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How to have a Chocolate St. Patrick’s Day!

This is going to be one green post.

I think green foods are my favorite: Kale, broccoli, zucchini…

And mint-chocolate chip!!


Healthy Shamrock Shakes

Have you ever tried a McDonalds’ shamrock shake? I actually haven’t, but I make this shake at least once a month. It is so incredibly delicious… and so vibrantly green!

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Mint-Chocolate Cupcakes

If Baskin & Robbins made their famous mint-chocolate-chip ice cream into a cupcake, I imagine it would taste something like this. Bonus points for adding chocolate chips to the batter.

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Irish Soda Baked Oatmeal

This cookie-like oatmeal would make a perfect St. Patrick’s Day breakfast!

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My Oatmeal Recipes

If you click on the above link, you’ll find a list of all my oatmeal recipes. Oatmeal is a staple in Ireland… you’ve gotta eat oatmeal on St. Patrick’s Day!

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Spinach Ice Cream

Yes, spinach. Don’t be scared! Just like with green smoothies, you cannot taste the spinach in this. It’s a great way to get kids begging for vegetables!

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Peppermint Cream Parfait

Looks like Jello pudding, but it’s much healthier! And don’t forget the gooey chocolate frosting…


Mint-Chocolate-Chip Ice Cream

A healthy alternative to the stuff you’d find at a fancy-schmancy ice cream parlor.

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Key Lime Pie Mini Parfaits

Just in case you were wondering where Leprechauns go for the winter, here is your answer: They go to Florida! They sit on the beach and eat key lime pie.


Avocado-Free Guacamole

Try bringing this deliciously green dip to your St. Patrick’s Day party. I call it “Aspari-Dip” since I don’t think it tastes like avocado. But when I served it to a bunch of friends, they told me it was better than guacamole!

Question of the Day:

Are you going to eat anything green on St. Patrick’s Day?

Are you Irish? And do you make sure to wear green? I’m sure I’ll eat something green without even trying, since so many foods–especially veggies–are green. And I always wear green on St. Patrick’s Day… being pinched hurts! As for being Irish, my grandfather was a full-blooded Irishman, but I’ve never actually been to his homeland. I’d love to go someday.

Published on March 15, 2012

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  1. Yellow Haired Girl says

    I have some Irish in me … so I’ll probably sport a green t shirt or something! Wouldn’t want to get pinched 😉 and there’s no doubt I’ll eat something green on Saturday as well – I sneak spinach into almost every meal!

    • Justine Duppong @ Life With Cheeseburgers says

      Breakfast too? I bet you could make a pretty good savory spinach oatmeal!

  2. Michaela says

    LOVE this post. You listed all of my fav peppermint recipes 🙂
    I will def celebrate, though I won´t be in Ireland this year.
    You should go visit Ireland, if you have the chance. It is my most loved country in the world- stunningly beautiful and the people are unbelievably friendly.

  3. Samantha says

    How funny, we have pretty much the exact same green foods – although avocado is also in my list which I know isn’t one of your favorites right now. 🙂

    Right now I have a frozen block of your peanut butter hot chocolate ice cream – not the least bit St. Patrick’s Day…but I still have time for other creations.

    Have a great day.

  4. Lena says

    St. Patrick’s Day is actually my birthday! I was always quite proud of that despite having no Irish heritage. Heh. But these recipes all look amazing. I really want to try the mint fudge pie, but I can’t find mint extract in any of the supermarkets I’ve looked in! Crazy. 🙁 I don’t know why, it seems common enough to me…

  5. Holly - InspirationBeauty says

    I am Irish and I live in Dublin, Ireland 🙂

    I love how people from the US and all over the world get excited for St. Patrick’s Day, it makes me feel very special 🙂

    Although, just a word of warning to all of you, us Irish can’t stand when others refer to the holiday as “St. Patty’s Day” ! Patty is a girl’s name! There’s actually a website dedicated to this cause but I’m not sure if I am allowed link it here?
    Basically : Paddy, Patrick, Pat are fine
    Patty is NOT!

    Oh and another thing, we call oatmeal “Porridge” 🙂 I think it’s yummy but not many of my friends would eat it! They’d much rather a big Irish Fry Up!

    Love Holly

  6. Suzie says

    This is perfect, I am going to a St. Patty’s Day potluck and wasn’t sure what to bring… but now I think I will prong the chocolate mint cupcakes : )

    I am not Irish by no means, but I sure do love oats! And definitely be wearing green, like you I hate being pinched…

  7. Janae says

    Isn’t everyone a bit Irish? I mean, if you’re white, American, chances are you probably have some Irish in ya. That’s why St. Patty’s day is such an important holiday, right? Here’s to green milkshakes, cabbage, and soda bread!

  8. Ciara says

    I agree with a comment a few above – there have even been newspaper articles about this ‘patty’ nonsense. We say Paddy, as in short for Patrick. So It’s Paddy’s day, St.Patricks, Patricks, or at a push St.pats. (Pa is also short for Patrick though). But there is no PATTY.

  9. Steph says

    Just my daily veggies will be green. I wish I had the fancy ingredients to make your yummy treats though! They look mouthwatering… I am wearing green. Not on purpose either!

  10. Emily @ Glitz Glam Granola says

    Omg I’m so excited about all of these! I don’t usually get that into St. Patricks day but celebrating with healthy/delicious desserts sounds like the perfect celebration to me! I’ve never had a Shamrock shake either but your version sounds fabulous!! Can’t wait to make it!

  11. Danielle says

    Our church is having a St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser to raise money for the local outpatient mental-health clinic. I’m on the food committee (I volunteered to ensure the availability of vegetarian options).

    I brought the Ultimate Fudge Pie to our Pi Day party last night. Everyone was raving about it and asked me “So how *do* you make a pie with tofu?!?” Thanks for the inspiration!

  12. Jenica says


    I just recently discovered your blog and I absoloutely LOVE IT! A friend of mine showed it to me after she suggested I go dairy-free (I am now and I feel amazing!). Soon after I realized many of my favorite desserts were no-no’s! And just to calrify… I am a girl with a sweet tooth that can’t be satisfied! 😉

    So thank you, thank you, thank you for creating such amazing desserts that are lovely alternatives for DF, GF, and vegan people! You are amazing! 🙂

    But I do have a question, do you have a green soothie recipe? I’ve tried Kimberly Snyder’s Glowing Green Smoothie recipe (as a healthy alternative for breakfast) and I thought it was absoloutly terrible! I don’t remember the recipe exactly but I know it was mostly spinach, celery, and kale and maybe a banana and I just did not like it at all. So is there a way to make a smoothie more fruit based but still retain all the nutritional value that a true green smoothie is supposed to have? What are your thoughts or suggestions?

    I think what freaked me out with my first green smoothie was that it was so “green” tasting, and I’m not a big veggie girl which is why I trick myself into eating them. Is that how all green smoothies are?

    Thank you so much again! I’m sorry this is such a long post! Any comments are appreciated and welcome! I’d love to hear evveryone’s thoughts on this! 🙂

  13. vogelstar says

    one of our next trips will be a walking tour of Ireland, with a stop off in Dublin for some drinks and live music. Hopefully you make it there someday too

  14. Amber K says

    I have no Irish in my heritage that I know of, but I do love green foods! I don’t actually own anything green, so I won’t be wearing it. I remember being younger and always claiming there was green on my underwear, lol.

  15. Justine Duppong @ Life With Cheeseburgers says

    We’re having a class celebration, so if I don’t make one of Katie’s dishes I may just subject them to something cottage cheesey-turned green!

  16. Ashton says

    Is there anything that I could substitute for the banana in the Shamrock Shake? I can’t stand bananas and the flavor permeates everything! But I love Mcdonald’s Shamrock shake and mint oreo mcflurry and wish that I had a vegan version that I could have all year round.

  17. Jess says

    Can’t wait to try all those recipes!
    I just recently found out that i’m Irish! I’ve been researching my ancestry and learned that a lot of my paternal ancestors come from Tipperary or Dublin. So cool.
    I’m celebrating St. Patrick’s Day by participating in a 5K run – ‘Chase the Leprechaun 5K.’ Guess who is the leprechaun!? Me! So, i will be the one dressed in green being chased by a crowd of people! Perfect!

  18. Katie Smith says

    I have been slowly transitioning to a vegan lifestyle the past several months and just stumbled upon your blog…and spent the last several hours bookmarking almost every recipe, wow! I definitely had my doubts about being able to still indulge in dessert…real dessert, without compromising health, but no more! I am so excited to find someone as passionate about her sweet tooth as I am, and so glad to find some desserts that can be both delicious AND healthy, thanks for sharing, I can’t wait to get in the kitchen!!

  19. Allison says

    hi Katie!!

    I made the cupcakes with the banana frosting and some chocolate chips – HOLY MAN they are delish!!! 🙂 thank you so so much for your recipes – i made the raw pb cookie dough yesterday (i added chocolate chips.. hehe) and have a can of coconut milk turning in to cool whip as we speak 😉 maybe some pancakes…. anywho – i love your blog and your recipes 🙂 i’m such a huge fan!


  20. Alaina says

    I’m just a teeny bit Irish. I don’t usually eat anything green, but i do try to wear something green. This whole weekend will be celebrating because of St. Patrick’s Day and the day after is my birthday!

    I would love to make the homemade Shamrock Shake. I used to get those at McD’s when I was in college.

  21. Albizia says

    I never celebrate St. Patrick’s day and I don’t even have anything greener than khaki in my closet 😀 . But odds are I will eat something green anyway because I need my vegetables.

  22. Annie @ Naturally Sweet Recipes says

    Great green recipes! That fudge pie the most beautiful pie I’ve ever seen! The green is so vibrant and looks delicious with that rich chocolate. I’ve made my own shamrock shakes, they are yummy!! I might need to make a few of these for St. Patty’s! 🙂 Thanks for all the green ideas!

  23. Wendy aka Roo says

    Wow, all of these look so yummy, I will have to try at least one! I’m a St. Patty’s Day Baby, so I always wear green & since I’m now vegan, I will have to try one of your green desserts!

  24. Moni'sMeals says

    now we are talking! Perfect post… I have had enough of this mint talk all around…and want this rich, luscious, heavenily chocolate recipes! ahhhh.Much better!


    Thanks for such creative post.

  25. Ellie @ healthy belly ellie says

    Green overnight oats for me on St. Patricks, along with green tea perhaps! I’ll have to try that Shamrock Shake, looks delish!

  26. BroccoliHut says

    I usually try to drink a green smoothie in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, but maybe I’ll focus on dessert this year…

  27. Faith says

    I’m Irish AND Scotish, so every St. Patrick’s Day I make sure I wear green AND orange. It works out lucky for me that I went to the University of Miami for my bachelors-I have plenty of green and orange shirts!

  28. tara says

    HI, I need to gain weight but am not exercising. Struggling with binging at night and making myself sick. I’d love to chat to ask how the heck to gain healthfully when not exercising. I don’t have any appetite at all and I’m ruining my digestion by binging so much. I’m not vegan, but I don’t think it could hurt for me to explore simple ideas. I need to really make simple meals and snacks but I’m fixated on protein (since I’m not exercising but wanting to gain)…but is it so wrong to not do that? You can email me if you have any suggestions. I’m frustrated.

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