Good morning! It's time for your Shamrock Breakfast Shake

This is like that green smoothie you love so much — except this one’s vegan.

This is like that green smoothie you love so much — except this one’s vegan

(Photo: David Bagosy; Styling: Melissa Direnzo)

Not throwing shade on any other ‘shamrock shake’ you may be consuming around St. Paddy’s Day, but this is not that shake. This one is creamy and green, and a darn delight,  but that’s where the comparisons end. With avocado, spinach and bananas, this has more in common with your uber-healthy green smoothie, and this one, right down to that (coconut cream) whipped topping,  is dairy-free. Top of the morning!

Shamrock Breakfast Shake

By Josie Malevich

This healthy and dairy-free take on a classic mint milkshake is a great way to start the day. While you can absolutely use almond milk or soy milk in place of the coconut milk, the shake will not be as thick. You can use 3 bananas for thicker texture in any case.


  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 ripe avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 2 frozen bananas, chopped
  • 1 can (400 mL) coconut milk
  • 1 cup ice
  • 4 chopped pitted medjool dates
  • ¼ cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp mint extract
  • Pinch salt
  • ½ cup whipped coconut cream or dairy-free topping
  • Fresh cherries, for garnishing (optional)
  • Mint sprigs, for garnishing (optional)


In blender, puree the spinach, avocado, bananas, coconut milk, ice, dates, mint leaves, mint extract, vanilla and salt until smooth.

Pour into glasses. Dollop with whipped coconut cream. Garnish with cherries and mint sprigs.

Servings: Makes 2-4 servings


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