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McDonald’s Shamrock Shake (Healthy Copycat)

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This naturally sweetened green shamrock shake is a guilt-free, healthy version of the McDonald’s favorite. Protein-packed and only 14g of sugar this shake is perfect for breakfast, snack or dessert!

shamrock shake a healthy copycat

As a little kid, I have vivid memories of the sheer joy and excitement surrounding the shamrock shake season. We didn’t eat a lot of fast food growing up so when we pulled into the golden arches in the spring, I knew it was a special occasion. 

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Fast forward to my adult years and one sip of those shakes pretty much makes my teeth hurt. Making them at home not only allows you to control the quality of ingredients but you can also make it is sweet or thick as you wish.

healthy shamrock shake

My version is a rich and delicious naturally sweetened shamrock shake made with fresh mint, creamy avocado, ripe bananas, and baby spinach. No corn syrup or artificial color required.

Healthy Shamrock Protein Shake - a naturally sweetened green smoothie recipe

We like ours nice and thick so we add a good amount of ice but another trick is to use frozen bananas instead of fresh. If you don’t have baby spinach on hand, kale would work too.

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Just don’t forget plenty of fresh mint and ripe avocado. They blend together to create a silky, minty and completely addictive shamrock shake that won’t land right on your hips.

Your straw is waiting.

healthy shamrock shake

McDonald’s Shamrock Shake (Healthy Copycat)

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This naturally sweetened protein shake is a guilt-free, healthy version of the McDonald's favorite. Perfect for breakfast, snack or dessert!
PREP: 2 mins
TOTAL: 2 mins
Servings: 4


  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 avocado (pitted)
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup whole milk plain Greek yogurt
  • cup vanilla protein powder
  • ¼ cup fresh mint sprigs
  • 2-3 scoops ice (more or less to taste)


  • Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and puree until smooth and creamy.


Note: This is meant to serve as a meal. To lower calories, simply split the blender by four glasses instead of two.


Calories: 355kcalCarbohydrates: 41.3gProtein: 17.9gFat: 16.7gSaturated Fat: 4.8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 11.9gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 249mgFiber: 17.5gSugar: 14.4g

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Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families. Click Here To Subscribe to my newsletter:


  1. I’ve never had a Shamrock Shake before. I didn’t even know what was in it until last year and even now I am not too sure. Whatever the case, this is the kind of “shake” that I think I want in my life. Can’t wait until morning to try it!

          1. Oh, I was just looking at the ingredients and it doesn’t look like the “natural” biochem is artificially sweetened, but maybe the other flavors are?

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