It’s almost time again for our favorite, green, mint milkshake that appears during March in celebration of St. Pat’s Day. Did you know you can ditch the food dye and make your own Natural Mint Leaf Shamrock Shake? Yo, this one’s so good, everyone will ask for it all year!
Mint Leaf Shamrock Shake: Natural Green Food Color
Ok, the title says it all, and I don’t know about you, but using mint leaves in place of food coloring is very appealing to me. So much, that I had to do it for this recipe. Guess what…I loved it! Like, really loved it. Like, I didn’t even need to add mint flavoring because I found the mint flavor to have the perfect subtlety…exactly what I wanted.
I love drinking my Shamrock Shake while reading about the health benefits of consuming fresh mint, such as improved digestion and nausea/headache remedy. Bonus! Also love it that the neighbor kids (my homemade shake taste-testers) found this one a winner!
Ok, so how can we skinny-up this number?
You’ll notice I’m already using a 1% milk with my recipe, and it’s still ridiculously creamy b/c of the full fat ice cream. Buuuuut, you could easily substitute your choice of frozen yogurt and I’m pretty sure it will be just as delish!
A couple important notes when making this shake:
Don’t skip this trick…you’ll want to purée the mint leaves with the milk and vanilla before adding ice cream because it requires more blending than what’s necessary to liquefy the ice cream. This means you risk heating the ice cream trying to purée the mint leaves if they’re added at the same time.
When it comes to appliances, it’s smart to use a high-speed blender for this recipe b/c a conventional blender most likely won’t puree the leaves finely enough. This is not very appealing…especially to children. In case you’re curious, I used my NutriBullet 900. It’s only one of my favorite-ist kitchen appliances evahhhh!
Anywho, as long as you use a high-speed blender, and loosely follow the recipe, I doubt you’ll screw it up…unless you decide to add mint flavoring and go overboard…and tastes like toothpaste. Ick.
Here are the steps to make Natural Green Mint Leaf Shamrock Shake:
- blend mint leaves, milk, and vanilla until leaves are puréed
- add ice cream
- give it a taste; (optional) add tiny drops of mint extract
- pour into serving glass; top with whipped cream and a sprig of mint
You’ll find official recipe instructions below.
If you own a high-speed blender and want to make more frozen beverages, check out my Miracle Slushie Sore Throat Remedy. This icy treat comes in really handy any time of the year for sore throat relief. In fact, I wrote the recipe out of desperation over a sore throat event. It saved my sanity! Also, you might love my Peach NutriBullet Milkshake Without Ice Cream to cool down on those spring days around the corner.
Ingredients you will need for Natural Green Mint Leaf Shamrock Shake:
- 10-15 fresh mint leaves
- 3/4 cup 1% milk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 2 cups vanilla bean ice cream
- (optional) pure mint or peppermint extract
- (optional) whipped cream
Kitchen tools I want on hand for this recipe:
- high-speed blender (such as a NutriBullet or Vitamix)
- milk bottle serving glasses
- printed paper straws
This recipe was originally published on Amanda’s Cookin’ in January, 2017.