What’s your favorite milkshake flavor?
Mine’s always been mint chocolate chip… although the last time I drank a real milkshake, it was chocolate. To be honest, the vibrant green color enthralls me more than anything else. (Have you seen the Shamrock Shakes from McDonalds or the mint chocolate chip milkshakes from Baskin Robbins?) It goes back to when I was three years old and loved anything blue. Since our local Baskin Robbins didn’t make blue ice cream at the time, mint chocolate chip was the next best choice.
Yesterday afternoon, feeling nostalgic, I decided to recreate the milkshakes of my childhood… well, if those shakes had been healthy Shamrock Shakes or mint chocolate chip milkshakes.
A small McDonalds Shamrock Shake will set you back 530 calories and 73 grams of sugar! And it’s filled with chemical ingredients, additives, and potentially-dangerous food dyes. Do your health a favor and make your own healthy Shamrock Shakes at home. It takes under five minutes to make, uses natural ingredients to get that bright-green hue, and has NO refined sugar whatsoever.
This healthy Shamrock Shake recipe is also well under 500 calories!
Healthy Shamrock Shakes
- 1 frozen large banana, as ripe as possible
- cacao nibs or chocolate chips
- 1/8 tsp to 1/4 tsp pure peppermint extract (I like 1/4 tsp)
- 2/3 cup to 1 cup milk of choice (For a super-rich shake, try full-fat canned coconut milk.)
- optional: 1/4 cup frozen spinach (If you can’t get on board with the greens-in-smoothies thing, you can opt for green food coloring or just drink a white mint shake. Or add a pinch of spirulina!)
Blend in a blender until smooth.
As one of my most popular recipes, this milkshake was one of the only blog recipes to make it into the bestselling Chocolate-Covered Katie Cookbook.
All recipes in the book–including this recipe–come with full nutrition facts.
Why not try adding my favorite Chocolate Thin Mint Brownie Bites?!