McDonald’s Shamrock Shake (healthy copycat)

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

Shamrock shake healthy copycat.

Spring brings back wonderful memories of that special occasion, the McDonald’s Shamrock Shake. We didn’t eat out much growing up, but we did take a trip every March to get the seasonal goodies. As delicious as it was and still is, the sugary dessert is now often too much for me. I’m all for enjoying things in moderation, but if you’re like me and want a less sugary way to satisfy those cravings, I’ll introduce you to my Shamrock Shake Healthy Copycat! It’s more of a smoothie than an actual milkshake, but semantics, am I right?


  • baby spinach: Tender and less bitter than full-grown spinach, it provides an antioxidant boost with many other vitamins.
  • Avocado: Along with the banana, it helps give the smoothie a creamy, shake-like texture and is packed with healthy fats and protein.
  • Banana: The best fruit to use when you want something sweet without adding sugar.
  • Greek yogurt: Packed with more protein than your average yogurt, I use plain to keep the sugar content down, but you can use vanilla too.
  • Protein powder: I use my favorite vanilla whey protein powder as the protein helps keep you feeling fuller for longer, but you can use unflavored and a plant-based powder to keep the drink vegan.
  • Fresh mint: Using fresh sprigs of mint is key to the strong, sweet mint flavor that mimics McDonald’s shake.

How to make a shamrock shake a healthy copycat

Put the spinach in the blender

Start your shamrock shake by taking out your blender and adding the baby spinach.

Put the avocado in the blender

Then take out the pit of your avocado and add it.

Put banana in blender

Peel the banana and add it to the mixture.

Put the yoghurt in the blender

Then add the Greek yogurt.

Put protein powder in the blender

And the protein powder.

Place fresh mint in blender

Next add the sprigs of fresh mint, the more the merrier if you’re a fan of that strong, minty flavor.

Put ice in blender

Depending on the desired consistency, finish with ice or a little water.

Mix shamrock shake

Then puree smooth! Add more ice or water for the perfect finish.

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Once mixed, pour into glasses and enjoy your Shamrock Shake Healthy Copycat!

Frequently asked Questions:

What is the green stuff in Shamrock Shake?

Actually shaking in McDonalds? Probably just food coloring. For me it’s a mixture of spinach, avocado and real mint!

What is the taste of a shamrock shake?

While some people think it might be lime, it’s mint! While McDonald’s likely uses mint extract, this shake uses real, fresh sprigs of mint.

How many calories is in a shamrock shake?

A real shamrock shake from the fast food king is 500 calories on a small scale. Mine comes in about 350!

Shamrock shake healthy copycat

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Liz enjoys shamrock shake, healthy mimic.

If you’re trying to avoid that drive-thru line this spring, my Shamrock Shake Healthy Copycat is sure to satisfy that craving and help you reach your goals.

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Shamrock shake

McDonald’s Shamrock Shake (healthy copycat)

This naturally sweetened protein shake is a guilt-free, healthy version of the McDonald’s favorite. Perfect for breakfast, snack or dessert!

PREPARATION: 2 minutes

IN TOTAL: 2 minutes

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Servings: 4

Note: This is meant to serve as a meal. To save calories, simply divide the blender into four glasses instead of two.

Calories: 355kcalCarbohydrates: 41.3GProtein: 17.9GFat: 16.7GSaturated Fatty Acids: 4.8GPolyunsaturated fat: 11.9GCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 249mgFiber: 17.5GSugar: 14.4G

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