Enjoy the luck o’ the Irish with the fresh, minty flavor of this Vegan Shamrock Shake, made healthy by nutritious ingredients, like bananas, and made rich and creamy thanks to avocados! Get ready to dance a jig this St. Patrick’s Day!
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!
We’re All a Little Irish
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.
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
Vegan Shamrock Shake
- 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!