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Shamrock Smoothie Recipe

Let’s celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a green smoothie that’ll fuel your body right, taste great, and…. is totally green! Give your body a reason to celebrate with this fantastic recipe… the Shamrock Green Smoothie! It’s amazing!!!

We love everything about this recipe… creamy coconut milk, bananas, and vanilla paired up with dates, fresh mint, and spinach (our favorite go-to leafy green) to create a smoothie your whole family will love! This is a kid-friendly green smoothie that will have your kids doing a happy dance… and we’re pretty sure you’ll be wild over it, too!

Serve with fresh cherries on top and your favorite green-and-white paper straws to start your St. Paddy’s Day. Just don’t get so excited about drinking your Shamrock Green Smoothie that you forget to wear green!


Shamrock Smoothie

  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Breakfast, Drinks


Not only will this green smoothie win you over with the taste, but you can feel good knowing you’re raking in the health benefits with every sip. Mint has so many health benefits, we almost can’t list them all! Here are some highlights: mint helps your body digest food better. And since it’s a natural stimulant, it aids in weight loss by helping your body burn fat faster. Talk about a win!



  • 2 cups coconut milk (unsweetened)
  • 1 ½ cups fresh spinach
  • ½ cup fresh mint leaves
  • 2 bananas
  • 4 medjool dates (pitted)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • OPTIONAL: top with fresh cherry (coconut whipped cream, and/or cacao nibs)


  1. Blend spinach, mint, and coconut milk until smooth.
  2. Add remaining ingredients, and blend until smooth. Enjoy!


*Use a frozen fruit to make smoothie cold.

Shamrock Green Smoothie | SimpleGreenSmoothies.com

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  1. Tara

    March 11th, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    I’m drooling all over my keyboard lol!!!

  2. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    March 12th, 2015 at 10:17 am

    Hey Tara! Enjoy!

  3. Rachel

    March 12th, 2015 at 9:29 am

    Just a question on the recipe. When you say coconut milk do you mean the full fat version in a can, or the lighter version (that’s more like almond milk) I’d find in a carton?

  4. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    March 12th, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Hey Rachel,

    Great question. We mean the one found in the carton, or feel free to make your own. https://simplegreensmoothies.com/healthy-eating/make-coconut-milk

  5. Rachel

    March 12th, 2015 at 11:03 am

    Perfect. Thanks!

  6. Debbie W

    March 12th, 2015 at 9:30 am

    Any substitution for the dates?

  7. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    March 12th, 2015 at 10:33 am

    Here are some other ways to sweeten your smoothies: https://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/sweeten

    Pure Maple Syrup is a good choice too. 🙂

  8. Melissa

    March 12th, 2015 at 9:35 am

    What could be a substitute for the bananas?

  9. Alicia

    March 12th, 2015 at 11:44 am

    I’ve substituted mangos in place of bananas often and can rarely tell the difference.

  10. Marie

    March 12th, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Look supper yummie, will try it this weekend.
    How to make the coconut whipped cream? kids will love it !

  11. Jessica

    March 12th, 2015 at 10:37 am

    To make coconut whipped cream you need to put the coconut cream and a sweetener (maple syrup or honey work well) into a mixer (or use a hand mixer) then let it mix for 5 to 10 minutes or until peaks begin to form. Hope this helps yall!

  12. Pam Tan

    March 12th, 2015 at 9:45 am

    What is a substitute for the mint?

  13. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    March 12th, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Feel free to leave it out. 🙂

  14. Carla

    March 12th, 2015 at 9:54 am

    Sounds yummylicious! Although it appears to have a high sugar content with 2 bananas, and 4 dates. I’m giving it try but will definitely dial down the bananas and a dates.


  15. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    March 12th, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Hey Carla,

    Our recipes are here to inspire you — you don’t have to follow them to a T. Yet we do think they are mighty tasty! Feel free to use other green smoothie recipes and even make some up yourself. The key to making green smoothies your lifestyle is making it easy and part of your daily routine. So we recommend using fruits and veggies that work well for your body.

  16. Liza

    March 12th, 2015 at 10:39 am

    Their recipes serve 2. So it would only be 1 banana and 2 dates per serving.

  17. Monica

    March 12th, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Hi I was wondering if there’s any substitute for the coconut milk? I’m not a big fan of it.

  18. Alicia

    March 12th, 2015 at 11:43 am

    I don’t see why you couldn’t use unsweetened almond milk (I prefer vanilla) instead.

  19. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    March 13th, 2015 at 7:47 am

    Thanks Alicia! 🙂

  20. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    March 13th, 2015 at 7:46 am

    Hey Monica,

    Thanks for the comment, you can totally sub out coconut milk for any other nut milk. Here are some of our favorites: https://simplegreensmoothies.com/liquid-base

  21. Denise

    March 12th, 2015 at 10:31 am

    How do you make coconut whipped cream?

  22. Jessica

    March 12th, 2015 at 10:38 am

    To make coconut whipped cream you need to put the coconut cream and a sweetener (maple syrup or honey work well) into a mixer (or use a hand mixer) then let it mix for 5 to 10 minutes or until peaks begin to form. Hope this helps yall!

  23. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    March 13th, 2015 at 7:48 am

    Hey Denise,

    Thanks for the comment. Our recipe team is working on a DIY coconut whipped cream blog post. It should be coming out very soon. 🙂

  24. ladybug

    March 12th, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    What is 1 teaspoon vanilla? Extract (fluid) or seeds?

  25. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    March 13th, 2015 at 7:48 am

    Hey LadyBug, it would be fluid tsp.

  26. Amanda

    March 12th, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    Sounds great but again bit wary of the high sugar levels, what smoothies would you recommend for weight loss?

  27. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    March 13th, 2015 at 7:51 am

    Hey Amanda,

    Thanks for the question. If you would like to sub in lower sugar fruits, feel free. Here are our favorites: https://simplegreensmoothies.com/low-sugar-fruits

    Our co-founder Jadah lost 20+ lbs by drink 1 green smoothie a day (16oz) + her normal lunch and dinner. Results may vary, depending on how active you are. But the leafy greens and fresh fruit are awesome fuel for your body.

  28. Diane Rocha

    March 12th, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    I, too, love St. Paddy’s Day, although, I am not a bit Irish. 100% Portuguese. In fact, it’s my favorite holiday! And, yes, I will definitely be celebrating with this green smoothie. Since Jan 1st, I have only missed two or three days without a green smoothie. I even made a point of drinking one a day in my 5th period class (I am a teacher) to tide me over until my very late lunch. They’re so used to it now that if I don’t have one, they remind me. I halve your recipe and drink half of that on my drive to school and the other half either during 5th period or after school, when my energy is waning. Love, love, love this amazing improvement in my heath (as I tell my students and my teacher friends who think it looks “disgusting” – oh those poor wayward souls – it gives me vim, vigor, and vitality!)



  29. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    March 13th, 2015 at 7:55 am

    Hey Diane,

    You totally rawk! Thank so much for sharing how green smoothies have helped you as a teacher! The colors can be crazy sometimes, but I am sure if your students + teacher friends tried them, they would love them as much as you do! Cheers to health + energy! 🙂

  30. Vikky

    March 12th, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    I bet this would taste really good with a bit of those cocoa nibs added right in the smoothie….can’t wait to try it. Thanks

  31. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    March 13th, 2015 at 7:55 am


  32. Melanie

    March 12th, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    I will definitely be making this. YUM! I have a similar question to Rachel, though.
    How do you know in general in recipes that call for coconut milk whether to use the carton (ie So Delicious, Pacific) or the canned version. (ie Native Forest) ?
    Tho I love the taste of both, this has been very confusing to me.

  33. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    March 13th, 2015 at 7:57 am

    Hey Melanie,

    Great question. We mean the one found in the carton, or feel free to make your own. https://simplegreensmoothies.com/healthy-eating/make-coconut-milk

  34. Renee

    March 12th, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    Okay I am going to try this recipe as is even though it kinds of sounds really sweet to me. Then with 2 dates and 1 banana. We shall see tomorrow as I don’t have any mint so I will have to buy some tomorrow. Tell ya one thing…it looks yummo!

  35. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    March 13th, 2015 at 7:58 am

    We hope you enjoy it as much as we do, Renee!

  36. Vikky

    March 14th, 2015 at 6:10 am

    I made a smoothie like this with unsweetened vanilla almond milk, spinach, banana, cacao nibs and just a little peppermint extract since I didn’t have any fresh mint (I would rather have fresh mint but the extract was good in a pinch) and it was absolutely delicious, thanks to the green smoothie girls for their suggestions, they are great!

  37. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    March 15th, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    Sounds fabulous!

  38. Melissa

    March 12th, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    So funny to get this email. I’m a kindergarten teacher and I have plans to make a green smoothie for my class of 24 students on Tuesday. I’ve been thinking about doing it all year since they see me drink my afternoon smoothie every day. They are always asking what it is and can they smell. They’re too cute. I can’t wait until Tuesday. Bring on the GREEN SMOOTHIES!

  39. Heather

    March 13th, 2015 at 6:02 am

    I love the idea of a teacher introducing a wonderfully healthy shake, however as a parent of a child with food allergies, this would leave my child out. In kindergarten she had not completely grown out of her coconut allergy and is also allergic to all other nuts. If you have a child in your class with allergies, please be sure to make something extra special just for them! 😉 They will remember it for a long time. My daughter still remembers the special things her first grade teacher did for her!

  40. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    March 13th, 2015 at 8:04 am

    Great point, Heather. Would oat milk be a good sub for any nut milks?

  41. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    March 13th, 2015 at 8:02 am

    Hey Melissa,

    Thanks for the comment, that is so amazing that you are sharing the green smoothie love with your little ones! Cheers + best wishes!

  42. Cindy

    March 13th, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    To Melissa!
    YOU must be a great teacher! I am excited for you and ALL 24 of your students who get this great smoothie! I work at Whole Foods and tell the kids everyday not to forget to drink your Shrek smoothie! xo
    Keep up the good work and Thanks Rawkstars for these wonderful recipes! I love your site! Happy ST. Patrick’s to all!

  43. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    March 15th, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    Hey Cindy,

    Thanks so much for the encouraging words. 🙂

  44. Carolyn

    March 12th, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    Being Irish, I love everything about St. Patrick’s Day…OK-except maybe Shamrock Shakes 🙂 What a great smoothie recipe you have created. Luck of the Irish to both of you! I am sharing on my Facebook page now. Thank you!

  45. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    March 13th, 2015 at 8:05 am

    Hey Carolyn! Thanks for sharing it with your friends, hope you enjoy this green smoothie!

  46. Mashela

    March 13th, 2015 at 12:28 am

    Love IT! I’m definetly going to try this and My kids Love my greensmoothies

  47. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    March 13th, 2015 at 8:06 am

    Cheers to you and your kiddos!

  48. Kamo

    March 13th, 2015 at 2:50 am

    I would love to try it, but sadly I’m allergic to fresh/’raw’ bananas and not a fan of coconut substances due to the sweetness. Though I bet it tastes really well

  49. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    March 13th, 2015 at 8:07 am

    Hey Kamo,

    Thanks for the comment. Check out our favorite banana free green smoothies that I am sure you will enjoy! https://simplegreensmoothies.com/green-smoothie-recipes/banana-free-green-smoothie-recipes Cheers. 🙂

  50. Rosario Ayala

    March 13th, 2015 at 3:40 am

    What if instead of coconut cream whipped cream, regular whipped cream with shaved coconut mixed into it? Would that work?

  51. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    March 13th, 2015 at 8:10 am

    Hey Rosario,

    Great question! It’s definitely a personal choice, and you just have to decide what works best for you and your family. We’ve talked with a lot of nutritionists and milk isn’t all that it’s been hyped up to be. Dairy is one of the highest diet allergies (and often goes undiagnosed). And if you aren’t buying organic milk, you’re also getting doses of antibiotics, hormones, etc that can tip your own body out of whack. So we just avoid milk for our family (and opt for almond milk). We get our calcium from plant-based sources mainly— broccoli, spinach and kale.

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