As I was playing around with healthy milkshake ideas for the kids I accidentally created an awesome green shake for St. Patrick’s Day. I love it when that happens! Frozen bananas are constantly stocked in our freezer. Since my youngest is part monkey and can literally take down three bananas in one sitting, I usually buy between 20-25 a week. My hope is that there are a few left over that are super ripe and perfect for freezing. The riper the better when it comes to using bananas as your main sweetener. Since these last few days have been beautiful and sunny, we have been making quite a few healthy shakes. This one is not only super healthy, but really hits the spot if you’re craving that cool minty chocolate flavor. Both my boys loved this vegan shamrock shake, and when they asked for seconds, I had no problem saying yes!
The Shamrock Chip Shake
- ¼ cup spinach
- ¼ of an avocado
- 1 ½ very ripe frozen bananas
- 5-6 ice cubes (optional for an icier shake)
- 1/8-1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract (depending on how pepperminty you want it)
- 1 cup almond or cashew milk (or use 1 cup full fat coconut milk for optimal creaminess)
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup or 4 dates (optional for extra sweetness)
- ¼ cup vegan chocolate chips (raw cacao nibs for raw shake version) plus more to sprinkle on top
- 1/4 cup whipped topping (optional for topping)
note: Make sure you are using a neutral tasting avocado, some types have stronger flavors than others. Hass is probably the best bet, I used a Fuerte one time and the flavor was way too strong for us. Make sure your bananas are very ripe when freezing to get the optimum sweetness. If they aren’t super ripe you may want to add more sweetener. To make this nut free use a nut free milk.
Place all ingredients except the chocolate chips into a blender and mix until well blended. Add chocolate chips and pulse to chop them up, but don’t overblend because you will lose the green color. You can add more milk if it’s too thick. Sprinkle with more chocolate chips and a dollop or whipped topping if desired.