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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 vegan shamrock shake recipe.

I’m talkin’ all the classic shamrock shake flavor you love, blended to perfection with ingredients that will fuel your body.

vegan shamrock shake recipe
Table of Contents
  1. What Makes a Shamrock Shake Vegan?
  2. Topping Options
  3. Easy Ingredient Swaps
  4. More Dessert Smoothies
  5. Vegan Shamrock Shake Recipe

What Makes a Shamrock Shake Vegan?

A shamrock shake is typically made with dairy in the ice cream and whipped cream. If it is made with chocolate, then that also contains dairy. My version eliminates dairy altogether, because my tummy tends to be happier without dairy products. And let’s be honest, if I can indulge in a decadent treat AND still feel good, then I’m all in.

Topping Options

If you’re like me, and pick food based on looks as well as taste, then you definitely need some fun toppings for this vegan shamrock shake. I like to top with coconut whipped cream. Then sprinkle with cacao nibs, or shavings from a vegan chocolate bar. And every delicious shake needs a cherry, right?!

A sprig or two of fresh mint will refine this beverage, as well as turn it into the shamrock shake of your dreams.

fresh mint is needed for the perfect shamrock shake flavor

Naturally Low Sugar in Smoothies

I know dessert, even whole food + plant based ones, can still have a lot of sugar in them. To lower the sugar level in this shamrock shake recipe, replace the banana with 1/2 cup cauliflower (I like to use frozen).

You can also add in a serving of plant-based protein powder, like my protein powder recipe to up the protein + healthy fat content. This will help your body turn the sugar from this shake into lasting energy, instead of a sugar crash.

Easy Ingredient Swaps

The shamrock shake flavor comes from the mint. If fresh mint can’t be easily found, then up the spinach to 1 full cup, and add a few drops of mint extract. That way you don’t miss out on the leafy green goodness while still getting that minty flavor. If you want a chocolate boost, yet don’t want the crunchy topping, then add in a tablespoon of cacao powder when blending.

Swap the coconut milk with oat milk or cashew milk to keep this recipe vegan, yet eliminate the slight coconut-y taste.

More Dessert Smoothies

If this vegan shamrock shake sparked your interest in more dessert smoothies, then give these recipes a shot! I love creating sweet treats that my body can feel good about consuming. Cheers to your next dessert night with one of these incredible desserts:

Now, these sweet treats are legit tasty, I promise. If I’m going to indulge in something sweet, I want it to be good. So pick the one that sounds yummy and go for it!

Don’t forget to try this vegan shamrock shake, then leave a rating + review below to let me know how you liked it.

4.63 from 96 votes

Vegan Shamrock Shake

Not only will this healthy vegan shamrock shake win you over with the taste, but you can feel good knowing you're raking in the health benefits with every sip. 
Prep: 3 minutes
Blending Time: 2 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Author: Jen Hansard
Course: Smoothie
Cuisine: Plant-Based
Serves: 1


  • 1 cup coconut milk chilled
  • ¾ cups spinach
  • 8 fresh mint leaves
  • 1 banana
  • 2 medjool dates pitted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • 1 tbsp whipped coconut cream optional
  • 1 tsp cacao nibs optional
  • 1 sweet cherry optional
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  • Blend spinach, mint, and coconut milk until smooth.
  • Add remaining ingredients, and blend until smooth. Enjoy!


  • Pour over ice or use frozen banana if you prefer a colder smoothie.
  • Use at least 1 frozen fruit to make smoothie cold.
  • If you can’t find fresh mint then up the spinach to 1 cup and add a few drops of mint extract.
  • Use full-fat coconut milk for a more shake-like texture, or carton coconut milk for less healthy fat and a thinner consistency.
  • Soak Medjool dates in water for 20 minutes before blending if your blender has a hard time blending certain ingredients.


Calories: 423kcal, Carbohydrates: 72g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 190mg, Potassium: 949mg, Fiber: 8g, Sugar: 47g, Vitamin A: 2735IU, Vitamin C: 20mg, Calcium: 86mg, Iron: 2mg
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  1. 5 stars
    I thought this was delicious! We have tons of mint growing in our yard and can’t use enough of it. I used a very scant 1/2 cup of mint because I sometimes find it too overpowering. However, I think it was perfect! I actually threw this into a bowl and added a few dark chocolate chips. It was like eating mint chocolate chip ice cream! I might add less coconut milk next time and leave it a bit thicker to eat from a bowl. An awesome and refreshing dessert that really satisfied my sweet tooth without being unhealthy. I will make this again! Thanks!

    1. Hi Christie,

      Yum, love that you turned this recipe into a decadent smoothie bowl!

  2. Do you folks use pure coconut milk out of a can (like the one used for curry) or drinkable coconut milk from a carton (ie like almond and cashew milk)?

  3. can these smoothies be a substitute for breakfast ? Or are they. I need to watch the calories

  4. 5 stars
    Delicious! I admit, I altered it slightly by cutting the ingredients in half and adding a scoop of Orgain Vanilla Bean protein powder, but it tastes fantastic! I love how the dates really added nice flavor and sweetness. This is my new favorite and I’ll share it with my mom, who is getting bored of her usual green smoothie. She loves dates, so this will be perfect. I am really looking forward to trying out all of your green smoothie recipes. Thank you!

    1. Hi Jaime,

      So happy to hear you loved this recipe. Adding protein powder is a great option. Make sure and reach back out + let us know how your mom enjoyed this recipe!

  5. 5 stars
    I make your smoothies all the time, but this time my husband raved about it. I loved it, too.

    1. Hi Phyllis,

      YAY! Thanks for sharing the green smoothie love, and sharing this recipe with your husband!

  6. 5 stars
    Thanks for this fun recipe! I have featured today it on my FB site “Super Quick Plant-Based Recipes” – where I post recipes that take 20 min. or less to prepare with as few ingredients as possible! My group will love it!

  7. 5 stars
    This was really good! I usually like the more fruity and tart smoothies with pineapple and mangos. This was a pleasant surprise and I love the mint!

    1. Hi America Brown,

      YAY! So happy to hear you tried something new + loved this recipe. Rawk on!

  8. 1 star
    Really! Disappointed!! I have made many fruit smoothies and thought I would try a new and differant.. Well I followed the ingredients and my smoothie turned out to minty and bitter.. Not good for sure. Maybe half the mint and no vanilla.. Or maybe this is a girl drink. No guys chimed in besides me…. Lol.

  9. 5 stars
    You inspired me to start drinking green smoothies 3 years ago and I’ve hardly missed a day – it’s my breakfast of choice. But I’ve been a bit bored with my usual 5 or 6 recipes. I tried this one yesterday and wow! Feeling inspired and loving green smoothies again. Going to Amazon to buy your book next. Thanks for sharing your recipes.

    1. Hi Sandra,

      YAY!! So happy you loved this recipe! And perfect timing with St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner.

  10. Hi!

    I absolutely love your book, I got it for my birthday and make the smoothies almost every day. I was wondering, for this recipe and others in the book, are you using the full fat canned coconut milk? Thanks! I can’t wait to try this recipe!

    1. Hi Jennifer,

      We do! But you can really reach for any type of coconut milk you enjoy. When it comes to different types of coconut milk – there is full-fat or regular coconut milk. It still has plenty of rich, creamy taste. Light coconut milk has the mildest flavor, highest water content, and least amount of calories compared with the other varieties. Think of these as you would whole milk and low-fat milk.

      Hope this helps!

      You’ll find coconut milk packaged in several ways – cans, cartons (shelf-stable and refrigerated), or frozen.

      1. Thank you so much for the reply! The guide is very helpful!

  11. Yum to Shamrawk green smoothie! Its whats for lunch! Can’t for growing mint this summer..may have to get two plants this year. Just received your book and have had smoothies 5 out of the past 7 days. Especially like the recipes for 2 servings..make it today drink today and tomorrow.

    1. Hi Sandy,

      YAY! We’re so excited to have you blendin’ with us! I just planted my mint this weekend, and so excited for a summer filled with refreshing + minty green smoothies!

      Cheers to health, happiness, + leafy greens!

  12. Hi Rawckster,
    What can i substitute with Mint..cant wait to try it out.Thanks for keeping us healthy.Anxiously waiting for the 30 day challenge in April.

  13. Hi Rawkstar Js!
    I am on day 6 and had this smoothie in honor of St Patrick’s Day. All I can say is YUM! and I just realized I left out the vanilla…that would have been a great touch. oh well, I’ll definitely be making this again! I have been sharing the smoothies with my Kansas-born, meat-and-potato loving husband without telling him what is in them. He is enjoying them (which is saying a lot!) One of these days I’ll let him in on the secret. Thank you again for what you do!

    1. Hi Janet,

      YAY! We’re so excited to have you blendin’ with us + love that you’re getting your husband in on the green smoothie love too (even if he doesn’t know)!

      We hope you will both join us for our next 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge kicking off on April 1st!

      Cheers 🙂

  14. Yeah this is really a great recipe..Infact I am very much pleased with the same.Anyways do keep update more.

    1. Hi Anna,

      YAY! Thanks for reaching out + sharing the green smoothie love! <3

  15. I tried this smoothie and loved the taste; however, the dates didn’t really blend well. They tended to just stay in little bits. Is there a trick to getting the dates to blend up better? Or are little bits the best I can hope for? Thanks!

    1. Hi Laurel,

      Looking to blend dates smooth? Try soaking dates in water prior to blending to help soften them. Also try adding your liquid base + dates first + blend until smooth, before adding the remaining ingredients.

      Hope this helps!