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Healthy Shamrock Shake

a green smoothie in a glass cup topped with whipped cream
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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
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a green smoothie in a glass cup topped with whipped cream

Healthy Shamrock Shake

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Author: Krolls Korner

Start your St. Paddy's festivities the healthful way with this nutrient packed Shamrock Shake!



  • 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


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

Recipe Notes

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. 



a green smoothie in a glass cup topped with whipped cream and red straws


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  1. 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 🙂

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