I have never actually had one of those famous Shamrock Shakes at McDonalds. Not because I am too good for McDonald’s (Because, um, yeah. Sometimes I go to McDonald’s.). No, the thing is I’m not a huge milkshake fan. They’re just not my thing. Especially fake green ones. Cookies ‘n’ Cream would be a different story, but fake green? Nah. I’ll pass.
This “shamrock shake” copycat is probably nothing like the original, but it does have a pretty green color – made from real food and not from a bottle. It’s gently sweet, but not sugary. And it’s perfect for breakfast on St. Patty’s Day! The light minty after bite will perk you up and get you ready for a great day.
Instead of ice cream, I froze bananas – remember that banana ice cream craze last summer? I made both coconut milk and whole milk versions, and they were both great! The coconut adds some extra special flavor. Also, I only had dried mint the day I made it, but I think fresh mint would be amazingly fabulous in this! Oh, and the green color? From avocados! Cool, huh? (And no, you can’t taste it.)
Healthified Shamrock Shake
- 1 banana
- 1/2 avocado
- 1/2 cup coconut milk (or whole milk)
- 1-2 tsp raw honey (to taste)
- 1 tsp dried mint (or 1 TBSP fresh)
- Slice the banana and lay it in a single layer on a freezer-safe plate or pan. Freeze until hardened, an hour or two.
- Place bananas and other ingredients in blender and process until smooth. Top with whipped cream and mint garnish, if desired.
It’s a great QUICK breakfast for any day, but especially St Patrick’s Day!
It’s not as EASY as some smoothies with the freezing of the bananas – but don’t skip that step! It’s important.
I don’t know exactly how much the McDonald’s version costs, but this one is less than $1, so I’m sure it’s CHEAPer.
It is sooo HEALTHY, too! Nothing to be ashamed of with this version!
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