McDonald’s Shamrock shake is a bit of a tradition for me.  It’s sad but true.  I remember back in the day when not all stores in the chain would have them.  We would sometimes drive around on the rumor that a specific location had it.IMGP7917 I had one recently, but while it was delicious, the ethics behind it didn’t make me feel great.  So I made one at home.  And I have a few other variations I want to try.  That’s why I numbered this recipe #1, there will be at least one more.

IMGP7920 By the way, the very bright green comes from 8 drops of green food coloring.  It would be easy to make it a more minty green by adding less green and a little yellow.  But it matches my non-vegan cookies.

Vegan Shamrock Shake #1

by Miriam Wilcox

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients (1 shake)

  • 1 cup vanilla soy ice cream
  • 1 cup almond/coconut milk
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon mint extract
  • 8 drops green food coloring
  • soy-based whipped cream for topping


Place ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Quick and easy.

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14 Responses to Vegan Shamrock Shake #1

  1. Robin says:

    Boy, did I ever love Shamrock shakes! Back in my pre-vegan days, I never missed my annual mint shake. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I want to make one right now. What brand of soy whipped cream do you use?

  3. I’ve never had a McD’s shake, but I do love Chick-fil-a shakes. Their Peach flavor is addicting.

    Love the idea of this – I’d try it with spinach to add nutrients and make it green! :)

    • Miriam says:

      That’s what my banana version is going to have, a healthy shamrock shake in a way :) Peach shake sounds amazing too. I have never ever been to Chick-fil-a. It’s a good thing we don’t have a sonic near us because hubby became addicted when we visited the south.

  4. Allie says:

    How pretty! I don’t think I’ve ever had a McD’s shake, but I used to absolutely love Dairy Queen Blizzards. Yummmm. Want to make a vegan one of those for me? 😀

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  6. Caitlin says:

    RIGHT before i stopped eating dairy, i had a shamrock shake and thought it was the most delicious thing ever. i think this would be even more delicious 😉 i looove that green color!

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