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16th Mar 2019

This healthy shamrock shake might just be the perfect breakfast for tomorrow

Trine Jensen-Burke

All set for tomorrow?

Look; we know being out and about on St. Patrick’s Day with the family often means indulging in a few treats – but you’ll definitively feel less guilty about this if you start everyone off with this perfectly seasonal smoothie for breakfast.

Just call it a ‘shake’ though – and you might be more inclined to get the kids to actually drink it too.

The recipe takes less than five minutes to make, uses natural ingredients to get that green hue, and it has NO refined sugar whatsoever.

Tip: If you use canned coconut milk, they are surprisingly milkshake-like.

Healthy Shamrock Shake


  • 1 overripe large frozen banana
  • cacao nibs or chocolate chips, as desired
  • 1/8 tsp to 1/4 tsp pure peppermint extract (I like 1/4 tsp)
  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • optional, 1/4 cup frozen spinach (you need this in order to get it to turn green)


*If you can’t get on board with the greens-in-smoothies thing, you can opt for green food coloring or just drink a white peppermint shake (which is just as delicious). Or add a pinch of spirulina!

Feel free to use your favorite milk of choice. Canned coconut milk will give it a rich milkshake-like taste, but cashewmilk or almond milk works too, and will give a lighter shake. Blend all ingredients in a blender until completely smooth. Make sure the banana you use is at least somewhat brown, so you don’t get that unripe earthy banana flavor in your mint chocolate shake! You can add the chocolate chips either before or after blending. Be sure to use pure peppermint extract, not imitation.

(Recipe and images, Chocolate Covered Katie)