice, avocado, spinach, vanilla extract, and peppermint extract in a high-powered blender until very smooth.
  2. Pour into a tall glass, and top with whipped coconut cream and mint leaves.

For Treat Yo’ Self Version

  1. Blend ice cream, milk, extract and food coloring in a blender until smooth. If using a high powered blender (Blendtec, Vitamix, Ninja), blend on the lowest setting possible to make sure not to overheat the milkshake.
  2. Pour into a tall glass, and top with whipped cream, a maraschino cherry, sprinkles, and mint leaves.


For Healthy Take Version

  • Depending on the sweetness of your banana, you might want to add a tablespoon or so of maple syrup or honey to sweeten.

For Treat Yo’ Self Version

  • Depending on the consistency of your ice cream, you may need to add more ice cream or milk to achieve desired thickness.
  • The controversy over whipped cream is thick (with stiff peaks!) on this topic. Traditional Shamrock Shakes do NOT have whipped cream. McDonald’s starting adding that back in 2010. But my philosophy is that whipped cream is never, ever wrong.
  • Category: Desserts

Keywords: smoothie, ice cream, milkshake

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