If St. Patrick’s day isn’t the same for you without a minty green milkshake, then get ready to have your shamrock shook. My Healthy, Dairy-Free Shamrock Shake is a simple, healthy, and yes – dairy-free- twist on the classic McDonald’s Shamrock Shake that you know and love. It’s perfect as a festive St. Patrick’s day treat, or anytime that you crave a creamy, minty, delicious treat!
When was the last time that you found yourself in the McDonald’s drive-thru? If you can believe it, it was actually just the other day. But rest assured, I went for one thing and one thing only: the beloved Shamrock Shake.
Now, there’s no shame in a little McDonald’s every now and then, if that’s what makes you happy. But for me, I bought that shake purely for research purposes, so I could reverse-engineer it and see how I could make a healthier version. And lo and behold, I think I’ve found it.
Traditionally, a Shamrock Shake is full of not-so-healthy ingredients: sugar, cream corn syrup, and natural flavors. It doesn’t take a dietician to know that these aren’t exactly the best ingredients for us. And, not to mention, the average small size has over 64 grams of sugar, which is more than twice the daily recommended intake. All of this to say, having a traditional Shamrock Shake on the occasion is totally fine, and I will never demonize ANY food, no matter how unhealthy it is! But day-to-day, we can do better, and enjoy healthier, more nutrient-dense versions of the foods that we love.
If you have never tried the Shamrock Shake, then let me introduce you to a childhood favorite. Traditionally only available around St. Patrick’s day, this sweet, sugary, green milkshake can be found at America’s favorite fast food restaurant… McDonald’s.
If you’re wondering what it tastes like, it’s a uniquely delicious combination of sweet vanilla cream and mint. You can imagine it similar to a mint chocolate chip… only without the chocolate. The McDonald’s version is very sweet (hence the 64 grams of sugar), but is certainly nostalgic. And this recipe is simply a healthy, yet just as nostalgic, twist on the classic recipe!
This recipe uses only 7 different ingredients – most of them being pantry staples that you may already have! It could not be any easier to whip together this recipe, anytime that a craving strikes!
Making this shake is as easy as it gets! Simply add all of your ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. If you like it thicker, you can add more ice or frozen fruit, and if you like it thinner, add more vanilla almond milk!
Then, serve immediately in a glass and add any garnishes that you desire. Personally, I love topping this shake with whipped cream (to keep it authentic to the traditional Shamrock Shake) and crushed Oreo cookie pieces (to really make this taste like mint chocolate!) If you do want to add Oreo pieces, simply add your Oreos to a ziplock bag and close all of the air out of it. Then, roll over the bag with a rolling pin or a can, until the cookies break into smaller pieces.
I hope you guys love this recipe! If you make it, be sure to leave a comment below and let me know what you think! And if you post to Instagram, I repost your remakes on my IG stories! xx
** Photography by Gayle McLeod
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