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Healthy Shamrock Shake Recipe

A small McDonalds Shamrock Shake will set you back 460 calories and 64 grams of sugar! Do your health a favor, and make your own delicious and healthy shamrock shake at home.

The popular McDonalds Shamrock Shakes are back again.

And although they might taste good for the few minutes they last, even the smallest-sized milkshake is full of empty calories and sugar, chemicals, additives, and potentially dangerous food dyes.

So here is a recipe for how to make your own healthy shamrock shake at home.

While I’ve always believed indulging in unhealthy food every once in a while is fine, I’ve also never been big on moderation… if I enjoy something, I want it all the time!

With these healthy shamrock shakes, you don’t have to drink them in moderation. The recipe takes less than five minutes to make, uses natural ingredients to get that green hue, and it has NO refined sugar whatsoever.

Think of how much sugar you’re saving by drinking ZERO grams of refined sugar instead of 64… This healthy shamrock shake recipe is also way under 460 calories!

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Healthy Shamrock Shakes - A small McDonalds shake will set you back 530 calories & 73 grams of sugar... Do your health a favor and make your own healthy Shamrock Shakes at home! @choccoveredkt

What’s your favorite milkshake flavor?

Mine’s always been mint chocolate chip. Although I do love the flavor, it’s the vibrant green color that enthralls me more than anything else.

Those gorgeously green Shamrock Shakes from McDonalds or the bright 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.

I went through a phase in middle school where I’d drink a Baskin Robbins mint chocolate chip milkshake every single day after school.

And now?

Well now it’s been over seven years since I first came up with this vegan and healthy shamrock shake recipe, and yet here I am still making them for myself at least once a week!

Try topping your Shamrock Shake with homemade Coconut Whipped Cream.


While they don’t taste exactly like a McDonald’s thick shake (although if you use canned coconut milk, they are surprisingly milkshake-like), I actually like these even better, because they don’t give you the lethargic consumed-too-much-sugar feeling when you’re done.

Feel free to use your favorite milk of choice here – sometimes I use coconut milk for a more decadent shake, but more often I will use cashewmilk or almond milk.

Lately when I’ve been making them, I haven’t bothered to turn them green, and the white ones are still just as good–although admittedly not as fun!

*If you’re a chocoholic, try the Chocolate Shamrock Shake Recipe.

Secretly Healthy Shamrock Shakes

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Healthy Shamrock Shake Recipe

Do your health a favor, and make your own delicious and healthy shamrock shake at home!
4.79/5 (14)
Total Time 5 minutes
Yield 1 serving


  • 1 overripe large frozen banana
  • cacao nibs or chocolate chips, as desired
  • 1/8 tsp to 1/4 tsp pure peppermint extract (I like 1/4 tsp)
  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • optional 1/4 cup frozen spinach
  • optional, I usually add scant 1/8 tsp salt to bring out the flavor


  • *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 peppermint shake (which is just as delicious). Or add a pinch of spirulina!
    Feel free to use your favorite milk of choice. Canned coconut milk will give it a rich milkshake-like taste, but I also really love the lighter results of using cashewmilk or almond milk. To make the shake: Blend all ingredients in a blender until completely smooth. Make sure the banana you use is at least somewhat brown, so you don't get that unripe earthy banana flavor in your mint chocolate shake! You can add the chocolate chips either before or after blending. Be sure to use pure peppermint extract, not imitation.
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For banana-free, try this Avocado Smoothie Recipe.

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  1. Albizia says

    Although I hate mint, I must admit the color is pretty 🙂 .

    I’ve tried only the basics – strawberry and chocolate. I haven’t even tried vanilla (shame on me!). But if there was banana and coffee milkshake available, I would drink it pretty often.

  2. Anita Ruiz says

    Funny you should post this I was just complaining how I miss my mint n chip milk shakes from Baskin Robbins. Its been about two years since and I am really excited to try this new recipe. Thank you for bringing a smile to a woman who misses her ice cream store experiences.

  3. Erika says

    You read my mind! I was just thinking about St. Patricks Day and wondering if I could find a good replacement for those McDonalds shamrock shakes. Thanks Katie!!!

  4. Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies) says

    oh my wow. like WOW that looks so dreamy.. I, myself am a HUGE fan of mint- i had my first mint jocolat bar last week and the love story began…
    and i TOTALLY go for the xantham gum add in too… thick + creamy > thin + runny
    (gotta love my math skills, ey!?)

    okay im thinking.. a cookie dough shake.. BUT i have zero clue on how that would work…..

  5. Leslie says

    I have so many of your recipes bookmarked, miss Katie. And now you go and throw in another one! Can you please write a cookbook already, so I can have them all in one place? 😉

    Oh, and my favorite milkshake is vegan chocolate!

  6. Melissa says


    The frozen banana as ice cream stand in is my favorite thing to do!
    I like to make pumpkin pie versions with banana, a bit of almond milk (since the pumpkin puree adds liquid!), pumpkin, pie spices and vanilla. Mmmmmmmm.

  7. Änne says

    the color is gorgeous, though I don´t like mint+chocolate…or orange+chocolate…but the mint in the shake is great, it remids me of lemon buttermilk I used to drink in summer…so how about lemon+mint as a tastier (&vegan) replacement?

  8. Veronica says

    I found your blog yesterday b/c Loser for Life linked to you for the single lady cupcake she made. I spent like an hour going through your posts–I really LOVE your blog! Although not a vegan myself, I do like to eat vegetarian/vegan for most of my meals and all your ideas are so great! Like this shake! I just bought some coconut milk beverage (80 cals per cup, same as skim, and it has a thicker mouth-feel) for the first time and I love it–I so need to make this with it. I’m sooo glad I came across your blog! I forwarded it to another vegetarian friend.

  9. Leslie says

    This is my milkshake flavor! I’m definitely going to try this… even with the spinach. Worst case I make two smoothies. I might even be able to get my 2 year old to eat his greens with this one. Thanks!

      • Michelle says

        It’s so much fun! I made some mac n’ cheese that had tofu in it, but didn’t tell him until after he dropped the, “This is amazing! You need to make this again!” It’s all in the delivery!

  10. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table says

    Looks tasty! I tried Guar Gum for the first time this morning in a pumpkin-blueberry smoothie. I loved it! Guar makes it much more shake-like.

    If you can figure out how to make a “healthy” vanilla shake with those yummy gooey brownie chunks… I would probably build a shrine in your honor. 😉

  11. VEGirl says

    Yum! We just bought some spinach yesterday and bananas so I will make this before I leave my Grandma’s. Maybe I’ll bottle it up in my thermos for the trip home! My dream milkshake flavor? I never drank a lot of milkshakes before I went vegan, but a GF cookies ‘n’ cream mocha milkshake sounds rad.


      • patricia van dyke says

        this is how I make my red velvet cheesecake protein shake: 1/2 cup fat free cottage cheese ,can use tofu, 1 scoop vanilla or chocolate protein powder,1/2 tsp. butter extact, 1 tbsp. cocoa powder, 3-5 drops red food coloring, 2 tbsp. fat free cream cheese or 1-2 tbsp sugar free instant cheesecake pudding mix, 5-10 ice cubes, 1/2-1 cup water, 2-3 stevia pkts, 1/2 tsp xanthan gum. put all in blender. easy. 230 cal, 1 fat, 4 sugar, 36 protein

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