Mint Matcha Smoothie – a.k.a. a healthy Shamrock Shake! 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.
What is a Shamrock Shake?
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.
Is McDonalds Shamrock Shake Healthy?
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?
Take a look at what’s really in that sugary-sweet neon green drink.
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.
Bananas ~ naturally sweet and full of potassium, vitamin C, B vitamins, and fiber
Avocado ~ boasts healthy fats, vitamin K, B vitamins, vitamin E, vitamin C, potassium, and folate
Spinach ~ high in vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, calcium, fiber and potassium
Coconut Milk ~ healthy fats, protein, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and iron
Matcha Green Tea Powder ~ high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. More on this ingredient below.
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.
What is matcha?
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!
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.
Following the original recipe ingredients and instructions will give you the best results, but here are some adaptations that will work if need be.
Frozen banana – 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.
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.
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.
Matcha – 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.
Mint – you can use fresh mint leaves – about a tablespoon – instead of extract.
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- 1 frozen banana
- 1/2 avocado
- 1-2 teaspoon matcha green tea powder
- 1 cup light coconut milk , (plus more to thin, if needed)
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 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)
- dairy-free chocolate chips, (optional)
- 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.
*I'm not a huge lover of mint. I think 1/4 teaspoon of mint extract is just enough, but if you like a more prominent mint flavor, feel free to add a bit more.
~Nutrition facts calculated with 2 teaspoons matcha and 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup, but without toppings.
Serving Size:2 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 286Saturated Fat: 10gSodium: 32mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 6gSugar: 22gProtein: 3g