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A Dairy-Free Take on the Shamrock-Green Shake

March 17, 2024

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The challenge? To make a non-dairy — but delicious — green take on the iconic shake that everyone loves this time of year. We all know it’s not hard to make a green smoothie. Add some spinach or kale, and bingo — you’ve gone green.

But I wanted this shake to be a little more fun. A little more rich, while still satisfying all of the food restrictions in our house. That’s what makes holidays special, right? Food memories are core memories.

Chris Loves Julia | Healthy Dairy-Free Shamrock-Green Shake Recipe

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Well this dairy-free shamrock shake recipe knocked it out of the park. It’s tasty enough for the girls to have as a special treat, but balanced enough to feel like a nutritional powerhouse for Jules and me.

For the base of my healthy green smoothie, I use vanilla flax milk, blended with spinach and fresh mint leaves. And in order for my kids to even touch it there can’t be a single green chunk left – so blend it really well. It’s all mixed with frozen avocado, frozen banana, and of course some almond-based vanilla ice cream for a delicious remake of a beloved classic that is no longer an option for some in our family.

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So if you find yourself missing that iconic, annual McDonald’s classic this year, try this refreshing and delicious dairy-free shamrock shake instead. It’ll satisfy that craving, without the stomach pain that dairy can bring with it for some. (Plus it’s packed with vitamins and healthy fats as well!)

A Dairy-Free Take on the Shamrock-Green Shake

A more whole food-centered take on the iconic shake (but still made to be a treat). Really fresh, super delicious.
Course: Dessert
Servings: 2 servings


  • 1 cup vanilla flax milk
  • 1 large handful fresh spinach
  • 6-8 leaves fresh mint
  • 1/3 cup diced frozen avocado
  • 2/3 cup diced frozen banana
  • 1 cup almond-based vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup non-dairy whipped topping


  • non-dairy whipped topping
  • crushed chocolate cookies Simple Mills grain-free


  • First, in a blender combine the flax milk, spinach, and mint. Blend on high until all pieces are mixed in evenly.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Transfer to a cup and top with dairy-free whipped topping and crushed chocolate cookies.

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