It’s almost officially Spring! St. Patrick’s Day is coming soon and to celebrate, I’ve made an awesome “Shamrock Shake” Copycat recipe that only has 6 ingredients – all of them dairy-free, gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, white sugar-free and paleo friendly! This recipe is for those of you who want to enjoy a minty shake without all the sugar, chemicals, and additives. Guilt-free, not a cheat? Yep! This is NOT for you if: you don’t give a —– about your health and would rather go to your favorite fast food place and pick up a cup of toxic tornado.
Would YOU Eat a Shamrock Shake From McDonald’s?
According to this article from the Huffington Post, the McDonald’s Shamrock Shake has 54 ingredients including byproducts of wood pulp! How many of those ingredients can you recognize as being actual food you want to eat? Maybe 2 or 3… (milk, cream, cherry). Click HERE to see the full list of ingredients. I was quite surprised! Did you know a small 12 oz cup has 73 grams of sugar? (source). That’s over 18 teaspoons! According to the American Heart Association, the maximum amount of added sugars you should eat in a day are 25-37 grams (source).
Here is another awesome article called WHY You Should Never Drink a McDonald’s Shamrock Shake. Check it out, it will explain everything!
Why do I care? Why not one in moderation? Go ahead, I’m not going to stop you. But, please do not hate on us if we have health concerns like diabetes, celiac, lactose-intolerance, food allergies, weight-concerns etc. Please do not hate on us if we want to avoid more health issues in our futures. Please don’t hate on us if we choose to feel good, because I know that after I drink a shake from McDonald’s I’ll want to crawl into a coma-ball of exhaustion and digestive issues! Thanks for understanding! :)
So let’s make a better version with REAL FOOD and we won’t have to call it a “cheat meal”!….
2 servings – each about 1 cup.
1/2 can full fat coconut milk (chilled. Use the thick top part of the can)
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (chilled)
1 frozen banana (more ripe = more sweet!)
1/2 small ripe avocado
1/2 tsp vanilla (I use this powder, but extract will work too!)
1/2 tsp peppermint extract
The night before, I put 1 banana in the freezer and made sure my coconut milk and almond milk were chilling in the refrigerator.
Put all ingredients in the blender (or food processor), blend until smooth.
**Taste it! If you want it sweeter, try adding some stevia, honey, coconut palm sugar, date paste, or other favorite NATURAL sweetener! Why not granulated white sugar? Click Here to read more.
**If you want more peppermint flavor or more vanilla flavor, be my guest and add more! :)
**If you want it more “green”, try adding leaves (mint leaves, spinach leaves, kale leaves?) OR buy a more natural food dye option like THIS.
**Store extra in the freezer to make minty ice cream! Add chocolate chips? Yum!
NON-DAIRY WHIPPED CREAM:
1/4 can of full fat coconut milk (take from the creamiest part of the can, usually the milk separates and you can scoop off the top! (or pour out the liquid if the liquid is on top and scoop out the creamy stuff at the bottom)
Using an electric mixer, beat the milk for 2-4 minutes until cream thickens and looks like whipped cream! Add in vanilla and sweetener to taste.
2 Tablespoons of shredded coconut
1/2 Tablespoon avocado
Scrape the remaining outer edge of the avocado out of the shell, this is the part of the avocado with the most green color. Using your hands, work the avocado into the shredded coconut until the flakes are green.
Optional: For a cherry, use a REAL cherry on top! Not those sugar-soaked maraschino cherries. :)
Nutrition Facts, per serving of shake – Without whipped cream or “sprinkles”: about 8oz cup (half the recipe above).
Fun fact! For the same serving size of the McDonald’s Shamrock Shake, you will be drinking almost double the calories, more than double the carbs, and more than 6 TIMES as much sugar!! (See Source)
Sugar: 7g << Naturally from fruit! Ah, so much better!
*Disclaimer: Please note that these are estimated measurements. I entered all ingredients into MyFitnessPal and divided out the serving size for easier use. If you have a nutritional requirement, I suggest that you may want to formulate your own nutrition facts based on your needs. Thanks!
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