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Copycat Shamrock Shake

Healthier Copycat Shamrock Shake (vegan, paleo, dye-free)

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  • Author: Elaine Gordon
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1-2 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


This healthy Shamrock Shake is a nutritious spin on the vanilla-minty McDonald's Shamrock Shake. This one is vegan, paleo, dye-free, and loaded with veggies and plant-based protein. It is naturally sweetened, colored, and flavored. I love to enjoy it as a special treat on St. Patrick's Day with my kids!


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  • 6 large Medjool dates, pitted (or 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup)
  • 1 large handful fresh mint leaves (stems removed) (this adds a fresh mint flavor as well as a minty green color)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon mint extract (or peppermint extract)
  • 1 cup frozen riced cauliflower (adds thickness and neutral-tasting creaminess)
  • 1 cup unsweetened plain plant-milk (I like oat milk or almond milk best here for a neutral sweet flavor)
  • 1/4 cup raw unsalted cashews or raw unsalted blanched and slivered almonds (adds neutral tasting creaminess)
  • 2 cups ice cubes

Optional Nutritional Boosters:



  1. In a high speed blender, add the dates (or maple syrup), fresh mint, vanilla, mint extract, frozen riced cauliflower and milk. Blend until smooth. Add any of the optional add-ins if desired (i.e. slivered almonds, matcha, moringa leaf powder, spirulina, baby spinach or kale). Blend again until smooth.
  2. Add the 2 cups of ice and blend again until smooth and frosty. 
  3. Taste and add more sweetener or mint or vanilla flavor if desired.
  4. Serve immediately. Top with coconut whipped cream and a cherry if desired. Garnish with additional fresh mint leaves and a sprinkle of matcha if desired. Enjoy immediately.


If you add spirulina to the drink it will turn dark green  Please note, spirulina adds a seaweed-like taste so only use a very little bit.  You may want to balance it out with more dates, mint and vanilla if you decide to add it.

*If you do not have fresh mint add a handful of spinach for the minty green color.

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Category: Smoothie
  • Method: Blender