(A Better For You) Homemade Shamrock Milk Shake

They say if you catch a Leprechaun on St.Patricks day he will lead you to his pot of Gold and bring you lots of luck.

I remember as a kid, my brothers and I would set a huge trap to catch the little Irish man, including placing a video camera nearby so we could have it all on film. Unfortunately instead of finding a pot of gold, my mom pranced around a stuffed Leprechaun who gifted us with gold coins and a box of lucky charms…(Yes! I love marshmallows!)

I thought about what kind of treats I would leave for Baby Boo from the luck of the Irish, and I knew that I had to avoid those coins and marshmallows at all cost. One being that I would be the one to eat all those gold coins, and two I would be the one to eat that box of cereal…And I have to prepare myself for Peep season which is coming up in April…

Oh my lanta I love Peeps.

So instead, I tried my best to think of a treat that went well with this holiday. As I was watching (or shall I say fast forwarding) through the past bachelor episode that I never want to talk about again, a commercial popped up for the McDonalds Shamrock Shake.

I wanted it.

I’m not sure if it’s because I love green foods, or if it’s because I really like milkshakes. Like hard core…

(Especially when you dip fries in it…Shhhhh, it’s my naughty secret!)

But unfortunately the only greenย thing about the shake was it’s artificial coloring and flavorings.

I decided that I could do better…I hadย to do better. And besides, I was feeling kind of lucky!

(A better for you) Homemade Shamrock Milk Shake


1/2 c. coconut milk (from the carton)

6-7 frozen coconut milk ice cubes (from a can…I’ll explain in the directions how to do this)

1 frozen banana

large handful ofย fresh mint leaves

1 tsp. vanilla(optional)

1 tsp-TB agave nectar (or other sweetener)

Ingredients for whipped topping:ย 

Full fat can coconut milk

1 tsp liquid sweetener or other choice of sweetener


1. Open up a can of full fat coconut milk. Using a spoon, scoop the thick cream part into ice cube trays. should make about 5-6 ice cubes. If you need more, just use the coconut water at the bottom and freeze those as well. (If you don’t want to use the coconut from the can, you can easily freeze the milk fro the carton, or even soy milk.)

Add your ice cubes to your blender:

2. Next, start adding ingredients into your blender.

Mint Leaves:

Then your frozen banana:

3. Then add your milk, sweetener, and vanilla:

This is the coconut milk that I use (from the carton), it’s my favorite!

4. Blend until creamy! You can add more milk if you need to.

Directions for whipped topping:

1. Open a can of full fat coconut milk and set in fridge overnight. Do not stir! In the morning the cream will have hardened.

2. Scoop out desired amount of thick cream into a bowl and mix with a little bit of desired sweetener. (I used about 2 TB. of coconut cream and added a little dab of agave.) Next, add on top of your milk shake!

It’s pretty much the most amazing and refreshing mint drink I have ever had, and there is nothing artificial tasting about it! I hate when things taste like fake mint…Yuck!

Another positive:

Perfect pick me up snack!

It seems like Baby Boo won’t be missing those gold coins after all…

As for those marshmallows…I will not deny or confirm I may have already bought a box of peeps…

And it’s only the beginning of March.

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  1. This looks so delicious! I need to try that coconut milk ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Yum! I am a mint-aholic! Anything and everything mint makes my heart flutter ๐Ÿ™‚ Question…I’ve never used coconut milk. Does it add a distinct flavor? Or could I use the almond milk I’ve got hanging out in my fridge?

    • Coconut milk, to me, definitely doesn’t have an overwhelming coconut taste, but it definitely taste different than almond milk. I personally love it, and it’s way more creamier than almond milk, so that is another plus. I think almond milk is more watery. But you could definitely use the almond milk too! Both will work!

      • Looks like I have a new ingredient to try then! Thanks for all of your tips, your blog is my new favorite thing on the internet ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I love the idea of freezing your coconut milk. Much more flavor than plain old ice cubes!

  4. I have a healthy shamrock shake recipe I planned on posting tomorrow. Great minds think alike. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love cold, minty drinks! Your recipe looks great.

  5. mmmm want that shamrock shake right now!!! love coconut milk and how creamy and delicious is makes things especially milk shakes ๐Ÿ™‚ YUM

  6. This looks delicious! We posted a version of this shake not too long ago too. ๐Ÿ™‚ Homemade ones are soo much yummier and so much healthier!!

  7. I love that you made a healthy version of this! I’ve never had a Shamrock Shake before (it scares me) but I would DEFINITELY eat this! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. This. Looks. Awesome. I’ve never had a real Shamrock Shake … but I don’t think I want to now! This looks much more appealing than the original – and I love the change in the nutrition facts, too ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Wow, I’m going to be honest.. I bought the ingredients for this (plus vegan organic mint chocolate syrup!) but I wasnt having high hopes for this to taste like my beloved -deliciously fake- shamrock shake.. I’m on my 2nd one today and I’m. In. Love! thank you so much for this! i cant believe how much better it tastes!

  10. Sounds super delish! Love using coconut milk.

  11. Oh, Ari! This looks absolutely fabulous! My mouth is watering big time over here!!!

    I never though to put the coconut milk in freezer trays! Duh!!! I usually freeze it with the lid off and scrape it all out. Will be using your method now! Thanks!!!

  12. Oh Emm Gee. I just made this. I LOVE it. I have been a Shamrock Shake-a-holic since I was a wee lass. Now I can have them year round and guilt free. Thanks, Ari!

    P.S., I added some spirulina for extra green.

  13. Rachel McEwen says:

    Did you know the shamrock shake from McDonald’s has 54 ingredients in it? FIFTY FOUR!! Yikes! This recipe looks delicious and definitely SO much better for your body. I still can’t get over that…54….sheesh! Thank you for posting the yummiest looking alternative. I can’t wait for me and my family to try it.

  14. I’m so glad I found your blog Arielle! This shake looks awesome, I’m doing a Healthy Shamrock Shake Roundup on my blog next week and I’d love to feature your post ๐Ÿ™‚


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