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St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and I’ve been hearing about the famous Shamrock Shake from McDonald’s. It’s a tradition of many to roll through the drive-thru and enjoy a Shamrock Shake this time of year. Full discretion, I’ve never had a Shamrock Shake, so I had to ask my husband what it tasted like so that I could make a healthier version to share. What I created is a Healthy Shamrock Protein Shake recipe that is creamy and minty like the traditional shake, yet is dairy-free, high in protein, and is a pretty green St. Patrick’s Day color so that it feels like a festive treat.
When I researched the ingredients of the Shamrock Shake I found that it has over 30 ingredients. Yes, I said 30. The ingredients include artificial flavors, artificial colors, 78 grams of sugar (in the medium size), corn syrup solids, and all kinds of preservatives. I could go on, but I don’t think I need to. I don’t know about you, but this doesn’t really even sound like food to me.
Luckily, you can quickly and easily make this Healthy Shamrock Protein Shake recipe that you can enjoy all year long. I love making shakes for breakfast or snacks. My daughter even loved this one since it’s a fun green shamrock color.
Easy Substitutions to Customize Your Shake
I noted in the recipe that you could easily make this low-carb or keto friendly by substituting the frozen banana with either avocado or frozen coconut milk (I freeze coconut milk into an ice-cube tray for easy to use portions of coconut milk). Another tasty option is to add cocoa nibs for a chocolatey, minty treat.
For a list of the best dairy-free protein powders check out this post:
The 9 Best Vegan Protein Powders You Will Absolutely Love
So, gather your ingredients and give this recipe a try!
Healthy Shamrock Protein Shake
This healthy shamrock protein shake recipe is made with almond milk, vegan protein powder, mint extract, and spirulina powder. It’s super easy to make with simple ingredients. You will not miss your drive-thru version!
- 12 oz almond milk or other non-dairy milk of your choice
- 1 tsp spirulina powder (you could substitute with other greens powder or 1 cup of spinach)
- 1/2 tsp mint extract
- 1 scoop vanilla vegan protein powder
- 1/3 frozen banana
- 5 ice cubes
Add all ingredients into the blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
I added a bit of cocoa nibs becuase I love adding them to by shakes. It makes this one taste like a chocolate chip mint shake.
For a low carb/keto option you could subsutite the frozen banana with avacado or frozen coconut milk.
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8 thoughts on “Healthy Shamrock Protein Shake Recipe”
Wait. 78 gm sugar? That’s terrible. And dangerous. I throw some frozen kale (yep frozen) into mine to make it green. Never thought of avocado, though. Great tip.
This looks delish and will absolutely be added to my smoothie repertoire :). Thanks for sharing!
Such a cute and festive idea!
This looks great! I love that it’s a healthy alternative to a Shamrock Shake.
I have to try this! I have a shake every morning for breakfast with spinach and vanilla protein mix, but have to try adding some mint extract and banana with it! Looks delish! 🙂
Thank you! I bet you will love it! A friend of mine mentioned that with the cocoa nibs it reminded her of thin mint cookies 🙂