So I admit it, our kids LOVE Shamrock Shakes. I used to be a big fan of Shamrock Shakes from McDonald’s myself but they are too sweet for me now, I have always wanted to make a healthier version and just haven’t gotten around to it. Our kids tend to go to McDonald’s and enjoy a Shamrock Shake with their Aunt who has kindly taken over all St. Patrick’s Day hullabaloo for our kids. I dress the kids in green on St. Patrick’s Day – that’s it. I’m not hunting down Leprechauns and all that nonsense, but Auntie loves it. Prior to their Leprechaun hunt they usually go get a Shamrock Shake at McDonalds. They love it. I don’t do any of the Leprechaun stuff – but I have taken them once during the St. Patrick’s Day season for a special treat, a special treat now and then never hurt anyone. A minty flavored shake is not at all hard to make, and while I wouldn’t say my version is ‘healthy’ – it is certainly a healthier copy cat. My kids love it just as much as it’s inspiration!
This year I got an awesome sample product from Natural Products Expo West that I was dying to try out! Color Garden offers several bright colors to color your food! We had used Color Garden green to dye our coconut spread and our eggs green the morning of St. Patrick’s Day and it was a hit!
We also recently had the opportunity to review a new Ninja Auto IQ so in the name of research we had to make this delicious copy cat shake! This was the first shake we made in the Ninja Auto IQ and I dare say it won me over that first time – it works just as well but MUCH easier to time AND clean than my other blender (which was much pricier – go figure) – more on that later!
You may notice I am not big on measuring – the ingredients below are what we used for a delicious green minty shake – I basically pour and scoop to my liking and I suggest you experiment to find your favorite balance too! You really can’t mess it up! Note, I used coconut milk because we are trying to cut down on our dairy consumption and I did not have ‘regular’ milk – I think this would be just fine with just about any kind of milk. You can tell by the use of real whipped cream and ice cream that I don’t take this ‘cut down our dairy consumption’ too seriously – but for real we are, we don’t go thru nearly as much conventional cheese, yogurt, or milk as we used to…. my point is – use whatever milk you like best.
- Vanilla Ice Cream
- Milk of choice (we used unsweeted coconut and it was DELICIOUS!)
- Peppermint extract (hot tip – I have this because I put a drop into a chocolate protein shake when I work out and it makes it more tolerable….. but that is a different story)
- Green food coloring ( I of course used Color Garden which I highly recommend)
- Whipped Cream
- Put a few scoops of Vanilla Ice Cream in the blender
- Pour in enough milk to blend to desired consistency with said ice cream
- Drop in just a few drops of Peppermint extract
- Drop in just a few drops of green food coloring
- Blend it all up!
- Pour into cups and top with whipped cream!
Had I gone out to purchase the items to make these shakes I may have actually purchased cherries to make it even closer to the inspiration – but not one single kid complained about it’s absence!
So there it is! Super easy peasy somewhat healthier copy cat Shamrock Shake recipe! You can make it any time of year!
Do you know someone who might enjoy this recipe? I sure do hope you will share it!