In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I’ve whipped up a healthy shamrock shake, aka smoothie, that’s minty fresh and radiates a festive, vibrant green. shamrock shake smoothie with whipped topping and cacao nibs for garnish

St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite holidays because spoiler alert: I’m Irish. I grew up celebrating St. Paddy’s every year with soda bread and corned beef and cabbage, and eventually a pint of Guinness. I love everything about my Irish heritage. I love the music. The singing. The dancing. When I traveled to Ireland, it’s no wonder I felt right at home.

shamrock shake smoothie in mason jar

St. Patrick’s Day is all about the green so I thought I would update my shamrock shake, aka smoothie, recipe. I first created this a handful of years ago and looking back at the recipe (and the blog post), it was clear I had different nutrition priorities then. For example, the original recipe called for maca powder and wheatgrass powder. I can’t remember the last time I had those ingredients in my cupboard. Probably five years ago when I first made this recipe! LOL. Those ingredients are ridiculously expensive and pretty inaccessible. So, five years ago me apologizes to you. I hope this version makes up for it.

shamrock shake smoothie with whipped topping and cacao nibs for garnish

This shamrock shake doesn’t call for any powders or trendy ingredients. It’s just a basic green smoothie with some fresh mint and vanilla to give it that shamrock flavor. With only 6 ingredients, it’s easy to whip up in a matter of minutes. 

shamrock shake smoothie with whipped topping and cacao nibs for garnish

If you’re feeling green and festive in the coming weeks, try on this smoothie for breakfast or a snack!

And if you want more St. Patrick’s Day recipes, check out these:

Irish Soda Bread Muffins

Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread

Gram’s Raisin Irish Bread

Vegan Cauliflower Colcannon

Instant Pot Guinness Beef Stew

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Guinness Irish Stew 

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healthy shamrock shake smoothie with whipped topping and cacao garnish

Healthy Shamrock Shake

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  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 16 ounces 1x


  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1215 fresh mint leaves
  • 1 1/2 cups milk (or non-dairy milk alternative)
  • Optional: whipped cream and/or cacao nibs for garnish.


  1. Add all ingredients, in the order listed above, to a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth. Serve cold.
  2. Optional: garnish with whipped cream and cacao nibs or chocolate shavings.
  • Category: Smoothie
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: St. Patrick's Day

Keywords: shamrock, shake, smoothie, healthy, st. patrick's day, green smoothie

This recipe was retested, reshot and revamped to bring you the most delicious (and most beautiful) dish! The original post was published in March 2015.

You May Also

Want the full menu for St. Patrick’s Day? Check out these holiday recipes too!

Guinness Beef Stew served in a soup bowl

Instant Pot Guinness Beef Stew

Irish Soda Bread made with whole wheat

Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread

Vegan Cauliflower Colcannon

Vegan Cauliflower Colcannon

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  1. I am absolutely a fan of green smoothies! Especially this time of year 🙂

  2. Love the superfood additions! I’ve been making lots of super green smoothies lately, but rarely with the addition of mint and chocolate. Am definitely going to try this combo out! 🙂

  3. Yum! Just planted mint in my herb garden, and I can’t wait for it to take off 🙂

  4. Love the color of this! You sure know how to rock a holiday!

  5. That’s definitely packed with superfoods! Love the maca powder, I have some and couldn’t decide what to do with it. Now I know 🙂

  6. This smoothie looks beautiful! I’m adding it to my St. Patty’s day menu! 🙂

  7. I wish everyone would drink this superfood smoothie vs. those crazy McD shamrock shakes!

  8. Sounds like my kinda St. Pats! I was so lame this year and didn’t do anything to celebrate- but I love this superfood smoothie!

  9. That looks beautiful! I’d love to have a glass.