How to Make a Healthy Shamrock Shake

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There is all this fuss about the Shamrock shake. Every year in March, McDonald’s sells their Shamrock shake and they have been for many years. Shamrock shakes have certainly developed a cult following. It’s an ode to St. Patrick’s Day and of course spring. So, I developed a healthy Shamrock shake of sorts. But, minus the green dye, extra sugar, dairy, artificial sweeteners…you get the point. The internet is bombarded with unhealthy green recipes for St. Patrick’s Day.  But, you can go ahead and file this recipe in the healthy green recipes category. 

The only problem (ahem) with the Shamrock shake is that besides satisfying your taste of nostalgia in a small serving you also get 470 calories, 14 grams of fat (21%DV), 150mg of sodium, 55mg (18%DV) of cholesterol. Some will also be quick to point out that you’re also getting 330mg (35%DV) of calcium and 20% of the recommended value of vitamin A.

But let’s me honest, there are better ways to get those vitamins and minerals. 

If you upgrade your Mickey D’s Sharmrock shake to a large, you can just forget about it. Now you’re talking about 820 calories, 22 grams of fat and 115g of sugar in one drink.

Here’s how the nutritional value (excluding fresh mint) of my healthy dairy free Shamrock shake recipe stacks up:

By the way, this shake only takes about 20 seconds to make in the my trusty BlendTec blender.

The kiddos have been on me about what we’re doing for St. Patrick’s Day. Obviously you know the answer right? Try making this healthy Shamrock Shake for St. Patrick’s Day and see what you think.

It’s our responsibility to teach out kids how to nourish. So put this recipe in your healthy family recipes archives as see what you think. 


Healthy Shamrock Shake

A slimmed down and healthy dairy-free version of Shamrock shake.

  • Author: Lisa
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Beverage


  • 1.5 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup SO Delicious vanilla bean dairy free ice cream
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/2 hass avocado
  • 1/2 cup crushed ice
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp wild honey
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • cherry and fresh mint to garnish


  1. Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Garnish with fresh mint and a cherry if desired.

Looking for other healthy green recipes for your St. Patrick’s Day? These recipes are worth a try:

Kale Mashed Potatoes 

Detox Cilantro Juice 

Kale Chips

Original Post: March 17, 2017

Updated: March 2020

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