This Mint Matcha Smoothie – a.k.a. a healthy Shamrock Shake – is loaded with vitamins and healthy fats, this dairy free, refined sugar free smoothie is a delicious treat you can indulge in without the guilt.
Finally a Shamrock Shake you can feel good about!
No food coloring. No processed ingredients. No sugar overload.
Just whole food goodness that will leave you energized instead of needing a nap.
Ingredients you need
Bananas ~ You won’t taste it in the finished smoothie and it adds sweetness and a creamy “ice cream shake” texture.
If you only have fresh bananas, not frozen, they will work in a pinch. Add a few ice cubes to create a cold, creamy texture.
If you really can’t or don’t want to have banana at all, you can add a couple of Medjool dates instead.
Avocado ~ this brings a lot of creamy texture, but if you don’t have one or can’t have one, you can leave it out and use less milk, or add a couple tablespoons of rolled oats for thickness.
Baby kale ~ spinach can be used if you don’t have kale.
Although I always recommend adding leafy greens whenever you can for their nutritional value, if you don’t have any, you can just leave them out and not worry about a substitution. It won’t affect the green color of the drink at all.
Coconut Milk ~ any plant milk can be used instead. I recommend a thick, creamy one. Cashew, Oat, Pea, Soy, or Hemp milk would all be great choices. Almond milk will also work.
Matcha Green Tea Powder ~ this is the key ingredient for the bright green color. If you don’t use it, you can still manage a green hue with the leafy greens and avocado, but it won’t be as vibrant.
Matcha is a variety of green tea made from whole tea leaves. It’s has more antioxidants and more caffeine than traditional green tea.
Even though it contains quite a bit of caffeine, it actually had a milder effect and a longer “buzz” than coffee because of the high amounts of L-theanine, an amino acid that causes relaxation and helps fight stress. [source]
This could help improve your mood and concentration. I guarantee you the fast food shake can not do that!
Mint ~ Of course, you can’t have a minty smoothie without mint. You could add some fresh mint leaves if you like, but since I don’t generally have those on hand, I find it easier to use a drop of mint extract. A bit of pure vanilla extract helps to balance out the flavors.
How to make the recipe
A blender is all you need to make this easy recipe.
Place all ingredients into the blender and purée into smooth. If the smoothie seems too thick, add a bit more plant milk. If you like it a bit sweeter, add another tablespoon of pure maple syrup.
A Shamrock Shake is a mint flavored green milkshake. It was made famous by McDonald’s restaurants and is on the menu around St. Patrick’s Day.
The dairy-based shake is made from vanilla soft-serve ice cream, flavored with mint, and topped with whipped cream and a cherry.
Side note: this shake was originally flavored with lemon/lime sherbet, but now is mint flavored.
If the McDonald’s Shamrock Shake is your jam, slurping down one per year isn’t likely to hurt you if you normally eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. But with all of the toxic, non-nutritional ingredients in there, why even bother?
My version of a Shamrock Shake, this healthy dairy-free Mint Matcha Smoothie, is a delicious option for all of your St. Patrick Day cravings.
It’s creamy, mildly minty with hints of vanilla, and just sweet enough.
A good quality matcha powder should be bright green and will taste grassy, creamy and smooth. The best ones come from Japan. They can be a bit expensive, but a little goes a long way. Here is a good article about what to consider when buying matcha.
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Mint Matcha Smoothie Recipe
- 1 frozen banana
- ½ avocado
- 1-2 teaspoon matcha green tea powder
- 1 cup light coconut milk plus more to thin, if needed
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon peppermint extract
- 1 cup baby kale or spinach
- 1-2 tablespoons pure maple syrup optional
- handful of ice cubes
- dairy-free whipped topping optional, for topping
- dairy-free chocolate chips optional, for garnish
- Purée all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth. Add additional milk, if needed, to thin.
- Pour into a glass and garnish with dairy free whipped topping and chocolate chips, if desired.