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Cool, Creamy, Minty, Refreshing! This homemade shamrock shake recipe is naturally green, and has only 4 ingredients and no preservatives! You’re 5 minutes away from a delicious St. Patrick’s Day treat!

shamrock shake in a tall glass with whipped cream and fresh mint

It’s that time of year again, the short season when those delicious minty green shakes are available from McDonald’s.

Did you know there are 54 ingredients in McDonalds Shamrock Shake? Yes, 54!

Let’s just take 5 minutes, and make a much better for you option that’s also much less expensive and won’t require you to drive anywhere.

I’ve got 4 kids, half of them are teenagers, but all of them eat like teenagers. I’m all about saving money.  

But I also don’t want to sacrifice taste. So I was thrilled when I tested this recipe and everyone loved it! No green dye here folks, it’s naturally green!

How is it green without food coloring?

Let me just assure you, it’s not spinach or kale. This seems to be the “go-to” for making green smoothies. But not here.

It’s fresh mint! So it’s still sweet and very refreshing. If you didn’t know, mint has some great benefits. 

  • It can help with tummy troubles, nausea, headaches
  • It’s anti-inflammatory
  • It’s immune-boosting

So let’s break out the Mojito’s! For all the nerdy details, you can read more about the health benefits of mint.

What does it taste like?

The two main flavors are vanilla and mint. Mint as in fresh mint, spearmint, not peppermint

I love to garnish mine with some shaved dark chocolate. The chocolate mint combo is a popular favorite too, and if you like that you’ll love this homemade chocolate pudding.

Ingredients

ingredients for homemade shamrock shake
  • Vanilla Ice Cream- I recommend an all-natural vanilla bean ice cream.  Hudsonville ice cream makes a great one, no artificial ingredients or high fructose corn syrup.
  • Mint Extract– Make sure you use mint extract and not peppermint extract. The true flavor of a shamrock shake copycat is mint. Peppermint is stronger and has more of a spicy tone. 

Instructions

vanilla ice cream, fresh mint leaves in a blender

Step One: Place the ice cream, mint, mint extract, and milk in a blender

blended homemade shamrock shake in blender

Step Two: Blend on high until smooth and all the mint leaves are completely broken up.

chocolate sauce being poured into a shake glass

Step Three: If desired, drizzle the glass with some chocolate syrup. Then pour the shake in, garnish with whipped cream and enjoy!

shamrock shake being poured into a glass
hand holding a shamrock shake

Notes about the recipe

  • Reduce milk for a thicker shake if desired.
  • If you don’t have a high speed blender, like a Vitamix, it can take a couple of minutes to really blend up the leaves, don’t worry, it will get there!
  • If you don’t have mint extract, you can use peppermint, but use half the amount. 
  • For more subtle mint, leave the extract out completely. 

Garnishing ideas

  • Whipped cream– personally, I’m a big fan of this! I recommend buying heavy whipping cream and whipping it yourself. Here’s how to do it with a stand mixer. You can also use a hand mixer
  • Chocolate Syrup- Drizzle with homemade chocolate syrup, or you can use your favorite brand. PRO-TIP- drizzle some chocolate sauce on the sides of the glass before pouring the shake into it. 
  • Fruit- Top it with a cherry, or to keep with the ‘natural/dye-free theme, use a strawberry slice
  • Shaved Chocolate– Use a Microplane to sprinkle shaved chocolate on top.
  • mini chocolate chips
  • fresh mint leaf

Be sure to check out my collection of St. Patricks Day recipes. For more sweets, check out my dessert page.

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tall glass filled with shamrock shake, garnished with whipped cream, chocolate shavings and a strawberry

Naturally Green Shamrock Shake

Cool, Creamy, Minty, Refreshing! This homemade shamrock shake recipe is naturally green, and has only 3 ingredients and no preservatives! You're 5 minutes away from a delicious St. Patricks Day treat!
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Course: Beverage
Cuisine: English, Irish
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Blend time: 1 minute
Total Time: 4 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 470kcal

Equipment

  • Vitamix or blender

Ingredients

  • 3 cups natural vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup milk more or less depending on how thick you like it
  • 1 cup Fresh mint leaves stems removed, loosley packed
  • 1/2 tsp pure mint extract
  • real whipped cream and homemade chocolate syrup for topping.

Instructions

  • Place ice cream, milk, mint leaves, and mint extract into a high-speed blender.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Pour into a glass and garnish with any of the following: whipped cream, shaved chocolate, chocolate syrup, strawberries

Video

Notes

  • Add more or less milk, depending on the thickness you like
  • If you don’t have a high speed blender, like a vitamix, it can take a couple of minutes to really blend up the leaves, don’t worry, it will get there!
  • If you don’t have mint extract, you can use peppermint, but use half the amount. 
  • For more subtle mint, leave the extract out completely. 
  • Makes 2 large shakes, to fill milk shake glasses, or, several smaller shakes. (about 4 cups total depending on the amount of milk

Nutrition

Calories: 470kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 217mg | Potassium: 715mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 48g | Vitamin A: 2039IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 458mg | Iron: 1mg
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Update Notes: This post was originally published on March 3 of 2016, but was republished with better information, some new photos, step by step instructions, and tips in February of 2020.

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13 Comments

  1. Shamrock shake Looks so healthier and tasty. I love everything with mint in it.

  2. Hey Chellie, Your being featured this week! Hope to see you at this week’s party. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight Party. Pinned & shared.
    Your shamrock shake sounds so yummy. I’ll have to make this for my daughter. 😉

  3. Thank you for linking up to last week’s Tasty Tuesday linky. I have been your recipe to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board. I hope you’ll join us again this week.

  4. They probably don’t do them in the UK because of all the junk in them! haha! The all natural version is so much better. 🙂

  5. I’ve never had a shamrock shake, they don’t do them in the UK. But this one looks too good not to try!

  6. This looks delicious, and I love that there isn’t added food coloring! I’ve actually never had a shamrock shake from McDonalds, so I should probably make this homemade version and get started on making up for lost time 😉

  7. I know, crazy! Another idea if you don’t want to do the fresh greens, is to just use mint extract and a little food coloring. not quite as natural, but still better for you. 🙂

  8. Definitely going to try this- my kids love, love shamrock shakes. Had no idea mcDs had so many chemicals, I mean, ingredients, in it! 😉