Skinny Shamrock Shake

by aimee @ shugarysweets on March 6, 2014

Who needs the wasted calories and fat in a classic Shamrock Milkshake? Try making this easy, creamy, delicious SKINNY Shamrock Shake instead!

Skinny Shamrock Shake: made with frozen bananas, fat free milk, and mint! So easy and the perfect post workout treat!

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So I’m going to confess that once upon a time I used to be addicted to McDonald’s milkshakes. Particularly the Shamrock Shakes.

I would get so excited this time of year and I would seriously drop my son off at afternoon kindergarten, then take my daughter for a car ride knowing that she would fall asleep and I could enjoy a creamy milkshake in peace and quiet.

Don’t judge. I never claimed to be the perfect parent.

Through the years though, those McD’s shakes gave me stomach aches. So I’ve made them at home using thick, creamy ice cream.

This week I had one of those AHA moments. I’ve seen people take frozen bananas and whip them in the blender until it becomes creamy like ice cream. Why not try it with the Shamrock Shake?

It worked perfectly. I put my frozen bananas in the blender with the milk and mint extract. I let it blend for about 5 minutes, scraping down the sides several times.

Instead of adding in green food coloring, I wanted to keep this recipe wholesome. I added in spinach leaves. WAIT.. WAIT.. Don’t go. I only added in about 4 leaves to achieve the light green color. You can add more. You can add green food coloring. But I promise, 4 spinach leaves did NOT alter the taste at all!! The mint outshined everything!

I topped my Skinny Shamrock Shake with some fat free whipped cream. Okay, forget wholesome. It was out of a can, hehe! But c’mon, it’s not as bad as green food coloring right?

I also added a small sprinkle of mini chocolate chips. Don’t you DARE try to argue me out of that decision!!

So, to recap. I made a creamy, almost wholesome, completely SKINNY Shamrock Shake. I think you need this in your life. I enjoyed this after my workout.

PS. The taste is a little different than a McD’s shake, but knowing how low in fat this shake is, makes it worth every sip!

PSS. It’s also good with a scoop of vanilla protein powder. Boom.

Skinny Shamrock Shake: made with frozen bananas, fat free milk, and mint! So easy and the perfect post workout treat!

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Skinny Shamrock Shake

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 2 servings


  • 3 1/2 large frozen bananas, peeled
  • 3/4 cup fat free milk
  • 3/4 tsp peppermint extract
  • 3-5 small spinach leaves, for coloring
  • 2 Tbsp fat free whipped cream
  • 1 Tbsp mini chocolate chips


  1. In a large blender, combine frozen bananas with milk and extract. Blend for about 5 minutes, scraping down the sides, until smooth. Add in spinach leaves and blend until desired color. Pour into two glasses and top with whipped cream and chocolate chips.


You can also use a food processor to blend the bananas too!

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Skinny Shamrock Shake: made with frozen bananas, fat free milk, and mint! So easy and the perfect post workout treat!

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Rachel Cooks March 6, 2014 at 2:47 pm

Umm…yes. I need this daily until St. Patty’s Day. And then every day after too. :)

Thanks for the link love! <3
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aimee @ shugarysweets March 6, 2014 at 6:22 pm

Haha!! And you are very welcome for the link love :)


Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet March 6, 2014 at 5:13 pm

I have tried over and over the frozen bananas blended and try to eat it plan. Let’s just say it did work out between us. BUT you added milk and vanilla and some other goodies, so I think I will give it another go and see how it turns out!
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aimee @ shugarysweets March 6, 2014 at 6:20 pm

It is very very thick for sure. I don’t think alone it tastes anything like ice cream (you can’t fool me), but with the milk and the mint it really is tasty! Maybe more like a smoothie?


Mandy@Mandy's Recipe Box March 6, 2014 at 5:37 pm

Gasp! These sound so good and I love that they are healthy! P.S. If you use dark chocolate chips, they are good for you, so pile them on! ;)
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aimee @ shugarysweets March 6, 2014 at 6:19 pm

Oh, well in that case! Bring it on!!


Julianne @ Beyond Frosting March 7, 2014 at 12:18 am

Oh my gosh!!! You are so sneaky with you banana and spinach! I think the ladies in my weight watcher group might freak out about this recipe! I haven’t had a McDonalds shake is SO long, and when I busted my front tooth I decided to stop and get a soft serve. Now I crave it and I am worried that I won’t be able to hold out. Love this version of the Shamrock Shake!
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Kelly - Life made Sweeter March 7, 2014 at 6:46 am

I love the sound of this skinny shamrock shake! I can’t wait to try making this – way to go with the spinach leaves – such a sneaky and healthy addition in here :) Pinning!
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Lisa @ Garnish with Lemon March 7, 2014 at 8:16 am

Love this combo! I used to drop my oldest off and circle with a coffee, just until my youngest fell asleep :)
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Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar March 7, 2014 at 8:20 am

I would never guess that it’s spinach that gave you the green color! And I love that banana ice cream trick – so tasty! I definitely want to make this. Great idea Aimee!
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Jocelyn @BruCrew Life March 7, 2014 at 8:31 am

I am loving the sneaky addition of spinach to give it that minty green look! And of course the chocolate chips are never optional…never!!!!
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David @ Spiced March 7, 2014 at 10:47 am

Awesome adjustments to make a healthier version. I love it! And I won’t argue one bit on the chocolate chips!
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Tanya Schroeder March 7, 2014 at 12:38 pm

Well you are clever girl. turning the shamrock shakes into something skinny! Now I can drink several right?
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Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner March 7, 2014 at 3:15 pm

I must have this shake in my life! I love how you added frozen bananas…awesome idea. I’ll cut you slack that there’s spinach in there, seeing that it’s only 4 or 5 leaves. ;) Definitely a must try! :)
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Kayle (The Cooking Actress) March 7, 2014 at 5:02 pm

YESSS! GENIUS!!!! My mom loves those shamrock shakes like…A LOT! so I should make her these and AFTER
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Kayle (The Cooking Actress) March 7, 2014 at 5:03 pm

(OMG I AM TYPING WAY TOO QUICKLY! I hit the enter key again!)

I was saaaaying…after she tastes and falls in love. THEN I’ll tell her it’s healthy. hoooray!
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Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life March 8, 2014 at 1:33 pm

Crazy – I just made this yesterday! And I didn’t know you had this live – I’m going to try the mint and chocolate chip addition today. It sounds incredible!


PapaLos - The Man, The Chef, The Dad March 8, 2014 at 9:07 pm

This sounds insanely good! And perfect for right now that we’re trying to stick to a diet. I wouldn’t feel guilty with this at all unlike a McD’s shake. Great idea with the frozen bananas and the spinach for color.

I’ve never had a shamrock shake so I wouldn’t know what I’ll be missing. Also, I don’t judge you at all for planning that peace and quiet. Honestly, I freaking bow to you! Breaking your peace time down to almost a science. I’m jelly.
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Renee@ Two in the Kitchen March 9, 2014 at 7:26 pm

I love that these are skinny! Does that mean that I can have 2??? ;)
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Jess @ On Sugar Mountain March 10, 2014 at 6:29 pm

Ok so I never liked them but my mom freaking loves those shakes, and I’m going to have to show her this recipe when I visit next week for sure! :D Thanks Aimee!
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aimee @ shugarysweets March 10, 2014 at 9:46 pm

Never liked them? We are no longer friends. Tell your mom I love her ;)


Misty March 15, 2014 at 4:12 pm

I made this today and I felt it was way too much peppermint. The consistency was great. Next time I will add less peppermint and see how thst works out.


Jenner March 17, 2014 at 3:10 pm

I may have to give this a try… I used to love McD’s Shamrock Shakes too…now they taste way too chemical-minty. Blehyeuch.

However, Arby’s mint shake is great and reminiscent of what a McD’s used to be, and they use Andes mints. Although, if it’s the lactose that causes issues…stick with your version. =)


Lin June 5, 2014 at 12:14 am

I wonder what would happen if you used fresh mint leaves instead of spinach leaves?


aimee @ shugarysweets June 5, 2014 at 8:15 pm

I think it would work great!!


Lynn | The Road to Honey March 18, 2015 at 4:53 pm

I’m in love. . .with this shake. I love that you can take frozen bananas and transform them into an ice cream-like treat. I cannot wait to try and fool my family with this trick. Brilliant!


Anonymous March 28, 2015 at 7:53 pm

this has great texture, but I would recommend less peppermint extract. It tastes kind of like toothpaste but would be really good with about 1/4 of the peppermint.


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