It’s not St. Patrick’s Day until I’ve downed a green-ish Guinness and fondly reminisced over The Shamrock Shake, a childhood staple around this time of year. Actually, according to Wikipedia, the shake was first introduced in 1970 and was widely available across North America until the early 1990s. They were even brought back fairly recently and are currently available at select McDonalds during the month of March.
So … in honour of St. Patrick, and memories from back in the day, I’ve decided to recreate the shake without animal products, food colouring or sugar! You’ll have to trust me on this one … while the ingredients seem a little odd, I selected them based on extensive Shamrock Shake reinvention research … and really aren’t that odd in comparison to what you can find in the original shake! I promise that what you’ll end up with is a creamy, minty, dessert-like frosty beverage that’s right up there with finding the gold at the end of the rainbow.
Move over, McDonalds … McMahon’s giving you a run for your money!
1 cup packed spinach (seriously – I guarantee you will not know it’s in there)
1 cup non-dairy milk
1 small bunch fresh mint leaves
1 1/2 cups ice
1/2-3/4 tsp peppermint extract, to taste
20-25 drops stevia liquid, to taste*
dark chocolate with mint (or plain) for garnish
Blend in a high speed blender until well combined (yes, here is plug for Vitamix! Go and buy one. it will change your life!).
Garnish with dark mint chocolate or dark chocolate and a mint sprig. Serve immediately.
Happy St. Patricks’s Day!