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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. 3 stars
    I’m not a big mint fan, so I didn’t add that (even though that’s the point of a shamrock shake). I subbed almond milk for coconut milk (allergy). It tasted like a regular green smoothie. Not bad!

  2. 4 stars
    Happy St. Patricks day!
    What a way to end the challenge:)
    Nice and minty:)
    Thanks for having this fun challenge!

  3. 4 stars
    This one was quite a bit sweeter than I expected. Almost too sweet for my taste. But I loved the creaminess of it and I feel super-full now after drinking it!

  4. 5 stars
    I used almond milk as I had some to use up. And I added coconut whip cream and a cherry. It was delicious!

  5. 4 stars
    Fun way to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. I cut back coconut milk by half and replaced with water. Really like the creamy, fresh taste. Different from McDonald’s but so tasty

  6. 5 stars
    This smoothie was the first with coconut milk for me. I am hooked. Also using mint in a couple of the challenge smoothies was a delightful surprise. I love the creaminess in this one. I am ready to continue next week and plan to add salads once a day. Thanks for getting me back on track.

  7. 5 stars
    Love this smoothie! It’s different from what I normally put in a smoothie and so refreshing and tastes great. I only used 1/2 a frozen banana, left out the vanilla since I have a sensitivity to it, and added Chlorophyll drops (to make it extra green for St. Paddy’s Day) and vegetarian protein powder. I also added a 1/4 cup of frozen organic wild blueberries to get more fruit and to make the drink colder. Love that as I’ve done smoothie challenges with Jen, I’m getting more comfortable making swaps and putting my own spin on her recipes without modifying too much. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  8. 5 stars
    I Loved all the smoothies this week but making and tasting day 7s was fantastic creamy tasteful I will say it’s a good party smoothie the challenge as been good

  9. 5 stars
    I have to say that all the smoothies was delicious and I will keep making these smoothies afterwards. I also got a lot of tips on becoming more outdoor friendly and healthier. Thanks

  10. 4 stars
    This smoothie was good! Next time I’ll add frozen banana to make it more cold. I also added matcha to mine. Happy St. Patrick’s ☘️ Day! Day 7 complete!

  11. 5 stars
    So much fun!!! I loved this one and feeling like I was drinking something “special ” to join in the shenanigans for this fun day! Thanks for the challenge and opening my eyes to all of the possibilities in a smoothie!

  12. 5 stars
    Delicious, quick and easy. Didn’t refrigerate my coconut cream to make the whipping cream but it was still great.