DIY Shamrock Shake Two Ways – Rich or Guilt Free

Shamrock Shake

Just after Valentine’s day every year I start my phone calls to McDonalds. For the first few weeks they usually go like this (I never learn):


“Hi, do you have the Shamrock Shake yet?”

“Uh…no, try again in March”

But I don’t try again in March. I relentless try every few days until someone finally tells me they just got the mix in.

I have always loved the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day and watching all of the creative ways people sneak green into everything (food, clothes, beer, etc.). But the day also serves as a cruel reminder that the last shipment of Shamrock Shake mix has already arrived, and soon McDonalds will begin to sell out.

This year I decided enough is enough. With four ingredients and some food coloring, you can join me in enjoying Shamrock Shakes all year around. As an added bonus, some slight modifications can turn this recipe into a light and guilt free treat.


Make it rich

  • 1 1/2 cup vanilla bean ice cream
  • 1/2 cup milk or cream
  • 1/4 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1/8 tsp vanilla
  • Green food coloring (optional)

Make it guilt free

  • 1 – 1 1/2* cup light vanilla frozen yogurt OR rice ice cream
  • 1/2 cup – 1* cup light almond milk (rice milk or soy milk also works)
  • 1/4 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1/8 tsp vanilla
  • Green food coloring (optional)

Shamrock Shake


  • Measuring spoons
  • Blender


  • One – Put all of your ingredients into a blender.

Shamrock Shake

  • Two – Mix until well blended (it’s too easy).

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Pro Tips

  • *If you’re not looking for a thick shake, or you prioritize keeping the shake low fat, reduce the frozen yogurt (or ice cream) and increase the milk. The texture won’t be as thick but you can reduce the calories and fat significantly.
  • Another alternative to the full amount of frozen yogurt or ice cream is adding some ice in its place and blending it with the other ingredients. This will add to the thickness but if not consumed quickly can reduce the flavor.
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  • Reply urbanmonique March 17, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    I’ll go for guilty!

  • Reply Isabella March 17, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    Wonderful idea, I look forward to seeing more you post! 🙂
    Keep up the great work!

  • Reply cookingwithteamj March 19, 2015 at 5:52 am

    This looks super fun and festive 🙂

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