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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
    This was delightfully light and refreshing! I used Almond milk that I had made in my almond cow, thanks to you Jen. It was a pretty green, minty and yummy. Great way to end the cleanse❣️

  2. 5 stars
    I really liked this smoothie and would definitely make it again! The mint was not overpowering and I used the smaller leaves hoping that would be the result. I would try it with 1/2 banana and 1 date to reduce the sweetness.

  3. 3 stars
    This was ok. I think there was too much mint for my taste. No worries. In the last 7 days I’ve found 4 new smoothie recipes to add to my smoothie recipe book! Will def add these to my rotation. Happy smoothie making!

  4. 4 stars
    This was very good! I’m not really a fan of mint or dates, but this still tasted good! Especially with a little coconut whip cream on top! Definitely more of a dessert smoothie

  5. 5 stars
    This one didn’t quite hit the spot for me but both my husband and my daughter gave it a 5/5.

  6. I loved the smoothie, but did not use the toppings since I did not have those ingredients. Will definitely make this again and include the toppings,

  7. 4 stars
    Delicious! Just a little too sweet for me, but I blame the added vanilla Protein Powder. Perhaps will leave that out next time, for add another ingredient to help minimize the sweetness.

  8. This was great! I loved this shamrock ☘️ smoothie, especially for today’s holiday. I did add a few more mint leaves to up the minty flavor. Fantastic! This one will be on repeat.

  9. 5 stars
    I absolutely LOVE this Vegan Shamrock Shake!!! The mint, and the dates work perfectly together in this. Okay, maybe this will be my daily green smoothie

  10. 4 stars
    Very festive for St Patrick’s day! But way too rich for a morning smoothie. Great as a dessert at the end of the day though! Agree with other comments that even with more mint, I could barely detect the taste.

  11. 5 stars
    I love all of the substitution options (cauliflower, oat milk, extra dates) and tip to soak the dates. Delicious and lower in sugar!

  12. 4 stars
    I don’t do coconut anything, so didn’t use any of it. I subbed nonfat milk, increased the mint leaves to 10, used the remaining ingredients, and added half a serving of my usual chocolate protein powder. I couldn’t find cacao nibs in my usual stores. I was going to add a cherry, but I was multitasking and forgot. I didn’t even get a hint of mint, which was disappointing–I was hoping for a chocolate mint flavor. The chocolate protein powder made it tasty.