Healthy Shamrock Shake Recipe

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This healthy shamrock shake recipe is a delicious treat to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day without resorting to green food coloring.

This healthy Shamrock Shake recipe is the perfect snack for St. Patrick's Day! It's so delicious, but it's full of healthy ingredients.

St. Patrick’s Day is a great excuse to eat more greens.

Rather than use food coloring to make a St. Patrick’s Day treat, I use spinach and fresh mint to color this delicious, healthy drink. My healthy shamrock shake is a green smoothie in disguise. Shhh – don’t tell my kids.

Actually, I’m just kidding. I always make it a point to let me children know when they’ve eaten something healthy like spinach. But I do sometimes wait until after they’ve eaten it to tell them.

Healthy Shamrock Shake Tips

This shamrock shake recipe is full of probiotics, fiber, potassium, and calcium. But it’s also full of sweet, minty flavor.

As with all smoothie recipes, I recommend you taste it as you go and adjust the proportions to your liking. If your banana isn’t very ripe, you’ll want to add a little more maple syrup. If you like it extra minty, throw in a few more mint leaves.

For a dairy-free version, use your choice of non-dairy milk in place of the yogurt and milk in this recipe.

Healthy Shamrock Shake Recipe

This healthy shamrock shake recipe is a delicious treat to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.
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Prep Time:5 minutes
Total Time:5 minutes

Recommended Equipment


  • 3/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh spinach
  • 4 leaves fresh mint
  • 1 large banana (very ripe)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 tbs maple syrup or to taste
  • Freshly whipped cream and chocolate shavings for garnish optional


  • Place the yogurt, milk, spinach, mint leaves, banana, and vanilla extract in a blender. Blend until completely smooth.
  • Taste the shake and add the maple syrup if needed. Add more of any of the other ingredients to suit your tastes.
  • Garnish with freshly whipped cream and dark chocolate shavings if desired. Enjoy!

Approximate Nutrition Info

Calories: 156kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 76mg | Potassium: 460mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 1191IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 219mg | Iron: 0.4mg
Servings: 3
Calories: 156kcal
Cost: $.52 per serving

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Price Breakdown

This recipe costs a total of $1.55 to make, or $.52 per one-cup serving. Try this healthy shamrock shake recipe for a sweet treat to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

And don’t forget to enjoy some whole grain Irish soda bread or gluten-free Irish soda bread while you’re at it!


  1. I have never had a shamrock shake, but I do love chocolate and mint – and I LOVE that his one is so healthy

  2. I have never had one of these shakes before… But man, your recreation looks absolutely PHENOMENAL!

    1. Thanks, GiGi. I actually haven’t had the McD’s version either, but I’ve seen the ingredient list. Scary stuff!

  3. This is great! I’m actually working on a similar post 🙂 Definitely prefer the natural greens over food coloring and sugar-filled multicolored treats!

  4. I love this!! And I know my readers will too. Definitely sharing on the Mom to Mom Nutrition Facebook page this week!!

  5. My kids love green smoothies, and since they’ve never heard of a Shamrock Shake, they probably would prefer to hear that it was a smoothie. Ha ha. Love that you used real mint in this to give it the flavor!

    1. My kids hadn’t heard of it either! Somehow I’ve kept them away from McDonalds for all these years. 🙂

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