Sweet and minty, decadent, yet healthy! This creamy paleo shamrock shake is a better-for-you alternative to a classic March favorite. Sweetened naturally and packed with a few surprising veggies, this is a perfect dairy free treat for both adults and kids.
I’m not sure about you, but every March I start dreaming of McD’s shamrock shakes. Even after ALL these years (truly, I haven’t sucked one down since like 2009), I still crave it. Despite the fact it makes me SO sick.
I know, poor Physical Kitchness. She drinks a shamrock shake and get a belly ache. BOO HOO.
But hear me out, sometimes a girl just wants a nostalgic treat that comes around once a year. But as soon as I guzzle that dairy-loaded, sugar-loaded shake, I am filled with immediate regret. Call it my switch to a primarily paleo lifestyle, blame it on all my Whole30’s, I just can’t do it anymore.
With that being said, I feel the need to list a few of the ingredients in the original McDonalds shamrock shake: milk, sugar, corn syrup, carrageenan, mono and diglycerides, sodium benzoate oh and ya can’t forget yellow 5 and blue 1. That doesn’t even cover it all….
So I make my own. And I’ve never looked back.
Because MY version is made with all good stuff: almond milk, avocado, spinach, banana, even cauliflower.
WHAAAA??!?! Yes, believe it. Because you CAN have a treat packed with veggies that actually tastes good. Promise.
And to make this version extra extra special, you gotta includes some cacao nibs. Not necessary, but kind of necessary 😉
My kiddos LOVE this shake, and when my 18 month old refused dinner the evening I shot this recipe, I had no qualms about making life easier on myself and letting him suck down the entire shake as I enjoyed a sweet and quiet dinner with my 3 year old. *Trust me, this rarely happens.
The avocado blended with almond milk makes this creamy paleo shamrock shake so rich and…well creamy (as indicated by the title). Sweetened with frozen banana and medjool date(s), it’s the perfect healthy sweet treat with a hint of minty. Speaking of healthy, adding spinach and cauliflower rice is a big nutrient boost without adding any overpowering veggie flavor. #winning
This March, ditch the fast food joint and show together this creamy paleo shamrock shake instead. It’s easy, it’s delicious, it won’t make you sick.
Are pureed treats totally your gig? Then be sure to also try this Ginger Peach & Kale Power Smoothie too!Print
Creamy Paleo Shamrock Shake
A healthy version of a classic March milkshake – this creamy paleo shamrock shake is naturally sweetened, dairy free, and nutritious!
- Prep Time: 3 minutes
- Cook Time: 1 minute
- Total Time: 4 minutes
- 1 Haas avocado
- 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 3/4 cup packed spinach
- 1/3 cup cauliflower rice
- 1 (tiny) drop peppermint essential oil or 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 1 large frozen banana
- 1 medjool date (or 2 if you prefer a sweeter shake)
- 2 tablespoons cacao nibs
- Cut the avocado and remove the pit. Scoop the entire avocado into a blender
- Add the almond milk, spinach, cauliflower rice, peppermint oil or extract, peeled banana, and date(s)
- Blend on high until creamy
- Add the cacao nibs and mix in with a large spoon
- Pour the shake into a large glass or mug and serve, adding more cacao nibs to top if desired
You can sub the cacao nibs for 3-4 squares of squares of cacao or extra dark chocolate and process in the blender with all ingredients.