This healthy shamrock protein shake is perfectly creamy, naturally sweetened, and made with just a handful of nutritious ingredients.
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Get your mint fix with this healthy shamrock shake recipe!
I have a confession: I’ve never had an official Shamrock Shake.
However, my husband has had his fair share of the St. Patrick’s Day-inspired treat and can vouch for the tastiness of this healthier milkshake alternative.
While I fully support the occasional indulgence, drinking something that contains 86 grams of sugar, all from artificial ingredients, just isn’t worth it to me.
Especially when I can make my how healthy shamrock shake recipe at home.
Why you’ll love this healthy green smoothie
Delicious way to sneak in a serving or two of leafy greens.
Flavored with real mint – but can be made with mint extract if needed!
High in protein, making it perfect for breakfast or a post-workout treat.
Super thick and creamy.
Ingredients Used to Make a Healthy Shamrock Protein Shake
Oat milk: My go-to brands for oat milk include Califia Farms Unsweetened and Planet Oat Original. However, you can also make your own. Or, feel free to use almond milk or cow’s milk.
Fresh mint: I like to use the real stuff when I can, but if you don’t have fresh mint (or you want a super strong mint flavor) you can also use mint extract.
Spinach: The key to making this healthy milkshake green without food dye is spinach. I like using fresh baby spinach, but you can also freeze spinach in an ice cube tray to make making green smoothies even easier. I like using Pampered Chef’s Herb Freezing Tray.
Frozen banana: This ingredient cannot be substituted as the frozen banana makes this smoothie both creamy and sweet. I recommend slicing your banana and storing them in a zip-top bag before freezing as they’ll blend easier.
Vanilla extract: I recommend using a pure vanilla extract to give the smoothie a vanilla ice cream flavor. Or, if you want to go all-out, you could also use fresh vanilla bean or vanilla bean paste.
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Skip the drive through and make this healthy shamrock protein shake instead! It’s perfectly creamy, naturally sweetened, and made with just a handful of nutritious ingredients.
Course: Breakfast, Drinks
Keyword: Green Smoothie, Healthy Shamrock Shake, Protein Shake
½cupunsweetened oat milk
Leavesfrom 1-2 sprigs fresh mint(or 1/2 tsp mint extract)
1scoop vanilla protein powder(see notes in post for brand recs)
Place spinach, mint, and oat milk in blender. Blend on high until smooth and no flakes of spinach or mint are visible.
Add in frozen banana, vanilla extract, and vanilla protein powder. Blend on high until smooth and creamy. If you want it even thicker, add in ½-1 cup of ice cubes and blend until smooth.
Pour into glass, grab a spoon (my preference) or a straw, and enjoy!
Nutrition for entire recipe: 230 calories, 4 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 40 g carb, 5 g fiber, 16 g sugar, 13 g protein*nutrition calculated using Planet Oat Milk and 1 scoop Aloha Vanilla Protein Powder.
Love the addition of FRESH mint to get that crisp and refreshing flavor. I have had a Shamrock Shake, but it’s been YEARS…so I really don’t even remember if it was good or not!
The Healthy Toast4 years ago
Mandy Enright4 years ago
I’ve never done the Shamrock Shake thing either, because like you, I couldn’t tell you the last time I was in a McDonalds (except to use a restroom while on road trips!). I see my friends posting about them all the time – they sound pretty scary, while you’re sounds like a Shamrock Shake I can truly enjoy!
The Healthy Toast4 years ago
Thanks Many! You’ll have to give it a shot 😉
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