It’s time to celebrate one of my favorite holidays, St. Patrick’s Day, with my Vegan Shamrock Shake. It’s a healthier, and in my opinion, tastier version of that fast food Shamrock Shake that’s so popular this time of year. I’ve made other green smoothies, like this Green Tea Smoothie, but today’s has a minty freshness to it that can’t be denied!
Why do I love St. Patrick’s Day? Because I’ve got a touch o’ the Irish in me! My last name is McMillen and although that means I’m of Scottish heritage, someone in our ancestry took a little boat trip over to Ireland. I’ve heard that referred to as Scots-Irish, but I’ve also read some controversy on that topic, so I’m trying to stay neutral.
Honestly, we’re all a bit Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. Right? So ancestry aside, it’s a fun day to put our differences aside and all share one common color, green.
This shake is definitely celebrating that!
I know I’m not the first one to make a vegan Shamrock Shake. I imagine I won’t be the last. Any time I set out to create a recipe I know is already out there a bit, I try to put my own spin on it. I knew I wanted something that would be super healthy, green, and also easy to throw together.
The nice thing about this Vegan Shamrock Shake is, it’s a great detox after a night of partying. In other words, if you’re a little hung over on March 18, this Vegan Shamrock Shake can help!
How to Make this Vegan Shamrock Shake
So, this recipe is as easy as throwing some spinach, frozen bananas, a little bit of avocado, fresh mint leaves, and a Silk AlmondMilk Vanilla Single in a blender. I also added a little bit of ice because I wanted it super thick. If you’d like a little less green, just use less spinach.
I get this question whenever I post a smoothie recipe, so let me address it now — only fresh spinach, not frozen.
And let’s talk about the mint. Because I have used it before, but I don’t recommend mint extract for this recipe. Because this smoothie is fresh and it needs fresh flavors. If you add mint extract, it will taste like you’re drinking a stick of gum. Gross.
I used Silk’s AlmondMilk Vanilla Single to add a hint of vanilla and some creamy, sweet smoothness to this shake. It works like a charm. [Pun intended] And it’s also pretty fortunate that the package size works perfectly for this recipe.
I love using Silk’s AlmondMilk because it has such a rich, creamy flavor with only 90 calories per serving. It’s also free of dairy, lactose, gluten, casein, egg, peanut, and MSG. It doesn’t have any artificial colors or flavorings. And it’s certified by the Non-GMO product verification process. If you want to learn more about Silk’s dairy-free products, sign up for the Silk Newsletter.
You don’t have to wait for St. Patty’s day for the luck o’ the Irish to shine your way. Sometimes luck shines on the prepared!
Luck is preparation meeting opportunity. — Oprah Winfrey
- 1 cup fresh spinach not frozen
- 1 cup frozen banana
- ¼ cup avocado chopped
- 8 fluid ounces (one container) Silk Almond Milk Vanilla Singles
- 4-6 Fresh Mint Leaves*
- 1 cup ice optional
- 1 teaspoon Cacao Nibs optional
Combine the spinach, bananas, avocado, AlmondMilk and mint leaves in a blender. Pulse until smooth. Add the ice (optional) and pulse until a thick, creamy consistency develops.
Garnish with Cacao Nibs and additional mint leaves. Drink this yourself or share with a friend!
*You can buy fresh mint leaves in the produce section of your grocery store. You can also grow it (quite easily) outside. I highly recommend fresh mint over mint extract in this recipe. If you must use mint extract, add just a drop at a time. A little bit goes a long way.