Healthy Shamrock Shake

Appetizers & Snacks  |  Published Mar 14, 2019  |  Updated Aug 20, 2019  |  By Tawnie

a green smoothie in a glass cup topped with whipped cream

Healthy Shamrock Shake: A minty start your St. Paddy’s festivities with no food coloring or weird ingredients! This shake puts a healthy and nutritious twist on the traditional Shamrock Shake.

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I wanted to make a more nutrient rich version of McDonald’s Shamrock Shake!

This glorious, minty, green concoction was originally introduced at McDonald’s in 1970 and has been a hit ever since because of its sheer delicious flavor.

You all know I am a smoothie lover, so I wanted to take this traditionally high fat dessert and turn it into something you can enjoy as a nutritious snack or treat.

a green smoothie being poured from a vitamix into a glass cup

Ingredients this shake has:

  • Milk (can use almond milk, coconut milk, oat milk, etc)
  • Avocado
  • Baby spinach
  • Yogurt (can use a dairy free alternative
  • Banana
  • Peppermint extract (or can sub fresh mint if you have it!)
  • Optional: whip cream and cocoa nibs (can use coconut whip too!)
  • Optional: ice (if your bananas aren’t frozen use ice!)

The traditional version of this shake is only available for a limited time at the fast-food chain, but my version is available year-round!

It’s the go to morning shake or a great afternoon pick-me-up.

How to make this shake:

  • Grab a blender, and mix all the ingredients together until smooth. Seriously, that’s it.

Is this shake vegan and gluten free?

  • You can make it vegan by choosing a dairy free milk, yogurt and whip cream. There are many available in the supermarkets these days!
  • Yes, this is gluten free. No wheat, rye or barley involved.
  • This smoothie is also Paleo friendly!
a green smoothie in a glass cup topped with whipped cream


a green smoothie in a glass cup topped with whipped cream
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Healthy Shamrock Shake

Start your St. Paddy's festivities the healthful way with this nutrient packed Shamrock Shake!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 people


  • 1 cup low fat milk or fat-free milk
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 2 large bananas, frozen
  • 2 handfuls fresh baby spinach
  • 1/3 cup yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract

Optional topping ideas:

  • cocoa nibs, whipped cream


  • Blend all ingredients together and top with whipped cream and cocoa nibs. 


If you don't have frozen bananas, use regular bananas and add ice. 
Vegan option: dairy free milk (such as oat milk or coconut milk), dairy free yogurt, and coconut whipped cream. 
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Haha! I think I’m with you. Totally obsessed with Shamrock Shakes (I’m posting a recipe later this week too!) but I don’t think I’ve ever tasted the “original” from MickyD’s! Yours looks delish BTW 🙂

Love the avocado!!

I’m going to remove one of the smoothies [Ted’s lol] from my smoothie roundup and add this one! Such a keeper!!

Wow! I can’t believe how much sugar the McDonald’s shakes contain! That’s crazy!! Your recipe looks so yummy!

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