Do you like to get a Shamrock Shake every March around St. Patrick’s Day? I have a recipe for a healthier shamrock milkshake for you so that you can make it at home and love every ingredient that is in it. This milkshake is minty, sweet, creamy and every bit of fun as it looks. Can you guess what makes this milkshake green? Continue reading to find out.
Why You Will Love This Recipe
This recipe brings back all of the nostalgia of drinking a Shamrock Shake every spring time around St. Patrick’s Day. Only, it is a healthier version. It has the signature fun green color and you can add more fun with sprinkles and whip cream if you like.
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This milkshake gets it’s perfect flavor from vanilla ice cream, milk and spearmint extract. And if you haven’t figured it out yet, the bright green color is from spinach. Yes, spinach! I like to add color to my recipes with real foods whenever possible. A few years ago I decided to make a homemade version of the Shamrock Shake and I used spinach to color it green. Now we make these every year in my home now when St. Patrick’s day rolls around. You cannot taste the spinach in this milkshake so don’t be afraid to use it!
If you want to add some fun sprinkles that are made with natural food colors, you can try the same ones I used. The “Into the Woods Natural Confetti Sprinkles” by Supernatural add a lot of extra fun to your milkshake. I bought the two pack so that I would receive both the Into the Woods Sprinkles and the fun Rainbow Starfetti Natural Sprinkles.
Blending the Healthier Shamrock Milkshake
Make sure you blend the spinach into the milk well, so that you do not have bits of spinach leaves in your milkshake. I love that this recipe is quick and easy to make; quicker than driving to your local fast food restaurant!
This milkshake is still a dessert. So even though there is some vegetable in there, it is still definitely a dessert. However, compared to a regular fast food milkshake, this recipe is healthier as it is made with whole food ingredients. There are no artificial colors or flavors. Additionally, based on comparisons of the same volume, this milkshake has less sugar. The spinach also offers a little bit of fiber, some antioxidants and an extra source of vitamins and minerals. Happy St. Paddy’s Day!
Recipe for Healthier Shamrock Milkshake
- 3 cups Vanilla Ice Cream
- 3/4 cup 1% milk
- 1 cup baby spinach (stems removed at the bottom)
- 1/2 teaspoon spearmint extract
- Additional toppings such as whipped cream and sprinkles are optional
- Pour milk and spinach into blender. Blend until spinach leaves are completely blended into milk.
- Add in ice cream and spearmint extract. Blend until smooth.
- Pour into glasses and add optional toppings if desired.
One serving of this recipe has about 216 mg phosphorus and 431 mg potassium (please read disclaimer).
Serving Size1 Cup
Amount Per Serving Calories 352Total Fat 18.25gSaturated Fat 11gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5.45gCholesterol 73mgSodium 155mgCarbohydrates 40.5gFiber 1.25gSugar 36.5gProtein 7.5g
Nutrition facts are calculated using data from nutrient analysis software that utilizes data from USDA and Nutritionix. Therefore, the nutrition facts are estimates based on general nutrient analysis data. Different variables may affect the accuracy of these nutrition facts. Variables may include different brands of food items used and any changes made to the ingredients called for in the recipe. Nutrition facts are most accurate when using nutrition fact labels on actual ingredients used.