Imitation Shamrock Shake
I have been dying to try out a healthier version of the oh-so-popular Shamrock Shake. I don’t think I’ve ever had a Shamrock Shake from McDonald’s because peppermint in a drink just never appealed to me. Plus, as many of you know, I’d rather just have chocolate. But, after so many people telling me how good they are, I couldn’t resist trying to come up with a healthier version that could be enjoyed by people with dietary restrictions.
The Healthy Version
Instead of using unhealthy ingredients like artificial colors, preservatives, and loads of sugar, this Imitation Shamrock Shake uses whole foods and natural sugars/sweeteners, providing healthy fats and protein! I have to admit, I was a little worried that this recipe wouldn’t work out because it would taste “too healthy” and not remind me of an actual sweet treat. But, I must say, it did not taste like vegetables at all and had the perfect amount of sweetness. It was very refreshing and is now one of my mom and I’s new favorite shakes! Check out the recipe below and give it a try! I’d love to know what you think 🙂
- 1 can full-fat coconut milk
- 1 large, overripe banana, frozen
- ¼ of a ripe avocado
- Handful of spinach
- 2 tablespoons Great Lakes Collagen-optional for protein and additional health benefits
- 1-2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 2 packets (1 gram each) Sweet Leaf Stevia (optional)
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla flavoring (not extract!)
- 3-4 drops peppermint essential oil
- Dairy-free dark chocolate, for shaving (optional)
- Additional spinach or mint leaf for garnishing
- Frist, place all the ingredients in a food processor or blender, except for the chocolate and garnish.
- Next, blend the ingredients on high until smooth.
- Them, pour the shake into individual glasses and top with chocolate shavings and/or spinach/mint leaf.
Got a craving for shakes? Try my Almond-Coconut Milkshake! It tastes like dessert but there’e no added sugar whatsoever!