Healthy Shamrock Shake Recipe

Hello and Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I’ve got a treat for you guys today: a Healthy Shamrock Shake recipe! It’s vegan, too.

healthy shamrock shake

Back in the day, I used to love the seasonal Shamrock Shake from a certain fast food restaurant. I hadn’t had or thought of one of those shakes in years until Matt and I drove by an advertisement for them the other day. Oh my gosh – Shamrock Shakes! I’d forgotten all about those! I decided I had a new mission: create a healthy but still delicious version at home.


I set to work on the project yesterday with Matt’s assistance. The secret ingredient? Avocado!


Have you guys ever had avocado in a smoothie before? Matt was super skeptical of the addition but in the end, he became a believer. ;) Try it – avocado makes smoothies really creamy and awesome, and you can’t taste it. Adds some healthy fat to the mix, too!

Healthy Shamrock Shake

Prep Time 5 MINUTES Prep Time
Cook Time
Total Time 5 mins Total Time


  • 1 cup Almond Breeze vanilla almondmilk (sweetened)
  • 1 very ripe banana
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 10 fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 a ripe avocado
  • 1 cup ice


  1. Throw all the ingredients into a blender and blend! Serve garnished with mint and a small shake of cinnamon, if desired.


The smoothie was more green in person than it looks in these photos, but if you want to make it even more green, add a small handful of spinach to the blender. You won’t be able to taste it, I promise!


Enjoy – and have a wonderful day, my friends! Hope you’re wearing green. :)

Looking for more smoothie recipes? Check out these favorites:

I’ll be back tomorrow with my Rock ‘n’ Roll USA half marathon race recap – stay tuned!




     Thank you to Almond Breeze for sponsoring this post!


  1. 1

    That sounds yummy! Our blender died though. Some friends have ninjas, some have blendtecs, and some have vitamixes. What is your recommendation?

    • 2

      I’ve never used a Ninja or Blendtec and we have a Vitamix (was a wedding present), so that’s what I recommend by default. It’s really awesome, though!

  2. 3

    i’ve put avocado in a smoothie once before – it definitely makes it super creamy which is awesome but i do prefer the taste of bananas in smoothie to help with the cream factor

    • 4

      The combo of banana + avocado was perfect! I love bananas in smoothies – makes them nice and sweet without adding extra sugar.

  3. 5

    when the child was TINY she snarfed the avocado raw….now? not so much :-)
    so we OPEN SNEAK it on ourselves in all our smoooothies.

  4. 6

    So pretty and looks delicious! Can’t wait to hear about the half! You’re so brave for doing a half right after a marathon, glad to hear you weren’t feeling too bad and foam rolling was helping!

  5. 7

    I have actually never had a shamrock shake, but I have heard such good things. Love the healthy version idea and that you used fresh mint!

    • 8

      The last time I had one of the real ones I actually didn’t like it anymore – too sweet/fake tasting for me now! This version was way better. :)

  6. 9

    Classic!! Love mint in my green monsters…a little peppermint extract goes a long way!

    • 10

      I was thinking of adding peppermint extract, but I couldn’t find any at the store! It’s popular this time of year, apparently!

  7. 11

    I read on another blog this morning that the original shake has 530 calories. Yours rocks. Can you one day maybe this summer create a pineapple one with pineapple being the only fruit you use?

    • 12

      Wow, that’s crazy!

      Remind me about the pineapple when the weather warms up – I can definitely do that! :) Do you not eat other fruit?

      • 13

        I love fruit. It’s just I have always been confused on how to just make a pineapple smoothie/milkshake that doesn’t taste too sweet without adding bananas or apples. I wouldn’t mind spinach leaves in it but once you start adding other fruits, it’s not just a pineapple smoothie anymore.

  8. 14

    I love avocados in my smoothies. It makes it so creamy and rich

  9. 15

    This looks and sounds awesome! Can’t wait to give it a try! Happy St. Patricks Day to you!

  10. 16

    I’m skeptical of an avocado in there but I won’t knock it til I try it!

  11. 18

    Such a fun idea! I haven’t had a Shamrock Shake in years! I can’t wait for the weather to finally get warmer so I can start making more smoothies and shakes.

  12. 19
    Roadrunner says

    Love it! Wonderfully creative!

  13. 20

    Yum. I will have to try this!!

  14. 21

    Ooh, I need to try this! I have everything but the mint… sounds so delish!

  15. 22

    I used to make smoothies with coconut milk, ice, and 1/2 of an avocado. I LOVED them but started getting the worst epigastric pains for like, an hour after and would have the worst bathroom problems right after (TMI?). I figured my gallbladder couldn’t handle processing so much fat in a liquid form like that, so I had to quit drinking them. But they are delicious!

  16. 24

    This looks super yummy! I made the Shamrock Shake from Chocolate Covered Katie’s blog, but I like that you added avocado. I’ll have to try that next time!

  17. 25

    I will have to try this! I am always looking for a good smoothie recipe!

  18. 26

    This was delicious! Way better than the original!

    I tried to make it without my husband seeing the ingredients. No such luck. At the sound of the blender he was at the kitchen door and spied the avocado peel. Only when I told him it was one of your recipes did he agree to try it.

    We both loved it! Thanks, Anne!

  19. 28

    It looks delicious! Avacoda contains lot of health benefits.Gonna to try this.

  20. 29

    Looks so good! I’m doing a Healthy Shamrock Shake round up next week and I’d love to feature yours :)

  21. 31

    Can’t wait to make this! I like shakes. Thanks for sharing.


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