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.
Just Say NO!
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.
Drink This Instead!
My version of a Shamrock Shake, this healthy Mint Matcha Smoothie, is a delicious option for all of your St. Patrick Day cravings.
It’s creamy, mildly minty, 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 C, vitamin K, folic acid, iron, calcium, fiber and protein
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.
Matcha Green Tea
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.
This could help improve your mood and concentration. I guarantee you the fast food shake can not do that!
Mint Matcha Smoothie
I hope you love this Mint Matcha Healthy Shamrock Shake! If you try it, be sure to some back and leave me a comment below with your feedback and star rating.
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- 1 frozen banana
- 1/2 avocado
- 1-2 tsp matcha green tea powder
- 1 cup lite coconut milk (plus more to thin, if needed)
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp peppermint extract*
- 1 cup spinach or baby kale
- 1-2 tbsp 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.
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