McDonald’s Shamrock Shakes, a famous McDonald’s product, is back.

Even the most minor shamrock shake is packed with sugar, chemicals, additives, and food dyes.

Here is a recipe to help you make your own healthy, homemade shamrock smoothie in your kitchen. It’s quick, easy, thick, and creamy.

Homemade healthy milkshakes

Moderation has never really been my thing. I have always thought that indulging in unhealthy food occasionally is okay.

When I like something, I want to have it always!

These healthy shamrock drinks don’t require you to drink them moderately.

This easy recipe is ready in under 5 minutes, using natural ingredients for that classic green color. It contains NO refined sugar.

Imagine how much you can save by drinking ZERO g of refined sugar instead of 64. This recipe for a healthy Shamrock Shake is also under 460 calories.

Vegan shamrock shake ingredients

This recipe requires the following ingredients: your milk of choice (or some drops of food color), pure peppermint oil, cacao nibs or chocolate chips, and a frozen banana.

The recipe does not require matcha and includes a banana-free option.

These vegan milkshakes are even better than the thick shakes at McDonald’s. They don’t give you the lethargic consumed-too-much-sugar feeling when you’re done.

Use your favorite milk. I sometimes use coconut milk to make a more decadent shake but prefer non-dairy almond or cashew milk.

Recently, when I make plant-based shakes, I don’t bother to turn them green. Although not as exciting, the white ones are just as tasty.

Shake up your shamrock with these healthy serving ideas

Green smoothies can be a healthy breakfast, dessert, or snack.

Serve them with Tofu scramble and these whole grain Banana Oatmeal Cookies for a nutritious breakfast you will want to prepare all year.

Enjoy one as part of a St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Add a serving of your favorite protein to make it a post-workout treat high in protein.

A shamrock shake contains 25-30 grams of protein.

What is your favorite milkshake flavor?

Mint chocolate chip has always been my favorite. The vibrant green color is what I love most about the mint chocolate chip flavor.

Imagine the green Shamrock Shakes at McDonald’s or the mint chocolate-chip milkshakes of Baskin Robbins.

When I was three, I loved everything blue. Mint chocolate chip was the best alternative to blue ice cream at our local Baskin Robbins.

In middle school, I would drink a Baskin Robbins milkshake with mint chocolate chips every day after school.

It’s been seven years since my first vegan and healthy shamrockshake recipe. Yet, I still make them at least once every week for myself!


Milk of Choice, 1 cup

Make this avocado smoothie recipe without bananas by freezing one banana

cacao nibs or chocolate chips, as desired

Pure peppermint extract, 1/8 to 1/4 tsp

Optional: 1 scoop of protein powder

1/4 cup frozen spinach, optional

I add a scant 1/8 teaspoon of salt to bring out the flavors.


If you don’t want to drink green, you can use green food coloring or a white, peppermint-flavored shake. Both are delicious. Add a pinch of Spirulina. Use your favorite milk. Cashew milk and almond milk are lighter alternatives to coconut milk. Use a banana that is a little brown to avoid the unripe banana taste in your mint chocolate shake. To make the mint chocolate shake, blend all ingredients until smooth in a blender. Add the chocolate chips before or after you agree. Use pure cacao. Peppermint Extract, not imitation

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