It’s that time of year when McDonald’s brings back one of its classic seasonal menu items: the Shamrock Shake. You know, that mint green concoction that is both frightening and mesmerizing? Somehow I managed to get through my fast-food-laden childhood without ever trying the Shamrock Shake. When I finally did a few years ago, I was horrified. Imagine that aliens who’ve never tasted real mint manufactured an artificial mint flavor and put it in a milkshake. I’ve had toothpaste that tasted better.
That said, there’s something irresistible about a mint green milkshake on St. Patrick’s Day. So I made my own dairy-free version using Mint Galactica, the unbelievably delicious mint chocolate chip from Luna & Larry’s Organic Coconut Bliss.
My husband and I celebrated St. Patrick’s Day early this year in the traditional way with corned beef and cabbage, roasted potatoes, and for dessert, Dairy-Free Shamrock Shakes that we sipped while watching Leprechaun 6: Back 2 tha Hood. You can’t get luckier than that.
Dairy-Free Shamrock Shake Recipe
3 scoops “Mint Galactica” Coconut Bliss ice cream
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
7 drops green food coloring
mint leaves, for garnish (optional)
(1) Scoop the ice cream into a blender. Let it soften for 3 to 5 minutes at room temperature until it’s the consistency of soft-serve. (Don’t let it melt.) Meanwhile, put the glass you’ll be serving the shake in into the freezer to let it chill.
(2) Add coconut milk, vanilla extract, and food coloring to the blender.
(3) Blend until smooth. If the shake isn’t green enough, add more food coloring and blend again. Repeat until the desired color is achieved.
(4) Pour the shake into the chilled glass. Garnish with mint leaves and serve.